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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Welfare and Architecture Walk
will explore the thoroughfares, back streets and green spaces of Southwark with talks about the architecture and social history behind it. Starting at Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill and finishing at Elephant and Castle, the walk is suitable for all ages and abilities.
19 April, 11.45am - 4pm.
- 07985 658443.
Events at Bishop Auckland Town Hall
include: The Short Story: Back to Basics Spring Workshop with Avril Joy and Wendy Robertson (2, 9,16 and 23 Apr, 2-4pm, £2) and Author Event with Ann Cleeves (17 Apr, 2pm, free).
Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
Write a Novel
is a course designed to help keep writers on track as they plan, plot and finish a first draft of a longer piece of writing. The course will include creative exercises, one-to-ones and group support with Kathleen Kenny and Ellen Phethean.
The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle.
Ten weekly sessions from 23 April - 25 June, 6-8pm. The course will carry on for a further ten weeks from September to November.
- Kathleen Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ellen Phethean at email@example.com.
- 0191 232 0192.
The London Irish Centre
presents an evening of Contemporary Irish Poetry with Deirdre Shanahan, Martina Evans and Róisín Tierney.
50-52 Camden Square, London.
24 April, 7pm.
Fiction Writing Workshop ‘Dynamic Description’.
A room containing desks, a few writers, plates of biscuits and coffee mugs describes the scene for this session on writing description. If you feel you’d like to improve how you describe people or scenes, this session is for you.
26 April, 10am-1pm.
Low Tech Cabaret
presents a reading by the poets Brendan Cleary and Kathleen Kenny.
Free entry, wine and other refreshments available.
Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle.
28 April, 7pm.
will be launching her autobiography, The Other Side, which is a story of her escape from apartheid South Africa and eventual success as a haute couture knitwear designer via hippy London and the remote Scottish Highlands.
Word Power Books, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB.
30 April, 6.30pm.
Events at The Poetry School
include: The Poetry School’s PHD Festival (15 Mar, 1901 Arts Club, 7 Exon Street, London, 10am-5.30pm, £69/£62/£55); Saturday Sessions: Reading the South Americans (22 Mar, The Poetry School, 79-83 Lambeth Walk, London, 10.30am-4.30pm, £69/£62/£55); Advanced Poetry Workshop with Mimi Khalvati (10 weeks beginning on 5 May, The Poetry School, 79-83 Lambeth Walk, London 6.45-8.45pm, £155/£139/£124); What Makes a Poem (10 weeks beginning on 6 May, The Poetry School, 79-83 Lambeth Walk, London 6.45-8.45pm, £155/£139/£124).
is a spoken word showcase and live Resonance FM radio recording, hosted by Wandsworth Art Festival. Featuring Joelle Taylor, Sophia Blackwell and Keith Jarrett, audiences will hear the acts perform before being interviewed live for broadcast.
The Bedford Pub, 77 Bedford Hill, Bedford.
8 May, 7.30-9.30pm.
The West Sussex Writers
will be holding their annual Prose & Poetry Slam where members can come along and read their work against the clock. Everyone votes for their favourite piece of poetry and prose, with winners announced at the end of the evening.
Inclusive Arts Gallery, Heene Road, Worthing West Sussex.
8 May, 7.30pm.
Academic Artists: Reading Our Writing
Tracey Iceton and five of her fellow academic writers from Northumbria and Sunderland universities will talk about their postgraduate creative writing studies and read extracts from their work. Includes an open mic slot and guest appearance by local poet Natalie Scott.
The Health Warehouse Cafe, Darlington.
9 May, 6.30pm.
- Tracey Iceton
- 07773 797 817.
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Events with Spread the Word
include: Character, Voice and Narrative Fiction Writing Workshop with Bernadine Evaristo (Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, 15 Mar, 10am-4.30pm, £60/£45), Graphic Fiction with Mike Carey (Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, 12 Apr, 10am-4.30pm, £60/£45), Remaking Myth with Daljit Nagra (Poetry Library, Level 5 Royal Festival Hall, London, 28 Apr, 5-8pm, £30/£20) and Writing from Real Life with Katy Massey (Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, 10 May, 10am-4.30pm, £60/£45).
Events and Courses at Norwich Arts Centre
include Ross Sutherland - Stand-By For Tape Back-Up (9 May, 6pm, £6); Molly Naylor and Iain Ross - If Destroyed Still True (9 May, 9pm, £10); The Shroud (17 May, 10.30pm, £5); Getting Started In Creative Writing (12 May - 21 Jul, 1.30-4pm) and Continue Creative Writing (14 May - 23 Jul, 1.30-4pm).
Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich.
- 01603 660352.
The Late Shows 2014
Take part in your own adventure as characters jump of the page and into Ouseburn Valley this Spring. Crafts, performances, story times, Alice in Wonderland cocktails, and more.
free entry, no booking required.
16-17 May, 7-11pm.
- 0854 271 0777.
What is Picture Books in Progress?
A tour of the brand new gallery and a chance to find out more about the project that inspired the exhibition. A great opportunity to meet the curator and ask questions.
£5 per person in addition to an admission fee.
18 May, 1.30pm.
- 0845 271 0777
Bloomsbury Book Club
will welcome Kamila Shamsie to dicuss her new novel ‘A God in Every Stone’ with editor, Alexandra Pringle (24 Apr, 6pm, £25/10) and Lynn Barber will discuss ‘A Curious Career’, her latest memoir about life as an interviewer (20 May, 6pm, £25/10).
Bloomsbury Institute, London, WC1B 3DP.
is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres. Features two great writers and an open mic session.
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London.
Every second Wednesday of the month, 8pm.
is a network for artists and professionals to use for collaboration and socialising. Free to join, Creative Team offers priority booking for master classes and workshops, discount at Northern Stage and invitations to exclusive events. An essential for any thespian in the North East.
is a literary cabaret bringing new and different writers, performers, readers and musicians to the stage.
The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.
Third Friday of the month, 8pm.
Fire in the Head
workshops include: ‘The Heavy Burden of the Growing Soul: the poetry of T S Eliot’ with Peter Brennan (Totnes, Devon, 6 April, 10am–4pm); ‘The Branscombe Day: poetry & land art on the East Devon coast’ with Roselle Angwin and Michael Fairfax (18 May, 10am–4pm); ‘The sun doesn’t know its name, the rain has no words for time’: writing and mindfulness retreat day with Roselle Angwin (Totnes, Devon, 8 June, 10am–4pm). Writing Retreat: ‘Writing the Bright Moment’ retreat in Southern France 23-30 August (www.abricreativewriting.com). www.thewildways.co.uk; www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk
Moving Stories First Look Tours
booking is essential for this exiting opportunity to get a first look at rare treasures from Seven Stories’ new exhibition and handle some highlights from the archive.
£10, includes a cream tea. National Art Card holders and friends of the National Libraries gain free access subject to advanced booking and a £3.50 cream tea.
10 April, 11 May, 8 June. 1.30pm.
- 0845 271 0777.
2014 Writing in a Digital Age Conference
Two days of debate and discussion with writers, journalists, publishers and literary agents. The conference will also feature the Pen Factor Writing Competition, which will give writers the chance to get editorial and advisory support.
Prices start from £294.
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London.
Start That Novel Workshop
is an event run by Greenacre Writers, designed to to get you started and help with your novel’s overall development.
21 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm.
Felixstowe Book Festival
offers a packed programme of events for everyone of any age who likes to read. Expect a mix of fiction and nonfiction, author talks, a rich choice of writer workshops, and other book-related events. Tickets available at Tourist Board online, by post, or in person and at Abbeygate Lighting. See website for more information.
Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe Library, Landguard Fort.
Disability Arts Cymru
have organised a monthly creative writing group where members can practice writing skills and develop their work, be it short stories, novel, poetry, drama or non-fiction, in a friendly atmosphere. The group is specifically for writers writing in Welsh, as well as for those who self-identify as disabled and/or who have long-term physical and/or mental health conditions.
- 029 2055 1040.
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Poetry at Torriano
is a series of monthly workshops with Katherine Gallagher offering writing exercises and practical criticism on existing work.
99 Torriano Ave., Kentish Town, London.
21 June, 19 July, 1-5pm.
Collier Street Fiction Group
is currently seeking new members who are published writers or those seriously pursuing publication. Affiliated wit Tindal Street Fiction Group, the friendly group meet regularly to workshop members’ works-in-progress. Their focus is on constructive feedback and providing a space for talented writers from a diverse range of backgrounds to develop their craft. The easy application process is based on the quality of a writer’s work and participation in the group’s supportive culture. For more info visit the website or Facebook page.