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Words and Women Celebrate International Women’s Day
with a double launch of their anthology, ‘Words and Women One’, published by Unthank Books, and ‘Space’, a short film about where women write.
The Lounge, 13 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich.
8 March, 4-6pm.
Creative Campaigning: Writing for women’s Rights
a workshop to celebrate International Women’s Day exploring how writers can write campaigning poetry to highlight gender equality and women’s rights issues. You’ll be led through a series of practical creative activities as you craft your own poetry of protest.
£10, £8 concession.
Keats House, Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR.
8 March, 1.30-4.30pm.
- 020 7332 3868.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
is a special screening as part of the International Women’s Day Gala. The film traces the evolution of the Wonder Woman figure and highlights fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls.
£8.50 - £12.10
BFI Southbank, London.
8 March, 6.30pm.
is a one day workshop on the theme of medicine and experiences of illness.
Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle.
Poets and Players
presents an afternoon of poems read by David Constantine, Marie Naughton, Joey Connolly and music on the harp from Rebecca Sharp.
John Rylands Library, Manchester.
8 march, 2.30-4pm.
Jane Smiley Q&A
In a rare UK appearance from the US novelist, she will discuss her fascinating writing career with Mslexia’s own Debbie Taylor. The talk will be followed by a screening of A Thousand Acres, a film based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
£10/£8 or £7 to members of New Writing North book groups.
Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street,Newcastle upon Tyne.
9 March, 2:30pm.
- Box Office: 0845 217 9909
Literary Lunch with Frances Osborne
is a chance to listen to bestseller Frances in discussion with Susannah Herbert while sitting down to lunch. All proceeds go to First Story’s creative writing projects in challenging UK secondary schools.
The Polish Club, 55 Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PN.
11 March, 12-2:30pm.
Jeanette Winterson “in Conversation”
talks to crime novelist and stand-up comedian Mark Billingham, author of the Tom Thorne series, and the inimitable Val McDermid, author of the Wire in the Blood series.
University Place, Manchester.
10 March, 6.30pm.
Bloomsbury Book Club with Germaine Greer
will see the author, academic and journalist talking about her latest book, White Beech, and the irresistible challenge of rehabilitating the rainforest.
Bloomsbury Institute, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.
11 March, 6.30pm.
‘Freedom is Everything’
is an Exiled Writers Ink workshop at the Movement Against Xenophobia Conference. One day of debate and reason for a civil and humane approach to immigration in the UK.
Vernon Square Campus, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
The Chronicle of Ferrera
Paul Bailey and Jamie McKendrick celebrate the novelist and poet Giorgio Bassani, one of Italy’s most significant 20th-century writers.
£8, £5 concessions
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House.
17 March, 7pm.
Creative Writing Workshop ‘Spring’.
Winter is over; it’s time to emerge from hibernation and take part in nature’s new stage show – spring. The emergence of tiny shoots could be a metaphor for your writing as new ideas come to you and grow. Come along and get your creative juices flowing at this workshop.
22 March, 10am to 1pm.
International Women’s Day Poetry Reading
Shanta Acharya, Eve Grubin, Lesley Saunders, Janet Sutherland, and Sarah Wardle come together to share readings of their recent works.
£5, £3 concessions (tickets on the door)
Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London.
26 March, 8pm.
Events at Seven Stories
include Hanneke Jones: Picture Books in the Classroom (5 Mar, 5.30-6.30pm, Robinson Library); Would Enid Tweet? Blyton in the 21st Century (9 Mar, 2-4pm), £5/£3, Seven Stories); Ink and Drink with Chris Haughton (10 Mar, 6pm, £5, Seven Stories) and Brian Alderson: Looking at Picture Books: Part 4 (26 Mar, 5.30pm, Robinson Library).
The Launch of ‘Flying Through Houses’ by Miki Byrne
will be part of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival this year and will celebrate the poet and radio personality’s new collection.
Copa, 66 Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HA.
29 March, 11am - 12pm.
- 01242 245044.
Healing Words: Exploring Therapeutic Creative Writing
with Katy Evans Bush is an experiential workshop aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and other health professionals who want to explore how creative writing can aid self-reflection and promote well-being, using fairy tales.
Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI).
- Katy Evans Bush
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Events at the Scottish Poetry Library
include: Nothing but the Poem: Rita Ann Higgins (18 Mar, 6-7:30pm, £5/£4), SPL Poetry Workshop with Jennifer Williams (25 Mar, 6-8pm, £5/£4), WordUp: Stirling’s own literature and Spoken Word Cabaret (Second Thursday of the month, starting 10 April, 8-9:40pm, Mediterranea Restaurant, 4 Viewfield Place, Stirling, FK8 1NQ, £3).
Birmingham Independent Bookfair
is a day-long event for browsing, buying and discovering new books from independent publishers in the West Midlands and beyond.
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
12 April, 11am - 5pm.
Waterfront Book Club
will be talking about ‘The Testament of Mary’ by Colm Tóibín over a cuppa. Led by chair Margaret Z Jones, both the biblical plot of this striking novel and the author will be discussed.
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.
13 April, 2pm.
- 029 2057 3600.
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.
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).
Events with Spread the Word
include: Character, Voice and Narrative Fiction Writing Workshop with Bernadine Everisto (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 Roayl 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).
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.
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
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.