Thursday, 26 of November 2015

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – event in Birmingham

Waterstones have invited us to an event at their New Street store:

On the 29th July at 7pm in Waterstones’ Birmingham New Street store, the release of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.










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Workshop – Writing Television Drama

Writing Television Drama

Tuesday 24th November 2015   10am – 4pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House Birmingham

A one day workshop to explore:

  • Why Television is different from Film
  • The Joys and Trials of TV Drama
  • Soap and Long Running Series
  • Opportunities to work in TV

The day will involve listening, discussion, practical exercises, information on the industry commissioning and on the spot writing.



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Leominster Festival


SAT 6 JUNE 10.00 – 16.00




READERS: Browse through bookswritten by local authors and meetthe writers. Books will be on display with many for sale.

Authors will begiving readings/talks on their workthroughout the day.

WRITERS: Meet the authors SimonWhaley and Fay Wentworth and take part in the writers’ workshops

(£8 each or £21 for all three).

Booking is advised. Tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre in person or on 01568 616460.


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Writers’ Summer School in Derbyshire

Chairman of The Writers’ Summer School, Michael O’Byrne, is delighted to announce that Simon Brett, winner of the 2014 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger, has accepted an invitation to be one of the inspirational guest speakers at this year’s School. Simon is known to readers and listeners as the author of The Charles Paris Mysteries, dramatised on Radio 4 with Bill Nighy in the title role. He joins an impressive line-up including short story specialist and writers’ agony aunt Della Galton, fantasy author Mario Reading and Scottish bestselling author Alex Gray.

‘Crime writing is a very popular genre and we are thrilled to have persuaded Simon to join us this year. As well as our guest speakers and hugely popular courses and workshops, the Tuesday morning Publishing Q&A panel is expected to be a highlight of the week for new writers wanting to take the next step towards publishing and selling their work,’ said Michael.

The Writers’ Summer School has been held at The Hayes Conference Centre in the village of Swanwick near Alfreton in Derbyshire every year since 1949. The residential school attracts up to 300 published and aspiring authors who are offered a huge choice of courses and workshops, all run by experienced tutors, and enjoy the unique opportunity to share their experiences. This year’s School runs from Saturday 8 August to Friday 14 August.

Simon and his fellow guest speakers follow in illustrious footsteps – past speakers have included Peter James, Iain Banks and Deborah Moggach. Sir Terry Pratchett was a much-loved speaker and his recent passing will, no doubt, evoke memories for ‘Swanwickers’, some of whom have been attending the School for more than 40 years.

Details of speakers, courses, workshops, accommodation and nightly entertainment are available on the School’s website at Booking is available online or by emailing the secretary at


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Help with market research for a new writing magazine

Here are some details we have been sent by Criteria Fieldwork, an independent market research agency based in London (

The sessions that are mentioned are taking place in Edgbaston.

“We have been commissioned by a publisher who is launching a new magazine and website offering information and support to people who enjoy creative writing as a hobby (more info is available about the magazine/ website is available upon request).

They are organising some focus groups, in the evening, on Tuesday 17th March and would love to invite people along who enjoy creative writing to get some feedback on the new magazine and website.  This is not a sales exercise and all information obtained within the research will remain confidential.

The focus group would last 1.5 hours, we understand that time is valuable so those attending would receive a cash thank you of £50.00 as a token of our appreciation.

Please be assured that the research is conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the Market Research Society Code of Conduct ( )

If you are interested in participating we would need to ask some questions to see if you are eligible for this particular session. If you would like to take part or are interested in finding out more, please reply to this email with your contact mobile number and I will give you a call.”

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Bournville Children’s Book Festival

The Bournville Children’s Book Festival is taking place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March 2015 at various venues in Bournville.

Children’s authors and illustrators attending the Festival include Ian Whybrow, top 10 best selling author of “Harry & the Bucketful of Dinosaurs” series and Korky Paul, the world famous illustrator of “Winnie the Witch” series.

They are also featuring local children’s illustrator, Jess Mikhail, and local children’s author, Juliet Clare Bell.

If you would be interested in attending the not-for-profit Festival, tickets are available online via the Events button on the Facebook page


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Hearts of Darkness – spoken word event

Monday 9th February 7pm-9pm

Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea, 214 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU

Tired of sickly sweet Valentines? Then join us for a night of romantic fiction with a deliciously dark twist.

There may still be authors slots, please get in touch with Heide Goody who can pass you on to the organisers.

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Best British Short Stories 2014 – A Tribute to Joel Lane

At this special Library of Birmingham event, authors M John Harrison, Mick Scully and Louise Palfreyman will celebrate the short story form, and the memory of one of its masters, with Salt Publishing editor Nicholas Royle.
This year’s Best British Short Stories anthology is dedicated to Birmingham writer Joel Lane, who died last November. Joel’s work will top the bill in a great evening of author readings, plus we’ll be answering your questions on writing and getting published.
There’s no charge for this event. Get tickets here, and feel free to invite your friends!
We’ll be asking for your favourite Joel Lane poems, stories and novel excerpts at @tweetybyrde and #bestbritishshortstories

30 October at 18:30–19:30

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Writer’s conference at the Library of Birmingham Saturday 18th October


  • Chris Carling talking about her moving and highly topical memoir: ‘But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia’
  • Rosemary Westwell ‘John, Dementia and Me’: exploring life problems in fiction and also talking about ‘Unseen Poetry’
  • Jackie Reynolds and Michael Callan ‘‘Connecting Communities with Creative Writing’
  • Sarah Gornall ‘Co-authoring and what it can mean.’
  • Dr David Gatley ‘1936 a Year in Post Boxes’
  • Elaine Ewart ‘My work as Fenland Poet Laureate including poetry writing, and performing ‘
  • Noreen Wainwright ‘A homespun year’ by Noreen Wainwright and Margaret Priestly Thrifty ways to make and grow, bake and sew
  • Stephanie J. Hale ‘What it takes to sell a million books, what it takes to make a million from your book idea and what works and what doesn’t when it comes to selling books in this exciting new digital age.’
  • Hayley Humphrey ’Nanowrimo: From writers’ block to 50,000 words, a novel written in a month.’
  • Mary McGuire ‘Publish or self-publish? Which way do I go?’

ENTRY FREE           refreshments served

Book early to avoid disappointment

Contact: Malcolm Henson

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Birmingham Readers’ Map Authors Host a Night of Local Fiction at Brewsmiths

Finding locally set fiction is always difficult, but Birmingham based publishers Pigeon Park Press have sought to remedy this with the Birmingham Readers’ Map. Novels, poetry and short stories all featuring a local flavour have been collected and compiled into a GoogleMaps-style map allowing book-lovers to browse and discover stories set just around the corner.

Now, authors featured on the Readers’ Map are coming together for a night of thrills, humour and entertainment at Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea shop at the Jewellery Quarter on 29th September. Authors will be sharing excerpts of their latest books and even a few bespoke short stories in a night celebrating the diversity and creativity of Birmingham writers, before taking part in a Q&A panel where audience members will have the chance to quiz the authors on writing and publishing their own books, as well as the challenges and rewards of being an independent author.

Join us for the Birmingham Readers’ Map at Brewsmiths on 29th September at 7:30pm in the Jewellery Quarter.

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