Tuesday, 30 of September 2014

Travelling Book Project

From Mike Raven:

I wondered if the members of the Birmingham Writers’ Group might be interested in a project that I’m organising at the moment?

The idea behind the Travelling Book project is that a blank journal travels around the world, from person to person, with each person writing in the book about their lives and interests. When complete the journal is made available on the Internet for everyone to see. It gives people an opportunity to be creative, to collaborate, and to find out what different parts of the world is like from the people actually living there.

I’m aiming to send a whole host of travelling books around the world, and to also provide a website so that participants can track the progress of the books.  The campaign for the project ends on August the 4th, after which books will start to be produced and sent out.

If people would like more information, do please check out the project page at www.travellingbook.eu


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WRITING WEEKENDS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

Weekend workshops delivered by published authors in a beautiful rural location.
Booking now for our autumn 2014 programme
Crime Writing with million selling author Neil White – 6th &7th September 2014
Historical fiction with mystery writer Chris Nickson – 20th & 21st September 2014
New Heroic Fantasy with Adrian Tchaikovsky – 4th & 5th October 2014
Modern Romance with author and journalist Katy Regan – 18th & 19th October
For prices, bookings and more details, please visit www.goldenrock.co.uk or call Joanna on 01539 821513


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Enter the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 and you could win a publishing contract with Bloomsbury

The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are teaming up to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

Submit a story for 8 to 12-year-olds to be in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, including advance payment of £5,000 for your work.

First prize:

  • A publishing contract with Bloomsbury, which includes an advance of £5,000 and a print run of your work
  • Use of  “Winner of the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • A prize ceremony in your honour, with press, authors and publishers in attendance

Shortlisted authors:

  • Use of “Runner up in the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • Signed book bundles
  • Plus all shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the prize ceremony with the opportunity to meet agents, editors, press and others.

Full details here


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Instant Hook Literary Contest

The 2014 Instant Hook Literary Contest, sponsored by HB Creativity, is now open.

Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel. As the competition title suggests, the goal is to create an opening that commands attention, and makes the reader wish for more.

The (postmark) deadline is December 2, 2014.

The word limit is 300 words and the prize is $300 (Canadian).

All details regarding how to enter can be found on the JUNE INK STAINS entry on the following blog:www.paulbutlernovelist.wordpress.com


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The Great British Write Off

Calling all Birmingham poets and writers, The Great British Write Off is an exciting free competition, where one lucky winner will win every penny in the prize fund, which increases every time a new entry is received.

If you live in the UK and are 18+, you are welcome to enter a poem, short story, mini saga or novel extract that is your own original work. It’s quick and easy to upload your work online at www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk. Our website has further information on the rules, prizes, judges and of course, a live prize fund totalizer!

The Great British Write Off is a celebration of both poets and writers, but only one person can win the 1st prize, so who will it be … a poet or a writer? We’ve had a bit of fun with our marketing and created our very own Poets v Writers head-to-head challenges, which have been captured on film for your enjoyment!

#GBWO judges Mark Grist and Mixy have competed in The Word Association Challenge (link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS4BwQLuwOQ) and check out the Foam Wrestle to see who won that challenge!

Here at The Great British Write Off we have 3 further Poets vs Writers videos to release over the next 2 weeks! Don’t worry, you won’t need a gimmick for your work, we know great writing doesn’t need one – all it needs is an audience, and The Great British Write Off can certainly help with that.

For the current prize fund, to enter and much, much more visit www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk today!


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BBC Writersroom Workshop

Have you got what it takes to create online content? Think you can take the digital world by storm? FUTURE TALENT is your chance to create your very own original online drama or comedy pilot – and you can find out all about it at this free workshop led by Henry R Swindell (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom).
The session will take place at mac birmingham on 18 June from 7-8.30pm.

Book a free place at www.ideastap.com/spa


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Collaborative Writing Workshop offered by Birmingham Writers’ Group

On Saturday 7 June between 14:00 and 16:00 you are invited to join a writing workshop at the Library of Birmingham.
Birmingham Writers Group members Heide Goody and Iain Grant will be running a Collaborative Writing Workshop.

Heide and Iain have written novels together for around three years and they have worked out lots of ways to have a fun time being creative in a team.
Even if you don’t want to write with someone else, you’ll get a creative boost from this lively workshop.

There is a nominal charge of £3 for the library to cover its costs.
Details here:
http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com/event/Events/writingworkshop-7june

This is one of three events that Birmingham Writers’ Group is running at the Library of Birmingham as part of its Images Season.
We’ll keep you posted about the others as soon as they are available to view on the library’s own website.


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Starlight in the Ring

Starlight in the Ring coverNelson Mandela called for forgiveness and reconciliation. When your heart is at stake, that’s hard to do…

Growing up in South Africa in the 1950s, Betty Baker’s whole childhood has been shaped by the tyranny of the Apartheid Laws. As the daughter of native farm-labourers, her future is already mapped out for her. Betty’s dreams are larger than Burgersdorp. Each of the sixteen laws brings hate, hardship, exile and murder, but Betty’s passion and ambition drives her on. Her first love affair brings tragedy, and later, a choice: will she let the events of her past determine her future? Will she seek love – or fall for revenge?


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HISTORICAL FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP (Worcs)

HISTORICAL FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE 2014
10.00 – 4.00
LITTLE WITLEY VILLAGE HALL
Bank Road, Little Witley, Worcs.
Tutors: Sue Johnson & Heather King
Cost: £40
(includes tea, coffee & cake)
Please bring a packed lunch (kitchen facilities available)
For further details and to book a place, contact:
Heather King on 01886 888518 or Sue Johnson on 01386 446477


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Local poetry events

The following list of events has been sent to us by Jacqui Rowe of Flarestack Poets:

WORKSHOPS AT THE BARBER INSTITUTE
I’m very pleased by how popular my workshops at the Barber Institute have become. Booking is essential (see below for details)

VOYAGES
SATURDAY 24 MAY
1.30 – 4PM
Be inspired by the seascapes in our galleries and explore personal maps and journeys and write about the sea in its many forms…

MARBLE BRONZE WOOD STEEL
SATURDAY 28 JUNE
1.30 – 4PM
Embark on a treasure hunt for the hidden and unexpected artworks around the University of Birmingham campus! Be inspired in your writing by this diverse and eclectic range of sculpture, both inside and out, including works in the Barber Institute and the Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art.
Please bring suitable footwear for walking, and protection against bad weather.
This workshop,

FACE TO FACE
SATURDAY 19 JULY
1.30 – 4PM
In response to our Lasting Impressions exhibitions, this workshop looks at how we describe people and create characters. Explore these ideas and have the opportunity to write a dialogue by pairing two disparate portraits.
This workshop, led by Barber Write in Residence Jacqui Rowe, is suitable for writers of prose or poetry, at all levels of experience.

£6; £4 concessions & students per workshop. Limited spaces available – booking essential. To book, contact 0121 414 2261 or education@barber.org.uk.

www.barber.org.uk

POETRY BITES 7.30 pm 27th MAY
Guest poets for Poetry Bites in May are Roy Marshall and James Sheard. Floor spots are also available for you to share your own work with a supportive and appreciative audience. Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA (entry through Fletcher’s, a few yards up the road). To book a floor spot contact jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk or arrive before 7.15 pm on the night. £5 (£4 concs) inc readers. Poetry bites receives no public funding so a fee is charged to cover room hire and to contribute to guests’ expenses.

FLARESTACK POETS SUBMISSIONS WINDOW
Flarestack Poets press, publisher of the year 2013 at the Michael Marks Awards and twice publisher of the Michael Marks pamphlet of the year is open for submissions until 31st May. For details see www.flarestackpoets.co.uk


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