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 http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk. Booking is available online or by emailing the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.