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ListingsDON’T MISSEast MidlandsLondonGetting a gigNoir at the Bar, GlasgowWHAT IS IT? Noir at the Bar is a prose performancemovement started by Peter Rozovsky in Philadelphiain 2008 as an alternative to formal ‘big author’readings. NATB events comprise a clutch of genrewriters doing five-to-seven-minute readings in a barsetting – either a complete ‘flash’ story or an excerptfrom a work of ‘noir’ fiction. The idea spread to New York, LA, Minneapolis... and last year arrived in Glasgow, via crime writers Jay Stringer and Russell D MacLean. Noir events have also begun in Carlisle, Newcastle and Belfast. The Glasgow incarnation is a quarterly gathering of 40-60 people, upstairs at The Raven pub. Big names like Denise Mina and James Oswald are sandwiched between début authors; the result is as unexpected as an iPod in shuffle mode. ‘The aim is to break down the sense that there’s an upper and a lower tier of crime writers,’ says Stringer.IS IT FOR YOU? Conventionally published authors are given priority, but self-published authors are welcome too. (NATB events in Newcastle and Carlisle include a ‘wild card’ hat into which unpublished writers can toss their names for a chance to read.) The main criteria is fiction in which something genuinely disturbing occurs. ‘Complete five-minute stories work better than extracts,’ says Stringer. ‘Think of your piece as a song on an album.’IDEAL APPROACH ‘We’re always looking for new readers and if we discover someone interesting, we’ll approach them ourselves to liven up the evening.’ He and MacLean operate a 50:50 genderpolicy, but tend to have more men than women wantingto read, so do get in touch. Email a writing sample plus info about your publication and performing experience. This helps them create a mix of newbies and old hands. DTnoirbarglasgow@gmail.comThe Raven, 81-85 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 1NQEVENTS AND COURSES directoryWhat’s happening, and where, in your local region. The information and contacts listed here are intended to help you get more involved in the literary life of your area. If your favourite contact or venue is not here, please let us know. We make every effort for details to be correct at time of going to press, but don’t forget to check with the venue as events are always subject to change.EnglandARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND 21 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3HF0845 300 6200 October, 6.30-8pm. £7.50. Live is a series of readings from guest authors as well as students from UEA’s Creative Writing Programme. Headliners include: Sophie Collins and Emily Berry (13 Oct 6.30pm); Sara Taylor (27 Oct, 6.30pm); Megan Bradbury (24 Nov, 6.30pm); and Naomi Alderman(15 Dec, 6.30pm). Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall. Free. Writing the Lives of Others sees Julia Blackburn sharing her haphazard approach to research and the lessons she’s learned through her own writing experience. The workshop will discuss ways of ‘meeting’ people and how one turns conversations with strangers into part of a book’s narrative. Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall.26 October, 7pm. £15. Day with Isobel Dixon is an opportunity to have a one-to-one conversation with an established agent. Participants will discover howagents work, what they look for in new clients, and how to pitch, as well as receiving feedback on their extract and synopsis. Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall. 2 December, 10am-4pm. £75 (£65). 005 & 005A, Arkwright Building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4BU 0845 300 6200 Your Novel: Inspiration and Perspiration with tutor Megan Taylor is a course designed to help and advise with writing, revising and submitting, whether you’rea new or experienced writer. Waterstones Nottingham. 24Sep – 22 Oct, 1-3pm. £90. www. Writer’s Day returns with panels, interviews and more for anyone looking to expand their writing career, find a publisher or just get their work out there. QUAD, Market Place, Derby. 15 October, 10am-4pm. £35. www.derbyquad. co.ukWriting for Children & YA with Alex Gutteridge is a course suitable for writers of all levels. Work on characters, plotting, dialogue, pace and style while preparing your work for publication. Clarence House,75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester.3 November – 15 December, 12.30-2.30pm. £108 (£96). www., Edge-Lit’s Christmas special, returns with panels, workshops, book launches and more. Celebrate science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing with other readers, writers and fans this festive season. QUAD, Market Place, Derby.26 November, 10am-6pm. £25. Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3HF; 0845 300 6200 publications: There’s so much going on in London, our best advice is to subscribe to Poetry London Newsletter. Submissions welcome with SAE to Ahren Warner, Poetry Editor, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG. Annual subscriptions £25; single issues £9. Also see literature listings in Time Out.The Construction of the Poemis a 30-week poetry course on the history and application of formal techniques. Each session is taught by a different poet, based on her or his areas of expertise. The Poetry School, London. 12 September – 14 November, 6.45-8.45pm. £171. www.poetryschool.comThe Brazilian Bilingual Book Clubaims to bring Brazilian literatureto more readers. Attendants can read the books in the original Brazilian Portuguese or translations. Upcoming meetings include:As Meninas by Lygia Fagundes. Embassy of Brazil, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London.15 September, 6.30- 9pm. Syria is a multimedia arts exhibition at the Talking Peace Festival showcasing the storiesand works of several exiled Syrian artists. House of Vans, Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Road, London. 22 September – 2 October. www.talkingpeacefestival.orgArts Council England’s national office is based in London with an office in five other regions.For details of funding opportunities (Grants for the Arts) keep an eye on the central website Alternatively, don’t be afraid to contact your Region directly.Best to ask for a Literature Officer first to find out who you should be speaking to, and rememberto mention that you are interested in creative writing and literature.EastEastbrook, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8BF0845 300 6200 publications: East Life,, arts centres and librariesKeeping it in the Family: Domestic Noir is a discussion between Julia Crouch, Sarah Hilary and Christobel Kent about what makes the genre so popular for women writerstoday. Part of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, a celebration of the sharpest noir and crime writing.17 September, 12pm. £8 (£6). About Agatha, join Sophie Hannah, John Curran and Julius Green in an evening devoted to Agatha Christie. Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street Cambridge.mslexia Sep/Oct/Nov 2016 73INSIGHT

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