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ListingsFate, destiny and finding your identity brings together threeof the UK’s most respected YA authors, Alwyn Hamilton, Samantha Shannon and L A Weatherly, as they discuss blending genres, breaking conventions, and writing fantasy and dystopian fiction with the Guardian’s children’s book critic and editorial consultant, Imogen Russell- Williams. Waterstones, Islington.28 March, 6.30-8pm. £3. www.waterstones.comInternational Children’s Book Daywill be celebrated at Keats House with an opportunity to create your own children’s book at their drop-in event. You’ll also have the chance to hear some well-loved children’s stories. Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead. 2 April, 1-4pm. Free. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/keatsExpanded Translation pushes the boundaries of translation to include creative dialogues across different artforms and collaborative practices. Join Vahni Capildeo and Michael Zand as they read their work and discuss. The Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.10 April, 6.30pm. Free. www.southbankcentre.co.ukHow to Hook an Agent: Non- fiction is an opportunity to get insider knowledge from four literary agents on how to submit your manuscript, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention, focusing specifically on popular non-fiction. Includes a networking lunch and the chance for a one- to-one with an agent. Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London. 22 April, 9.30am-2.30pm. £175. www.writersandartists.co.ukHow To Write Short Stories That Resonate introduces the short story, how to decode the best ones and begin to write your own. Designed for all levels, it will appeal to those with a desire to try out different forms, from flash fiction to longer works. 25 April – 4 July. Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, London. £295. www.gold.ac.ukWriting the City: Creative Writing Inspired by London aims to inspire you as a writer to re-engage with your surroundings, using the city to stimulate and inspire your prose, poetry or non-fiction projects.27 April – 6 July. Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, London. £260. www.gold.ac.ukWriting About Ourselves and Others: Ethics and Life-writingis an opportunity to learn a rangeof writing techniques, archival research skills, as well as exploring the ethical implications of becoming a life-writer. 6-27 May. Goldsmiths, London. £295.www.gold.ac.ukReluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland explores characters and fiction inspired by exile and displacement with Kamila Shamsie and other authors. The talk is part of Karachi Literature Festival and Alchemy (19-29 May), a festival showcasing the dynamic creativity and cultural connections betweenSouth Asia and the UK. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. 20 May, 11.45am. £20 for Saturday pass. www.southbankcentre.co.ukThe Society of Women Writers & Journalists’ Prize Giving Programme launched 2017 with great success. Join them again on 29 June for the AGM Tea;21 September at the Autumn Lunch; 7 December at the Christmas Tea Gathering. Stimulating speakers. Audience participation. Non-members welcome.Venue: National Liberal Club. Contact: bra33@btinternet.com.The Complete Creative Writing Course offers professional, inspirational courses in creative writing at all levels. Courses startin October, January and April with a choice of Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from £295 per six-week course. For details and dates visit the website. Courses are held at The Groucho Club, Soho, and other central London locations. www.writingcourses.org.ukExiled Lit Cafe gives writers in exile a platform to share their work and encourage creativity within refugee communities. Features music, literature and an open mic session. See website for upcoming themes and line-ups. Betsey Trotwood Pub, 56 Farringdon Road, London. First Monday ofthe month, 7.30pm. £5 (£3). www.exiledwriters.co.ukBoost your confidence and your word-count with Green Ink Writers’ Gym for writers of all genres and all levels of experience. Join us at Waterstones, Piccadilly and venues around London. www.greeninkwritersgym.comFor additional events listings,sign up for the newsletters from New Writing North. For general listings, consult The Crack (www. thecrackmagazine.com) available free from libraries, arts venues and by subscription.An Evening with the Femme Fatales of the North East features Sheila Quigley, Eileen Wharton, K A Richardson and Danielle Ramsay in discussion about their latest thrillers, chaired by Dr. Jacky Collins. Waterstones Newcastle. 15 March, 7pm. £3. www.waterstones.comPoetry First Steps is a workshop offering practical advice and exercises for those new to writing. Participants will create poems during the course and leave with the skills to keep writing. ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees.18 March, 11am-12.30pm. £10. www.arconline.co.ukThe Marked follows Jack, who as a child lived in a world of monsters and invisible guardians, and is now an adult living on the streets ofLondon. The production sold out in London and Edinburgh, and now features at Newcastle Puppetry Festival (27 March –1 April). Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle.31 March, 8pm. £10 (£8). www.northernstage.co.ukReality Writing introduces thecraft of reality writing, transforming interesting experiences into great reads. Tracey Iceton steers writers new to creative non-fiction through plotting, structuring, peopling and penning memoirs, biographies, travel writing and true life tales. ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees.1 April, 11am-1pm. £10. www.arconline.co.ukReading and Writing Poetry isa ten-week poetry course, ledby Ellen Phethean and Kathleen Kenny, that will look at examples of contemporary poetry and use them as writing inspiration. The courseis open to new and experienced writers with an interest in poetic form. The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. 3 April – 26 June, 6-8pm. £90. To reserve a place, telephone: 0191 232 0192.Hexham Book Festival returns for another year of fantastic events including readings, workshops and interviews. Programme TBA. Venues across Hexham. 28 April – 7 May. www.hexhambookfestival.co.ukMari Hannah, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Shelley Day will be in attendance at this year’s Newcastle Noir Festival, which celebratesthe best in crime writing, offering a weekend of events including panel discussions with authors, screenwriters and producers, readings and crime workshops. The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. 29-30 April. £50 (£30). www.newcastlenoir.blogspot.co.ukEnglish: Shared Futures is a conference for the discipline of English, celebrating its intellectual strength, diversity and creativity, and exploring its futures in the nationsof the UK and across the world. Booking closes 30 June. Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne. 5-7 July. £125 (£75). www.englishsharedfutures.ukFor additional events listings, sign up for newsletters from New Writing Cumbria and Eden Arts.Jacci Bulman reads from her new collection, A Whole Day Through From Waking, along with Helen Fletcher, Alison Barr, Josephine Dickinson, Amy Heys, Nicola Jackson, Kathleen Jones, Kim Moore and Mary Robinson in a celebration of Cumbrian poetry at Words by the Water Festival (3-12 March). Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria.7 March, 5.30pm. Free. www.wayswithwords.co.ukQ, an LGBT Bookclub, meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The group will discuss Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts at the next meeting. Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester. 7 March, 6.30pm. www.waterstones.comJoin Ali Land and Emma Flintas they discuss their début novels and the role of the unorthodox woman in crime fiction and beyond. Waterstones, Liverpool.14 March, 6.30pm. £3. www.waterstones.comTelling Tales with Patience Agbabifeatures the award-winning poet retelling Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales for the 21st Century. The performance, which brings out the wordplay of the work and involves the audience, is part of Lancaster Litfest (3-26 Mar). The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. 25 March, 7pm.£12 (£10). www.litfest.orgMy Country: a work in progresspresents the results of interviews conducted by the National Theatre nationwide following the Brexit vote. Using exact words taken from the conversations, the performance was created in collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy. HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester. 18-22 April. £10-24. www.homemcr.orgSouth EastFor additional events listings, sign up for the newsletter from New Writing South.Finding Time to Write withLouise Tondeur will consider tools and habits to freshen up your writing life, structuring routinesto fit in time for creative practice, structuring writing projects around time available, and short writing prompts to kick start writing. Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. 21 March, 11am-1pm. Free. www.creativefuture.org.ukThe Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington sees Guardian journalist Joanna Moorhead in discussion about her father’s cousin, rarely spoken of by her family. Carrington ran away to Mexico in the 1940s and became a significant Surrealist artist, as well as a founder of the women’s liberation movementin Mexico and a novelist. Part of Oxford Literary Festival (25 Mar –2 Apr). Weston Lecture Theatre, The Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford. 29 March, 12pm. £12.50. www.oxfordliteraryfestival.orgStorying the Self is a two-day event exploring how the self is represented, reimagined and reconfigured in a range of practices across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Grand Parade campus, University of Brighton.29 March, 9am-5pm; 14 June, 9am-5pm. £35 (£15); £60 both days. www.arts.brighton.ac.ukWise Words Festival returns with another programme ofNorth EastNorth Westmslexia Mar/Apr/May 2017 75


































































































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