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Visit for listings updated weeklyFire in the Head &The Wild Wayswith Roselle Angwin26 years of inspiring holistic writing courses• Residential retreats; stunning locations (Hebrides; France; Devon; Cornwall) • One-day & weekend workshops• Online courses & mentoring• Many students now publishedCreative & reflective – the ecological Book Festival is the world’s only Festival of Biography and Memoir. The festival mixes Scottish history and tradition with contemporary culture and brings together some of the finest authors for a weekend of workshops, readings and discussions. Full programme TBA. Dumfries House, Ayrshire. 12-14 May. COUNCIL OF WALES 0845 873 4900 additional events listings, see www.literaturewales.orgWriting Crime Fiction with Katherine Stansfield is an afternoon workshop exploring detectives and criminals in crime fiction, lookingat classic roles and non-traditional sleuths, character development, skills and flaws, use of a foil, and the fascinating relationship between detectives and their foes. Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea. 25 March, 2pm. £4-£10. www.literaturewales.orgWriting in the Wild Weekendwill draw inspiration from Newport Wetlands to inspire participants’ creative writing. RSPB Newport Wetlands, Environmental Education and Visitors Centre, Newport. 25-26 March. £120 (£96). www.literaturewales.orgThe Power of the Sidekick is an evening with Gladstone’s Library’s Writer in Residence Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, examining narrators, foils, love interest and more in relation to the sidekick and how they enhance the literary world. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden.4 April, 7.30pm. £15. www.gladstoneslibrary.orgJoanne Harris will be discussing the context which inspired her latest novel, Different Class, as part of Wrexham Carnival of Words (29Apr – 1 May). Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndŵr University. 29 April, 7pm. £8. www.wrexhamcarnivalofwords.comIlluminating Companions is a masterclass with Gladstone’s Library’s Writer in Residence Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, exploring how animals in fiction can illuminate their human companions. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. 29 April, 10am. £35. www.gladstoneslibrary.orgStories or Histories? is a masterclass with Gladstone’s Library’s Political Writer in Residence Caroline Shenton, exploring the challenges in creating a piece of non-fiction based on historical records. The course will look at how writers can create engaging and gripping history, biography or other life-writings within the constraintsof known facts. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. 27 May, 10am. £35. www.gladstoneslibrary.orgThe Hay Festival is one of the UK’s most renowned literary events and is returning this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a line-up of world-class authors and speakers. Hay-on-Wye. 25 May – 4 June. www.hayfestival.comRepublic of IrelandBig Smoke Writing Factory offersa series of writing workshops and seminars including: Screenwriting: Dialogue (25 Mar, 11am-4pm, €60); Children’s / YA Publishing Seminar(1 Apr, 11am-4pm €60); Advanced Children’s Fiction Workshop (22 Apr, 11am-4pm, €60); and Children’s Fiction Workshop (6 May, 11am-4pm €60). Big Smoke Writing Factory, Coppinger Row, Dublin. www.bigsmokewritingfactory.comStrokestown International Poetry Festival provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic poetry. A wide variety of poets will take to the stage for a series of readings. Venues around Strokestown. 27 April –1 May. www.strokestownpoetry.orgLitfest: A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks. Venues around Ballymaloe. 19-21 May. www.litfest.ieInternational Literature Festival Dublin welcomes some of thefinest writers from the literary world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral with readings, workshops, performances, screenings and plenty more. The full programme is to be announced. Venues across Dublin. 20-28 May. www.ilfdublin.comFurther afieldUSA: Women of the World Poetry Slam is a four-day performance poetry festival in which the best women and gender non-conforming poets from around the world will compete against each other to find the World Poetry Slam Champion. Also poetry workshops, open mics, evening events and parties. Open to the public, some events free with a festival pass. Dallas, Texas.15-18 March. www.poetryslam.comNZ: Auckland Writers Festivalstages over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers to celebrate the world of books and ideas. The full programme will be launched in March. Auckland, New Zealand. 16-21 May. Norsk Litteraturefestival is thelargest literature festival in the Nordic region, with a focus on contemporary literature and the interaction between literature and society. Lillehammer, Norway.30 May – 4 June. www.litteraturfestival.nothe Hilary Johnson Authors' Advisory ServiceA proven reading/criticism service for novelists, writers of short stories, children's books and full-length non-fiction. Specialist advice available for science fiction/fantasy, radio/TV/film scripts and poetry. Also copy- editing and ‘tidying’ of typescripts for those intending to self-publish.I am a scout for a leading literary agentFor full details of the many successful authors I have advised, visit my website:'Hilary's insightful, pertinent advice gives the new writer the best possible chance in an increasingly difficult market.' Katie Fforde01553 676611 hilary@hilaryjohnson.comThe publishing house for self-publishersLumphanan Press are an experienced publishing facilitator offering a personal, friendly service through editorial, design & marketing tasks. Contact us for an informal discussion and to find out how we can • 01339880873 Writing AcademyFocused workshops and courses to enhance your writing skillsFictionfire Writers’ RetreatsStep back. Breathe. Write.Fictionfire Literary ConsultancyManuscript appraisal, editing, mentoring, | 07827 455723 | Mar/Apr/May 2017 mslexia

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