Friday 23rd October 8pm, The Gorbals Vampire, Lee Rosy’s
As part of Nottingham’s Fringe Festival, Marty Ross is performing a show he did at Edinburgh this year, the strange tale of The Gorbals Vampire. Inspired by a true story, a strange quirk of social history in one of Glasgow’s poorest areas. Basically, a group of local kids in the 1950s got the idea that there was a vampire with iron teeth haunting the city’s massive Southern Necropolis and took to nightly vampire hunting trips, sharpened stakes and all, until chased out by the police. It became a national news story and led to the nationwide banning of US horror comics (though they seem to have played almost no part in influencing the kids, genuine local superstitions having been much more significant).
Tickets are £5/£4 conc, bookings can be made at www.nottmfringe.com
Friday 23rd October from 6pm, Hand Job Zine issue 9 launch party, The Chameleon
On this date Nottingham will become a hub for literary talents that are sitting just under the surface and will soon be breaking through to the mainstream, some home-grown, others from London, Edinburgh and even Coventry. These talents, such as Dean Lilleyman from Glapwell, are raw and heartfelt, telling honest stories that burn deep, long after reading. This will all be rounded off by Notts punk band White Finger. Find more info on the Facebook event
Tickets £3 on the door, and all money raised goes towards printing issue 10
From 26th October to 5th November, Bread and Roses Festival, Five Leaves Bookshop
Welcome to the programme for our second Bread and Roses Festival. This year we have expanded the Festival to cover eleven days of events ranging from topical speakers and discussions to radical music, including but not limited to the subject of Capitalism, secret tunnels, and Jeremy Corbyn. Information on each event can be found on the website, where booking can be made for individual events.
Saturday 31st October 3-6pm, The Shy Convention with Gillian Wearing, Backlit
Gillian Wearing and Backlit will be hosting an afternoon of creative sessions exploring confidence, writing, music and language. The Shy Convention will run from 3pm – 6pm with a small group of lucky participants who will attend two FREE sessions! The objective is to prepare a personal piece of writing to perform later that evening to a live audience as part of the ‘personal karaoke’ experience. Gillian says ‘The Shy Convention I hope will bring a lot of like-minded people together in celebration of a trait that many people have, including myself. Let this be a celebration as well as an opportunity to find techniques that can help boost confidence.’
Free event, but you have to apply for a very limited number of places
Wednesday 4th November 7-10pm, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet: Readings, Puppets & Beer, Rough Trade
Join us in the bar at Rough Trade for an evening of fantastic literature and performance, featuring award-winning writers from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and a chat with guest-editor, Michael J. de Luca, via Skype; puppetry from Sean Myatt, and readings from local authors Roberta Dewa and Giselle Leeb. “LCRW #33 approaches its theme of humanity’s relationship with the earth with a little humor, a touch of horror… Includes multiple award winner Sofia Samatar, Nebula and Shirley Jackson award nominee Carmen Maria Machado, and World Fantasy Award nominee Christopher Brown among others.”
A free event, here’s the Facebook event for more details
Wednesday 11th November 7.30pm, El Dia de los Muertos, The White Lion, Beeston
El Dia de los Muertos is Mexico’s most famous day of celebration, taking place on 2nd November each year – families welcome back the spirits of their ancestors with music, feasting and flowers. Mike Payton and Tim Ralphs bring the spirit of this day to Beeston with Mexican folk tales, music and other connected stories. Tim and Mike have both been invited to perform at The British Museum for their own Day of the Dead weekend, but rest assured, Beeston will be a better show! To help with the fiesta, ace cook Sergio Rocha, is putting on a Mexican buffet as part of an all inclusive ticket – but these must be bought at least a week in advance, from the White Lion itself.
Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door, available from The White Lion, or online at www.timralphs.com/beeston-tales. Inclusive meal and stories ticket £10.50, available only in advance
Thursday 12th November 1:30-3pm, Literary Leicester Festival – First Story Young Writers’ Showcase, University of Leicester
We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming event at the Literary Leicester Festival. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see young writers showcase their talents, alongside headline performances from celebrated author Carol Leeming and leading performance poet Andy Craven-Griffiths. The event is especially suited to secondary school students, teaching and literacy staff and those interested in creative writing and literacy development for young people
Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance through the website
Tuesday 17th November 12 noon, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Come along to the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 10 year celebration and 2015 prize winner announcement. The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is Europe’s biggest competition for playwriting development in partnershop with the Royal Exchange Theatre and Bruntwood.
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November, But I Know This City! a community reading, various locations around Nottingham
Excavate present a community reading of B.S. Johnson’s ‘The Unfortunates’, one of Britain’s most important post-war novels, which has a unique connection to Nottingham. Published as a book in a box, the novel – other than the first and last chapters – can be read in any order. Over 60 local performers will be scattered across Nottingham; in pubs, cars, cafes, bus stops, bookshops, churches, living rooms and many other nooks and crannies. They will be waiting for you to navigate your way through the novel and the city, and piece the story together. Click here for full details
Thursday 17th December 7:30pm, ‘There’s Nowt so Good’ll Pass’ an evening with Higgs Bo’sun, City Arts
Higgs Bo’sun are the instrumentalists who play with the Trent Navigation Company (TNC) shanty crew that performed for City Arts to a packed house last February. So Higgs Bo’sun is a particle of TNC, geddit? Their repertoire is firmly rooted in the folk tradition of the British Isles and North America. Singing shanties, ballads, shore ditties and music hall songs and playing jigs, reels and hornpipes, Higgs Bo’sun’s varied arrangements put a new spin on traditional material. A benefit concert for the work of City Arts. Entry £6
Thursday 29th October 7:30-9pm, Hardcore Physics Night, NWS
Many sci-fi writers take their inspiration from the cutting edge of physics, and most need to have at least some basic knowledge of the way the universe works. As part of our Put Science into your Science Fiction series, our scientists will talk about their work in the field, and answer your questions. Dr Justin Bray is a researcher in Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, specialising in high-energy particals and magnetism. Dr Stefano Camera is a post-doctoral research associate in Theoretical and Observational Cosmology at Jodrell Bank, and focusses on understanding the physics of the universe.
Members £10, non-members £15, book here
Saturday 31st October 1-4pm, Writing Ghost Stories with Alex Davis, NWS
With Hallowe’en upon us, why not join us for a workshop exploring one of the noblest literary traditions? Ghost stories have been with us as long since the earliest days around the campfire and acclaimed practitioners of the form include MR James, Charles Dickens, Susan Hill and many more. Join long-time ghost story fan and writer Alex Davis for this sessions exploring what makes a truly great spooky tale, including key aspects such as pacing, the reveal, building atmosphere and much more. Expect plenty of practical tips, advice and exercises as well as the opportunity to get your own supernatural plots started! Book your place here on our website
Members £15, non-members £25
Sunday 1st November 1-3:30pm, Query Writing Workshop with Tom Witcomb, NWS
We’re pleased to host Tom Witcomb, literary agent, for an afternoon of learning about the role of an agent, and what they look for in a manuscript. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for asking questions, as well as analysing sample critiques. Tom has worked at Blake Friedmann for 7 years. His list comprises non-fiction and fiction for all ages: from middle-grade, through YA, to present. His tastes are hugely varied: he likes to read everything from SFF to ‘literary’ fiction. Members £20, non-members £30
Tom will also be offering query critiques via email for only ten people. This is separate from the talk, and booking can be made via this link. Members £20, non-members £30
Thursday 5th November 7:30-9pm, Movie Night with Ian Douglas, NWS
Finish off our great season of sci-fi talks with a movie that typifies the idea of putting science into science fiction. Starring Cillian Murphy and directed by Danny Boyle, Sunshine centres on a desperate mission to the Sun to save the whole solar system. Ian Dougas will introduce the movie and put it into cultural and genre context. Afterwards, he will chair an audience discussion on the film’s merits. Bring your own drinks and popcorn.
Members £10, non-members £15, book here
Saturday 7th November 10am-5pm, Indie Publishing Day, NWS
Are you interested in independent publishing but unsure where to start? Just what is the difference between self publishing, indie publishing and traditional publishing and what would suit your project needs most? Writing East Midlands and Nottingham Writers Studio have teamed up with ALLi and Matador to bring you a day focused on addressing these questions and more. You will have the opportunity to meet experienced indie writers and organisations that provide advice and services, and learn what you need to know to plan your own indie publishing path. A sandwich lunch will be provided.
Tickets £40, book here at the bottom of the page
Two courses starting 8th November 10am-2pm, Storyboarding a Graphic Story with Carol Adlam, NWS
These courses are aimed at those with an interest in writing graphic novels and who want to learn about how they are created, structured and edited. There is no need to be able to draw – but we will be exploring ways of thinking ‘visually’ (i.e. visualising a sequence of events) in order to understand how to structure a graphic novel script and storyboard it successfully. (If you can draw as well, that’s a bonus!) At the end of the workshops you will have learnt how to shape your story into a script, and how to produce roughs and a dummy book – to pitch to publishers, to put online, or even to give to your loved ones as a unique Christmas present!
Part 1: Editing and storyboarding
Pa rt 2: From Roughs to Making a Dummy
Members £30 per course or £50 for both, Non-members £45 per course or £75 for both, all the booking info can be found here
Thursday 19th November 10:30am-3pm, Book Cover Design on a Budget with Teika Bellamy, NWS
With four years of experience as a small press publisher, Teika Bellamy looks at what makes a successful book cover and gives tips on design, composition and use of images and fonts. Using open source desktop publishing software, Scribus and image manipulation program, GIMP, she will take you through the necessary steps to get you from blank page to professional-looking genre-appropriate cover.
Members £15, non-members £25, more info on our website here
Thursday 19th November 2-4pm, From Page to Performance, NWS
As part of the Polari Tour, Paul Burston (author, journalist) & VG Lee (author, comedian) offer a free 2 hour workshop for writers who want to share their work with an audience. There will be a warm-up creative writing exercise but participants are also asked to bring along a piece of work (800–1000 words) that they would like to read in public. In a safe and supportive environment we will concentrate on the performing side of an author’s life: editing and adapting work to read aloud, timing, voice control and connecting with the audience. At the end of the workshop one writer will be offered the chance to read at the Polari event in the evening.
Free event open to everyone, but please let us know you’re coming by emailing [email protected]
Thursday 26th November 10:30am-2pm, The Benefits of Indie Publishers and How to get Published by an Indie Press, NWS
Small press publisher, Dr Teika Bellamy of Mother’s Milk Books, examines the pros and cons of traditional publishing and self-publishing and focusses on the often overlooked ‘third way’ – indie press publishing. She will provide information on the many small, yet thriving, presses based in the UK and give tips on how best to communicate with their editors and get a foot in the door.
Members £15, non-members £25, to book and for more info see our website
Sunday 29th November 10am–4pm, Cave Voice: Subterranean poetry workshop with poet Mark Goodwin, starting at NWS
This one day workshop will include a unique opportunity to experience one of Nottingham’s more exclusive caves, not normally open to the public. Travel with Mark, accompanied by “Creative Cave Consultant” artist Jo Dacombe, on a journey from Nottingham’s upper world into one of its many hollows-beneath. Mark Goodwin has been making poems for over 30 years. He has published a number of poetry collections and chapbooks. Mark is co-founder of expresseum poetics, a creative organisation that specialises in poetics & place. This workshop is organised and delivered by expresseum poetics.
Places are very limited so early booking is recommended. Cost: NWS member £30 Non-member £45
Sunday 6th December 10am-4pm, Bookbinding for Writers with Hilke Kurzke, NWS
You will make a variety of small books. Making books is a good way to make a beautiful gift out of a collection of poems, or a short story, or maybe even a short novella. You will get to know some fun folding techniques, one of which can be used to include pockets in a book, and, as pockets go, can be used to hold a variety of things. Generally the focus is on simple-non-adhesive structures that can be made at home with non-specialized tools and materials, and can be repurposed to serve and support many different projects.
Members £45, Non-members £60, booking info here
Monday 7th December 7-9pm, Learn Crime from the Experts #2: How to Commit Murder with Stuart Gibbon, NWS
Part two of our expert crime series, Stuart is a former senior Detective with thirty years experience serving in the police. His talk will specialise in Murder investigations, and the challenges faced by Detectives in such cases. Participants will be guided through a scenario, and will learn about the first steps at the crime scene and about evidence gathering. He’ll also discuss forensic evidence, lines of enquiry and custody procedures as the scenario unfolds.
Members £10, non-members £15, click here to book your place
Arteles Creative Residency Program 2016
Running since 2010, brings together international creative minds to explore, experiment & expand their practice and thinking. Get inspired with other energetic, ambitious artists & creative professionals from various mediums and backgrounds. The program allows you the time, space, facilities and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to develop yourself and your work.
Deadline for applications is 30th October 2015. Click here for further info and to apply
My European City Short Film Competiton
As part of European Heritage Days, My European City Network invites non professional film makers to create a film and enter our competition. We invite you to use your imagination and make a short film of how a city has reused and reclaimed their industrial heritage. This can inculde industrial buildings, complexes, architecture and products from any city in the network, of which Nottingham is one. We are interested in seeing the benefits to society from turning wasted industrial landscape into vibrant places that give life to our cities and provide new places that contribute to the 21st century. For full details about how to enter, click here
Deadline is October 26th
Bare Ficton Prize 2015: Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Awards
This is their second annual writing competition, with judges Jo Bell for poetry, Richard Skinner for flash fiction and Paul McVeigh for short stories. Magazine subscribes receive discounted competiton entry, and prize winners will be announced in the new year. Deadline for entries is October 31st
The Purple Breakfast Review: Publishing Opportunity for Writers and Illustrators
The Student Wordsmith’s unique online journal presents an opportunity for aspiring writers, particularly students, graduates and young people, to showcase their incredible creative talents. Themed around ‘Echoes’, submissions for its fourth issue. As always, we welcome submissions from illustrators and writers of all genres (prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction). Word limits are as follows:
FREE entry for up to three pieces. For more information on how to submit, click here
Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 13th November 2015
Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competiton 2015
There are over £2000 in prizes and our sole judge this year is Tiffany Atkinson. There is no sifting. Tiffany Atkinson is a poet, literary critic, and long-time creative writing teacher in universities, schools and community writing groups. Her poetry is published widely in journals and anthologies, and her first collection Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Deadline 30th November
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter. To entry and for all conditions, see website here
First Story National Writing Competition
We’re inviting students from all secondary state schools across the country to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Echoes’. Students can explore this theme and its associations in any way they choose: we’re looking forward to seeing imaginative and innovative entries! Full details on their website.
The deadline for entries is Friday 4th December, 2015
Megaphone Writer Development Scheme
Writers are sought for Megaphone, a new writer development scheme making Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices heard in children’s literature. Get one-to-one support writing your children’s or teenage novel, and attend masterclasses with experienced children’s authors, agent and editors. See www.megaphonewrite.com to apply. Arts Council and Publisher Association funded.
Deadline for applications is midnight, 24th December 2015
Early 2016, Brave New World writing challenge
Simply speaking, the challenge is to Write a short final scene for the play ‘Brave New World’ of no more than 5 minutes playing time. All submissions have the opportunity to win a free all day free writers workshop with Nigel Planer and Dawn King which will take place in Birmingham in early 2016. PLUS you win the opportunity of having your Brave New Ending given a rehearsed reading on stage by the actors of ‘Brave New World’ at one of the theatres on tour.
All submissions whether they win or not will be published on our website
Script Submissions, Nottingham Playhouse
A call for submissions to discover, nurture and develop writers who will represent Nottingham, and the East Midlands. They expect writers who submit work to to be aware of their programme, the spaces in the building and to know why they are sending them that play in particular. They will only read complete versions of full-length or one-act, original plays written for the stage. They do not accept work written for TV, radio or film. Full details about how to submit on their website.
2016 Rubery Book Award call for submissions
Overall Prize £1000, and the winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £100. Our 2016 judges are: Booker Shortlisted author, Clare Morrall; Poet and Stand winner, Jeff Phelps; and author, dramatist and lecturer William Gallagher. See website for more details
Closing date is 31st March 2016
In other news
Skype Help Needed
Giselle is organising the Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Writstlet event for Nottingham Writers’ Studio at Rough Trade on Wednesday 4th November. Some of the readings are via Skype, and the technician is now unable to make it. I wondered if anyone can help, or know someone who could? I’ll set up and test everything beforehand – you would just need to contact speakers before they read (via Skype). A little techie knowledge (but not loads) would be useful. read about the event here
Poems4People – An anthology in solidarity with refugees
This is a crowdfunding project to publish an anthology of poems and flash fiction to show solidarity and raise awareness of issues faced by refu gees. The anthology will be produced by an editorial committee and Five Leaves Publications, and be available in print and ebook. Proceeds from sales will go to registered charities supporting refugees both in the East Midlands and abroad. To support, click here.