Backlit Gallery won the competition to bring Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing to Nottingham in October, so thank you to all who voted. I’m looking forward to finding out what they have planned and how NWS can get involved.
Hope you get plenty of writing done this bank holiday weekend! -Pippa
Friday May 22nd 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, Talespin: A Night of Tales with the Woolly Tellers at NWS
Join Dave Brookes and Mike Whysall, AKA the Woolly Tellers, for a night of tales. Mike and Dave came together out of the Story Tellers of Nottingham led by Pete Davis. They recently performed to a full house at the Theatre Royal Nottingham’s third stage. This is a free event for NWS members, partners and friends to come along and be entertained with tales, stories and anecdotes. Q&A at the end (they’ve even promised to bring the biccies). Details here.
31st May to 7th June, Derby Book Festival
The impressive line-up for the first Derby Book Festival includes over 60 events and activities, including internationally celebrated, best-selling authors as well as a broad range of local writing talent. You can find full details in the festival programme.
From May through June, City Arts Summer Programme, Nottingham
Our neighbours at City Arts have launched their Summer Programme of creative courses and events for all ages and abilities. There’ll be everything from music, arts and theatre. Spaces are limited so booking is essential – just email [email protected] or phone 0115 9505 251.
27th-30th May, FONT Festival, venues in Hockley
A range of events from Nottingham’s many theatre companies, and including performance poetry from NWS member Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves and Ash Dickinson at 7pm on May 28th at the Lord Roberts. More information about all the shows here.
Tuesday 2nd June 7:30pm-9:30pm, book launch of Babbicam by Rod Madocks, at NWS
A remarkable new fictional retelling of the story of the legendary John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee: a Devon man convicted of a Torquay murder. He proclaimed he was innocent of the bloody crime and became ‘The Man They Could Not Hang’.
Free admission, all welcome. Refreshments provided.
Thursday 4th June, 8pm, Liz Lochhead, Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre welcomes the National Poet of Scotland, Liz Lochhead. The Sunday Times describes her as ‘Brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’. She will give a performance with Steve Kettley, presenting her best work from the past 45 years.
Admission: £15 (£13 concession, £11 restricted view).
More information here
Friday 5th June, eBook publishing & How to Approach Publishers, Waterstone’s Nottingham
A pair of half-day workshops at Waterstones NG: “How to publish an ebook” with Pippa Hennessy, and “How to Approach Agents and Publishers: writing query letters and synopses” with Victoria Villasenor.
To sign up for one or both, (£35 per session, discount if you sign up for both), contact [email protected].
June 6-7, Bold Strokes Book Festival, Nottingham
Two days of author events which will be of interest to writers and readers alike, featuring Bold Strokes authors from across the world. All events are free, so don’t miss this! Full programme and more information here.
Sunday 7th June, 10:30am-3:15pm, Poetry Improv with Robin Vaughan-Williams, NWS
What happens when you stick a bunch of poets in a room with nothing to write on and ask them to get creative? At this introductory workshop we’ll be exploring a spontaneous, collaborative approach to poetry that involves listening as well as speaking. It’s all about how our voices interact, collide and echo one another, taking us places we wouldn’t go on our own.
Tickets: £25 (not including lunch).
More information and booking here.
8th to 21st June, Fortnight, across Nottingham
Fortnight is a two-week experience that unfolds in real-time for those who live within the Nottingham postcodes NG1, NG2, NG3, NG7, NG8 and NG9. All you’ll is need is a working mobile phone (from any country), an email account, curiosity and a dose of playfulness! Along the way, you’ll be given lots of treats, you’ll meet people, and you’ll find your own way to make sense of what the project gives to you.
Register: Sign up for free to recieve a booking link from which you can purchase tickets; tickets MUST be purchased before 5pm on Thursday 4 June.
Wednesday 10th June 7:30pm, Beeston Tales, White Lion in Beeston
Shonaleigh Cumbers brings us The Diamond Girl and the Goat Horn Bee. Shonaleigh is one of the foremost tellers on the British and world scene, a 21st century drut’syla reworking folk tales from the Jewish tradition. With music by Simon Heywood. You can book a ticket here.
Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 at the door, £12 including meal
Friday 19th June, Word Factory, Birmingham
Workshops are being held with David Almond and Michele Roberts as part of The Tablet Literary Festival on the Catholic Imagination in Literature (but it’s not religious!) Places can be booked here.
Lowdham Book Festival, 19th to 28th June, Lowdham Village, Notts
It’s the 16th year of Lowdham Book Festival. You can download the programme as a PDF here. We hope you enjoy this year’s mix of events – highlights include Earl Spencer and Alan Johnson, Marina Fiorato and Eve Makis, David Crystal and Allan Mallinson, and of course the festival traditions – Reading Group Day, Craft Day, Cricket night and our free day of talks, stalls, children’s events and music to end the week. Several NWS members are also taking part, and as usual there’ll be our regular NWS stall.
Saturday 27th June, Poetry Editing Workshop with Cathy Grindrod, 10am-1pm at County Hall, Matlock
This practical and supportive workshop aims to give you more confidence in editing your own work by taking a focused look at the poetry revision process. We will share poems we would like to redraft and use a guided process to help edit both our own and each others’ work, and discuss what for each of us makes a good poem.
Tickets: £10 with complimentary tea and coffee
To book a place email [email protected] or phone 01773 831385
July through August, Open Book event, Bromley House Library
The Library is running a programme of talks and an exhibition of our books and manuscripts on Sherwood Forest through July and August. The talks will be on Wednesday lunchtimes and the talks and exhibitions will be open to the public also.
Book from Monday 1st June. Please phone or email the library to book tickets, £3.50 per talk
Friday 12th July, Edge-Lit Convention, QUAD, Derby
Big-name guests at this sci-fi and fantasy convention, with full details here.
Saturday 8 – Friday 14 August, The Writers’ Summer School, Swanwick, Derbyshire.
A week-long programme for all writers including the chance to take part in workshops, one-to-one sessions, courses, talks and panels run by expert tutors. Guest speaker Simon Brett – Winner of the 2014 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger,along with Alex Gray, Peter James, Helen Lederer and Deborah Moggach.
More information here.
Saturday 26 September, Margaret Atwood, Albert Hall, Nottingham
Advance notice: Waterstones Nottingham have persuaded this great author to come to Nottingham. Tickets likely to sell quickly! Further information here.
Writing East Midlands survey
Take part in their annual survey to help build a picture of the fantastic breadth of writing talent across the region and you could win £50 worth of National Book Tokens plus a signed copy of Matt Haig’s fantastic novel Echo Boy. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Here’s the link.
19th June to 11th July, Street Art Fesitval at Surface Gallery, Nottingham
This open exhibition celebrates Nottingham’s thriving alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local, national, and international street art. Mediums of any type are welcome – including writing! Up to six pieces can be submitted per person and all work will be hung salon style, packed from floor to ceiling. All submissions will be displayed as long as you can get them through the door. You can download the application pack here.
Deadline: Friday 12th June, 5pm
Associate Artists Applications – Now open
In Good Company are now recruiting for their 2015/16 Associate Companies programme. This is a bespoke development opportunity for artists in the East Midlands offering access to resources, space, mentorship and funding. You will work together with IGC’s three partner venues; Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Create Theatre and benefit from the gravitas and experience of these organisations. You can find out more details on the programme and how to apply here.
Deadline for applications: 12th June
Open submissions to Meniscus journal
Submissions are still welcome to the next edition of Meniscus, the online literary journal published by AAWP. Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays, with payment for all work accepted.
In other news
Rainbow Writers group member Russell Christie has just published his first novel, ‘The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna’
Russell has previously written travel journalism for Gay Times and The Pink paper. This novel is based on his time travelling the US and focuses on a group of burlesque performers in San Francisco. Their story is narrated through the eyes of Mordred Vienna, an early exponent of the performance art scene and a person of fluid gender. More title information can be found here.