Dear writer, Saturday’s book launch of NWS member Anne Goodwin’s debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was wonderful. I sat upstairs letting people in while all the fun got started, and was so immersed in the book that I reached page 92 before Anne came to drag me downstairs to introduce the formal part of the…Details
Dear writer, I was reminded last Friday why I love this job so much – it was a joy to watch Ian Douglas launch his latest book – Gravity’s Eye. We’ve got two more book launches coming up soon. The first is this evening, and is not exactly a launch, but you’ll be able to…Details
Dear friend, Just a quick update on a couple of NWS events coming up next month. (is it really nearly July already??) Adrian Reynolds’ script treatment workshops will be on Saturday 11th and Sunday 26th July. There are only a couple of places left, so make sure you book via the website as soon as…Details
Dear writer, I’m off on a writing retreat till next weekend, so won’t be responding to emails or phone calls with any great urgency. In fact, I won’t be responding to phone calls at all, so if you do need to get hold of me, email is the best way. The last work-type thing I’ve…Details
Dear writer, Summer’s (sort of) here, and we had the first NWS Writing Picnic last weekend at Wollaton Park, which was a great success. I hope you’ve all got some good writing planned for the summer, and I hope the large selection of events, courses and opportunities in this newsletter will contain something that will…Details
Dear writer, Nottingham’s Backlit Gallery has the opportunity to welcome Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing in October – but it needs your votes to make it happen. If Backlit wins, they are keen to include NWS and local writers in this project, so it is well worth while casting a vote, and it’s easy… The…Details
As always, there’s lots to tell you.
Before I start, though, I’m more delighted than you can possibly imagine to welcome Holly James to NWS as our administration assistant. She comes to us from Surface Gallery, and is passionate about writing, visual art, and community arts organisations.
Thursday April 30th, 8:00pm, ‘Blood and Stone: Lullaby for a Vampire Countess’ with Marty Ross, Lee Rosy’s (in Hockley). April 30th, as anyone who’s ever read their Bram Stoker will know, is Walpurgisnacht, mittel-Europa’s answer to the Celtic Halloween — and, in fact, Marty’s show is inspired by a true life ‘vampire’ tale that was a key inspiration for dear old Bram: the story of Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who found in peasant blood a beauty treatment you wouldn’t find over-the-counter in Boots. Details Here.
Friday 1st May, 2:00-3:30pm, First Friday Talk: Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, the first 150 years, Methodist Chapel, Main Street, Lowdham, Notts. A Lowdham Festival event. In this illustrated talk David Longford will reveal the fascinating history of the beautiful Theatre Royal. (This event takes place in the Lowdham Methodist Chapel) Tickets: £5 full, £4 concessions, £3 Festival Friends (including tea and cake).
Monday 4th May, 4:00-7:00pm, F*** UKIP, NWS Nottingham Alternative Film Network present this pay-what-you-want screening of independent short films showing migration in a completely different light to the guttering bulb of idiocy shone by Farage and his flunkies. See the NAFN website for details of some of the shorts to be shown, and email email@example.com to reserve your place (or just turn up on the door, but it would be good to get an idea of numbers). There will be a bar.
Thursday 7th May, 7:00-8:30 pm, An Evening with Shoestring Press: Rod Madocks and Wayne Burrows, Five Leaves. Come join us at the launch of not one but two new Shoestring publications: The Rising Flame: Sidney Keyes, Memoir and Selected Poems by NWS member Rod Madocks; and Black Glass: New and Selected Poems by NWS founder member Wayne Burrows. Admission: £3.00, including 15% off all purchases made on the night.<.p>
8th-17th May, Derbyshire Literature Festival The 8th Derbyshire Literature Festival is packed with exciting author events, workshops, children’s activities and exhibitions taking place in libraries and other venues across the county. The line-up includes Matt Haig, Kate Williams, Richard Benson, Sathnam Sanghera, Cath Staincliffe, Robert Shore, Jules Howard and Jill Dawson. As part of Made in Derbyshire celebrations the Festival features: Derbyshire Poet Laureate Helen Mort; Christine Robinson, housekeeper at Chatsworth; up and coming writers – Tracy Bloom, Emma Bamford and Joanna Courtney; folk group Mills & Chimneys; and a music & storytelling performance of The Lunar Men. For families and children there are craft activities and events with Jonathan Emmett, Kerstin Morrison, Abi Burlingham, poet Mark Gwynne Jones and storyteller Gordon MacLellan. See the Festival website for more information and to book tickets.
Tuesday 12th May, 6.30pm, Adam Roberts at NWS. Adam Roberts, award-winning UK science fiction author of Yellow Blue Tibia, Jack Glass, and many other utterly brilliant books [Pippa’s opinion, but it’s right] is coming to the Studio! He’ll be in conversation with Caroline Edwards, and will be answering questions from his adoring fans [i.e. Pippa, and anyone else who can get a word in edgeways]. This event is the grand finale of the University of Nottingham’s series of Popular Culture Lectures. There will be a bar. Free, but please book on eventbrite as space is limited.
Wednesday 13th May, 7.30pm, Beeston Tales, The White Lion, Beeston. What lies beyond the edges of the charted world? What is stirring in the corner of the painting? Can superstition be any protection from this place where...There Be Dragons! Stories from the edge of the known world with Helen Appleton of The Matlock Storytelling Cafe . Includes music by Frea Waninge Admission: £5/6
Thursday 14th May, 6:00-9:00pm, ‘Dragons Den’ at Waterstones. A ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event where local entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for “a business with a social mission.” If you wish to take part in this event, more details are available in our opportunities section, or follow the link at the end of this item. If you would like to join the audience, tickets are available online here. Admission: Free
Saturday 16th May, 6.30-8.30pm, Panel Discussion: Exotica Suite, New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE. Exploring the themes raised by the new Exotica Suite project launching in June, Wayne Burrows has invited a panel of artists to take part in a conversation. The panellists – writer and architect Fawzia Muradali Kane, sculptor Kashif Nadim Chaudry and performer Maryam Hashemi – all address the questions of identity in their own work, but each does this in their own way, and to a different purpose. To book a place please call 0115 924 8630 or book here. Admission: Free
Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th May, 11:00 am-5:00pm (both days), Lady Bay Arts Festival, various venues in the Lady Bay area. More than 70 artists & designers in 28 venues with workshops, music and activities for all ages. An important cultural event for Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands taking place in Lady Bay West Bridgford promises to be a special event celebrating 20 years of open studios and arts events. An opportunity for anyone who visits to experience a wide range of contemporary art and design in homes, studios and gardens. See www.ladybayarts.org.uk or follow the event on Facebookfor more information. Admission £3 per adult (children free) includes full colour brochure.
Friday May 22nd 7:30 pm-9:30 pm (Time TBC), Talespin: A Night of Tales with the Woolly Tellers. Join Dave Brookes and Mike Whysall AKA the Woolly Tellers at the studio, 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 (that includes you, dear newsletter-subscriber) 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. Admission: Free
The Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham University are looking for writers to take part in a multimedia project. They want writers and illustrators to work with them in producing a mural for public display using the aestheticodes technology, artcodes, to create an interactive piece of work as part of a research project. Artcodes aims to revolutionise embedded computer codes. It allows the design of visually beautiful images and encodes them, resulting in the same interactivity as that of a QR code, while offering a more engaging and playful experience. It uses an app which can be downloaded on to a smart device and can then be used to scan the Artcode – the app does not recognise the image but scans the typography of the image. We are proposing to produce a mural to be placed in a public location [hopefully at NWS] that allows for the public to interact with and ‘follow’ a story. We want both writers and illustrators to work together to produce the interactive mural, through a set of workshops and help from the artcodes team, that we can then place out in the world for the public to play with. If you are interested please have a look at this pdf (opens in a new window) of some previous projects and artwork and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bilborough College are recruiting a Creative Writing teacher. Want to teach CW to AS and A2 students alongside NWS member Jane Bluett? Now’s your chance! This post will be fixed term (Sept 2015 – Aug 2016), 4 days a week. More details here.
Transportation Press are inviting writers to write a letter to be published on their website.These open letters can be about anything and to anyone, with the aim of creating a dialogue between one part of the world to another. We’re hoping to develop common projects with this group, so it’d be great if they got lots of letters from Nottingham! More information here.
DON’T PANIC! IT’S JUST A MOVIE, starting May 5th, a Broadway Cinema 6 week film course is a beginner’s guide to film and the politics of film, examining the media and moral panic, referencing cinematic controversies such as A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and more modern examples such as The Interview. Course leader (and NWS member) Andrew Graves will also explore the direct effects debate, hegemony and Marxist theory in relation to Hollywood and film industry ideology in a world where more and more media outlets are owned by fewer and fewer people. More information here.
Local illustrator Jacquie Hughes would like to collaborate with a writer of children’s stories to produce a picture book. Jacquie does not have a website but can be contacted by email (email@example.com) and is happy to provide examples of her work to any interested parties.
The Luke Bitmead Bursary is open to any complete adult novel. Entry is free and the winner will receive £2,500 and a publishing deal with Legend Press. Opens 1st May. Details here. Deadline: 1st August
The Fifth Word are thrilled to launch their new award for Most Promising Playwright in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse. The winner will receive: A rehearsed reading of their play, A 12-month attachment with Fifth Word, £2000 development money and a go and see theatre budget as well as a mentor to provide dramaturgical support. For more information or to Enter, visit their website here. Deadline: 15th July.
The Purple Breakfast Review is an online journal for students, graduates and young people. This issue’s theme is ‘TECHNOLOGY VS. NATURE’. They consider submissions from writers of all genres, and illustrators. There is a 2000 word limit for prose, drama and non-fiction, and up to 600 words for poetry. Please note that all written submissions should be sent as a Word document attachment. All illustrations should be sent in high-resolution (original version) and/or PDF. Each entrant is entitled to send up to three pieces of work for free. Submissions are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Friday 15th May at 5pm.
Write Club is a free playwriting workshop that runs fortnightly at Nottingham Playhouse on a Monday night from 7-9pm. Write Club is here to support local writers by facilitating a group where they can have their work read aloud and then participate in a constructive discussion about the script after. More information here.
Do you live in Nottingham and have an idea for a business with a social mission; one that will help make a difference to people’s lives? Pitch your idea at the Social Business ‘Dragons’ Den’ on Thursday 14th May (6-9pm) at Waterstones. Those pitching their project are in with the chance to win £500 cash prizes and support from various organizations? You will need to register to take part in this event. In addition, NWS will be hosting a free “Pitch Perfect” workshop on 11th May (book here). All the details, registration information, and free audience tickets are at www.nottinghampg.strikingly.com
Involved in small presses/small scale publishing? Writing West Midlands is hosting a get together for small presses from the West Midlands and beyond. This event will take place on Tuesday 30th June, 11am-1pm at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford. To help with planning, register your interest (with no obligation to attend) by emailing email@example.com, answering the following questions: Are there any particular areas of discussion you’d like to see covered at an event like this? Is there someone in independent publishing that you’d really like to hear from? A subject you would like to unpick with other publishers and industry experts? What are the greatest challenges you face at the moment? Website here.
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the UK’s biggest playwriting competition. It is free to enter and there is a total prize fund of £40,000 (normally first prize of £16,000 and three further prizes of £8,000). Writers enter their work through the website www.writeaplay.co.uk which also contains lots of useful tips and more information about the Prize and its history. Deadline: 6pm, 5th June 2015.
I have just volunteered, along with fellow Board member Eleanor Hemsley, to coordinate the evening socials at the Studio – for the next year anyway, when it might be time for someone else to have a go! I see this as a real privilege which I am excited about. The Studio is growing fast in…Details
Joanna Penn challenged participants in her recent workshop, How to Make a Living from your writing, to be both entrepreneurial and ambitious. In the light of recent reports of the financial difficulties many writers are experiencing (such as this article in the Guardian 20 April http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/20/earnings-authors-below-minimum-wage ), it was perhaps an unexpected message. But the…Details
The ethos of the Nottingham Writers Studio has always been to be a space where writing grows – sometimes it’s words on a page, sometimes it’s working to develop our craft, sometimes it happens in more subtle, but equally important ways. It was great to see so many members at April’s social to welcome East…Details