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…
Finally, we’re welcoming back our own Robin Vaughan-Williams to lead a workshop on poetry improvisation on June 7th – full details below – and I’m hoping to persuade him to come along to the June social on the previous evening.
8th-17th May, Derbyshire Literature Festival The 8th Derbyshire Literature Festival is currently ongoing. It 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. See the Festival website for more information and to book tickets.
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
Wednesday 13th May, 8pm, Jazz & Poetry, the Guitar Bar, Sherwood. Just three poets in May’s J&P, a coalition of Jane Bluett in the opening slot at 8.30, then the newly renowned Rory Waterman just after 9, with veteran editor and acclaimed poet Michael Blackburn at 10. Jazz throughout from Four in the Bar. Come early, stay late, donate. Admission: Free, but donations requested
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
Friday 15th May, The Woolly Tellers – Tales from the Tea Rooms, Lee Rosy’s Modern story telling for adults. A performance from Michael Whysall and Dave Brookes of their own material and other well-known stories, based on Nottingham’s rich history. Click here for more informationAdmission: £4.00 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, 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. Admission: Free Wednesday June 3, 10:30am-4:30pm, Derby Book Festival – Publish your e-book in a day, Quad, Derby For writers interested in self-publishing, this is an exciting one-day course led by Pippa Hennessy, showing you how to publish your work as an e-book. See here for further informationAdmission: £30 (lunch is not included) 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 There are two workshops coming up at Waterstones NG on June 5th: “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a re free, so don’t miss this! Full programme and more information here.
Sunday 7 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.
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.
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. 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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 Deadline for entry: 21 June 2015 (23:59). Interested in a creative competition? The task is to illuminate the relationship between the arts and medicine.This can be a piece of literature, visual artwork, music, performance, or any other original creative output. Find out how to enter here.
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