Category Archives: Workshops

Ministry of Secrets

Weight: Three Stories About Secrets, tonight at the Con Club, Lewes, is a performance piece by author Catherine Smith, who has adapted three of her short stories for the stage. (8pm, £7.)

Mslexia‘s Short Story Competition is now open, entry £10, international, women only. For inspiration, try these specially devised writing exercises.

In The Guardian this week, Frances Booth reports on Nick Hornby’s new enterprise for children, the Ministry of Stories.

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‘My Quiet Niagara’ and a Storm Warning

'Swandown' Installation

Poet Collette Waller, whose experience of Multiple Sclerosis is the subject of her debut collection, Party Girl (£4.99 at Rosetta Live), is profiled in The Guardian this week.

Storm Warning, a short story collection by Vanessa Gebbie, launches at the Nightingale Theatre (above Grand Central) tomorrow, November 23, at 6pm (free admission, pay bar.)

Submissions wanted for Unthank Books’ annual ‘Unthology’, and Urban District Writer zine. The Writers and Artists Short Story Competition and the Warren Adler Short Story Contest are open until early 2011, while the winning entries in Brighton & Hove Libraries’ We Love Poetry have been announced.

Over at Jubilee Library, historian Frank Flood will be talking about Brighton’s cinemas on Thursday 25th at 7pm (£3), and for teens, a Manga Workshop on Saturday 27th, 11-12.30 (free, book in advance.)

Brighton, as featured in Peter James’ Roy Grace series, is named among Maxim Jakubowski’s Top Ten Crime Locations, while a trailer for the 2011 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (set amid the Mods and Rockers riots of 1964) has just been released.

Today’s photo is part of the Swandown Installation, a collaboration between author Ian Sinclair and film-maker Andrew Kotting, on view at the Regency Town House tonight at 6pm (£4, limited). ‘Shoot the Poets’, showcasing original projects by writers, film-makers and performers, is on Wednesday 24th at 8pm, Electric Palace cinema, Hastings (£5).

And for your reading pleasure, a poem (‘You’re Not Cool Enough to Be in My Band’ by John Osborne, Popshots) and a short story (‘For Murder, Just Add Water’ by Ian D. Smith, The New Flesh.)

Winding Keys, Workshops and More

Jan Bradley‘s debut poetry collection with Creative Future, The Winding Keys, will be launched tomorrow at the Amnesty Bookshop, Sidney Street, 7pm. And here’s a list of upcoming workshops from Creative Future:

Creative Writing

Brighton 1st Dec – LIVE! Writing Taster 12-2 at MIND, 51 New England Street, – free please let Dominique know if you plan to attend.

Horsham Nov 23 and Dec 7, 1-3pm St John’s Church, 3 Springfield Road – £3 per session

Worthing – 17, 24 Nov 1-4pm, Mind Worthing, The Hollies, 83 Little High St – free –please let Dominique know if you plan to attend

Art

Crawley Nov 22, Dec 6, 20,  12-2pm Crawley Library, Southgate Ave – £5 per session

Bognor Nov 17, 24, Dec 1,8, 15, 1-3pm 28 Sudley Road, Bognor – free – art & photography sessions.

Finally, if you or someone you know receive self-directed support (SDS) payments (available for those who access mental health services in West Sussex), you can now apply for a place on Creative Future’s mentoring scheme.

 

 

Imagination of the Heart

‘Imagination of the Heart’, the final Ace Stories event in the ‘Speaking of the South’ series, takes place tomorrow at 4pm, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. It complements the exhibition, ‘Myths, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South’, which runs until January 3. Actress Kathryn Pogson (Brazil, Company of Wolves, The Arbor) will read from the works of author Barry Gifford, with blues from Sandy Dillon, and a screening of Gifford’s 1990 collaboration with David Lynch, Wild at Heart. Tickets £3.

‘Word, Image, Sound’ is the latest event in Sussex CCE’s ‘Arts & Minds’ series, at InQBate on Wednesday, November 10, at 5pm.  Includes ‘A Different Sea’, a filmed poem sequence by Abi Curtis and Kim Lasky, and  ‘The Lonely Queen & The White Hart’, a preview of collaborative works by Lewes artist Grace Dunford and writer River Jones.

The Daily Telegraph are currently running a Ghost Story Writing Competition, while Short Story Radio have just announced their Short Story Romance Radio Award for 2011. The Stylist are running a series of daily ‘microfiction’ contests, until November 9. Submit stories of up to 100 words.

‘Canongate Classics’ is a new range of Scottish literature, available in paperback and as E-books. Crime novelist Cathi Unsworth will appear at London’s Ladyfest Ten on November 12.

For inspiration this weekend, try Mslexia‘s workshop exercises on the topic of shoes. And for your reading pleasure, a poem by John Cornford (1915-36), set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.

Writing From Nature

This week we lost Gilda O’Neill, the popular author of novels and memoirs inspired by her life in London’s East End.

Coming up in Brighton, a Writing From Nature workshop at the Friends Centre on October 16 (£30 for full day), and a free Not For the Faint-Hearted session at The Skiff on October 21.

If distance learning is more your thing, why not browse this guide to free, online writing courses.

And for your reading pleasure this weekend, two poems: ‘In Little Black Dresses’ by Allison McVetty, and ‘Garbo Among Us’ by Esther Morgan.

Wise Words aboard the Lightship

Lightship Publishing, an independent based in Hull, has announced new competitions in short stories, poetry, flash fiction and first chapters.

The Wise Words blog is currently seeking authors for online interviews – POD/Indie/Self-Publishers all welcome. (See also the US-based Self-Publishing Resources, from the author of Writers’ Digest’s recently-updated guide to this growing field.)

If you’re interested in new writing and other good causes, Bridge House Publishing’s 100 Stories for Haiti is now available in paperback and as an E-book.

Too many adjectives? Try Mslexia‘s September workshop now. And here in Brighton, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh’s My Creative Nature workshops now have their own blogsite.

Minority Writers’ Workshop

Guardian News & Media are looking for new voices,  as part of their commitment to the diversity of editorial content and writers. If you belong to a minority group through your ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, you can apply now for one of twenty places on a November workshop in London, with editors from the Guardian’s G2, Culture, Comment, and Society sections.

And for your reading pleasure this weekend, ‘The Dead Eyed Whispers’, a poem by ‘russiandoll’ at ABCtales.