Artemis Fowl Author Eion Colfer headlines Virtual Writers Weekend.

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer headlines virtual Writers’ Weekend

The Writers’ Weekend, a unique four-day conference for writers of all abilities and genres will now be streamed live throughout the weekend of 9-12th July.

 Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series (released as a major motion picture by Disney on their channel Disney +) is the keynote speaker.  Asked how important are these events for emerging writers, he says,

Writing festivals are vital for writers to get noticed; I first met my publisher at a literary festival in Ireland and events like these are without a doubt the best forum for all aspiring writers.”

The festival is founded by Sara Gangai, former Director and Event Manager of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Weekend will host talks and workshops with best-selling, multi award winning authors as well as publishers, editors and literary agents.

Authors including, Lissa Evans, Jasper Fforde, Nick Barlay and Kate Bradley are just 4 of the 65 speakers who are confirmed.  Moving the programme to a virtual platform has meant the event is paving the way for accessibility.

Sara says “we’re very excited to open this event up to a wider audience and provide an interactive and exciting programme in the comfort of their home.

With more and more writing events being cancelled or rescheduled,

Eoin supports the digital transition: “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to talk to writers face to face but delighted that they will still have a platform to interact and showcase their work.  Hopefully this means more writers from around the world will be able to attend.”

The four-day event will offer over 800 one-to-one appointments with literary agents and editors.  Representatives from publishers such as Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin Random House and Troubador willbe available for talks and workshops as well as open mic sessions and author/agent/publisher panels.

“Writers who wish to take the next step with their work will have the opportunity to showcase their writing to a wide range of experts and interact with authors, agents and other writers in virtual networking rooms.” says Sara

The Writers’ Weekend will be available to stream on tablet, mobile and PC with three full scholarships for writers aged 18-25 available plus bursaries for those writers needing financial assistance to attend.

Leading up to the event, the Writers’ Weekend is running 6 writing competitions to encourage writers to create new work and give children a fun outlet for their creativity.   The competitions for adults are:  Opening of a Novel; The Bright Agency Picture Book Prize; Writing Magazine Short Fiction Competition; Skylark Fabulous Fiction for Fives to Teens and a new Flash Fiction competition.

A children’s writing competition for young writers aged 4 – 15 has been added to give kids a creative outlet while they’re at home.  Young writers are asked to write a one-page poem or story on the topic of ‘What I like about being at home’.  The deadline for all competitions is 19 June.  For all details on the event and competition go to: www.writersweekend.uk

 

Loose Muse June 10th Guests and news

Dear All,

The next Loose Muse at Winchester Discovery Centre will be on Monday, June 10th, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £6 and will be well worth turning up for as I have booked two amazing guest features.  They are poet, editor and academic, Rachel Bower with her poetry collection, ‘Moon Milk’ and acclaimed novelist, Louisa Treger bringing her second novel, ‘The Dragon Lady’ plus Open Mic!

My thanks to all who have sent me poems for both our Heritage Open Day Poetry Performance and our Loose Muse ‘Showcase’ in October as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival’s Poetry Day.  As I am working with Hilary Hares to choose the poems I have decided that you can now submit a maximum of 5 poems for each event.  The deadlines for submitting are 1st August for HOD’s and 1st September for the Showcase, so you still have plenty of time.  I’m really looking forward to reading your work!  If you are in need of some inspiration come along to the Loose Muse Poetry Workshop,  ‘Writing poems on People Power’ – Sunday 9th June, 11.15am – 1.30pm at the Discovery Centre, £18 run this time by Louise Taylor.  There are still places left so just email me if you would like to book.

Editors note this offer is for women who attend or have attended Loose Muse.

Rachel Bower

 

Rachel is a poet and academic. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  She is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). Rachel is also the editor of the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017), and the editor of a Special Issue of English Studies, with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters” (January 2018). Rachel also co-edited a Special Issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature with Jarad Zimbler and Ben Etherington, entitled, “Crafts of World Literature“.

Rachel’s poems have featured in Magma, Stand, New Welsh Reader, Frontier, Wild Court, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Popshot Magazine, Strix, The Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017, Remembering Oluwale Anthology, Verse Matters Anthology, Peacock, Foxglove Journal, Laldy, Atrium, Visual Verse, Picaroon Poetry, Now Then and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize. Rachel is currently working on a Poet in the City/ British Library commission, and has had previously had work commissioned by BBC Radio and Apples and Snakes. Rachel is a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and a Trustee for the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and reviews for various journals and magazines. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a feminist arts collective in Sheffield.

Louisa Treger
 
 
Louisa Treger, a classical violinist, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. She subsequently turned to literature, earning a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early-twentieth-century women’s writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship. Louisa’s first novel, The Lodger, was published by Macmillan in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. She lives in London with her husband, children, and dog.
You can find out more about Louisa here:Website: http://louisatreger.com/
Louisa’s second novel, The Dragon Lady, will be published by Bloomsbury on June 14th 2019.
I have arranged with the publisher to send advance copies for us which will be available to buy on the night at P&G Wells’s Book Table.  The Dragon Lady is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Virginia (Ginie) Courtauld, a glamorous, wealthy yet controversial woman with a dramatic snake tattooed on her leg and a mysterious past.  Opening with an attack on Lady Virginia Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story.  From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, from the secluded Scottish Highlands to sultry, segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, extremely colourful and unconventional character who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.
Don’t miss these two excellent ‘Guest Features’ or the chance to read your own poems in our ever-popular Open Mic sessions!  I look forward to welcoming you.
Warmest wishes,
Sue

Save the date April 8th, Special Loose Muse Open mic!

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Dear All,

The next Loose Muse will be on Monday 8th April at the Discovery Centre, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £6 on the door.  It will be a Special Open Mic as I will be away at Kim Moore’s Poetry Residential in St. Ives.  Louise Taylor will be my guest host and men will be able to read this time, so please bring along your poems, short stories and flash fiction to share as there will be plenty of time to hear more than the usual one from each!

I am registering our ‘Loose Muse Poetry Performance’ for Heritage Open Days and hope to acquire St. Lawrence in the Square for this like last time.  I will keep you informed about this and in the meantime poet, Hilary Hares has kindly offered to run a Poetry Workshop to help kickstart inspiration on the theme of ‘Writing Poems on Food and Drink’ which is the Winchester theme for Heritage Open Days alongside the National theme of ‘People Power’. 

The Poetry Workshop will be on Sunday May 12th, 11.15am – 1.30pm  in the Tower room at the Discovery Centre.  The price is £18 and a deposit of £5 payable at April’s Loose Muse is requested this time.  This is because people have put their name down for workshops in the past but then not turned up on the day.  This is disappointing especially as the last few workshops have sold out and so it prevented others from joining us.  These workshops are fundraisers for Loose Muse and help to cover the costs of booking the best poets so please come along if you can.  Hilary will be making a list of names and taking your deposits at Monday’s Loose Muse.

There is, of course, no need to go to the workshop in order to send me your poems to be chosen for our performance.  The only qualification is that you must have read your work at one of the Loose Muse Open Mic sessions.  I look forward to receiving your poems and expect great things – like last time!

Winchester Poetry Festival are undertaking market research and have asked me to involve Loose Muse as we are important to the local poetry scene.  This means that at April’s Loose Muse there will be a researcher who will talk for a few minutes to tell you their plans, hand out questionnaires and ask for your help.  There will be a follow up to this in May at Loose Muse when I’m back.

Looking forward to seeing you again in May.

Warmest wishes,

Sue

Songwriters night @ coffee #1 (Andover)

49545926_2138951476148444_681067459641344000_nAlex Krupa singingCome and check out some songwriters I have handpicked to perform and chat about there songs, and maybe some Q and A’s
This a very different event focused around songwriting and the artists behind them!
The etiquette will be as below:

There will be 4 performers who will each 1 song answer up to 4 questions and interact with the audience.

Each act will do this 4 times giving you the opportunity to converse and hear the artists perspective and in turn they will hear yours.

While the artist is playing no talking should be heard by the audience until it is over.

It will be £5 on the door and £3.80 if you buy tickets online.
https://app.etickets.to/buy/?e=17331

All the money (exc small overheads) will be split for each performer.

I believe this is a truly unique experience for Andover to hear artists from all over the south of England. All with different genres of music.

Good luck Roy

All our best wishes go to one of our founding members Roy Chatfield. His play will be at The Lights tonight.

You still have time to see Alfred v the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake-off, the secret of modification triple-X, a starring role for an Iceberg and more, as three actors romp through Hampshire’s history. More happy than horrible histories. A family show suited for all ages.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

It happened in Hampshire

Roy Chatfield’s new play premiere at The Lights, don’t miss it.

It Happened In Hampshire’ is an irreverent romp through Hampshire’s past, incorporating music, rap and audience participation. Highlights include

  • Alfred defeating the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake Off
  • The Story of Edgar and Elfrida, as told by Jane Austen
  • A very civil Civil War.
  • Supernurse V the grime army
  • A starring role for an Iceberg
  • The secret of Spitfire modification XXX
  • The show is family friendly and you can book at The Lights.

It happened in Hampshire

 

 

First Loose Muse of 2019 has been cancelled.

I’m so sorry but I have to cancel this month’s Loose Muse (Monday Jan 14th) due to ill health!  It’s all a bit of a shock but as Katrina Naomi was coming to stay with me I don’t really have any other option.  I feel really bad as I have never had to cancel Loose Muse before.  I hope you will all come along next month when I should be fine again.

Regards
Sue Wrinch