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Below is a list of forthcoming events and workshops, mostly UK because most of the information I receive is from the UK. Should you know of any others (especially overseas) that could go on here, or any incorrect information, do email me. See the bottom of the page for regular events not listed by month.

JANUARY
  • The Writing School Leicester winter term programme is usually published the previous July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • http://www.leedsbookfair.com runs bi-monthly: Jan / Mar / May / July / Sept / Nov.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
  • Other events in January include: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org (India, late Jan), www.galleliteraryfestival.com (Sri Lanka, late Jan), www.stonystratford.gov.uk (late Jan), www.pitlochry.org.uk (late Jan / early Feb).
FEBRUARY
  • The Nottingham Festival of Words runs for most of February.
  • Get Writing Writers’ Conference has moved from February to mid-April (see below).
  • The Writing School Leicester autumn / winter term programme is usually published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP ((5 mins from Oxford Circus tube – Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines)) on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Writers’ Holiday run their weeklong retreat from late-July to early-August at Caerleon until 2013 then switched to Fishguard from 2014. They also do a weekend retreat mid-February.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
  • Other events in February include: www.pitlochry.org.uk (late Jan / early Feb), www2.lse.ac.uk and www.vwc.org.uk (both mid-Feb), www.bathlitfest.org.uk and www.aldeburghbookshop.co.uk (both late February / early March)
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
  • The Writing School Leicester April to August programme is now available. Their autumn / winter term programme is usually published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • http://www.leedsbookfair.com runs bi-monthly: Jan / Mar / May / July / Sept / Nov.
  • The Ledbury Poetry Festival runs from mid-June to early July.
  • The Frome Festival (Somerset, UK) runs from early-mid July.
  • Derbyshire’s Buxton Festival runs early-late July. Their literature events are listed here.
  • Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival runs mid-late Julyhttp://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk lists a variety of events in the area.
  • The Wirral Festival of Firsts runs early/mid July. They also ran a 1st June deadline poetry competition (see Events or their website: www.festivaloffirsts.com.
  • Edge-Lit 2 presents another superb day of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing. With an incredible selection of panels, readings and workshops to choose from, all for one ticket price, there’s bound to be something for any fan, reader or writer of genre fiction! Whether you want to find out more about the world of publishing, learn tips and tricks from masters of the craft or just find out more about the fascinating range of books and writers out there, Edge-Lit 2 is the day out for you! Runs mid-July. QUAD, Market Place, Derby Tickets £25 including access to all events Booking from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or at http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/edge-lit-2.
  • Festival at the Edge runs mid-July, and 2015 will be the 24th storytelling festival based in Shropshire, UK.
  • Writers’ Holiday run their weeklong retreat from late-July to early-August at Caerleon until 2013 then switched to Fishguard from 2014. They also do a weekend retreat mid-February.
  • Kidwelly E Festival “is all about technology, literature and family entertainment” usually runs late July.
  • http://www.leedsbookfair.com runs bi-monthly: Jan / Mar / May / July / Sept / Nov.
  • Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP ((5 mins from Oxford Circus tube – Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines)) on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30-9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
  • Other events in July include: www.bromleylitfest.co.uk (late June / early July), www.southbankcentre.co.uk/literaturefestival (London, early/mid July), www.beyondtheborder.com (Wales, early July), www.poetry-festival.com (Ledbury, early/mid July), www.johnclare.org.uk (Cambridgeshire, early/mid July), www.festivalattheedge.org (Shropshire, mid July), www.littlegiddin.org.uk/eliotfestival (Cambridgeshire, mid July).
AUGUST
  • The Writing School Leicester autumn / winter term programme is usually published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School runs in Derbyshire mid-August.
  • St Hilda’s College, Oxford Crime Writers Workshop (weekend) runs mid-August – see http://www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk/alumnae-friends/events-and-reunions for details.
  • The great Edinburgh Book Festival runs mid/late Aug.
  • The Helmdon (Northamptonshire)-based Bookmarks Festival takes place late August

    . Details on http://www.bookmarksfest.moonfruit.com.

  • Ramsgate’s Got Writing Talent ran on the Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2013, lead by Jane Wenham-Jones. See the winner of GWT2012 on http://wannabeawritertvshow.com. It didn’t run in 2014 but may be back 2015.
  • Warwick Festival of Writing the final weekend of August. The Warwick Festival of Writing is now open for booking. Full details: http://www.nawg.co.uk or contact: pamfish@ntlworld.com.
  • Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP ((5 mins from Oxford Circus tube – Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines)) on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30-9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
  • The Writing School Leicester autumn / winter term programme is usually published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • http://www.leedsbookfair.com runs bi-monthly: Jan / Mar / May / July / Sept / Nov.
  • The yearly National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) runs every 1-30 November. The idea is you can plot as much as you like beforehand but can only start writing (ave. 1,667 words a day) until the end of the month when the target is to have written at least 50,000 words. I done it and ‘won’ it (completed) four times.
  • Ways With Words runs a Southwold (UK) Literary Festival every November. See http://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/festivals/southwold-19 for details.
  • National Short Story Week takes place every November. Click here for their events page. If you live near Hertfordshire, UK you might be interested in this.
  • The Chorleywood Literature Festival runs every November.
  • The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) British Isles fifth annual conference for writers and illustrators is November. Conference booking enquires should be emailed to Jeannette Towey. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP ((5 mins from Oxford Circus tube – Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines)) on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30-9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
  • Other events in November include: www.richmondliterature.com (most Nov), www.lennoxlovebookfestival.com (early Nov), www.linlithgowbookfestival.org (early Nov), www.thepoetrytrustorg (early Nov), www.folkestonelitfest.co.uk (early-mid Nov), www.ncbf.co.uk (most Nov), www.readingfestivalofcrimewriting.org.ukwww.waysworthwords.co.uk (Southwold Lit Fest, mid-Nov), www.bridport-arts.com (mid-late Nov), www.thepoetrytrust.org (Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, early Nov), www.cwlitfest.org (mid Nov), and www.richmond.gov.uk/arts (Nov).
DECEMBER
  • The Writing School Leicester autumn / winter term programme is usually published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • The Hay Festival Winter Weekend runs early December.
  • Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP ((5 mins from Oxford Circus tube – Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines)) on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions.
  • Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30-9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
  • Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
  • http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.

ONGOING / GENERAL EVENTS:

Should you know of any others, feel free to email me and I’ll add the details to this page.
 

7 responses to “Events

  1. ksbrooks

    August 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for posting these!

     
    • morgenbailey

      August 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      You’re very welcome. I’ll keep them coming as I get them. :)

       
  2. Stephanie Judice

    August 5, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Great info, Morgen. Thank you! :)

     
    • morgenbailey

      August 5, 2011 at 6:47 am

      You’re so welcome Stephanie (can I interest you in a blog interview?). :)

       
  3. William S. Shepard

    October 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    This looks wonderful. May I be a candidate for a blog interview? I can’t believe I have exhausted the market yet for UK sales of my books (mostly thrillers, and a wine book.) Hope you have some space on your fall calendar. William S. Shepard

     
    • morgenbailey

      October 2, 2011 at 4:08 am

      Hi William. Thank you for leaving a comment. You are booked in actually. 15th October for your spotlight (if I could have that any time up to the day before that would be great) and “spring 2012″ for your interview as per your email of 6th September but let me know if you want to bring this forward – free dates on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews (currently early December onwards). Let me know if you need anything else. Morgen

       
  4. Neal james

    February 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hi

    Events?

    I’m at the Central Library in Derby on March 18th, from 11am onwards.

    The library service run a series of lunchtime chats with authors, and I’ll be there with displays, freebies, book for sale (and signing), plus an internet linkup with my website and a Powerpoint presentation of all my writing.

    Cheers
    Neal

     

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