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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 September term programme will have been published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • 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, 9th to 24th in 2013.
  • Get Writing Writers’ Conference has moved from February to mid-April (see below).
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been 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.
  • 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
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • The Oundle Literature Festival runs early-mid March.
  • Crime novelist, short story author and interviewee Graham Smith is running his second crime workshop weekend from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March 2014. Visit www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk, email crime@themill.co.uk or call +44 (0)1461 800344. Tutors include Chris Ewan, Zoe Sharp, Michael Malone, Inga McVicar and Darren Laws. I’ll be there. :)
  • Also that weekend is a writing and yoga workshop in Suffolk, East England. See http://www.lezgrayyoga.co.uk/retreats/an-introduction-to-creative-writing-yoga for more details.
  • Self-Publishing Conference: Matador are organising a conference on self-publishing to take place on 30th March 2014 at the University of Leicester. The event, aimed at any author wishing to self-publish will bring together key figures in the self-publishing sphere for the benefit of self-publishing authors. Whether authors are going it alone or using a self-publishing company, this conference offers multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics, allowing delegates to pick and choose the talks and workshops most relevant to their self-publishing project.
  • Short story author and tutor Helen Hunt will be tutoring a residential introduction to short story writing course over the weekend, 28-30 March 2014.  Costing £299 including accommodation and food, the course is being run by Anglia Leisure Learning at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal just south of Birmingham, UK and the details are available from http://www.anglialeisurelearning.co.uk.
  • North London Literature Festival runs late March (2014 date t.b.a.).
  • The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival runs late March / early April yearly and is 22-30 March 2013.
  • 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 March include: www.bathlitfest.org.uk (late February / early March), www.dublinbookfestival.comwww.stanzapoetry.org and www.ennisbookclubfestival.com (all early March), www.ayewrite.com and www.wayswithwords.co.uk (early-mid March), www.lynnlitfests.com (mid-March), www.kslitfest.co.uk (mid-March), www.stanzapoetry.org (mid-March), www.essexbookfestival.org.uk (all March), www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk (late March / early April)
APRIL
  • The Writing School Leicester April to August 2013 programme is now available.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • The yearly one-day (Saturday) Get Writing Writers’ Conference run by the Verulam Writers’ Circle, Hertfordshire, England has moved from their usual February schedule to mid-April (20th in 2013). They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.
  • The yearly Chipping Norton Literary Festival runs mid-April (20 – 21st in 2013). You can also follow the festival news on Twitter.
  • Cambridge-based Wordfest Spring Festival also runs every April and in 2013 was 12th – 14th.
  • The London Book Fair runs 8th – 10th April 2014, at Earls Court, London.
  • Alt Fiction is a science-fiction, fantasy and horror weekend in Leicester and runs every April, although it was on hold for 2013.
  • Oadby Library, Leicestershire, England runs a Get Creative Fortnight mid-late April. Click here for Oadby Library opening times and directions.
  • 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 April include: www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk (late March / early April), www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk (early April), www.galwayartscentre.ie/cuirt.htm (mid April), www.scarboroughliteraturefestival.co.uk (mid April), www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk (late April / early May), www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org (late April / early May), www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk (late April – mid May), www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk (late April – mid May)
MAY
JUNE
JULY
  • The Writing School Leicester April to August 2012 programme is now available. Their September term programme is published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • 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. 2013′s Literary Series includes AN Wilson, Thomas Heatherwick (designer of the stunning Olympic Cauldron), Sandi Toksvig, The Duke of Devonshire, Paddy Ashdown, Matthew Parris, Roy Hattersley, Nick Robinson, Jeremy Bowen, Ann Widdecombe, Antonia Fraser and Julia Bradbury, along with many more.
  • 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 was 6th to 17th July 2013. 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 2014 will be the 23rd storytelling festival based in Shropshire, UK.
  • Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon ran from late-July to early-August. It was the last time they ran at Caerleon so will be a different venue in 2014.
  • Kidwelly E Festival “is all about technology, literature and family entertainment” ran 28-29 July in 2012 but was on hold for 2013.
  • 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), http://www.leedsbookfair2013.com (late July).
AUGUST
  • The Writing School Leicester September 2012 programme is now available.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School ran in Derbyshire, 10-16 August 2013.
  • St Hilda’s College, Oxford Crime Writers Workshop (weekend) was 16-18 August 2013, on crime through the ages and there will be a different crime theme for 2014 – 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 on 25th August 2013 and is host to three “notable novelists” (Adrian MagsonAlison McQueen aka Alison Penton-Harper and Garry O’Connor) coming down for the afternoon, amidst much else going on.

    As part of the festival this year they are running two short story competitions; one for adults, one for children. There is a prize of £50.00 in National Book Tokens for the winning entry, as well as other notable entries being displayed on the day, and it is free to enter (deadline was 4th August). Details on http://www.bookmarksfest.moonfruit.com/#/short-story-competitions/4575565307.

  • Ramsgate’s Got Writing Talent on the Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2013, lead by Jane Wenham-Jones. See the winner of GWT2012 on http://wannabeawritertvshow.com.
  • Warwick Festival of Writing 30th August to 1st September 2013. The Warwick Festival of Writing is now open for booking. For a quick preview of the tutors for 2013 click here: http://www.nawg.co.uk/?p=431. Join us at the Warwick Festival of writing at Warwick University. Professional Tutor/Writers: Steve Bowkett, Simon Brett, Marvin Close, Linda Lewis, Jude Morgan, James Nash, Roz Southey and eBook designer Pippa Hennessy. Full details: http://www.nawg.co.uk/?p=436 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
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • Edinburgh University’s new part-time learning postgraduate opportunity in Creative Writing starts early September.
  • For Australian scriptwriters: The ‘not so easy’ Art of Pitching with Kathie Fong Yoneda & Craig Batty + Pitch Slam. Melbourne, September 7, 2013. Full $175 | Industry/Guild $150 | RMIT/VCA Full-time Student $95. See http://www.epiphany.com.au/yoneda_batty_art_of_pitching.html for details.
  • The yearly Festival of Writing will take place early/mid September at the University of York and is 13-15th September 2013. See http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html for info.
  • Two courses for UK-based authors: Saturday 14 September, 10.00am to 3.45pm- Exploring Fiction with Emma Henderson. One day creative writing workshop. This workshop, suitable for all levels of experience, will provide the skills for writers to develop their writing, whether short stories or a novel. In the first part of the session there will be a series of individual and group activities, focusing on getting started and on plot, character, dialogue, setting and structure. In the second part of the session, by which time participants will have produced several short pieces of writing, the focus will shift to editing, rewriting (restructuring) and polishing. Cost: £25, booking essential. Venue: Chaddesden Library, Chaddesden Park, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6LN. To book a place or for more information telephone 01332 672352 or email chaddesden.library@derby.gov.ukSaturday 28 September, 10.00am to 3.45pm- Stuck in(to) Fiction with Emma Henderson. One day creative writing workshop. This workshop, suitable for writers with some experience, will develop the skills necessary for keeping going as a writer. Exercises will be used to enable writers to deepen their understanding of the craft of writing. There will be an emphasis on redrafting, on how to deal with the difficult middle of piece of writing and the differences (and surprising similarities!) between the beginning and the end – how do you know when your fiction is finished? Cost- £25, booking essential. Venue: Mickleover Library, Holly End Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 0EA. To book a place or for more information telephone 01332 718926 or email mickleover.library@derby.gov.uk. Emma Henderson was born in London and educated at the universities of Oxford, Yale and London. She worked for a few years as a blurbs’ writer for Penguin Books, and for many years as a teacher of English in London comprehensive schools and further education institutions. More recently, she has been a lecturer in creative writing at City University. She also spent six years, 1999 – 2005, living in the French Alps, running a ski and snowboard lodge. Emma’s first novel, Grace Williams Says It Loud, was shortlisted for many prizes, including the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2011. It was runner-up for the MIND Book of the Year Award, chosen as a Summer Read for the TV Bookclub and won the McKitterick Prize. She is nearing completion of her second novel.
  • booqfestNorthampton’s second booQfest ran 14-15 September 2013. I’ll was running a couple of writing workshops: Saturday 2pm on blogging, Sunday 1pm on writing short stories. :)
  • Scotland’s second International Crime Festival Bloody Scotland runs from 13-15 September 2013 at Stirling. They have a short story competition (deadline late June) – see Competitions Calendar.
  • Birmingham (UK) festival Pow-Wow runs 14-15 September 2013 and includes workshops and author talks.
  • NAWE present Pitch Live! A masterclass for Scotland’s emerging novelists. Sat 21 Sep 2013. Have you just finished (or are you near to finishing) your debut novel? Are you looking for frank, practical, realistic advice from publishing experts on how to submit your manuscript and grab their attention? Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG. Have you just finished (or are you near to finishing) your debut novel? Are you looking for frank, practical, realistic advice from publishing experts on how to submit your manuscript and grab their attention? Do you live and work in Scotland? Join our panel of leading literary agents and commissioning editors from commercial and literary fiction publishing for a packed afternoon of talks and discussion, with plenty of time to ask all those tough questions. We’ll be looking at: Publishing trends and how to research your potential market. How to know when your novel is ready to submit. The role of agents – do you need one? How do you find the right one? The art of pitching – how to get your work noticed. The submission process – what are agents and editors looking for? What makes for a compelling submission? The talks will be followed by an exciting live pitching session when six intrepid writers will have the opportunity to pitch their novels to our panel of publishing experts and get instant feedback. One-to-one sessions with a panellist will also be available in the morning. (There will be a selection process for the one-to-one sessions and live pitch.) The event culminates with a drinks reception providing an opportunity to meet some of the panel informally and to connect with your fellow writers. Embarking on the road to publication can be daunting. Pitch Live! will arm you with invaluable insider knowledge so you can avoid the common pitfalls and give yourself the best chance of getting published. Our panel: Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director (Canongate Books), Jenny Brown (Jenny Brown Associates), Clare Hey (Senior Commissioning Editor, Fiction, Simon & Schuster), Oli Munson (A.M. Heath Literary Agents). Tickets: £25 (afternoon event) £35 (afternoon event and morning one-to-one). Application deadlines: Friday 30 August 2013 (for morning one-to-ones/afternoon live pitch and afternoon event). Monday 9 September 2013 (for afternoon event only). The booking form (which gives eligibility details and the selection process for the one-to-ones/live pitch) plus programme/speaker information are available to download here: http://www.nawe.co.uk/Private/31593/Live/attachment1/Pitch%20Live%20programme2-2.pdf and http://www.nawe.co.uk/Private/31593/Live/attachment2/Pitch%20Live%20booking%20form3.doc.
  • The Historical Novel Society’s conference runs late September – details not advised yet, see here.
  • Charleston’s Small Wonder is the UK’s only literary festival dedicated to short stories which runs from 25-29 September 2013. I’ve not been… yet.
  • http://www.chez-castillon.com runs a variety of courses in the South of France by tutors including Jane Wenham-Jones with her ‘Wannabe a published writer?’ workshop from 28th September to 4th October 2013.
  • Shoreham WordFest is a two-week event, from 26th September to 6th October, celebrating words in all their forms: spoken, written and sung. As part of the festival, Myriad’s authors Nina de la Mer and Robert Dickinson will explore writing from a man’s point of view. What makes a book appear targeted at a male audience? Is it possible to write successfully from the perspective of the opposite sex? Is there such a thing as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s’ fiction? Nina and Robert will answer all these questions and more at a lively and audience-focussed event.  There are more details of this, and all the other Wordfest events, on the festival’s website: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/wordfest2013.html.
  • The Wigtown Book Festival 2013 runs from 27th September to 6th October. For further details, and rules and entry form for their poetry competition, visit: www.wigtownbookfestival.com.
  • Write Here Poetry Workshop.

    Monday, 30th September 2013 at 1.00 – 4.00pm.

    Carillon & War Memorial Museum, Queens Park, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU. Charge: £5 (please note there is a 4% Paypal fee if booking online).

    Guided by poet Mark Goodwin, participants will spend the afternoon in the company of various sounds emitted by Loughborough’s Queen’s Park and Carillon Tower. Part of the ‘Locks, Bells & Peeling Wallpaper’ series of poetry workshops, this workshop is open to all writers, from novice to experienced.

    The poetic produce from the workshop will be shared through an e-pamphlet. Mark has also been commissioned by Writing East Midlands to produce a collaborative sound-enhanced audio poem, featuring all participants who wish to be audio-recorded. Please be aware: the ascent of the 150 foot high Carillon Tower, involves a steep, tight spiral-staircase; however, it is possible to remain involved with the workshop without having to ascend the tower.

    Places are limited so bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. To book a place please complete the online booking form here 

    or send a cheque for the £5 booking fee addressed to Writing East Midlands to Writing East Midlands,

    49 Stoney Street, The Lace Market,

    Nottingham NG1 1LX.

    Please call 01159 59 79 29 for more information.

  • 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 September include: www.islaybookfestival.org.uk (early Sept), www.shetlandarts.org (early Sept), www.milngaviefestival.org.uk (early Sept), www.poetrycan.co.uk (Bristol Poetry Festival, mid Sept), http://georgeorwellfestival.org (mid/late Sept), http://penfrobookfestival.info (mid Sept), www.lynnlitfests.com (late Sept), www.athloneliteraryfestival.com (late Sept), www.budlitfest.org.uk (late Sept), www.swwj.co.uk (late Sept), www.booksandboots.org (late Sept / early Oct), www.bathkidslitfest.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.wigtownbookfestival.com (late Sept / early Oct), www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk (late Sept / early Oct).
OCTOBER
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • Shoreham WordFest is a two-week event, from 26th September to 6th October, celebrating words in all their forms: spoken, written and sung. As part of the festival, Myriad’s authors Nina de la Mer and Robert Dickinson will explore writing from a man’s point of view. What makes a book appear targeted at a male audience? Is it possible to write successfully from the perspective of the opposite sex? Is there such a thing as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s’ fiction? Nina and Robert will answer all these questions and more at a lively and audience-focussed event.  There are more details of this, and all the other Wordfest events, on the festival’s website: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/wordfest2013.html.
  • Using the Arts with Juvenile and Young Offenders – Thu 3 Oct 2013. This popular one-day workshop explores the benefits of using creative activities with young offenders, both within the community and the secure estate. 3rd October 2013, 10 am- 4.15 pm, Artswork, Southampton. Special Rate Fee: £75. This popular one-day workshop explores the benefits of using creative activities with young offenders, both within the community and the secure estate.  Developed in partnership with SOFT TOUCH this course will examine practical issues, such as those encountered in secure units and personal issues, such as motivation and the development of the young people. The course will use a mixture of training techniques to help educate and inform. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course, and a wealth of practical resources, including a copy of the Artsplanpublished guidelines ‘Using the Arts with Juvenile and Young Offenders’ (RRP £7.50). There is a special rate fee of £75 available on this course. For more information on how to make a booking, please visit the Artswork website: www.artswork.org.uk/open-courses, or contact Rachel Hall, Manager, Learning and Skills via: rachel@artswork.org.uk or call 02380 332 491.
  • Also on the 3rd October is Lyric Lounge, Leicester. Headlined by Jean Binta Breeze MBE and Daljit Nagra. Thursday 3rd October, all day from 10.30am. The Y, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY. All day-time events FREE, evening performance tickets £6 / £4 concessions. Box Office: 0116 255 7066. Website: www.leicesterymca.co.uk. They say, “Join us for a full day of poetry events, workshops, film screenings and open-mics to celebrate National Poetry Day, leading to an evening headline performance by the Lounge’s formidable patron, Jean Binta Breeze MBE, who will perform alongside Daljit Nagra, Forward prize winner for his first poetry collection, “Look, We Have Coming to Dover.” Visit www.lyriclounge.co.uk/2013tour/leicester-2013 to see the full programme of events.”
  • Birmingham Literature Festival runs 3-12 October 2013. Run by Writing West Midlands, the Festival has been a staple of the city’s autumn calendar for fifteen years. Celebrating the opening of the new Library of Birmingham this year, the Festival has enjoyed a rebrand*, bringing you a new look and a fresh programme.
  • Now in its 64th year, the Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from 4-13th October 2013 and the line up includes Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding (whose third Bridget Jones book is due out the same month), Musician Ray Davies, ex-home secretary Alan Johnson, Man Booker Prize winner A S Byatt, critic Agnès C Poirier, Jennifer Saunders, Jack Whitehall, Ian Rankin, Mary Berry, Jeremy Paxman, Kate Adie, John Bishop, Brian May and designer Cath Kidston. Full programme available early August and tickets purchasable later in the month.
  • New Writers UK Book Festival: New Writers UK is a Nottingham-based group (though with members from farther afield) who have all self-published. Thus the organisation offers a wealth of advice and support if you are thinking of going down that route. Their annual festival is on Saturday October 5th at the Gedling Civic centre just outside Nottingham. Among speakers / performers attending are Chris Day of Filament Publishing, Mark Gwynne Jones a performance poet (who appeared at NAWG’2 2012 Festival) and horror / children’s writer Steve Bowkett. Admission is free. Find out more at http://www.newwritersuk.co.uk.
  • Marketing Projects for Young People Training. Wed 9 Oct 2013. This one-day course explores ways to develop effective marketing techniques for your youth arts project. 9th October 2013, 9.45 am- 4 pm, TR2, Plymouth. Special Rate Fee: £75 per person. Artswork is delighted to be offering this excellent professional development opportunity in partnership with TR2, Plymouth as part of the Artsplan Professional Development Programme. This one-day course explores ways to develop effective marketing techniques for your youth arts project. The session offers practical examples and structures for planning your marketing strategy, including drawing up an action plan, collating resources, design and print, using the new and social media and managing public relations with the local community. This course also looks at the exit strategy of ending a youth arts project by celebrating its completion and bringing it to a successful close. A practical and informative training session aimed at filling you with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to market and celebrate your project successfully. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course and a wealth of practical resources. There is a special rate fee of £75 per person for this course. For more information on how to make a booking, please visit the Artswork website: www.artswork.org.uk/open-courses, or contact the Manager – Learning and Skills via: rachel@artswork.org.uk or call 023 80 332491.
  • Write Here Poetry Workshop at Calke Abbey. Saturday, 19th October, 2013 10.30 – 5.00pm. Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, DE73 7LE. Charge: £15 (please note there is a 4% Paypal fee if booking online). This special day-long workshop offers the chance to go behind the scenes to experience the fascinating decaying interior spaces of Calke Abbey, described by the National Trust as an un-stately home. Poet Mark Goodwin, with assistance from National Trust volunteers, will guide you on an ‘expedition’ to ‘dig out’ poetic material from this surprising location. Please be prepared for lots of walking and stair-climbing, as well as some spooky torch-lit tunnel exploration. You will have the opportunity to see some of the ‘posher’ rooms, but please be warned: you will find yourself mostly confined to the dim and sometimes even dank corners of Calke Abbey. Part of the ‘Locks, Bells & Peeling Wallpaper’ series of poetry workshops, this workshop is open to all writers, from novice to experienced. The poetic produce from this workshop will be shared via an e-pamphlet. Places are limited so bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. To book a place please complete the online booking form here (https://writingeastmidlands.wufoo.com/forms/p7w1r7) or send a cheque for the £15 booking fee addressed to Writing East Midlands to Writing East Midlands,

    49 Stoney Street, The Lace Market,

    Nottingham NG1 1LX.

    For more information about Calke Abbey please see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey.

  • 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 October include: www.booksandboots.org (late Sept / early Oct), www.bathkidslitfest.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.wigtownbookfestival.com (late Sept / early Oct), www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk (late Sept / early Oct), www.beverley-literature-festival.org (early Oct), www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk (mid Oct), www.historicalnovelsociety.org (conference mid-Oct), www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk (mid-Oct), www.chesterfestivals.co.uk (mid / late Oct), www.literaturefestival.co.uk (Durham, mid-late Oct), www.poolelitfest.com (mid-late Oct).
NOVEMBER
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme was published in July.
  • The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
  • 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), www.richmond.gov.uk/arts (Nov)
DECEMBER
  • The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been 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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