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HUDDERSFIELD - Saturday 5th December
Short Story Day at the University of Huddersfield
I'm thrilled to be speaking alongside some of the best short fiction writers in the UK, at Huddersfield University's Short Story Day. We'll be looking at form, content, images, plots, and some of the founders of this unique form, as well as reading from our own work. The day features Claire Dean, Stuart Evers, and my personal short story god David Constantine.
I read with Constantine last month at Durham University, and just about contained my fangirling, with one concession to a spontaneous onstage hug that I'm pretty sure he wasn't expecting. Expect a thoughtful, fascinating day, followed by drinks in the Yorkshire hills.
For more info on tickets for the individual events and a whole day pass, plus detail on the different sessions, please follow this link. It's open to all - so all you non-students are very, very welcome to join us. Please do.
WordPlay Community Arts
I'm thrilled to be able to announce the launch of a new participatory arts organisation that I've founded with my collaborator Harriet Morgan-Shami.
WordPlay has grown from work we've done in East Salford over the last seven years, and we will continue to root our work there, as well as taking some of the projects to the wider Greater Manchester area.
WordPlay uses creative writing and related arts (like digital storytelling, spoken word, artist books and life writing) to support attachment and wellbeing. We are especially focused on working with vulnerable and marginalised people, as this is the backbone of our previous work together.
You can follow WordPlay on facebook and twitter, and find out more on our website at www.wpca.co.uk
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