news and events
23rd October - Seeds and Sparks writing workshop, Rochdale
As part of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival I am running a workshop that will investigate the seeds and sparks that become stories, poems and creative non-fiction. £3, at Number 10 Gallery, Rochdale 4-5.30pm
7th November - Scribble Festival and Conference, Rochdale
I'm joining Shirley May (Director of Young Identity, Commonword, and for those who remember - the sorely missed Speakeasy collective) to talk about community, marginalisation, and how we can resist the narrative of division and build solidarity as we make our voices heard. 9.30am - 2pm More info here.
12th November - Reading and Being Read, Manchester
I will be joining Comma Press' founding editor Ra Page at Manchester Central Library to talk about small presses, indie publishing, and what they mean for writers and readers. We will be followed by what looks like a fascinating talk: If P Then Q on poetry books as creative objects. Tickets are £3 if you book early, £5 at the door. Reading and Being Read is organised by the Contemporary Small Press at the University of Westminster.
Jan 2017 - Comma Press short story course in Liverpool
Manchester's Comma Press have announced the next in their series of short story writing courses, this time based in Liverpool, with partners The Bluecoat. This is a practical, creative affair - not a theoretical exercise (although we will be studying a range of examples from the rich world of short fiction). I will be leading the course one evening a month at Liverpool's Bluecoat, where we will focus on discussion, practical work, and editorial feedback. By the end of the six sessions each person will have completed three solid short stories, which will be considered for Comma's new author anthologies. I have no genre affiliations - it's open to all, and the techniques we will cover are applicable across styles and genre. More info on booking and dates coming soon.
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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