PROGRAMME

All times noted below are in UK time.

Note: to join each session you don’t need to sign in or register – simply click on the link provided. You will be admitted to a virtual ‘waiting room’, and from there your host will give you access to the event. Enjoy!

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Friday 27th March 2020

Beverley Ward, 10am -11am. Keep Calm and Carry on Writing. This is a fun and mindful writing workshop with exercises for stressful times. No writing experience necessary – just come along and enjoy the experience! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Rachel Bower, 12-1pm. Writing the Maternal – Rachel will be reading from Moon Milk and other poems, including her exciting new collection-in-progress (Mothers of Gods). Rachel will also give us a preview of new work commissioned by British Library/ Poet in the City. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Jo Colley, 1-2pm. “Sleeper”: poems about espionage, the Cambridge 5, invisibility and hiding in plain sight. Poetry reading and Q&A. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Can Literature Stop Eco-catastrophe? Ecojustice in a Time of COVID-19. 2-3pm. Join our panel of writers, Kristian Evans, Mab Jones, Andrew Leach, Marvin Thompson, Lyle Skains, Samuel Tongue, and Stevie Ronnie, chaired by Associate Professor Zoë Brigley, as they discuss the relevance and importance of literature in times such as the present moment. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Wendy Meddour, 3.30-4.30pm. How to Write Picture Books that Support Little People in Tricky Times. Join writer and illustrator Wendy Meddour in a masterclass designed to help you begin writing a picture book – adults and children welcome! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Jane Corry, 7-8pm. How to write bestselling thrillers – and other lessons I learned from prison. Join bestselling author Jane Corry as she leads us through the lessons she learned while teaching in prison. Chaired by CJ Cooke. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Nicola Cassidy, 8pm. Research workshop. Join Nicola as she discusses the research methods used in her writing life. This session is based on the research she undertook to write her latest novel based on the life of Adele Astaire. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Saturday 28th March 2020

Virginia Moffatt, 10-11am. Reading and Q&A about her novels, The Wave and Echo Hall. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

James Withey, 11am-12noon. Join the founder of The Recovery Letters (http://therecoveryletters.com) as he discusses his new book, How to Tell Depression to Piss Off. Chaired by CJ Cooke. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Ruth Stacey, 12-1pm. Workshop: Writing Imagined Memoir Poems. Join renowned poet Ruth Stacey as she guides beginners and experienced writers alike in writing the life of a person from history. Please come to the workshop with a historical figure already in mind to write about! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Nikki Dudley, editor of Streetcake magazine, hosts streetcake writers, Rochelle Roberts, Leia Butler, Yvonne Litschel, Grace Tompkins and more. Join us for a dynamic hour of fiction and poetry from young writers. 1-2pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Laura Laakso, 2-4pm, Workshop: World-building in (Urban) Fantasy Setting. Laura Laakso is a Finnish author renowned for her paranormal urban fantasy works. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Eva Moreda, 4.30-5.30pm. A bilingual reading (English/Galician) from Home is a Different Time. Preceded by a very short introduction to Galician language & literature & the challenges of writing in a minoritized language. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Nicola Martin, 6-7pm. Writing your crime debut – and getting it published. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Jess Traynor, 7-8pm. Join renowned Irish writer Jess Traynor as she reads poems from her stunning collection, The Quick. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Mothership Writers, 8-9pm. Freewriting Jukebox – Saturday night disco. An hour of song-title freewriting prompts on Twitter from the Mothership Writers Freewriting Jukebox. #FreewritingJukebox.

Sunday 29th March

Anna Caig, 10am-12pm. Selling Yourself as a Writer – Build your brand and reach more readers. This workshop helps you build your brand as a writer, navigating the minefield of marketing, digital and social media. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Ghostwriting Panel. 12-1pm. Join our panel of three experienced ghostwriters who lift the lid on some of the secrets of this profession, shrouded in mystique to many. They seek to dispel the frequent misunderstanding that ‘ghosting’ is inauthentic. On the contrary, their profession is an honest one, that gives voice to people who have lived a life of interest, or have some discoveries they wish to share, and who need some expert assistance to realize their ambition and see their story in the form of a published book.On the panel are: Philip Whiteley (chair, business writer/ghostwriter and novelist), Shannon Kyle (author and ghostwriter, mostly of memoirs, personal stories), Gillian Stern (editor and ghostwriter of many top-selling books commissioned by Penguin, Harper Collins and others) Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Shehzar Doja, 2-3pm. Melange: A poetic confluence of east and west. Shehzar Doja will be giving a poetry reading. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Jane Burn, 3-4pm. One of the most exciting poets writing today, Burn will read from her collections Remnants, Fleet and Yan Tan Tether, followed by a Q&A. Chaired by Rachel Bower. Don’t miss! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Una McCormack, 4-4.30pm. Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling science author. Here she will be reading from her latest book, Star Trek Picard: The Last Best Hope. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Anna Vaught, 5-6pm. Join Anna as she talks about the themes of mental illness in her book Saving Lucia and how her own history is threaded through. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Clara Barley, 6-7pm. Join Bluemoose author Clara as she talks about all things Anne Lister and The Moss House and shares some readings. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Liz Fraser, Launch of The Middle Years. Liz is one of the UK’s best-known writers and broadcasters on all aspects of modern family life, a social commentator, media spokesperson, copy editor, and creator of the mental health platform Headcase. Here she launches and discusses her much-awaited book about ‘the middle years’ of parenting. Expect hilarity. Chaired by CJ Cooke. 7-8pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Monday 30th March

Ask a literary consultant! 9-10am. Founder and director of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy Helen Corner-Bryant opens the floor for your questions, on anything from the editorial process to submitting your work to agents. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Liz Hyder, author of Bearmouth, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020. 10-11am. Bearmouth grew out of Liz’s research into the exploitation of children in Victorian mines. Join Liz as she talks about her writing tips, how the children’s book publishing industry works, and shares some creative writing exercises that can be done at home, including a guided exercise. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Molly Murray, 11-12pm. TaPoetry & Your Immune System: mindful creativity and how it helps us to survive. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Jacqueline Saphra, 12-1pm. Poems from the good heart, the laughing heart and the angry heart. Featuring one of the UK’s finest poets, this event comprises a reading of Saphra’s work to date interspersed with Q&As and discussion about poetry and what it means to be a poet in the current moment. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Andrew Leach, 1.30-2pm. Live tweeting part 1, original 3,000-word short story. @4ndrewJames

Emma Pass, 2-4pm. Bringing your characters to life. Join award-winning YA author Emma pass as she leads a workshop on how to create characters that leap off the page. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Louise Welsh, 4pm-4.45pm. Louise Welsh’s debut novel won the Crime Writers’ Association Creasey Dagger. More recently, she has collaborated with composer Stuart McRae on a number of successful operas, and her Plague Times trilogy has been heralded as work for our times. She’ll be reading from her works and discussing her long career working across genres. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Rejection, inclusivity and getting an agent. 6-7pm. Jenny Knight is a prize-winning writer of short fiction and memoir, she attended PRH WriteNow 2018 and her work has won many competitions. Tune in as she gives the low down on overcoming rejection and securing an agent. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

New Irish Fiction. 7-8pm. Join exciting new voices in Irish literature, Helen Cullen, Elaine Feeney and Ruth Gilligan as they discuss their works. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Molly Brown, 10-12pm. Creative Writing Practice: Childhood & Fairytales (selected tales, images and objects). Limited to first 10. Notebooks and fast-writing pens or pencils please – we won’t use keyboards. Please email to sign up:
meigsbrown@gmail.com. Once you RSVP, you will get a confirmation and a Zoom link from Molly.

Jo Clement, 12-1pm. The editor of Butcher’s Dog reads from her poetry collection Moveable Type. “Lyrically agile and never predictable, Moveable Type is a proud and startling debut pamphlet which marks an impressive new voice in contemporary poetry.” ​Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Andrew Leach, 1.30-2pm Live tweeting part 2, original 3,000-word short story. @4ndrewJames

Samuel Tongue, 2-3pm. Don’t miss this reading from Samuel Tongue’s debut collection ‘Sacrifice Zones’ and a discussion on poetry translation with Dr Rebecca DeWald. Join here https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Rishi Dastidar, 3-3.30pm. Join Rishi as he gives a reading from his new book Saffron Jack, a long narrative poem which ‘boldly updates Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ to confront one of the most pressing issues our fractured world faces today – how can we live together in peace if we exile the most vulnerable in our societies and deny them a place to belong?’ Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Therapeutic Journal Writing. 4.30-5.30pm. In this experiential workshop Professional Writing Academy tutor Anne Taylor will introduce you to the value of keeping a journal and to some tools and prompts for writing your way through these times of stress and uncertainty. Have an old-fashioned pen and plenty of paper to hand. Limited to 12. Email Anne at anne@profwritingacademy.com to sign up. Anne will send a Zoom link upon confirmation of your place.

Abbie Greaves, Beth Morrey and Clare Pooley in conversation with CJ Cooke to talk about their exciting debut novels. 5.30-6.30pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Finding your voice (and getting it heard). 6.30-7.30pm. As writers we’re often told to find our voice, but what does it mean, especially if you’re not used to speaking up? Join writers Susmita Bhattacharya, Joanna Howard, Sallyanne Rock, Deborah Martin and editor Miranda Roszkowski as they discuss access to the publishing industry for women and read their contributions to the powerful new collection 100 Voices which brings together writers from across the UK to celebrate women’s stories. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Maggie O’Farrell, Twitter launch of Hamnet at @Will_Sutcliffe@ (https://twitter.com/Will_Sutcliffe8), 8pm.

Wed 1st April 2020

Molly Brown, 10-12pm, Creative Writing Practice: Gratitude & Forgiveness (epistolary forms). Limited to first 10. Notebooks and fast-writing pens or pencils please – we won’t use keyboards. Please email to sign up:
meigsbrown@gmail.com. Once you RSVP, you will get a confirmation and a Zoom link from Molly.

Dr Pragya Agarwal, 12-1pm, How to write a non-fiction proposal and getting an agent. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Andrew Leach, Live Tweeting his 3000 word short story – part 3 (@4ndrewJames) 1.30-2pm

Wanderers in the Fourth Dimension. 2-3pm. Four writers of Doctor Who novels, audios, and just about everything else talk about writing for the best character in the universe. Una McCormack, Simon Guerrier, Jonny Morris, Jac Rayner. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Katie Lowe, author of YA phenomenon The Furies, gives a reading and Q&A. 4-5pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Dominique Thompson, award winning GP and young people’s mental health expert. 7.30-8.30pm. How to Grow a Grown Up- raising your teenager to be independent and resilient – in the 21st century. Workshop Q&A for parents of secondary school age children. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Emily Koch, 8.30-9.30pm. A discussion about Emily’s book KEEP HIM CLOSE and how to research for fiction writing. Reading and Q&A chaired by Kim Nash. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Nikki Smith, 10-11am. Live tweeting for launch of ALL IN HER HEAD – with book giveaways and prizes!! #StayAtHomeFest

Beverley Ward and Genevieve Carver, 11am-12pm. Beverley will read from her recently released grief memoir, Dear Blacksmith and Genevieve will read from her debut poetry collection, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy.Followed by a Q & A session. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Shahnaz Ahsan in conversation with Dr Pragya Agarwal, 1-2pm. Shahnaz Ahsan’s novel Hashim & Family is based on Shahnaz’s family’s oral histories that she documented while writing the book. Shahnaz’s grandparents moved to Manchester in the 1960s, and she interviewed them extensively for the book. What we get is a viewpoint to a moment in history and narrative that we just never hear about in schools, which is why this book is so important. DON’T MISS. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Jane Austin (News From Nowhere) and Janet Dean Knight (The Peacemaker), 2-3.30pm. How Family History Wrote My Novel: Two historical fiction writers on writing about family secrets. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Dr Pragya Agarwal, 4.30 – 5.15pm. Why do we act the way we do? ‘Thinking about our biases’ to coincide with the launch of her fascinating book SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Haleh Agar, 5.30-6.15pm. Haleh is talking about how you can write realistic characters and will be giving a short reading from her debut, Out of Touch, which is published today! Out of Touch tells the story of estranged siblings Ava and Michael, and their father Lee, who neither has seen in twenty years. When Lee writes to say he’s dying and wants to meet, he throws their lives into turmoil. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Laura Cumming, 7-8pm. On Chapel Sands – Waterstones Book of the Month. On Chapel Sands details the investigation of Laur’as mother’s disappearance as a small child from a Lincolnshire beach. She uses her Observer-art-critic eye to solve the case, going through the family photo albums forensically (and uncovers some dark family secrets along the way). Like ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ but told through art. DON’T MISS. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Katherine May, How to winter well – insights from her new book, Wintering. 8-9pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Friday 3rd April 2020

John Yorke, 9-10am. Narrative Structure for Novelists. Bestselling author of Into the Woods and BAFTA winner John Yorke explores how the rules of screenwriting apply to novel structure, and how they can dramatically enhance your work. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Lee Weatherly10-11am. How to Write Young Adult Fiction. Discover what Young Adult fiction is and how to develop a strong YA character with a voice that will hook your reader with Professional Writing Academy tutor Lee Weatherly. We’ll also look at current trends, and explore what themes and concepts make for dynamic YA fiction. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Dr Pragya Agarwal, 11am-12pm, How to write a non-fiction proposal and getting an agent. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Mab Jones, 2-3pm. Love the Words: a hope themed poetry workshop and free to enter competition for all ages. https://www.discoverdylanthomas.com/love-the-words-competition-2020. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Rob Keeley, 3-4pm. Live Q&A on Twitter. #StayAtHomeFest

Louise Powell, 4.30-6pm. Live reading of play & Q&A on playwriting. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Nicholas Jubber, 6-7pm. An illustrated talk and Q&A of Nicholas’ travels around Europe, exploring epic poems and meetings with storytellers re-imagining our ancient tales! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Alexandra Ford, 7-8pm. Alexandra will be reading from her debut historical novel, What Remains at the End (Seren Books), which sheds light on the lesser-known history of the former Yugoslavia’s ethnic Germans – the Danube Swabians – & the horrors inflicted on them in the aftermath of World War II. Followed by a Q&A session. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Maggie O’Farrell, in conversation with Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North, about her new novel Hamnet. 8-9pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Saturday 4th April 2020

Susmita Bhattacharya, 9-10am. Starting a Short Story. Join Professional Writing Academy tutor and award-winning short story writer Susmita Bhattacharya for an hour of writing short story openings. Explore a variety of prompts to get words down on the blank page and create short story ideas. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Clara Challoner Walker and Janet Dean Knight, 11-12. Fiction and poetry workshop for new writers or those needing a little boost! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Emily LeQuesne. Are you writing a play? 12-1pm. Emily LeQuesne is a playwright, theatre maker and dramaturg. In this dramaturgy workshop she will follow a step by step process to help you edit and develop your stage script, refine your characters, subject and theme, learn to write visually, and get your script to sing. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Performance Workshop. 1-2pm. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa (aka Birdspeed) is a poet, choregographer and multi-champion. Join her as she leads one of her dazzling performance masterclasses to help you boost your confidence to deliver your best live readings. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Laura Laakso, The Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing. 2-4pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Nikki Dudley, editor of Streetcake magazine. Expanding your writing practices: experimental poetry. 4-6pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Cath Drake, 6-7pm. Cath will be giving a reading and talk about her new poetry collection, The Shaking City . The ‘shaking city’ here is a metaphor for the swiftly changing precarity of modern life within the looming climate and ecological emergency, and the unease of the narrator who is far from home. Tall tales combine with a conversational style, playful humour and a lyrical assurance. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

CJ Skuse will be live on her Twitter page, talking about her new novel, The Alibi Girl, ‘a sweet, twisty thriller that will keep you guessing.’ 7-8pm. #AskSweetPea

Darren O’Sullivan, 8pm-9pm. Darren O’Sullivan is the author of #1 bestsellers, OUR LITTLE SECRET, CLOSE YOUR EYES and CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. His latest, DARK CORNERS is out April 2020, and he’ll be chatting about it here. Chaired by Vic Watson. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Sunday 5th April 2020

Graham Bartlett, 9-10am. Staying True – how to make your crime fiction more authentic. 9-10am. Police consultant and author Graham Bartlett hosts a talk and Q&A on how nailing down the details in your crime fiction will take its authenticity to the next level. Let Graham know the crime, policing or criminal justice areas you’d like him to cover by dropping him a line at https://policeadvisor.co.uk/contact/. He’ll do his best to include as many as possible. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Avril Joy, 11-12pm. Going In With Flowers – reflections in poetry and prose on 25 years working in a women’s prison in County Durham. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Una McCormack, Tiffani Angus, Gemma Milne, Eddie Robson, and Marian Womack. 12-1pm. Launching in Lockdown. You’ve written a book. You’re hoping it will be noticed. And then… We can’t tour, we can’t launch, but we can still connect online. How can we bring our books to people’s attention? Five authors launching their work discuss how to get the news of their books out there. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Comedy Women In Print Prize. 1-2pm. Join Helen Lederer, Asia Mackay, Kirsty Eyre, and Abigail Mann to talk all things witty writing and how to write comedy when the world doesn’t seem funny. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Is there a Right Way to Write? Join writers Sarah Stovell, Nicola Cassidy, and Cat Walker as they dissect the ways that they go about their writing. Chaired by CJ Cooke. 4-5pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Olga Dermott-Bond. 5-6pm. Join us for the launch of Against the Grain, poet Olga Dermott-Bond’s pamphlet with Q&A from IS&T poet Jo Young. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Butcher’s Dog showcase. 6-7pm. Chaired by editor Jo Clement. Butcher’s Dog poetry is a bi-annual poetry magazine founded and published in North East England. Get the kettle on and make yourself couch-comfy as we join a selection of our brilliant poets reading from past editions and sharing their new work. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Living Like Common People: Celebrating Working-Class Writers. A reading from the anthology Common People, featuring Louise Powell in conversation with Julie Noble and Jenny Knight. 7-8pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Monday 6th April 2020

Writing in Collaboration, 12-1pm. Is writing always a solo act, or does it involve community? What can collaboration bring to the creative process? Join this exciting group of writers as they talk about the importance of collaboration in their work. Alyson Hallett, Lyle Skains,  Jo Clement, Sherezade Garcia Rangel and Defne Cizacka. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Louisa Adjoa Parker, 1-2pm. Recently commended in the National Poetry Competition, Louisa is a writer of poetry, fiction and BAME history. Join us as she reads from her latest collection How to Wear a Skin, which is an exploration of identity. Mostly set in south west England, Parker explores themes including place, race, friendship, motherhood, love, and loss, as well as what’s happening in society today. She takes inspiration from her own story and the imagined stories of others – a boy at a train station; a woman with a tattoo – and weaves them together in her quest to understand our place in a beautiful, yet fractured world. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Tania Hershman, 2-3pm. Award-winning short story writer and RLF fellow Tania Hershman will read from and chat about her two new books: her poetry pamphlet, How High Did She Fly?, joint winner of the 2019 Live Canon pamphlet competition, and her hybrid book, and what if we were all allowed to disappear’, published on March 5th by Guillemot Press. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Lyle Skains, 3-5pm. Innovations in digital and interactive writing and publishing. Short talk + Workshop on interactive forms of writing (collaborative, cooperative, interactive, Twine games, etc.), with workshop activities in various media/methods. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Sherezade Garcia Rangel, 5.30-7pm. The Literary Podcast, chaired by Lizy Newswanger. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Nikki Smith, Clare Pooley, Trevor Wood, Louise Fein, Susan Allott and Frances Quinn, chaired by CJ Cooke. 7-8pm. Debut authors 2020 – route to publication in a challenging environment. Join these debut authors as they talk about their journey to publication, offer tips, advice, and launching their first books in a pandemic! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Carrie Etter. 8-9pm. Carrie Etter will read from her third collection of poetry, Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted from the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and answer questions. Etter has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), and published poems in The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Boston Review, and many other journals and anthologies worldwide. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Susmita Bhattacharya9-10am. Starting a Short Story. Join Professional Writing Academy tutor and award-winning short story writer Susmita Bhattacharya for an hour of writing short story openings. Explore a variety of prompts to get words down on the blank page and create short story ideas. Join herehttps://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Molly Brown, 10-12pm. Workshop: Creative Writing Practice: Strong Characters and POV (partnered exercises). Notebooks and fast-writing pens or pencils please – we won’t use keyboards. Please email beforehand: meigsbrown@gmail.com. Limited to first 10. Once you RSVP, Molly will send you a Zoom link.

John Yorke, 12-1pm. Narrative Structure for Novelists. Bestselling author of Into the Woods and BAFTA winner John Yorke explores how the rules of screenwriting apply to novel structure, and how they can dramatically enhance your work. Join herehttps://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Stephanie Butland, 1-2pm. ‘Writing the Feminist Novel’ Stephanie Butland discusses her novel ‘The Woman In The Photograph’ and the challenges and joys of being a 21st century feminist looking back. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse: Using fiction to challenge the public story on domestic and sexual violence. 2-3pm. Five members of Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRIVA) at Durham University, discuss how crime writers can use new directions in research to help challenge the public story on domestic and sexual violence. With: Professor Nicole Westmarland and Dr Stephen Burrell on the role of gender and masculinities (see Project Mirabel), Professor Catherine Donovan, author of Queering Narratives of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Dr Hannah Bows, author of Sexual Violence against Older People, Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, author of The Right Amount of Panic: How women trade freedom for safety. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Mab Jones, Author of Tomorrow: adventure writing for children, teens, and young adults, will be live streaming adventure writing workshop for young writers 21 and under inc. parents / children of any age! 3-4pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Alyson Hallett,  Lynn Davidson, & Victoria Field. Allyson is a poet who is interested in the visual and spatial impact of words, and explores poetry in public art by collaborating with a wide variety of artist. Lynn Davidson is a poet from New Zealand, and Victoria Field is a Certified Poetry Therapist. They will be reading from their recent books, including LZRD, 4-5pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Dr Tiffani Angus, Doing a higher degree in Creative Writing (what does it mean to do an MA or even PhD in Creative Writing?) 5-6pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Emma Flint, The Route to Publication. How does a writer get published? Emma Flint, author of the critically acclaimed novel Little Deaths, discusses her publication journey, as well as her research process and her new book. 6-7pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Crime Panel. Join crime writers Susi Holliday, Amanda Jennings, and Ed James as they discuss their forays into crime fiction. 7-8pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Wed 8th April 2020

Molly Brown, 10am-12. Creative Writing Practice – Negative Capability & Finding Creative Flow (selected poems and The Pearl Necklace Exercise) Please email beforehand:
meigsbrown@gmail.com. Notebooks and fast-writing pens or pencils please – we won’t use keyboards. Limited to first 10. Once you RSVP, Molly will send you a Zoom link.

I Want You To Know We’re Still Here – Esther Safran Foer. 12-1pm.
Named by Washington Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington, Esther Safran Foer served for 10 years as CEO of the synagogue Sixth & I. She is also the mother of Jonathan Safran Foer, the award-winning author of Everything is Illuminated. Her honest yet uplifting post-holocaust memoir I Want You to Know We’re Still Here(April 2020) tells the true family story that inspired her son’s novel. It follows her trip to Ukraine to find out more about her half-sister – killed during the Holocaust and never spoken about by her father – and the family who risked their lives to hide her them during the war. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Therapeutic Journal Writing. 1-2pm. In this experiential workshop Professional Writing Academy tutor Anne Taylor will introduce you to the value of keeping a journal and to some tools and prompts for writing your way through these times of stress and uncertainty. Have an old-fashioned pen and plenty of paper to hand. Limited to 12. Email Anne at anne@profwritingacademy.com to sign up. Anne will send a Zoom link upon confirmation of your place.

Ken Evans, 2-3pm. Join poet Ken Evans as he reads from and discusses his debut poetry collection True Forensics. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

We Begin at the End by CWA Dagger Chris Whitaker 3-4pm. We Begin At The End follows the devastating aftermath of a brutal crime across a tight-knit community, set in small-town America. When a terrible turn of events put the ones she loves in danger, how far will spirited teenager Duchess go to save her family? A stunning read that is immersive and incredibly moving. Also featuring Tom Wood (author), Lisa Howells (Heat Mag and Crime Monthly) and Isabelle Broom (author & chair). Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Tiffani Angus, 4-5pm, Writing Historical Fantasy: Research as a Catalyst. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Secrets & Lies: Psychological thrillers to keep you guessing. 5-6pm. This is one event you don’t want to miss! Join multi-million bestselling writers Adele Parks (‘Lies, Lies, Lies’), Christina Dalcher (‘Vox’), and Sunday Times Bestseller Sarah Vaughan (‘Anatomy of a Scandal’) as they talk to CJ Cooke about their brilliant new books. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

The Dark Pull of True Crime. 6-7pm. Join publisher Grace Harrison and writers Susannah Stapleton and Cara Hunter in conversation with Lee Randall as they dissect the ethics of writing true crime and basing crime fiction on fact. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Emily Koch, Mason Cross, Kat Diamond, Jenny Blackhurst & Mark Edwards, Crime Writing Panel, 7-8pm. Come hear a fantastic group of authors chat about their work in the genre of crime fiction. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

New Writing Showcase, hosted by Janet Floyer. 8-9pm. Come and support these emerging stars as they read their work! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Thurs 9th April 2020

Tom Bromley, 10-11am. Some Points of View on Points of View. Join Faber Academy tutor Tom Bromley for a session about the choices and challenges of using point of view in fiction, and take part in a Q&A session afterwards. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Mary J. Oliver, 11am-12pm. Join poet Mary J. Oliver as she reads from her memoir ‘Jim Neat’. Followed by Q &A session on how to kick-start your own innovative life-writing. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Kim Nash, Tania Hershman, Ingrid Persaud, and Louisa Adjoa Parker. 12-1pm. Writers talking about their process. What does a creative process look like? Does everyone have the same process, or does it differ, and how? How can you kick-start your own creative practice? Come listen to these fantastic writers discuss theirs! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/qqpshu6

Defne Cizakca, 1-2pm. In conversation with Zoe Strachan, Defne discusses the “Trans* Guesthouse,” a literary and visual collaboration shining light on an LGBTQI shelter in Istanbul, Turkey. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Katie Munnik & Alexandra Ford, 2.30-4pm. Both Sides Now: Two debut historical novels 75 years on from WWII. Both Katie (The Heart Beats in Secret, Harper Collins UK)  and Alexandra (What Remains at the End, Seren Books) confront questions of family memory, the effects of emigration from post-war Europe, and the dangers  – and gifts – of secrets. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Open mic afternoon! Hosted by Janet Floyer. 4-5pm. Are you a writer? Can you read your work for 5 minutes to an audience of literature lovers? Come along! Your writing career begins HERE. Email beforehand to confirm your slot – stayathomefest@gmail.com. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Writers and their pets. 5-6pm. Join Julie Cohen, Rowan Coleman (and Blossom, Bluebell and Meg), and James Withey in discussion about the most under-estimated element of the writing life: a pet! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Christina Thatcher, 6-7pm. Join poet and lecturer, Christina Thatcher, for a reading from her new poetry collection, How to Carry Fire (Parthian Books), followed by a Q&A. These poems examine both literal and metaphorical fires and speak ‘powerfully to the things that love can survive’ (Jonathan Edwards). Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

The Best, Most Awful Job contributors in discussion with editor Katherine May about motherhood. Contributors to this anthology talk honestly about the many different ways to be a mother: single parenting, stepmothering, trying to conceive, dating as a mother, life after children, and much more. 7-8pm. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Henry Hemming, 8-9pm. Our Man in New York. An interactive 45-minute talk inspired by Henry Hemming’s new book Our Man in New York – the eye-opening story of how the British used ‘fake news’ to help bring the United States into the Second World War. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Friday 10th April 2020

Therapeutic Journal Writing. 9.30-10.30am. In this experiential workshop Professional Writing Academy tutor Anne Taylor will introduce you to the value of keeping a journal and to some tools and prompts for writing your way through these times of stress and uncertainty. Have an old-fashioned pen and plenty of paper to hand. Limited to 12. Email Anne at anne@profwritingacademy.com to sign up. Anne will send a Zoom link upon confirmation of your place.

Swapna Haddow, 10.30-11.30am. Writing Young Fiction workshop. All ages welcome! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Newcastle Noir event. 12-1pm. Northern crime writers talk about the impact of the North on their work, chaired by Dr Jacky Collins (aka Dr Noir). Featuring Judith O’Reilly/Rob Scragg/Robert Parker/Chris McGeorge/Adam Peacock (panel line-up TBC). Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Historical Novels Between Bodice Rippers and Bring Up the Bodies. 1-2pm. The style and quality of historic novels can differ so vastly – join Ellen Alpsten, bestselling author Natasha Pulley (‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’), Deborah Carr (‘Mrs Boots), and Daisy Goodwin (‘Victoria’) as they discuss the enduring appeal of historical fiction and our fascination with the past. Does it reveal a longing for more social proximity and cohesion or, on the contrary, more distance and mystique? Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Lee Weatherly2-3pm. Young Writers Workshop. A workshop specifically for teenage writers with Professional Writing Academy tutor Lee Weatherly. Sign up by emailing stayathomefest@gmail.com and we’ll send you a Zoom link.

Alex Johnson, 3-4pm. Alex will be reading from his two latest books, Menus That Made History and How To Give Your Child A Lifelong Love Of Reading. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

The Road to publication… and beyond! 4-5pm. Is the publication journey for every writer the same? Join Kate Hamer, Rachel Marks, CJ Tudor, and Lucy Atkins as they talk about how they got their work agented and published, and discuss what a writer’s life looks like. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Women and Crime, 5-6pm. Whether as readers, writers, detectives, victims or perpetrators women have always been steeped in crime. Join writers Emma Flint, Laura Laakso, Mary Paulson-Ellis and Susannah Stapleton as they each bring a unique perspective to the dissection of this fascinating topic. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Samantha Downing, in conversation with CJ Cooke. 6-7pm Everything you ever wanted to know about her smash hit novel My Lovely Wife (which has just been optioned for the big screen) and her new book, He Started It. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Dr Pragya Agarwal, Jess Traynor, Dr Dominique Thompson, 7-8pm. Motherhood and Writing. Join a behavioural scientist, a poet, and a young people’s mental health expert as they debate the issue of motherhood in contemporary writing. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Saturday 11th April 2020

Women’s voices: writing diverse female experiences. 12-1pm. Sheila O’Flanagan (The Women Who Ran Away), Hazel Barkworth (Heatstroke), and Hina Belitz (To Lahore, With Love) discuss the representation of female experiences in their work and their various approaches. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Writing Nature Workshop. 1-2pm. Elpseth Wilson will be running a workshop on nature writing from the comfort of your own home. The workshop is for anyone, anywhere no matter how much or little outdoor space you have. Elspeth will also do a short reading from her own work. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Alice Castle, 2-3pm. Reading and questions on The Perfect Widow and Death in Dulwich. Click here to join the session: Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Ellen Alpsten, 3-4pm. ‘Discovering TSARINA’ – from serf to Empress, from backward nation to superpower. The one & only novel about Russia’s Catherine I. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Literature for Well-Being. 4-5pm. Join our panel of experts as they discuss ways to use books for better mental health! Our panel includes: Christina Thatcher (specialism: bereavement and addiction), Francesca Baker – Outreach Manager at Lapidus International, James Withey (The Recovery Letters & How to Tell Depression to Piss Off), Lyle Skains (writer for Infectious Storytelling project, health education through interactive digital reading/writing. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Phoebe Morgan, 5-6pm. Make sure you tune in for this – Phoebe Morgan is in the unique position of being an editor at a top five publisher and a bestselling author. Here, Phoebe talks to Zöe Venditozzi about both roles – what she looks for in a book, and how she writes them! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

Stevie Ronnie, 6-7pm. The Kindness – new poems on love, loss and the changing nature of our world. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

CL Taylor, Samantha DowningClaire Allen, Nuala Ellwood, 7-8pm. Four crime writers at the height of their powers, in discussion about their writing practices and what turned them to crime… NOT TO BE MISSED! Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

This is the News! 8-9pm. Award-winning and former BBC News and Panorama journalist and editor Felicity Cowie launches her debut novel and answers questions about what it is like to work on large and breaking news stories. And why writing matters. Join here: https://tinyurl.com/yx3s8c73

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