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The Poetry of the Sacred with Karen McCarthy Woolf




Auden wrote that the centre I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind. In todays increasingly complex and often urban environment, what is sacred to us as individuals? And how does poetry reach towards a new understanding of the unknown, whether through religiosity, nature or science? Students will be encouraged to generate new work as we explore these issues through close reading of contemporary poets such as Louise Glck, Maitreyabandhu, Daljit Nagra, Alice Oswald, Rowan Ricardo Philips, Adlia Prado and R.A. Villanueva. 5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays, 6:45pm 8:45pm, starting 9 February.

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Feb 9, 23, Mar 9, 23, Apr 6 6.45pm


The Poetry School
81 Lambeth Walk
SE11 6DX

Writers' Mutual: Brick Lane




Brick Lane, Tuesdays 7-9pm

This workshop running on Tuesdays has been a weekly fixture in the lives of writers from all over London ever since the first meeting in 2007. Held in Brick Lane, Writers Mutual is for experienced writers not necessarily professional, but with a demonstrable track-record of literary creation. At each meeting, several of our number present work they are currently developing outside of the group, in order to receive detailed criticism and opinion from the other group members, in a supportive environment. Whilst weekly attendance is by no means mandatory, writers will benefit most from regular attendance, in order to both give and receive feedback.

This is very much for writers wishing to pursue publication. Building on Brick Lane Bookshops strongtrack record ofsupport foremergingwriters,the group has already published one anthology, sold via the bookshop, Amazon, etcetera.

Attendees from all genres are welcome (recent input has included work from writers of literary fiction, erotic fiction, horror/suspense, autobiography, teen fiction etc).

Sessionscost 9, payable in person.

Please drop me a line at


East London: BRICK LANE BOOKSHOP, 166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU

TUBE: Liverpool Street / Bethnal Green / Aldgate East

TRAIN: Shoreditch High Street

writers' mutual

NEW Literary Salons



West Dean Colleges Creative Writing department has announced a new series of Literary Salons for 2017, featuring talks and interviews, readings and Q&A with an exciting line-up of authors. The evening events will be held in the richly atmospheric Oak Hall at West Dean House, home to the internationally renowned college.

Programme (Tuesdays)

10 January Simon Brett, OBE, FRSL is the writer responsible for the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series.

14 February Melissa Benn novelist, journalist and campaigner is a regular contributor to The Guardian and New Statesman. Her second novel, One of Us, was shortlisted for a British Book Award.

21 March Stephen May, Costa-prize shortlisted author of Life! Death! Prizes! and Martine McDonagh, critically acclaimed author of I Have Waited, and You HaveCome, discuss their approach to writing about family relationships.

18 April Joanna Moorhead talks about The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington published by Virago, April 2017 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Leonoras birth.

Tickets for the Literary Salons are 5 per salon or 15 for all four booked in advance. Book online at . The college bar will be open and there is free parking.

Lemn Sissay Joins 20 Stories High


Lemn Sissay MBE agrees to become a patron for 20 Stories High

20 Stories High are pleased and proud to announce that the amazing poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay has agreed to be the theatre companys first patron.

The company have been talking with Lemn for a few years about their work and their shared connections; political, artistic and social.

During a meeting in Manchester last week with three of 20 Stories Highs young artists and Co-Artistic Directors Julia Samuels and Keith Saha, Lemn agreed to become official patron.

Commenting on his new role Lemn said;

I am so pleased and proud to be the new patron of 20 Stories High. I am proud of the work they make, proud of the young people who make up the company and proud that they have asked me. The stories they tell are powerful, relevant, funny and heartfelt. And with the amount of challenges that young people are facing, it is more important than ever that their voices are heard."

Keith Saha said;

Lemns personal history is something a lot of our young people identify with and the way he has taken those experiences and addressed them in his art is what we try to do as a company.

Riad, one of the young people who met with Lemn said;

I thought he was an intelligent guy and very very open to speak to us as young guys. I am actually so lucky to meet him and listen to his wise conversation and am so happy to put my time to come and see him.


Contact Lou Muddle 07840 759

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Edge-Lit 6 - horror, fantasy and science-fiction day, QUAD



Edge-Lit 6
15th July 2017, 10am-late

QUAD, Market Place, Derby, De1 3AS
Tickets 30including access to all events and event goodie bag

One of the UK's favourite science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing events returns for its latest installment, bringing together some of the UK's leading authors for a packed day of workshops, panels, readings, book launches, and much more besides! With a friendly atmosphere, a fantastic modern venue, an incredible array of booksellers and a huge amount of activity on the day, Edge-Lit is a great value day out and a must-attend for writers, readers or fans of genre fiction. And that's without even mentioning the now-legendary Edge-Lit raffle...

Plus this year Edge-Lit will be hosting one of the UKs most prestigious awards for fantasy fiction, the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy! With a roll of honour taking in authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Mark Lawrence, Patgrick Rothfuss and many more besides, be sure not to miss out on this wonderful prizegiving ceremony!

Acclaimed fantasy and literary author JOANNE HARRIS
Multi-award winning science-fiction author STEPHEN BAXTER

For more information email Alex Davis, event co-ordinator, at

From Idea to Publication - Creative Writing Course, QUAD



Eight-week writing course with Alex Davis
Monday evenings 23rd January to 13th March 2017, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This popular 8 week writing course returns, designed to give both absolute beginners and longer-term writers an insight into what makes great writing and what to do with your work once its finished. Covering key areas such as characterisation, description and dialogue as well as offering advice on magazines, presses and agents, this is the complete writing course for anyone looking to explore their stories.

Run by QUAD's Literature Officer and experienced creative writing tutor Alex Davis, this course is fun, informal and informative perfect for anyone who has made a New Years resolution to get that book down on paper!

Course fees: 120, 110 concessions - book from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or online at


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