The Launch of Writing at the Maison Bleue

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For those of you who weren’t able to join us but we know were with us in spirit – here we are at the packed launch of Wendy Robertson’s Writing at the Maison Bleue.

Exceptional french wine as well as delicious food, a great reading from Wendy and of course a great crowd made for a wonderful evening

To all our followers – we hope you have a good bank holiday despite the rain.

The Launch of Wendy Robertson’s Writing at the Maison Bleue

Happy Easter to all our followers and below a special invitation from Wendy

BOOK LAUNCH
A date for your Diary?

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I wondered if you would like to join me for wine and a few French canapés to celebrate the launch of ‘Writing at the Maison Bleue’, my brand new novel about writing and writers.

At the Lafkaido Hearn Culture Centre in Durham City On May 1st .

Some of you are counties, cities, even oceans away, so I do realise you might not make it to my launch in person. But I am sending this invitation to all the people whose company, one way or another – in the flesh, at workshops, discussions or lectures, over wine or on line – I’ve so enjoyed in the last few years, during the process of moving from the capacious umbrella of a major publisher into the sunshine of independent publishing under the parasol of the RoomToWrite collective.

It goes without saying that I have loved writing this novel Writing at the Maison Bleue, reflecting as it does my love of France and my passion for writers, readers and the writing process.

If you can’t make it I really hope you will raise your glass, a coffee or a tea-cup on May 1st to Francine and her fellow writers at the Maison Bleue. You will then be there with me at the launch in spirit. If you manage to read the book perhaps you’ll let me know how it strikes you.

If you can make it (Hooray!) here are the details.
It takes place on Friday 1st May (7.30 – 9.30)
The Lafkaido Hearn Culture Centre* at the University of Japan
Mill Lane
Durham City
County Durham DH1 3YB
(Opposite the Oriental Museum)
Parking Available

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Julia’s Cafe Workshop

Saturday’s workshop in celebration of the the life and work of Julia Darling was a very special event. The kind of event we’re sure Julia would have approved of: full of laughter and fun, comradely, democratic and inspiring, buzzing with ideas and some truly dazzling writing.

To all who participated –  in no particular order – Judy, Liz, Kris, Sue, Christine, Eleanor, Linda, Rachel, Amanda, Eileen, Rosie, Hilary, Rachel, (and to John and Eileen who couldn’t make due to illness) Thank you for coming, thank you for sharing precious memories of Julia, thank you for the writing and the wonderful read around and thank you for contributing to Marie Curie Cancer Care. And last but not least, a huge thank you to Anne for running the show and making it such a great day.

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Photos by Gillian, Collage by Wendy – read more about the day here on Wendy’s Blog.

Do try and join us on March 20th for Avril’s book launch  – we’d love to see you there….

Writing at the Maison Bleue

51lhS5q2cOL._AA324_PIkin4,BottomRight,-58,22_AA346_SH20_OU02_STOP PRESS: Over at LIFE TWICE TASTED – Wendy Robertson reveals how she has taken the self-publishing bull by the horns..

Click HERE to read – A Writer’s Creative Leap Forward – in which a mid-list writer takes control of her professional life.

‘Like many writers who enjoyed a wide and responsive readership during two decades, I was more than crestfallen to discover that I was part of the great mid-list cull of the Noughties. It dawned on me that I had been abandoned for more sensational, genre-distinct and lucrative novelists…’

Coming soon from RoomtoWrite the launch of Wendy’s latest novel –  Writing at the Masion Bleue

Coming Soon – the Launch of Millie and Bird and Tales of Paradise

STOP PRESS: our Julia’s Cafe workshop is now FULL. We will be in touch with everyone before the day with arrangements for lunch. Look forward very much to seeing you all there on Sat march 7th.

Coming soon from RoomToWrite – the launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection from Iron PressMillie and Bird and Tales of ParadiseFriday March 20th at Teikyo 7.30 ALL welcome

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA‘This collection explores the world of the Costa Prize winning story Millie and Bird: a northern landscape of fragile lives bound by the invisible threads of place. The stories in this haunting collection have appeared in literary journals and on prize shortlists with Millie and Bird winning the 2012 Costa Short Story prize. A soldier flees the enemy, a woman buries a pig, a girl goes in search of her father – these are stories of northern lives, of what is lost and found, and of how we survive…these are the people who live in Paradise, their lives fragile, caught like sheep’s wool on wire, each with its own unique story and secret heart.’

 CLICK HERE FOT DETAILS OF THE LAUNCH AND YOUR INVITATION

 

 

Our Spring Programme

daffsHere at RoomtoWrite, we’re doing our best to shrug off that post Christmas gloom and those icy, January winds  by planning our Spring programme. This, as well as news of new working partnerships and projects, reminds us that the best is yet to come; there will be an end to cold and snow. There will be daffodils.

So what have we been up to and what’s on the programme? Firstly our planned events include:

A playwriting workshop at Teikyo on Saturday March 7th (a fun day) – details have still to be finalised but the workshop will be  a celebration of the life and work of the late, poet, playwright and novelist extraordinaire, Julia Darling.  The workshop fee will be modest and all proceeds will go to  Marie Curie Cancer Care. Further details and signing up in the next week or so.

For more about celebrations of Julia’s life, read Avril’s blog post HERE.

Friday March 20th – 7.30-9.00 pm – at Teikyo, the launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection Millie and Bird and Tales of Paradise from Iron Press – entry FREE – all are welcome. Please do come and share in our celebrations.

Friday May 1st  – in the evening at Teikyo, the launch of Wendy Robertson’s, (apologies for previous error)

Francine – At the Maison Bleu ~ Veteran romance writer Francine Costigan travels with new energy to Ruthie Dancing’s writing retreat on the Canal du Midi,determined at last to embark on a memoir of her extraordinary experiences as a messenger girl for the Resistance in World War Two. And the other writers at the Maison Bleu  have their own stories to tell…

Entry FREE – all are welcome. We very much hope to see you there.

 

In the coming year we are also intending to work more closely with North East writer Rachel Cochrane on community projects involving local writers. Ideas  are still in the discussion stage but we feel that a fruitful partnership lies ahead.

We have also – just last week – agreed a very special writing project with Forward Assist a charity working with war veterans of all ages in the North East – you can find out more about Forward Assist and our intended project HERE on Wendy’s blog

 

As always we apreciate your support in all our ventures and we will keep you updated just as soon as we have full details of the playwriting workshop –

Avril also has a FREE newsletter for writers and if you’d like to receive it every week just email her at  amjoy@hotmail.co.uk

Christmas for Writers

As the festive season draws near, at RoomtoWrite we’ve been out celebrating with delicious italian food and plenty of red wine. We’ve also been DSCN8572discussing our programme for 2015 which in March will include two events (dates to be confirmed) : the evening launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection – Millie and Bird, Tales of Paradise from Iron Press and a  workshop come open mic event to celebrate the life and work of the late Julia Darling. Both events will be free, watch this space for futher details.

In the meantime what better gift can you give a writer this Xmas than an Amazon review? But how to do it? For more on this and for a free offer to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas read Wendy Robertson over at LifeTwiceTasted

Happy Christmas and a Great Writing Year ahead   – from  all at RoomToWrite