What are the Roomto Write Authors Up to?

Hello all! – Yes,  we know, it’s been very quiet here for a while but it doesn’t mean to say we haven’t been busy. We’ve also enjoyed summer breaks in France and Greece and we hope you’ve enjoyed yours too.

So what have we been up to? Here’s a snapshot of our latest news:

We’re very excited to announce that RoomtoWrite author Kitty Fitzgerald has just started her Writing Residency at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg…
‘Red squirrels dashing about on the grass trying to avoid the dozens of Canada geese also loitering on this fabulous, hugely multi-racial campus. The weather is changeable but generally hot and with a good wind, perfect for walking…I’m looking forward to meeting up with students in a few days time, offering advice on their writing and then running a weekly fiction workshop.

You can follow Kitty’s adventures here

Wendy Robertson has launched her new novel The Pathfinder, to some great reviews: ‘The past has never felt so real as in the last days of Roman Britain and the uneasy peace between natives and conquerors portrayed in Wendy Robertson’s ‘Pathfinder’. Heroine Elen is a beautifully drawn character uniting natives with the conquerors…’

‘a delightful, thought provoking read.’

She is also preparing to lead two discussions at Belmont Library  Durham, on World War One fiction on October 21st and October 22nd. You can read more about this Durham Book Fest event HERE on Wendy’s Blog.

Avril Joy was longlisted (or in USA speak a semi-finalist) in the international Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – ‘ Now in its 15th year the contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges…the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.’ You can read more about it on Avril’s blog HERE.

Avril’s newsletter for writers goes from strength to strength, with a number of writers gaining success following her recommendations for competitions and submissions. If you’d like to subscribe (it’s free) you can sign up HERE

 

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

 

Listen to Our Winning Story

Rachel Cochrane – ‘A writer with a passion for helping you to get your words out’

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It has been a great honour to be part of the prestigious ‘Room to Write’ short story competition ...  My part was to record the winning entries and I also recorded interviews and sound bites from the Winners’ Presentation Evening which was hosted by the Teikyo University of Japan at Durham University.

The first place in the competition went to short story Diagonal Flight and this was read by its author, Christine Powell and recorded by me in the library of the wonderfully tranquil building of the Teikyo University.   I hope to bring you further stories from the runners up over the next few weeks.

The great thing about the ‘Room to Write’ competition is that it provides much needed recognition for the work of aspiring writers and as a result I am able to bring you some fantastic audio!’

You can hear soundbites from the evening and the winning story HERE

At Last! Our 2014 Winning and Shortlisted Stories

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Collage of last weekend’s Teikyo Festival – Wendy Robertson

For various reasons it took us a little longer than expected (thank you for your patience) but we’re delighted to publish the winning and shortlisted stories from our 2014 short story competition in PDF form with an e-book, if not paperback, to follow. You can read the stories by going to this Page and clicking on the link to download the PDF.

HAPPY READING!