She read The Trouble with Holy Island which seemed appropriate with the North Coast stretching away at her back. If you’d like to know more about why she found the festival inspiring and read the poem she wrote in response to it CLICK HERE.
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.
‘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.’
Here 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.
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 –
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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 discussing 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