Thursday, 31 March 2016

Noir @ The Bar: NE 7pm Wednesday 1 June 2016, Newcastle

My friend and fellow writer Victoria Watson has arranged and will be co-hosting the first outing of Noir at the Bar in NE England on Wednesday 1st June at the Town Wall pub in Newcastle. It's free entry and is a night of readings and socialising between readers and writers.


Noir at the Bar has quite an impressive history. It started in America and spread rapidly. The first outing in England was a couple of weeks ago in Carlisle. This will be the second. If it goes well, they are hoping to make it a quarterly event.


They have some excellent performers booked and there will also be the opportunity for a 'wildcard reader'. If you wish to be considered for the wildcard performance, please make Victoria aware of it on the night.

Here's the Facebook event should you wish to have a look:

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

PEN Pinter 2011 Winners David Hare and Roberto Saviano, 7pm Thursday 26 May, Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, London

See PEN Pinter 2011 winners David Hare and Roberto Saviano at English PEN's upcoming event at the Emmanuel Centre, London:

PEN Pinter 2011 winners in conversation for the first time


PEN Pinter 2011 winners David Hare and Roberto Saviano in conversation for the first time

English PEN today announces an unmissable fundraising event with PEN Pinter 2011 winners David Hare and Roberto Saviano.
Sir David Hare (photo courtesty of the author)
Roberto Saviano (Photo: Leonardo Cendamo Blackarchives)
In this, their first public conversation, Hare and Saviano will discuss the freedom of the writer and reflect on their own – very different - journeys as writers. The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday 26 May at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, London.
In 2011 playwright and director Sir David Hare accepted the PEN Pinter Prize awarded by English PEN for - in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech - showing a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’. In his work for stage, David Hare reflects the issues of contemporary British society and has tackled key institutions including the Anglican Church, the legal system and the Labour Party.
Acclaimed Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano has been living under police protection since 2006 after receiving death threats from criminal organisations following the publication of his book Gomorrah, in which he exposed the workings of Neapolitan crime syndicate the Camorra. He was chosen by David Hare to share the 2011 PEN Pinter Prize as the International Writer of Courage for risking his life in the pursuit of truth.
In this special fundraising event to support the work of English PEN, David Hare and Roberto Saviano will meet to discuss the creative freedom of the writer and the  limits of free speech, as they reflect on their own very different careers.
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

London Writers' Club agent event - Hattie Grunewald of the Blake Friedmann Agency 19 April

On Tuesday 19 April at 6.30pm the next LWC agent event with Hattie Grunewald of the Blake Friedmann Agency at the Cube, London.  Full details below:
London Writers' Club
helping writers connect with agents & publishers
March 2016

Hi all 

March event's with the literary agent, Sandra Sawicka of the Marjacq Agency.  was instructive and packed full of information about the Marjacq Agency - and the London Book Fair. Members we'll be sending out the video shortly but do check out the London Book Fair site if you are intending to visit the Fair. LWC Director, Jacq Burns, will be speaking on a panel of literary agents so do drop by and say 'hello'. 

Book an advance ticket here for £15
Members come for free but
Forthcoming LWC dates for your diary
May 5: Fiction workshop with LWC co-directors and literary agents: Jacq  Burns and Kirsty McLachlan.
Get your concept and pitch package in shape and deliver it in the way agents like it!
There are only 3 places left on this workshop so book now to avoid disappointment.   Big discount for members.
£197 for non-members
£157 for members
We have just released the date for our forthcoming non-fiction workshop - learn just what the secrets are which lead to successful publishing deals! This will be held on May 26.

Book now for March's event with agent Hattie Grunewald of the Blake Friedmann Agency
Tuesday, April 19
speaker will start at  6.45pm 
Networking from 7.45pm to 8.15pm
The Cube, 155 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ (nearest station, Shoreditch High St.)
Spend an evening in the company of a top agent PLUS a chance to pitch your book one to one.
Members: free 
£20 for non-members for event plus a free copy of Write a Bestseller by Jacq Burns
'Informative, insightful and fun. I would recommend any aspiring writer to pop along'  Mark Morris, Speechwriter for NATO Secretary General.
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