Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Cleckheaton Literature Festival 2016 - Saturday 23 April

With just over a week to go until the start of CLF2016, this post lets you know what to expect on our first Saturday, 23 April 2016:

10-12               Gillian Rogerson (Self-publishing workshop)

Learn about the self-publishing business from the things you should do before you publish your book to the most effective ways to market your published book. The talk will include ways to work out where to place your book in the Amazon marketplace, and how your book cover should look depending on your chosen genre. Details of useful software will be given, including one that allows you to 'spy' on your competition and see how many books they are selling each day, and how much they are earning.

Gillian Rogerson has been publishing books for the last 15 years, both traditionally published books and self-published ones. She writes children's books under her own name, and mystery books under her pen name of Gillian Larkin. Since going down the self-publishing route, Gillian has been able to achieve her dream of giving up her day job and becoming a full-time author.

Gillian's websites are : www.gillianrogerson.net   and  www.gillianlarkin.co.uk

 1-3                   Mark Wright Doctor Who experience

In this interactive event, you can make your own adipose, create Doctor Who themed pictures and find out all about the history of Doctor Who from writer Mark Wright.
Mark Wright has written many audiobooks, short stories, comic strips and novels for world-famous characters such as Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, the Power Rangers and Blake’s 7. He is the co-author (along with Cavan Scott) of the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling miscellany, Who-ology, and its follow up, Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff.

Mark is currently co-editor of the Doctor Who – The Complete History part work, and regularly contributes to the pages of the official Doctor Who Magazine and its sister publication, The Essential Doctor Who. He has recently turned his hand to scripting the on-going comic strip adventures of the Doctor in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine and is having more fun than is probably allowed writing about his favourite Time Lord.

A fulltime writer, Mark lives in the countryside of West Yorkshire near Halifax, where he lives with his wife, stepson and two cats called Millie and Molly.

Mark Wright – Freelance writer, journalist and sub-editor, writes audio dramas, short stories and comic strips based on popular franchises including Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Highlander and Robin Hood, and also works as a script editor and producer of audio drama www.markwrightwriter.co.uk part of our Dr Who panel

4-6                   A Firm of Poets

A Firm Of Poets tend to catch people out. They perform spoken word - sometimes for as long as an hour at a time - and people who thought that they instinctively disliked poetry, actually end up enjoying it.

Last year's 22-date national tour, 'Ossett Observer presents: The People's Republic of Poetry', saw The Firm establish themselves as a nationally recognised spoken word organisation. Festival highlights include the likes of Latitude, Musicport and Beacons, and guest poets have included Luke Wright, Zena Edwards and Helen Mort.

Sitting in a row of chairs on stage, they step up to the mic to deliver one poem each at a time; making for a quick-fire, engaging and unpredictable set, which perfectly captures their accessible and entertaining style.

All aspects of spoken word performance inevitably surface at some stage, and even the most hardened of poetry cynics are left with something to cling to.

"This is proper, visceral

stuff. Poetry for the rest of us. Long live The Firm" Luke Wright

"A Firm Of Poets are killing it right now!" Mark Grist

"This is f***ing brilliant. And I don't do flattery" Mike Garry

"F***ing genius" John Cooper Clarke

For ticket prices and information on all our other great events: www.ticketsource.co.uk/cleckheatonliteraturefestival

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