Thursday, 2 June 2016

Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter

The latest Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter has details of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, featuring Ian Rankin, meet the author events, workshops and much more:

June 2016
Welcome to the Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter - bringing you the latest news, events and courses from England's first UNESCO City of Literature.
Ian Rankin to headline Noirwich Crime Writing Festival
15 - 18 September
UK number-one beststelling crime author Ian Rankin joins Peter James, Denise Mina, Sophie Hannah, Charlie Higson and many more at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival in September. From Brit Noir to domestic suspense, four crime writing masterclasses and the return of the Bloody Brunch - season tickets are now on sale. Find out more.
Whip your manuscript into shape for submission
Sat 16 May, 10am - 4pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £75 / £65 conc
Effectively critiquing your own work is one of the most important skills a writer can have. In this exclusive day masterclass, writer and reader for The Literary Consultancy Kerry Young shares her extensive experience of preparing manuscripts for submission/publication. Book now.
Explore history, memory and imagination with Nelson Mandela's biographer Elleke Boehmer
Sat 18 June, 3-5pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £15
In the third installment of our Writer at Work series. Elleke Boehmer, Professor or World Literature in English at Oxford University and biographer of Nelson Mandela, gives a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of her new novel The Shouting in the Dark. This interactive two-hour lecture is a must for anyone interested in history, memoir and life writing. Book now.
WCN's Kate Griffin pays tribute to Lakshmi Holmström, the preeminent translator of Tamil literature, who passed away in May.
Relive the The Story Machine - an immersive literary event like no other, presented by WCN for  #NNF16
From cobbled streets to riverside walks, explore our hand-pick of favourite writing spots in the city over on the City of Stories website.
Poet and YouTube sensation Hollie McNish performs uncensored poetry about pregnancy and motherhood. Part of #NNF16
Meet the Author: Yuri Herrera
Fri 10 June, 6pm, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, £2
Yuri Herrera, winner of the Best Translated Book Award 2016 is making a rare UK appearance in Norwich this month. Meet the author, described as 'Mexico's greatest novelist', and find out the inspiration behind Brave New Reads pick Signs Preceding the End of the World. There'll be a chance to ask questions, get your books signed, and afterwards enjoy a friendly reception at CafĂ© Bar Marzano. Book now.
Workshop your writing with Brave New Reads author Simon Van Booy
Thurs 30 June, 6.30 - 9.30pm, WCN Dragom Hall, £12
Learn the art of writing fiction in a relaxed and friendly environment with international bestseller and Brave New Reads author Simon Van Boy. Over the course of an evening, Simon will guide you through exercises and discussion that will inspire you to pick up your pen and tackle your writing with new enthusiasm. Limited places available. Book now.
WCN Emerging Translator Mentorships open for applications
Translators of Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Hindi, Finland Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, and Russian into English are invited to apply for the WCN translation mentoring programme. 
Chosen applicants will receive six months of mentoring from an experienced translator, a £500 bursary and access to high-profile industry events such as International Translation Day and London Book Fair. Apply now. Deadline for applications: Sat 30 July.
EastEnders scriptwriter leads course for young people
1-5 August, 10.30am - 5pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £100 / bursaries available
Do you have a passion for high drama and hard-hitting storytelling? Are you looking to push your imagination to its limits? 14-18 year olds can sign up to the new WCN-UNESCO Soap School this August, where you will work creatively and collaboratively to produce your own soap opera. Sessions are led by former EastEnders scriptwriter Lilie Ferrari. Writing does not get any more exciting and challenging. Book now.
Entries open for the East Anglian Book Awards 2016
It's time to open a new chapter in our ninth annual celebration of the region's writing talent with the return of the EDP Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards! A top prize of £1,000 will go to the overall East Anglian Book of the Year, courtesy of PACCAR Foundation. Entries are open for nomination in categories including Fiction, Biography and Memoir, and Children's Books. Enter now. Deadline for entries: Fri 22 July.
Take a guided heritage tour of WCN Dragon Hall
Dragon Hall, home to Writers’ Centre Norwich contains over 1,000 years of stories from witches' marks to butchers', shops, slums, brothels and brawls. Join one of our Dragon Hall Heritage Trust Volunteers for a guided tour of one of the city's favourite buildings and get a sneak preview of our plans for a National Centre for Writing to open in 2018. The next tour takes place on Tues 28 June at 2pm. Tours last 1hr – 1hr 30. £2.50 payable on the door. Find out more.
You may also be interested in...
Norfolk Festival of Nature
12-18 June, Auden Theatre, Gresham's School
The annual Festival of Nature includes 
interviews with BAFTA award winning David Cobham and Calvin Cottar, and talks by experts in botany, wildlife, nature inspired art, storytelling, birds and moths. Book now.
Babel Literary Festival
18 June, 11am - 11pm, London, £12 Day/ £4 each
Let Babel charm you for the day: you will meet great writers, hear the unheard and speak in tongues that are not yours. Featuring five readings and one concert. Book now.

The Folio Academy Sessions
18 - 19 June, The British Library
This series of unique events, each programmed by a different member of the Folio Prize Academy, will examine how stories have the power to transform us: how they can impact individuals and effect social change. More info.

Thinking through Fiction: A Creative Writing conference
21-22 June, University of Kent, £60 / £20 students
A diverse programme exploring the relations between fiction, writing and thought; including panel discussions, open forums and readings. Keynote by Scarlett Thomas. Book now.
Translate in the City
11 - 15 July, City University London, £490
Translate in the City is the third literary translation summer school to be held at City University London. It offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. More info.
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