Wednesday, 3 October 2018

National Centre for Writing newsletter

With details of writing competitions, free events and more:

Plus - free events, writing competitions and online and evening courses starting soon

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville brings his dark alter ego to Norwich

John Banville is widely regarded as the most stylistically elaborate Irish writer of his generation. He is considered the heir to Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Henry James, and winner of multiple awards including the Man Booker Prize for The Sea.

Join us at the University of East Anglia for a very special evening in which he will discuss his dark alter ego, Benjamin Black; a master of slick literary noir, and the voice behind behind a contemporary addition to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe series.

Friday 14 September, 8pm, Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia

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Make time for your writing this autumn
Evening and online courses starting soon

Online courses in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction
Start 24 September, last few places remaining

Fiction, poetry, sci-fi and non-fiction courses in partnership with the prestigious Creative Writing School at the University of East Anglia. Beginner and intermediate stages available (Intermediate-level application deadline: 11 September).

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Evening classes at Dragon Hall
Start next week - last places remaining

Take those exciting next steps in your writing journey with this friendly, supportive ten-week course led by expert tutor and published writer, Ian Nettleton. 

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Launch of Talking Statues Norwich
Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Sarah Perry and Adam Buxton lend their voices to famous Norwich statues

Renowned writers and actors including Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Adam Buxton, Sarah Perry and Luke Wright are helping to bring ten famous statues to life in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature.

Launching on Saturday 8 September, Talking Statues Norwich invites passers-by to use their smartphones to access the stories and hear more about the history of our city.

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Competition: Give a statue a voice

We've teamed up with Creative Nation to invite local writers to give two additional statues their voice. Open to writers of all ages, the competition winners will be professionally recorded and included as part of the Talking Statues trail. 

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Free workshops: Writing a Monologue
8 & 15 September, 2 - 4pm

Learn to write an engaging and effective monologue and perhaps enter it into our Talking Statues competition – with these free two-hour workshops led by Molly Naylor (adults) and Alexander Gordon Smith (under 16s). Limited capacity - book soon!

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Free events events at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Dragon Hall Debate: Should We Feel Sympathy For The Devil?
Monday 10 September, 7pm, National Centre for Writing

Join bioethicist Professor Jackie Leach Scully, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich Cathedral, and literary translator and human rights activist Professor Amanda Hopkinson as they discuss and debate the existence of evil and our relationship to it.

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Dragon Hall Salon
Tuesday 18 September, doors 6.30pm, National Centre for Writing

Join Norwich’s writing community for a free evening of conversation, ideas and support each month. Each Salon hosts invited guest speakers, making for an informative, lively event. 
No booking required!

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UEA Live: Sharlene Teo
Thursday 4 October, doors 6.30pm, National Centre for Writing

Our first UEA Live of the autumn will be kicked off by Sharlene Teo, winner of the Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award, with support from faculty guest reader Jos Smith and students from the Creative Writing MA course at UEA. No booking required!

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Life & Times of Michael K
Live storytelling experience arrives in Norwich, fresh from its Edinburgh International Book Festival premiere

Join us for a special performance of Life & Times of Michael K, a multi-media staging of the 1983 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by J.M. Coetzee. A joint production from the Booker Prize Foundation and Story Machine Productions, this immersive show uses film, performance and live readings to create a powerful and immediate staging of a classic novel with great contemporary significance.

Thursday 18 October, 7pm, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

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News highlights

Singapore Literature Prize: How writers and artists combat attempts to erase histories >>

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review: Reporting from the Edinburgh International Book Festival >>

Writing your first novel: Five top tips from debut novelist Amer Anwar >>

Latest from the NCW podcast

Don't miss...

Writing Wrongs
Saturday 15 September, 10am, National Centre for Writing
Exploring activism through crime writing

At the Cutting Edge
Saturday 15 September, 1.30pm, National Centre for Writing
Breaking the rules of the crime writing genre

Books, Box Sets & Big Screens
Sunday 16 September, Noon, National Centre for Writing
Adapting crime fiction for TV and film

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You may also be interested in...

The BookBlast® 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones
11 September - 15 November, nationwide
A carnival of authors, poets, translators and publishers will visit nine major cities across England, celebrating risk-taking publishers who fill a unique niche in discovering talent. Find out more >>

The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2018
Deadline: 4pm, Thursday 13 September
The Michael Marks Awards are designed to raise the profile of poetry pamphlets, recognising the enormous contribution that they make to the poetry world. Find out more >>

2018 Granada Writers in Residence Programme
Deadline: Thursday 20 September
The Granada Writers in Residence Programme provides a month's stay to emerging writers who reside in any country and write in any language. Find out more >>

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