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Events: Literary Kitchen Writing Festival

Literary Festival KitchenThe Literary Kitchen is the only festival in London devoted to Writers and Writing.

It kicked off on Monday and is going on until 18th October 2015. It’s a riot of writers, artists, musicians, publishers, agents and pets. Over 150 writers are taking part in the events over the week in twenty venues across South London.

The festival is featuring some of the UK’s best young authors alongside cabaret, parties, pub crawls, walks, talks and more. There is also a two-day publishers’ fair with a chance to meet agents too. It sounds absolutely fantastic.

Other events include Unwriters’ Anonymous where you can share procrastination stories and leave with tips and techniques on how to resist it, Lit Live where there will be Prose and Poetry and Masterclasses.

For more information and to book sessions, visit http://www.literarykitchen.co.uk/festival/

 

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Events: Cheltenham Literature Festival

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The Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015 kicked off on Friday 2nd October and is running through until 11th October.

The festival is themed around defining moments. There are 500+ events/panels/interviews happening over the 10 days and there are some fantastic speakers appearing too.

Speakers appearing include Bill Bryson, Nigella Lawson, JoJo Moyes and Carrie Hope Fletcher. Paula Hawkins will also be talking about her book, The Girl on the Train.

Terry Wogan, Mark Billingham, Merra Syal, Bill Oddie, Marian Keyes and SJ Watson will also be attending.

For more information and to book tickets for this fantastic event, visit their website: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature

 

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Events: The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

JerwoodJerwoodBritish writing will be celebrated later today when the winners of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize will be announced in London at the Jerwood Space.

Fifteen books in total have been long listed (this is the first year the list has been released prior to the winners being announced.) The prize, established in 2010 is now in its fifth year. The prize is unique and it aims to showcase great British fiction.

“With writers from Swansea, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bath, Brighton, Lancaster, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Glasgow and London, and publishers from Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland and Norfolk, this year’s longlist presents an exciting snapshot of contemporary British fiction writing and publishing,” said Founder and Director Sophie Rochester.

Later today, eight winners will each be awarded £5,000. WH Smith Travel will be running an eight-week summer promotion featuring all eight winning Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize titles. Titles will feature in stores across the UK from 25 June 2015.

The fifteen books in contention for the prize money are:

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The Rosie Effect Book Tour

rp_Graeme-Simsion-300x1681.jpg Graeme Simsion plans second UK bookshop tour.

Graeme’s novel, The Rosie Effect is due to be released by Penguin on 26th February 2015.

The Rosie Project tells the story of socially challenged Genetics professor Don Tillman and his unique challenge to find a wife and how his life is upheaved when he meets a girl called Rosie. It’s sequel, The Rosie Effect carries on and focuses on his life as he settles into a big city.

‘The Rosie Project has touched the hearts of millions worldwide with its irresistible blend of comedy, romance and poignancy. But it’s Don Tillman – a truly memorable creation who can proudly sit alongside Adrian Mole and Bridget Jones – who steals the show and we are thrilled to be reuniting him with thousands of readers and booksellers this Spring,’ says Maxine Hitchcock, the Publishing Director of Michael Joseph

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Novel Kicks attends An Audience With David Nicholls

rp_David-Nicholls-300x199.jpgI was very excited to hear that David Nichols was returning to his home town to host ‘An audience with.’ I was very fortunate to be able to attend this recent event at The Point in Eastleigh, Hampshire (In association with Eastleigh Library 25th Anniversary events.)

When we arrived, we promptly found our seats in the main auditorium. I have to admit, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had never been to The Point before despite having lived near Eastleigh for nearly two years. I have quickly become a fan of the venue. It’s big enough to not feel cramped and small enough that I didn’t feel a million miles from the stage area where two chairs and a table had been placed in the middle.

To begin with, David talked about how Libraries play a huge part for him and how he will often find himself writing in the British Library as well as the London Library. He then chatted about his time in theatre and how through working there he found his love of words.

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Events: An Audience with David Nicholls

Picture credit: Hal Shinnie

Picture credit: Hal Shinnie

If you’re a fan of One Day and Us, there are still tickets available for An Audience with David Nicholls.

In association with Eastleigh Library 25th Anniversary events, David Nicholls will be at The Point on Saturday 24th January 2015.

He will be talking about screenwriting and his novels, including One Day and his latest bestseller and Booker shortlisted novel, Us. David will also be available for a book signing after his talk which will then be followed by a screening of One Day (12A.)

The event starts at 3pm and tickets are still available for £8. One Day will be shown at 4.30pm.

For more information or to book tickets, visit The Point’s website: http://thepointeastleigh.co.uk

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Events: Chawton House Library’s Georgian Christmas

Chawton ChristmasFind out how the people of Jane Austen’s time celebrated Christmas at Chawton House Library this December.

Explore the ‘great house,’ she loved as well as seeing it fully dressed for Christmas.

This event is happening on 13th December 2014 at Chawton House Library near Alton in Hampshire.

It’s an open house between 10am and 3pm. As well as cooking up gourmet christmas treats from the Knight family cookbook, there will also be talks from the food historian, Dr Anne Gray (who featured on the Great British Bake Off,) who will be giving talks on the traditional Georgian christmas dinner – ‘Plumb, Porridge and Pickle for Brawn.’

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Events: Write By The Shore

2Being held at the Cockenzie House and Gardens, the Write by the Shore Festival is taking place next weekend (1st and 2nd November 2014.)

Over the two days, there will be a variety of events including sessions like, Meeting the authors, historical authors and there is also a session for Crime fiction authors.

There will also be events looking at children’s books and there is also an open mic session for local authors so plenty going on for both writer and reader alike.

Authors appearing over the weekend include Sara Sheridan, Ed James and Michael Pederson.

Tickets are £35 for the weekend, £20 for a day ticket or £10 per session.

For more information on the programme and tickets, click here. 

We had a chat with Sara Sheridan, one of the authors attending Write by the Shore.

Hi Sara, thank you for joining us. How important are events like Write By The Shore? Are they both for writers and readers?

I think one of the wonderful things about the growth of book festivals all over the UK is that it lets readers meet writers and vice versa. I find that fascinating – you never can tell what the audience are going to ask, come question time… It’s also great that books are made more accessible by virtue of these kinds of festivals. I’m a big supporter.

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Events: Peter F Hamilton

peter f hamiltonPeter F Hamilton will be at Foyles on 8th October to celebrate the upcoming release of his new book, The Abyss Beyond Dreams (which is a prequel to his popular Void trilogy.)

The event is taking place on Wednesday 8th October 2014.

It starts at  7pm and is being held at Foyles on Charing Cross Road in London (it’s being held in the auditorium on Level Six.)

Since the publication of his first novel, Mindstar Rising, Hamilton’s grand space opera visions have enthralled readers worldwide, with over two million copies of his books now sold.

Tickets are £5, and this includes a glass of wine.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit Foyles website: http://www.foyles.co.uk

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Events: David Mitchell

David MitchellWaterstones Piccadilly are holding an evening with David Mitchell.

The author of ‘Cloud Atlas’ will be in conversation with Sam Leith. They will be discussing David’s book, The Bone Clocks which has been longlisted for the Booker Prize.

The event is being held on Monday, 10 November 2014 at the Waterstones in Piccadilly in London. The evening begins at 6:30PM.

Tickets are £8 and it’s £6 for Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders

Tickets are available in store or you can get them online at Waterstones.com/tickets

For further details, call 0207 8512400.

For more information on David Mitchell, visit his website: www.davidmitchellbooks.com/

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Events – Red Author Network Event

red-author-network-speaker-banner_article_banner_imgWe all love to read a good book. If you’re a writer just starting out or have thought about writing a novel – seeing your name on the cover, then this event could be just what you’re looking for to give you encouragement and inspiration.

Red Magazine are holding an author network event, How To Write Your Own Bestseller, on Thursday 7th August 2014. It starts at 6.30pm and ends at 8.30pm. It’s being held at British Museum in London.

The panel have 36 best-selling novels between them. Join Lisa Jewell, Freya North and JoJo Moyes for an in-depth discussion on their novels, how they plot, write and get published.

Tickets are £40 which includes a drinks reception and a fabulous goody bag. I’ve been to previous Red author events and in my opinion, they are very helpful and worthwhile if you’re writing a novel.

For more information and to book your ticket, visit www.redonline.co.uk

 

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Events – The Romance e-Festival Weekend

image003This weekend, HarperImpulse will be running their first ever digital Romance Festival.

 

The festival is running on 7th and 8th June 2014.

It’s in conjunction with some of the world’s best loved publishers of romance. It’s two days of discussions, tips and giveaways for writers and fans of romance. Writers involved include Jill Mansell, Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi Mcfarlane. 

The full line-up is available on the festival blog. For full timings and schedules of discussions, you’ll need to register for free by clicking this link. 

You can also mention the festival on Twitter by using the hashtag, #Romance14

For more information, click here. 

 

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