Creative Writing

Events

An Evening with Award-winning Children’s Author Gill Lewis

Thu, May 25, 6:30 pm – 9:00pm

Number 70 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5NH

Much loved and bestselling children’s author Gill Lewis will be appearing at Number 70 Oxford Road to give a special talk and signing of her latest book A Story Like the Wind. Join us for the opportunity to gain a unique insight into this topical and timely tale.


A small group of refugees is crowded on to a boat on the sea. They share their stories as the boat travels towards the dream of safety and freedom. One boy, Rami, has brought his violin, and his story of how the violin was invented, and of a stallion that could run like the wind, weaves through the other stories, bringing them all together into a celebration of hope and of the power of music and story. A very special, beautifully illustrated, fable for all who strive to understand, and to stand together with, those around them.


Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels such as Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and Scarlet Ibis and A Story Like the Wind is her lyrical and unforgettable response to the refugee crisis, which will linger on in the mind long after reading. Beautiful charcoal illustrations from Jo Weaver give this book a very special feel and make it a perfect gift.

This ticket admits one person and is redeemable to the value of £3 against the purchase of ‘A Story Like the Wind’ on the night.

Doors open at 6.30pm and there will be a 7.00pm start for the event itself. The talk will last approximately one hour, will include time for question and answers and will be followed by a book sale and signing. We do hope we can welcome you to this special talk.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-award-winning-childrens-author-gill-lewis-tickets-3312230671

Vacancies & Opportunities

Short Story Anthology – Open for Submissions

 Submissions Guidelines

Deadline for Submissions : Friday 1st September 2017

Short Story Submissions are invited for entries to Live from Worktown’s 2017 Anthology as later this year we will be celebrating Bill Naughton’s life and work with a festival in Bolton.

Please read the guidance carefully. We are looking for short stories that in some way concern a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present) . You may submit part of a longer piece of work in which case tell us what it is from: e.g. the following extract is from a longer essay “Bolton in the 1960s” written in 2006.

Your submission must not have been published elsewhere

Entries must be submitted by email only and should be as separate attachments bearing only your name, the title of the piece, and the work itself. In the main body of the email include your personal details including name, address, post code, title of piece(s) submitted and any relevant supplementary information (max. 50 words).

Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

You should follow the following guidance carefully as entries falling outside the guidelines will be excluded.

You can submit up to 2 entries which must be fiction.

Submissions should be no more than 900 words per entry.

Entries should be linked to the theme of either a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present). We would be particularly interested in contemporary accounts of life in Bolton.

Submissions should be made by email with attachment (doc or docx).

Submissions can be made by post but entries will not be returned so keep a copy.

In both cases entries should be typed double spaced, minimum font size 11, preferably Times New Roman or Courier New.

We are looking to include about 30 pieces of work. It is unlikely that all work submitted can be chosen but no feedback will be offered on submissions that are unsuccessful.

Deadline for submissions Friday, 1st September 2017. We will inform you if you have been successful. All work published will remain the copyright of the author and no use will be made of the work other than in this anthology without the express permission of the author.

All successful entrants will be invited to an Anthology launch event (to be arranged at a later date) and given one complimentary copy. Additional copies may be purchased at £5.00.

submissions@livefromworktown.org by 12 noon on Friday, 1st September 2017.

Editorial policy : the editors have no wish to censor submissions but reserve the right to refuse material that they judge to be actually or potentially offensive, racist, sexist or homophobic. Similarly whilst recognising that vernacular and dialect have distinct and non-standard grammar and spelling, the editors reserve the right to standardise obvious misspellings and grammatical inaccuracy, in the interests of producing an industry-standard publication of quality.

 Supported by:                  BoltonArtsForum

Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.

Practicalities

Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.

Payment

Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR – (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.

Application

  • Completion of the Expression of Interest formjane-austen
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator clancy.masonttr@blackpool.gov.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Funding

MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/

Vacancies & Opportunities

Launch of the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Worldwide

 

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize rewards authors from around the world in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. The winners in each category will receive funding and publication in Wasafiri Magazine.

Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3,000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

The competition is open to anyone from across the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries may come from people of any nationality and any age group.

This year’s judges are: Susheila Nasta MBE, Sabrina Mahfouz, Andrea Stuart and Boyd Tonkin.

The deadline for entries is Friday 14 July 2017.

http://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/

PLEASE NOTE: There is an entry fee