Northern Lights Writers Conference 2019 – tickets available now

Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) is running its popular Northern Lights Writers’ Conference for a sixth year, at Waterside in Sale, a short hop by tram, bus, car and bike from Manchester city centre.

Northern Lights Writers Conference 2019

Northern Lights Writers Conference 2019

The day-long event for emerging and established writers includes one-to-one advice sessions on writing, editing and submitting short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction; workshops on creating scripts for TV and collaborating on graphic novels; talks and panel discussions on funding, training and development opportunities for writers, pathways to publication, and diversity in the publishing industry; networking possibilities and book signings, plus a keynote speech and ‘in conversation’ session looking at different genres, platforms and adaptations by bestselling author Jane Rogers.

Saturday 21 September, 11am–5pm (registration from 10.30am), Waterside, Sale, £35 (£25 concessions). Book online or call 0161 912 5616. More here.

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Plug into FaxFiction

Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax… How did we function with these ancient machines, these relics of the future?

Hopefully these six writers hold the answer: Writer-in-Residence at Manchester’s Victoria Baths Sarah-Clare Conlon, Sawn-off Tales author David Gaffney, John Rylands Library Writer-in-Residence Rosie Garland, Creative Writing lecturer Valerie O’Riordan, Bad Language host Fat Roland and Nicholas Royle, series editor of Best British Short Stories.

FAXFICTION 2019

FAXFICTION 2019

In FaxFiction, six brand-new short stories will focus on old technologies, and will each be performed using artefacts gathered especially for the event. Made uniquely for the Refract:19 festival, which takes place annually at Greater Manchester arts centre Waterside, this unique show on Saturday 27 July will also feature the live premiere of an installation commissioned from sound artist Gary Fisher.

Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) – book here.

Dive in to Weekend of Words

Manchester’s iconic Victoria Baths is open for writing business on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019, when the heritage pool and washhouse complex will be echoing with original voices thanks to a brand-new festival, Weekend Of Words.

As well as writing workshops – including flash fiction with Some Of Us Glow More Than Others author Tania Hershman at the helm – immerse yourself on Saturday with six brand-new short stories, specially commissioned for the event and taking the Baths as their jump-off point.

Grab a drink and a deckchair, sit back and enjoy a backdrop of magical projections and the writers in your midst: Victoria Baths’ inaugural Writer-in-Residence Sarah-Clare Conlon, Kate Feld, co-host of literary podcast The End Of All Things, Sawn-off Tales flash fiction master David Gaffney, Phil Olsen of Sabotage Reviews, Somerset Maugham Award-winner Joe Stretch, and Lara Williams, author of short story collection Treats and novel Supper Club.

All the ticketing links for Saturday’s events are here; wade in.

Weekend Of Words also marks the official launch of the Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition, complete with cash prize. Anyone can take the plunge – find out more here.

 

Northern Lights Writers’ Conference

Creative Industries Trafford (CIT), in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival and Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, and supported by Arts Council England, is running a third Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, on Saturday 14 November, 10am-5.30pm, at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. The one-day event for emerging and established writers this year focuses on the craft of writing, and keynote speaker Louise Doughty and other guests will explain how to tell a story across different mediums – page, radio, theatre or screen.

Described by Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing as “A brilliant writers’ conference”, Northern Lights includes two panel discussions: ‘Storytelling across different platforms’, with award-winning authors Kerry Hudson and Emma Jane Unsworth and writer and theatre-maker James Varney; and ‘The Path to publication’, with literary agent Juliet Pickering and editor Susannah Otter. Delegates can choose from three hands-on workshops: ‘Writing for radio’ with Made In Manchester director Ashley Byrne and BBC Radio 4 writer and producer Gary Brown; ‘Writing a successful blog’ with award-winning blogger Len Grant, and ‘Performance and the spoken word’ with DaDa Award Performance Artist of the Year Rosie Garland. The day closes with a networking session when delegates can meet the speakers and writers.

Tickets cost £30 for the day (£25 concessions), and can be booked in advance by calling the Waterside box office on 0161 912 5616 or by emailing info@creativeindustriestrafford.org. Full details of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference can be found on the CIT website: www.creativeindustriestrafford.org.

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Verbose: bringing words to the ‘burbs

Critically acclaimed live literature night Verbose brings more words to the ’burbs on Monday 26 October, with ten open mic acts and headliners Sarah Butler, Kate Feld and David Gaffney.

The three critically acclaimed writers collaborated on the popular Arts Council England-funded Re/Place writing project commissioned by Chorlton Arts Festival earlier this year, along with Verbose host Sarah-Clare Conlon. Sarah Butler’s novels Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before The Fire are out on Picador, Kate Feld is founder of Openstories, which runs The Real Story and the Blog North Awards, and David Gaffney has published four collections of micro fiction and short stories and the novel Never Never, and has just launched graphic novel project The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

The Re/Place project saw six writers who share an interest in psychogeography and urban exploration pen pieces about ghost places and the re-appropriation of spaces in and around south Manchester suburb Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and at Verbose we’ll go behind the scenes in Longford Cinema, explore Chorltonville, hear about the Chorlton Park paddling pool and get spooked by the Chorlton Green churchyard.

Verbose was recently named by The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester while Manchester Evening News said: “From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all.” So far the night has welcomed acclaimed writers including Jenn Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, John McAuliffe, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow café in Fallowfield (2a Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA), Verbose is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. See http://verbosemcr.wordpress.com. Email verbosemcr@gmail.com.

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Critically acclaimed Verbose is back with more words in the ’burbs

“From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all” – Manchester Evening News

Live literature night Verbose is back from its summer break on Monday 28 September, with special guests from the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester: Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe and Geoff Ryman – “a stellar line-up”, according to the current issue of The Skinny.

Ian’s much anticipated second novel is out in spring 2016 while John’s fourth collection of poetry is launching at Manchester Literature Festival in October, so this is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of both artists’ new work. The September event will also be celebrating the launch of this year’s edition of The Manchester Anthology, a showcase of the work produced each year by students of the Centre for New Writing’s Creative Writing MA, some of whom will be reading on the open mic.

Now on its seventh outing with its popular new look, Verbose was recently named by The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester. Verbose invites writers who collaborate on projects and publications, and so far the night has welcomed acclaimed writers including Jenn Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow café in Fallowfield (2a Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA), Verbose is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. See http://verbosemcr.wordpress.com. Email verbosemcr@gmail.com.

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Re/Place – stories that are right up your street

As part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2015, six critically acclaimed and award-winning writers each sharing an interest in psychogeography and urban exploration have penned pieces about ghost places and the re-appropriation of spaces. Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Claire Dean, Kate Feld, David Gaffney and Nicholas Royle will perform their site-specific short stories and present postcards from the past at this special event, Re/Place. Supported by Arts Council England. The event will also include a screening of private home movies shot in Chorlton in the fifties and sixties, provided by the North West Film Archive.

Proof, Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PH. Wednesday 20 May 2015. Doors 7.30pm. Free entry.

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