Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Short Story Night at the Broadway

It’s International Short Story Day on the 20th June – and Nottingham
will be celebrating in style from 7.30pm in the Studio at the
Broadway Cinema.

Come along for a FREE event offering fantastic author readings, a short story swap (please bring along your own story (or collection) to sawp for another). The evening will also include a charity raffle to raise money for Book Aid for Africa http://www.bookaidforafrica.com/), with brilliant signed book prizes and general short story fun and love.
Authors reading on the night are: Nicola Monaghan, Caroline Smailes, Frances Thimann, Giselle Leeb and Alison Moore. Plus you'll hear a tale from Storytellers of Nottingham's Pete Davis.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Nottingham Festival of Words

Nottingham Festival of Words: February 16th–17th 2013

The Nottingham Festival of Words will take place for the first time in the City next year. It will be a great celebratory event bringing together diverse forms of word-related cultures, and will include all forms of  literature, spoken word, theatre/film, and anything else connected with words. Nottingham Festival of Words is looking for event and activity proposals that will enable and encourage the public to engage with literary culture in all its forms. If you are an individual, group or organisation working with words we would love to work with you, so tell us about your event ideas.

Publicity will be created for the Festival as a whole, incorporating information about all of the events. A central venue will act as a hub, with a book market and a selection of spaces for events, while other venues throughout the city will also host events.

This will be a large, well-organised festival, bringing new audiences to the city and your events. We anticipate high media coverage. We are already working in partnership with Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University and Writing East Midlands.

A dedicated team from these organisations will manage the Festival, deciding on the programme, producing publicity, liaising with the central venue and facilitating events – for example by providing a Festival Box Office and helping organisers to find venues for their events. Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to propose events for inclusion within the programme.

The Festival will take place on the weekend of 16th and 17th February 2013, and on Nottingham City’s Light Night – Friday 15th February. It may also include events during the fortnight around this weekend. Note that the following week is school half-term.

The Festival will be themed around ‘Lace and Love’ in 2013. There is a city-wide ‘Lace Season’ taking place in the months leading up to and culminating with Light Night, and you’ll note that the dates are very close to St Valentine’s Day. Your event need not be directly related to the themes, but we hope that most events will have at least some connection.

We understand that you may not be able to provide full details of your proposed event, but please provide as much information as you can, even if it is vague or not finalised.

This information will be used in programming the Festival. Submitting a proposal does not commit you to staging the event, and it does not commit the Festival to including the event.

Return a separate copy of this document for each event you would like to propose by email to nottwords@gmail.com or by post to Nottingham Festival of Words, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Broadway Business Centre, 32a Stoney Street, Nottingham NG1 1LL by 30 June 2012.

If you have any enquiries, please call Nottingham Writers’ Studio on 0115 959 7947

Lowdham Festivals 2012

Lowdham Festival - Summer 2012

From today the Festival Box Office has opened for you to book your places at this year's Lowdham events. Tel. 0115 966 3219

There are plenty of terrific events taking place at this year’s Festival. The Literary Speakers include Stephen Booth, Jon McGregor, John Harvey, Peter James and many more…

Take at look at the programme via this link

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Storytelling Hour

Hucknall Leisure Centre will host a group of storytellers on Sat 2nd of June at 2.30pm.

It is free to attend and the stories will be suitable for all ages!

Hucknall Book Day

The 2nd HUCKNALL BOOK DAY is taking place on Saturday June 2nd.

Part of the International Byron Festival, this FREE event will be at the John Godber Community Centre, in the heart of Hucknall.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Events at Nottingham Writers' Studio

Upcoming Events at Nottingham Writers' Studio

- New Group for LGBT Writers
Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm, NWS
A new group open to all writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, whatever your level and whatever your genre. We hope this will be a friendly, social and stimulating forum, where people can exchange ideas about their writing, air problems, develop their work and flourish! For more details, contact tony_challis@hotmail.com.

- Poetry Rodeo
Sunday 20 May at 6pm, Jam Cafe (12 Heathcote St, NG1 3AA)
NWS and Nine Arches invite you to the launch of three new publications by Sarah Jackson (Bloodaxe), Alistair Noon, and CJ Allen. There will be readings from all three poets as well as Alyson Stoneman, recently published by Crystal Clear. Entrance FREE. For full details, see: http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/news/poetry-rodeo-20-may-2012/

- Editing Your Prose, with Victoria Oldham
13 June to 18 July, Wednesday evenings, NWS
A six-week course on the various aspects of self-editing, including point of view, structural gaps and how to fill them, word choice, dialogue and basic editing tips on both line and structural levels. Full details online: http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nws-courses/#prose

- Writing Radio Drama, with Michael Eaton
Saturday 16 June, 10.30am to 5pm, NWS
Michael Eaton leads an intensive one-day workshop on writing radio drama in which participants will get to develop an idea of their own for a radio drama, whether for situation comedy, classic serial, or afternoon play...whatever your slot.  Followed by a light dinner and a chance to go over the day with the tutor and participants. Full details online: http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nottingham-writers-days/#160612

Thursday, 3 May 2012

The Nottingham launch of What You Don't Know

The Nottingham launch of What You Don't Know
Waterstones Nottingham, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham - view on map
7:00pm, 3rd May 2012

Hear David Belbin read from and discuss the second novel in his bestselling, New Labour-era crime series, and to raise a glass to the book’s success – on the same day as the Mayoral referendum in Nottingham!

Set months after their first investigation in Bone and Cane, Sarah Bone MP and ex-con Nick Cane are now worlds away: she in the corridors of Westminster power and he on the inner-city streets of Nottingham. But crimes and conspiracies have a way of forcing them back together…

‘David Belbin is one of the finest crime writers around today. What You Don’t Know shows us the seedy underbelly of a dysfunctional society and lays bare the contradictions at the heart of modern Britain’
James Craig, author of London Calling

Library Talk: Murder, Mayhem & Mystery

Library Talk: Murder, Mayhem & Mystery

Thursday 21 June

10 – 11am, Sherwood Library.

A FREE event

Chris Nickson, writer of crime novels set in Leeds in the 1730s, and Simon Heywood, storyteller and musician, will be visiting Sherwood Library, bringing their unique blend of readings, conversation, tales true and false, and even some old folk songs that feature in Chris's novels The Broken Token and Cold Cruel Winter. Their tales explore the darker side of England and offer murder, mayhem, laughter and music from the deep shadows of the past.

For further details phone Sherwood Library on 0115 915 1155 or email sherwood.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Celebrate the Orange Prize for Fiction

Celebrate the Orange Prize for Fiction

Tuesday 29 May

7pm, Nottingham Central Library.

Cost £1.50

Enjoy a relaxed evening of readings and refreshments.  Hear extracts from the shortlisted orange books; share some orange themed refreshments and then vote for the book you think should win the orange prize.  

Tickets available from 0115 9152825

Bringing Dickens to Life

Bringing Dickens to Life

Tuesday 8 May

10.30am – 12pm, Basford Library.

A FREE event.

In the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth, come along to this fascinating talk by the Nottingham Dickens Fellowship.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact the library on 0115 915 5797

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Hucknall International Byron Festival 2012

The Hucknall International Byron Festival 2012

Friday 1st June – Sunday 10th June

Fri 1st, 6pm - Burgage Manor Gardens.
Visit the exquisite gardens of Burgage Manor, a former home of Lord Byron. Including guided tours and the sounds of the Dmitri Harpist. Advance booking essential. Minibus from Hucknall.
Price: £3

Fri 1st, 7pm – The Ghostly Tales of Annesley Hall.
This sensational supernatural evening hosted by Dick Starr will include fascinating history and ghost stories with a tour of the hall and grounds. Advance booking is essential.
Price: £8

Sat 2nd, 11am – 2pm – Hucknall Book Day.
This ever popular event at The John Godber Centre includes short talks by several local authors. With a book fair and refreshments.
Price: FREE

Sat 2nd, 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Storytelling Hour.
At Hucknall Leisure Centre. There will be several stories that will be suitable for visitors of all ages, followed by a short creative writing session for children.
Price: FREE

Tues 5th, 7pm – Byron walk around the church.
Meet at Hucknall Library. A Walk/tour focusing on Lord Byron, which includes many fascinating facts about St Mary Magdalene Church and Churchyard; led by Ralph Lloyd-Jones.
Price: FREE

Tues 5th, 10am – Byron Pilgrimage Walk.
From St Mary Magdalene Church. Walk along the trails to Newstead Abbey and back. You will learn fascinating facts about the local history and Lord Byron. Eight mile round journey.
Price: FREE

Thurs 7th, 7pm – Byron Dinner.
At The John Godber Centre. With Ralph Lloyd-Jones giving an after dinner speech on Byron and Sport.
Price: £13

Fri 8th, 7pm – The Ghostly Tales of Annesley Hall.
Another chance to attend this supernatural event, hosted by Dick Starr. It will include fascinating history and ghost stories, with a tour of the hall and grounds. Advance booking is essential.
Price: £8

Sat 9th, 10am – 3pm – Heritage Day.
Central Methodist Church. Exhibitions by several local societies. A talk by David McClay at 1.30pm on the Byron John Murray Archive. Also an exhibition on Byron and Sport at the Hucknall Library.
Price: FREE

Sun 10th, 3.30pm – Poetry Competition.
St Mary’s Church, Hucknall. This Includes readings and presentations of poetry from the recent poetry competitions.
Price: FREE

Hucknall Library will be hosting an exhibition on Byron and Sport throughout the whole festival during normal opening hours.

Please contact the John Godber Centre on 0115 963 9633 for all events, including bookings where necessary, unless otherwise stated, or email. events.godber@btconnect.com