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Writer's Diary

Creative Writing Group
20th Jan Mapperley Library

From beginners to experienced writers, join our friendly group for advice and inspiration and to share work in progress.

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Writing Historical Fiction
21 January, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Acclaimed historical fiction author Clare Harvey talks about inspiration, research, and how to navigate the line between accuracy and authenticity in crafting quality historical fiction.

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Not Working – why we have to stop,
22nd Jan

Five Leaves Bookshop

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the pleasures of inactivity, and considers four faces of inertia – the burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker.

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Writing for Pleasure
22nd Jan Mapperley Library

Always wanted to write but never had time? Want to try something new and meet others that do too? Join us for a FREE tutor led session. We meet the fourth Wednesday morning of each month at 10.00am – 11.30am.

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Common People: an anthology of working-class writers - Five Leaves open book group
23rd Jan

Five Leaves Bookshop

Common People, edited by Kit de Waal (Unbound, £9.99) is an anthology celebrating working class fiction, poetry and memoir…

There’s a short introduction to the book, followed by a discussion.

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Talking Heads Open Mic Jan 20 ft Georgina Wilding
26th Jan

Queens Head 29 Chesterfield Road, Belper

Come along and perform for the friendliest crowd around. Climb the steps of speech and share your poems, stories and songs or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment. Talking Heads is about YOU. Try out your new material or polish your favourite poems.

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Five Leaves' open book group extra - Discourse on Colonisation, by Aime Cesaire
27th Jan

Five Leaves Bookshop

The short essay, Discourse on Colonialism was first published in French in 1955 and influenced a generation of scholars and activists in the liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Twenty years later, when published in English, it inspired a generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Panther and anti-war movements.

This session is introduced by Deanne Bell from Nottingham Trent University, who is part of the “What is Decoloniality?” project

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Poetry Scum #7
27th Jan

The Golden Fleece, Nottingham

Kicking off what's looking to be a very exciting year we have headline poet Mike Took! Mike is the founder of Scriptstuff Poetry and is also one of the Four Poets of the Apocalypse who performed at 2019s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Getting your Short Stories Published
29 January, 2020 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Join writer and lecturer, Alex Davies for a two-hour session looking at how to get your short stories published including the essentials of research and submission guidelines as well as how to keep improving your writing!

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Afternoon tea with Bertie
2nd Feb

Five Leaves Bookshop

The philosopher and political activist Bertrand Russell died fifty years ago today.

We will celebrate his life with afternoon tea (something he favoured) with a talk on Russell, emphasising his connections to Nottingham.

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Creative Writing Group
3rd Feb Mapperley Library

From beginners to experienced writers, join our friendly group for advice and inspiration and to share work in progress.

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The Island Child, with Molly Aitken
4th Feb

Five Leaves Bookshop

Molly Aitken will be reading from her debut Irish novel and in conversation with Deirdre O’Byrne from Five Leaves Bookshop/Nottingham Irish Studies Group.

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It gets me home... writing about music with Ian Penman
5th Feb

Five Leaves Bookshop

When all else fails, when our compass breaks, there is one thing we can rely on: music.

Ian Penman is a legendary music critic and he will be reading from and talking about It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track, his first book for twenty years.

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Creative Writing - Writing a Novel - Mansfield Central Library - Community Learning
24 February - 30 March 2020

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield

On this course we will look at what steps are needed to write a novel. If you are interested in writing your first novel, join us and look at how to sustain your work and what you need to do to become published.

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Writer's News

Young Creative Awards 2020

If you’re young, creative and you live, work or study in Nottingham – the Young Creative Awards could be the start of something awesome.

Open to all 11-24 year olds, the awards give you the chance to show off your skills across a wide variety of creative categories: Digital and Animation, Design and Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Theatre and Visual Arts.

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New Venue for DIY Poets

New Venue for the monthly DIY Meetings, held first Wednesday of the month, 8 pm start. Venue : Leafi, the cafe area ( next to the bar) at The Playhouse , Wellington Circus,

Bulwell Arts Festival
2020

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Bulwell Arts Festival is now in its seventh year, and once again, this summer, we will be taking over the town and showcasing the very best of theatre, music, dance, film, poetry, visual arts, workshops and so much more! We aim to deliver another fantastic array of creativity from 4th to 11th July 2020 and we’d love for you to get involved too, whether as a returning artist/organisation or a new partner. We look forward to creating wonderful events with you.

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BBC Nottingham are looking for ...

Your chance to showcase your talent on the BBC. Upload any kind of content: audio, video, text and images. We’ll watch, read, or listen to everything you upload and what catches our attention will go on air or on local BBC digital platforms.

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Nottingham Young Writers Groups
Writing East Midlands

This year we will be running a Young Writers Group at Nottingham Central Library led by Jim Hall.

Sessions take place on Saturdays 1pm – 3pm and are aimed at 11–15 year olds. Each session costs £6, but bursary places are available.

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Dickens Season
 In 2020 Hothouse Theatre is marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death with a Dickens Season.

It will include some of his finest works adapted for the stage, audio recording, physical radio performances and various workshop!

Of course we are going to need your help!!!

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29 Paying Markets for Poetry - No submission fees
Published to Death
Here are 29 literary journals that pay for poems. Short, long, lyrical, light - you name it, they want it. And if these markets aren't enough, you can find more publishing opportunities for poetry in these posts:

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Writer's Groups

DIY Poets

DIY Poets has been in existence for over ten years. We are a Nottingham based poetry collective. The aim of DIY Poets is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published.

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Poetry Aloud

A curated platform for spoken word and music. Based in Nottingham, Poetry Aloud stages have been seen at: Green Fest, Exile Music Fest and West Bridgford.

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Nottingham Writers’ Club

The club was founded in 1927 from an existing group of Nottingham writers eager to expand their membership.

Meets regularly at The Mechanics North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

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Nottingham Writers’ Studio: a home for writing in the city of stories

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a unique writing-focused community, and a space where writing grows. Run by writers, for writers, at all stages of their careers, NWS is committed to the craft of writing worth reading.

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Reading and Writing Groups
City Libraries

Share your enjoyment of reading with book-related activities and groups

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Blackdrop


BLACKDROP spoken word open mic night is at Nottingham Writer's Studio!

Hosted by founding member Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard!

Blackdrop continues to run bi-monthly, on the first Thursday of every month

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Writing East Midlands

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. We work closely with a range of organizations including schools, universities, galleries, museums and libraries, to help build strong relationships between writers and their communities.

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Notts Writing Group

The Notts Writing Group a gathering of enthusiastic creative writers who meet to share their work, hone their writing skills and support each other

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Five Leaves Bookshop

One of the few independents to open in any UK city centre this century!

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Give While You Shop

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