Yorkshire 21 Bond St, Dewsbury, W. Yorks WF13 1AX. 0845 300 6200 email@example.com Listings publications: News (quarterly). To be put on mailing list contact helen.buttery@artscouncil. org.uk.
Weekly Creative Writing Workshops suitable for all levels of experience. The aim is to boost creativity and help people write naturally and easily, whilst exploring aspects of the writer’s craft. The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds. Run in six-week blocks until July 2010. £55 for six weeks. Box Office 0113 224 2284. www.thebowery.org
Ways Into Writing are creative writing courses designed to inspire you to write, and keep writing. Small group, supportive advice and gentle constructive criticism. Ideal for beginners. South Square Centre, Bradford. 8 October-3 December, fortnightly. £90 for full course of five 2-hour sessions. www.welcomewords.co.uk
Bank Street Arts host two exhibitions: Experiments in Book Manipulation, by Katherine Johnson; Sheffield Artist’s Book Prize, where visitors are asked to vote for their favourite book. Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. 8-31 October. 0114 346 3034. www.bankstreetarts.com
Off the Shelf Literary Festival boasts a celebrity line-up including: Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, Vic Reeves, Jo Brand, Arthur Smith, Tony Benn, Joan Bakewell, Stuart Maconie and Peter Hook, musician from Joy Division and New Order. Venues around Sheffield. 10-31 October. 0114 273 4716. www.offtheshelf.org.uk
Book and exhibition launch with Carolyn Waudby, who will launch her poetry collection From the Roof of the Casa Granda, which is featured in the current exhibition ‘Dreams and Defiance’ at Sheffield Hallam University. Fusion Café, Butcher Works, Arundel Street, Sheffield. 14 October, 6pm. £3 (£2). 0114 273 4737.
Events at The Carriageworks include: Rupert Brooke, a new play inspired by the work of the legendary war poet (29 & 30 Oct, 7pm, £9/£7); The World of Charles Dickens (20 & 21 Nov, 7.45pm, £9/£8). The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds. Box Office 0113 224 3801. www.carriageworks.org.uk
An Evening with Pam Ayres who will perform her current show, including material from her bestselling books along with some new poems and stories. Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. 6 & 7 November, 7.30pm. £14-£19.50. Box Office 01723 370 541. www.sjt.uk.com
Raise Your Banners Festival celebrates the power of political music and the campaigning arts and gives voice to struggles for liberation, equality and justice, in defence of the environment, and for a better world. Venues around Bradford. 7-8 November. www.raiseyourbanners.org
Laptop to Bookshop Mslexia Day involves a range of events: Writing a Synopsis workshop with Debbie Taylor (10am-12pm, £10, women only); First Paragraph Workshop with Jane Rogers (1.30-3.30pm, £10, women only); Sarah Waters in conversation with Debbie Taylor (6pm, £8, all welcome). West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth. 28 November. Contact the Brontë Centre to book, 01535 640 188. www.bronte.info NORTHERN IRELANDARTS COUNCIL Of NORTHERN IRELAND MacNeice House, 77 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6AQ. 028 9038 5200 www.artscouncil-ni.org Listings publications: Art.ie free bimonthly from tourist information centres, arts venues and £6 per annum from ACNI; also The Big List from newsagents, bars and cafés
Poetry Place is a reading group discussing contemporary and classic poetry. Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Road, Bangor. Every second Wednesday of the month. Free. 028 9127 0591.
The Derry Playhouse Writers’ Workshops are conducted on poetry, novels, plays, short stories, biography, autobiography, screenplays and essays. The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry. Every Wednesday 12-4pm. Contact Aisling Doherty. aislingdoherty@btconnect. com www.derryplayhousewriters.org
The Jane Ross Writing Group welcomes new members, no expertise necessary. Courses run by qualified tutors. LCDI (Old Roe Valley Hospital), Limavady. Every Thursday, 11am-1pm. Contact Michelle, 028 7774 2794, or Mary 028 7776 9488.
Belfast Festival at Queen’s covers all art forms including theatre, dance, literature, comedy, visual arts and popular music. Various venues in Belfast. 16-31 October. 028 9097 1034. www.belfastfestival.com
Literary Events at Waterfront Hall include those with: Ian Rankin, who will read from his new novel The Complaints (17 Oct, 6.30pm, £10/£8); James Ellroy, who will read from Blood’s a Rover, the final part of his Underworld USA trilogy (7 Nov, 8pm, £12/£10). Waterfront Hall, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast. Box Office 028 9033 4455. www.waterfront.co.uk
Linen Hall Reading Group welcomes all to come along and discuss the chosen book: The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Irvine Welsh. Governors’ Room, Linen Hall Library, Belfast. 26 November, 1.10-1.50pm. Free. www.linenhall.com SCOTLANDSCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL 12 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7DD 0131 226 6051 helpdesk 0845 603 6000
firstname.lastname@example.org www.sac.org.uk Listings publications: The List (Glasgow and Edinburgh) fortnightly from newsagents. HI Arts, free quarterly guide (Highlands, Islands & Moray), available from libraries and arts centres; www.hi-arts.co.uk The Scottish Arts Council operates a system of Writing Fellowships in association with local authorities. Scottish Writing Fellows act as Writers-in-Residence-cumLiterature-Development-Officers and are often the best source of information on literary events in their local area. Fellows are usually based in Universities and libraries where they can be contacted directly. For more information on a full and exhaustive list of Fellows and Writers in Residence contact the Scottish Arts Council on their help desk number.
Huntly Writers meet to encourage North East writing, in English or Doric, by supporting both experienced writers and novices from all walks of life. New members always welcome. Alternate Wednesdays, 7.30pm. £10 annual membership; £2 per meeting. Contact Annie Lamb, 01466 793 765. www.huntlywriters.co.uk
Lemon Tree Writers meet to read and discuss each others work: poetry, prose, plays and novel extracts. The Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen. 10 & 24 Oct, 7 & 21 Nov, 5 & 19 Dec, 11am. www.lemontreewriters.co.uk
Biggar Little Festival celebrates music, dance, drama, poetry readings and storytelling. Biggar, Lanarkshire. 15-25 October. 01555 772 872. www.biggar-little-festival.com
Events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre include: Guid Crack Club (23 & 30 Oct, 9.30pm; 27 Nov, 7.30pm, £3); Tones of Voices exhibition, a collaboration between emerging photographers and storytellers (Until 7 Nov); Storytelling Café: Winged Creatures (18 Nov, 7pm, £4); The Homing Stone with Hugh Lupton (21 Nov, 7.30pm, £10/£8). Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh. 0131 556 9579. www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Shore Poets presents regular readings by mainly Scottish poets: Robert Alan Jamieson (25 Oct); Anne Frater (29 Nov); Jen Hadfield (31 Jan 2010); Kei Miller (28 Feb 2010). The Lot, Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Last Sunday of every month, 7.45pm. £4 (£3). www.shorepoets.org.uk
Hear and Tell is a storytelling circle for sharing stories and supporting storytellers. Braid Hills Hotel, Edinburgh. 25 October, 22 Nov, 24 Jan, 21 Feb 2010; 7.30pm. £3. www.hearandtell.org
Contemporary Oral Storytelling is a course designed to enhance and develop skills in sourcing and applying stories with professional or specific volunteering contexts. Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith. 25-27 October. £177 non-residential. www.newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk
Linlithgow Book Festival features events including: open mic slots, the local writers’ table, workshops and talks with writers. Linlithgow. 30 October-1 November. www.linlithgowbookfestival.org
National Library of Scotland events include: Workshop: Beyond Google, an introduction to Credo Reference and Oxford Reference Online (10 Nov, 9 Dec, 67.30pm); Edinburgh Bibliographical Society John Murray Archive Lecture, Reflections on Origins (10 Nov, 7pm); Talk with authors Alan Bissett and Doug Johnstone (3 Dec, 6.30pm); NLS Film Club: Festive Screening, an evening of Christmas-themed films from the Scottish Screen Archive (10 Dec, 6.30pm, £5). National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. 0131 623 3918. www.nls.uk
Gliterary Lunches are a lovely way to entertain women clients, meet likeminded people and/or get together with friends over literature. Events include those with: Isla Dewar and Sophie Hannah (Aberdeen, 5 Nov); Fay Weldon and Tony Parsons (Glasgow, 26 Nov); Melissa Benn and Isla Dewar (Edinburgh, 3 Dec). 01423 873116. www.gliterarylunches.com
Courses at the Scottish Book Centre include: Welcome to Copy-editing, with Margaret Aherne (11 Nov); Welcome to Proofreading, with Margaret Aherne (12 Nov); Editorial Project Management (13 Nov). The Scottish Book Centre, Dundee Street, Edinburgh. 9.30am-4.30pm. £250 non-members, £150 members. 0131 228 6866. www.publishingscotland.org WALESARTS COUNCIL OF WALES 9 Museum Place, Cardiff CF10 3NX. 029 2037 6500 www.artswales.org.uk Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Writers: Academi, 3rd Floor, Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FQ. 029 2047 2266 email@example.com www.academi.org Chief Executive: Peter Finch. Lit. Officer: Helen Mahoney Newsletter: A470, quarterly, bi-lingual, 029 2047 2266 The Academi (Yr Academi Gymreig) is an independent organisation that runs some of the Arts Council’s promotion and grant aid schemes under franchise. It supports literature events in both English and Welsh, awards, publications, writers on tour, young writing squads, development projects and new promotions
Bangor Cellar Writing Group meets to discuss and critique work. Welcomes new members. Blue Sky Café, Bangor High Street. Third Mon of every month, 7-9pm. £10 annual membership; £3 per meeting. firstname.lastname@example.org
Academi Events in the South East Valleys include: Merthyr: A Literary Day Out (Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Merthyr,
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