Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Andrew Motion - at the Brewhouse, Taunton

The Brewhouse 35th Birthday Celebrations
Thursday 29 March

Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate (1999-2009), introduces Silver, his eagerly awaited sequel to Treasure Island, featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and tales of love, valour and terrible cruelty.

He also reads from his latest book of poems, The Cinder Path (Faber), which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; from Laurels And Donkeys, a profoundly moving sequence of poems about conflicts from 1914 to the war in Afghanistan; and from his acclaimed autobiography In The Blood – A Memoir Of My Childhood.

Andrew will answer questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate.

The event will be followed by a book signing.
More info on Taunton Brewhouse website

Friday, 24 February 2012

Write on at The Holburne

Bath Festivals' Write Team are taking over the Holburne Museum during the Festival and have a series of events aimed at 12-18 year olds wanting to get a taste of the world of writing and publishing. Starting on Monday 5 March, each session will look at a different aspect of the writing process, from how to find inspiration; to cultivating and structuring your work, as well as the editing process and how best to start promoting yourself. With Luke Blackall and Tim Walker from The Independent on hand to give tips, these will be an invaluable introduction for anyone hoping to develop their writing skills.

Tickets £8 per workshop or £35 for all
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To dancers, artists, musicians, yogis: Movement Arts Retreat Brazil

Movement Arts Retreat Brazil! June 2012

If you’re creative and have a love of dance, yoga, walking and kayaking then consider escaping to Brazil on our 10 day retreat set in one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world. This isolated island is covered by tropical rainforest and hosts over 100 secluded beaches to enjoy whilst relaxing in 5 star accommodation.

Activities include daily Yoga and Dance classes with practicing professional artists; movement workshops of Contact Improvisation, Cultural dance, Yoga Partnering, Capoeira, and Tango. Then enjoy guided hikes and kayaking excursions around the island’s tranquil and breathtaking surroundings led by fully qualified instructors.

In the afternoon savor one of nature’s most spectacular settings, giving you the creative space for painting, song writing, movement exploration, or simply lie in a hammock or use our spa facilities. Finish off each day with an evening of dance, music and song and one or two delicious Caipirinhas!
If you haven't already secured your place, you need to book by 11th March. Places are limited.

For more details contact Sioda directly:
Sioda Martin - Dance/Yoga/Massage

E: siodamartin@yahoo.com
T: 07813785882

Friday, 17 February 2012

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Poetry at The Brewhouse

Having got their 2012 season of poetry events at The Brewhouse off to a flying start, Fire River Poets are delighted to announce that the guest poet for their reading on Thursday 1 March will be Rose Flint. Chairman of Fire River Poets, John Stuart, said “It is a great pleasure to welcome a poet to read for us who, though not a native, lives in Somerset and celebrates the natural world with such creative skill.”

Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John is always at pains to point out “We always provide a platform for poets of all ages and levels of experience, so there will as usual be an open mic session during the evening for any poet who would like to come along and read. Poets who would like to take advantage of this opportunity should apply through enquiry@fireriverpoets.org.uk.”

The reading begins at 8.00 pm, takes place in The Studio and costs £5.00. Tickets may be purchased from the Brewhouse box office. Enquiries and bookings on 01823 283244 or info@thebrewhouse.net.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Getting Your Poetry Published

Getting Your Poetry Published: A Seminar Session with Neil Astley

Date: SATURDAY 14 APRIL, 10.30AM-12.30PM
Price: £10, £8 CONCESSIONS
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Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books offers a nuts-and-bolts examination of the whys and wherefores of getting your poetry published in books and magazines.

This seminar led by Neil Astley, Editor and Managing Director of Bloodaxe Books offers a nuts-and-bolts examination of the whys and wherefores of getting poetry published in books and magazines. Neil has published hundreds of poets but has also had to reject many more. He offers an informed, insider's view of poetry publishing and bookselling.
The session involves a general reality check as well as attention to particular concerns and questions.

Not to be missed.

Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human

Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human

Price: £8, £6.50 CONCESSIONS
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Editor, Neil Astley and poet, Sara-Jane Arbury, present poems from Bloodaxe Books’ recent best-selling anthology Being Human.

Neil Astley, editor Bloodaxe Books, and poet Sara-Jane Arbury present Being Human, the new companion anthology to Staying Alive and Being Alive - which now make up the Staying Alive trilogy.
They will talk about Bloodaxe's latest world poetry anthology and read a personal selection of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Book now for the next Writing Events Bath Workshop

Sunday March 4th New Oriel Hall 10am-1pm £38

Tricia Wastvedt on Dialogue and Editing - places limited - book via paypal on the website.

Tricia Wastvedt is author of The River (long listed for the Orange Prize) and The German Boy. She is also an editor and a tutor on the Bath Spa University BA and MA in Creative Writing. She says:

"When characters talk, the reader hears live action. But good dialogue in fiction isn’t a replica of real speech, it’s an impression of speech; it is distilled, sharpened, and although it must sound natural, it is highly crafted. A publishing editor once told me; ‘most weaknesses in a manuscript can be fixed, but if a writer can’t write dialogue, there’s nothing I can do.’ In this workshop, we’ll look at how to find the essence of a conversation, and how to make every line of dialogue earn its space."

Tricia will also be helping writers think about revision and editing. Revision is an art, it is a craft. 'After the first rush of creativity, how do you shape, enrich and enliven a story and make the most of feedback you’ve had? This workshop is for anyone who wants to make their own writing 'the best it can be'.

NB If you are booking for 'How to Publish to Kindle' workshop we strongly recommend that you attend this workshop since good editing is one of the keys to self publishing success.

Also now open for booking and more info on www.writingeventsbath.co.uk two workshops looking at how to get published in the digital age. 'Multi media and Non-fiction' with Andy Hamilton (author the best selling 'Booze for Free" and the 'Self-Sufficientish' Bible (Thurs. April 26th at Mr. B's) £26 and How to publish to Kindle with Jenni O'Connor Sunday June 10th at New Oriel Hall (places limited) £40. Please go to website to book for these...Alex and Jude look forward to seeing you