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Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival

Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival

Address/Location

Various Locations
Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset

Contact

Tel: 01934 63 25 75

There will be a Literary Festival in February 2018! The community event will run from Thursday 22nd February - Thursday 1st March 2018 and there will be exciting events happening across many venues in Weston-super-Mare.

 

Ticket Information:

Tickets are FREE but will need to be reserved in advance. Tickets will be available from 10am Thursday 30th November through the Blakehay Theatre Booking Office. Any tickets not booked in advance will be available from the venue before the event, but please get your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are limited to 6 per transaction; if you have a group of more than 6 people please contact before booking.

We are pleased to announce the line-up of authors and events:

 

Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival Children’s Trail (In Association with Weston BID):

The children’s trail will run from the 12th February to the 1st March around Weston-super-Mare town centre. Children will find a picture of a book in various shop or business windows around the town centre, each of which will feature a particular letter. Find all the letters to spell out the hidden word or phrase, and then claim a prize.

Please note: You do not need tickets for the children’s trail.

 

Nick Harding - “Constructing a Story” Thursday 22nd February 10.30am at The Stable Creative Hub:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Nick Harding is a screenwriter and author, his latest film, Folie A Deux, shot in Weston-super-Mare and directed by Sean Martin, had its première at the Maine International Film festival. He also co-wrote The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. He has written five books and has just completed his latest novel. 

The workshop will be an introduction to what every writer should know about what is required for constructing a story. The talk covers a brief history of stories, character types and the requirements of structure that every story needs.   
 

 

“Why DIY?” Thursday 22nd February 7.00pm at The Blakehay Theatre:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

A panel of authors discuss the reasons they chose to publish their work independently, the successes they’ve had and the mistakes they’ve made along the way.  The panel consists of both authors who chose self-publishing as their first choice, as well as ‘hybrid’ authors who’ve found success in both traditional and independent publishing. The panel will welcome questions from the audience and hopes to inspire and inform others about self-publishing as an option for budding writers.

 

"Making the Leap from Young Adult to Adult Fiction" with Christi Daugherty, Jo Nadin, CJ Skuse and Rachel Ward​​​​​: Friday 23rd February 1.00pm at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Four best-selling writers discuss the effects of switching genres, what it takes to maintain a publishing career today and offer advice to budding authors.

 

Talk with Amanda Prowse: Friday 23rd February 7.00pm at The Blakehay Theatre:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Amanda Prowse is an inspirational writer who exploded into the charts with her self-published novel ‘Poppy Day’ in 2012. Since then, she has produced no fewer than twelve bestselling titles including the compelling No.1’s 'What Have I Done?' and ‘Perfect Daughter’. She has also produced a further six novellas, narrated her own audiobooks and produced a series of Podcasts.

Amanda’s stories have amassed thousands of 5 Star ratings, with hundreds for each book generating an overall continuous approval rating that is the envy of other writers and described by Amazon as ‘the highest they have encountered by a clear margin’.

In September 2016, ‘My Husband’s Wife’ spent a month at No.1 on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List with 160,000 downloads in 8 weeks.

 

“Voices along the road: an evening of poetry and flash fiction” Friday 23rd February 7.00pm at Weston Museum

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Poets and authors read excerpts from 'Voices Along The Road' and 'Another Place'. 'Voices Along The Road' is an anthology of poetry and flash fiction exploring the experiences of children, refugees, and migrants. Another Place is a collection of refugee-themed science fiction by Bristol and Weston-super-Mare authors. Both books were published in 2017 to raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund which helps child refugees find safe and legal sanctuary. The reading is free however tickets must still be collected to reserve your place! Donations to the fund will be welcomed on the night and the opportunity to purchase the book will also be available with all money raised going towards the fund.

 

Talk with Huw Powell: Saturday 24th February 11.00am at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Huw Powell is a children's author with an active and uncompromising imagination. He was born in Bristol in 1976 and grew up in the village of Pill in North Somerset, where he wrote his first stories for family and friends. His Spacejackers series launched in July 2014 with positive reviews. The first book won Literature Works 'Book of the Month' in August 2014 and was shortlisted for the Teach Primary's 'New Children's Fiction Award' in 2015.

Huw is an active supporter of initiatives that encourage young people to read, such as the National Literacy Trust's 'Premier League Reading Stars' and the Reading Agency's 'Summer Reading Challenge'.

Huw delivers a fun and engaging event for children aged 7 upwards. The event includes readings from his books, a drawing (using ideas from the children), a mini-quiz and Q&A. There will be an opportunity to purchase books for Huw to sign at the end.

 

Justin Newlands Author Q&A: Saturday 24th February @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm at The Stable Creative Hub:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Come and listen to local author Justin Newland in conversation about his writing, and his debut novel, 'The Genes of Isis', an epic fantasy set featuring a cast of hybrids, angels and humans, all trying to survive an imminent Flood. The genes of Isis means genesis, so the novel is also a speculative account of the origins of the human race. N.B. Isis refers to the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of the same name.

 

An evening with Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, writing as Jeffrey Archer: Saturday 24th February 7.00pm at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 300 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in three categories, fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries) and in September 2017 was awarded the Golden Pan by Pan Macmillan Publishers. This is one of the industry's very first author awards, for sales of more than one millions of 'ONLY TIME WILL TELL'. 

Jeffrey spent his early childhood in Weston-super-Mare where his mother wrote for the Weston Mercury Newspaper.

His latest book 'TELL TALE' is his seventh collection of short stories and was published in hardback in November 2017. His 22nd novel 'Heads You Win' will be published in 2018.

 

Workshop with Lois Elsden: The Process of Writing; Sunday 25th February 10.30am at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Lois was born and brought up in Cambridge, but spent most of her life in Manchester; she now lives in a small Somerset village by the sea. Lois writes full time and has just published her 12th novel through Kindle Direct Publishing. Writing is her passion and that is what she does every day, from the moment she gets up till late at night! She has also written three novels to encourage reluctant readers and is working on two new novels.

About the Workshop:
Lois Elsden shares her thoughts on writing; the why’s the how’s and the what to do next. She will be thinking about the 6 p’s (plot, people, place, the point of view, purpose, and pace) She will tackle a couple of these aspects of writing, concentrating on people and place – characters and settings.


Popular Local Fiction Writer Damien Boyd: Sunday 25th February 2.00pm at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Best selling author Damien Boyd is a former solicitor turned crime fiction writer. Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast-paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police. 

Damien’s debut novel, 'As the Crow Flies', was released in April 2013 becoming an international Kindle #1 bestseller, with all six sequels reaching the Amazon top ten. Translated into German, French, Italian, and Polish, the series has gone on to sell over one million copies.

 

Lois Sparshott: Blogging Monday 26th February 7.00pm at Weston Museum:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Lois Elsden explains what blogging is all about; she describes the process, the purpose, its relevance and why it is fun. She will look at the different types of a blog with some examples, the different purposes of blogging, style, audience and having a go! There will be practical tasks and an opportunity to explore different ideas you could pursue.

 

Panel Discussion: This is what a Romance Writer looks like; Tuesday 27th February 7.00pm at The Blakehay Theatre:

Tickets are FREE and are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

About the panel:

Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before moving to the West Country. After studying English and Politics at the University of York she worked in Manchester, Exeter, and finally settled back in the West.

Fay has been writing since she could pick up a pen, and has had several articles published in education magazines, including the English and Media Centre’s Media Magazine. The Little Somerby series is her first foray into novel-length fiction, although she has written stories of many flavours over the years, including fanfiction. 'The Second Chance Tea Shop' is the first book in the Little Somerby series, selling over 10,000 in just 3 months! Book 2, 'Springtime at the Cider Kitchen', is to be released in January 2018.

Teresa F Morgan

Teresa originates from Surrey and moved to Weston-super-Mare in 1998 where she now lives with her two sons. Teresa F Morgan writes contemporary romance and her debut novel ‘Plus One is a Lucky Number’ was published in August 2013. This novel, having gone through the Romantic Novelist Association’s New Writer Scheme led to Teresa being a contender for the RNA’s Joan Hessayon New Writer’s Award in 2014. 'One Fine Day', her second novel, was published in January 2015 and her third novel, 'Meet Me At Wisteria Cottage' was published in April 2017. Teresa loves writing contemporary romance stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with. 

Alison Knight

Alison lives in Wiltshire and writes contemporary women’s fiction as Alison Rose, and YA adventures as Alison Knight. She is published by Accent Press and is a member of the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the National Association for Writers in Education. She has a first class degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and a Masters with merit from Oxford Brookes University. She is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing & Life Writing at Wiltshire College in Chippenham, and co-founder of Imagine creative writing workshops.

Jenny Kane

Jenny lives in Devon and writes contemporary women’s fiction, romance, and children's picture books. Jenny is a member the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a PhD in Medieval History. She has been teaching creative writing classes to children and adults for twelve years in-between writing her novels, novellas & short stories. Jenny is the co-founder of Imagine creative writing workshops.

Jan Ellis

Jan Ellis began writing fiction by accident in 2013. Until then, she had led a blameless life as a publisher, editor, and historian of early modern Spain. She fell into fiction when a publisher approached her to write a history book, then made the mistake of mentioning ‘romcom’, which sounded much more fun. Her stories have small-town settings with realistic characters who range in age from young teens to eighty-somethings. Jan works as the deputy editor of Historic Gardens Review, the magazine of the campaigning Historic Gardens Foundation. She also writes features on textile artists for Pretty Patches magazine. When not writing, Jan lectures on Renaissance art and culture and works for part of the Booksellers’ Association of the UK and Ireland.

 

Mark Lewis – Creative Writing Workshop Wednesday 28th February 7.30pm at Weston Museum:

Tickets are available from The Blakehay Theatre Box Office or online via their website.

Mark Lewis is an experienced teacher of Creative Writing. He is also a published author with over 20 short stories published, several poems and he has also had scripts performed. Having run workshops for writers at all levels of development, from absolute beginners to published writers, he now brings his knowledge and expertise to the festival! This exciting workshop will be the perfect way to kick-start your writing! Don’t know where to begin? How do you create characters? How do I structure my story opening? Attend this workshop and leave with the tools you need to start putting pen to paper! This fun and informative workshop will put you on the right path to begin your literary project!

 

Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival Venues:

The Blakehay Theatre

Weston Museum

The Stable Creative Hub

Opening Times

Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival (22 Feb 2018 - 1 Mar 2018)
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