Back in January, Words And Women were kind enough to support the first Books Talk Back event in Norwich. On International Women’s Day, March 8th, the organisation hosted their annual event, supporting the work of female writers in the east of England. The event featured readings from local women writers and saw the launch of their latest creative project ‘Space’ a film which focuses on…space. But what does the topic of ‘space’ have to do with female writers in the east of England? The answers involve Virginia Wolf, house rabbits and an anthology of short stories….intrigued?
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To listen- http://futureradio.co.uk/podcast/2014/april/words-and-women-helps-female-writers-build-rooms-their-own
BTB founder Isabelle King teamed up with Holly J McDede for the Norfolk Storytelling Project on Future Radio to write and produce this piece about the event on International Women’s Day.
Many thanks to the fabulous Hayley Long for making it such a fun and informative afternoon. Hayley talked about her creative process in ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ and had lots of pertinent insights into writing for teen fiction as well as some hilarious stories. The picture to the left is a chart of her ideas in the initial stages of ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ Lots has changed since, including the title!
The aspiring authors who read extracts from their work were Alex Ivey and Belona Greenwood. Here’s a bit about them.
Alex Ivey moved from the US to the UK in 1999 and has worked in older people’s services since 2005. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA, Alex’s first novel, Kingdoms, was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition in 2012. Her agent is Laetitia Rutherford at Watson Little Ltd.
Belona Greenwood is a former journalist who escaped to Norwich where she did an MA in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She has won an Escalator award for creative non-fiction, is a winner of the Decibel Penguin prize for life-writing. Associate playwright with Chalk Circle Theatre Company, she writes plays for children and adults and has had work performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, as well as in other regional venues.
Sunday 19th January 2014 2-5pm at The Playroom, Norwich Playhouse
Books Talk Back is thrilled to announce that Hayley Long will be guest novelist. This event will have a focus on teen fiction and Hayley will be talking about her creative process in writing ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ as well sharing any advice she may have for aspiring authors of teen fiction.
Another exciting development for the January event is that Words And Women are involved. It’s really great to have the support of an organisation which provides such wonderful opportunities for women writers in the east of England. You can read all about Isabelle’s adventures in setting up the first Books Talk Back as well as details of the Norwich début on their blog http://www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/books-talk-back.html
Wow! What a brilliant night it was! Books Talk Back was so lucky to have Naomi Wood as guest novelist. Naomi answered some questions about her creative process in writing her début novel ‘The Godless Boys’and her advice for aspiring authors was insightful and inspiring with some lovely anecdotes.
Our four authors were Maria Hummer, Orlando Brooke, Joyce Greenaway and Isabelle King (who also hosted the evening.) Each read the first extract from a novel they are currently working on. They then had a short time afterwards where they could ask the audience questions about their work and receive feedback.
A big two thumbs up to the wonderful twenty guests that night who gave some very helpful and constructive feedback, all whilst enjoying a drink in West London’s cosiest and most arty pub!
The interactive aspect of Books Talk Back is what makes this literary event so unique and can be particularly useful for the unpublished authors involved. Our guests included screen writers, playwrights, an independent film company, a member of The Poetry Society and an award winning comedy duo!
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