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14th May 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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Literary agents want it, industry insiders are always talking about it and writers need to develop a strong, unique voice if they want to get their published. 

Think about it like answering a phone call – if a friend calls you, you’d know who it is as soon as you hear their voice. If a reader is familiar with your work, you want them to be able to read one paragraph of your writing and hear your voice in it. 

In these two hours, author Jess Kidd will answer the big questions – what ‘voice’ actually is, why everyone wants it, how you can identify and develop your own voice, authenticity and adapting your distinct style depending on audience and tone – and help you to answer them by asking you to reflect on your own work, exploring the way you write with a series of exercises, practical tips and techniques.  

Speaker bio

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Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in the same year. In 2017, it was also shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Her second novel, The Hoarder, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers Week'. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks. Jess's third novel Things In Jars was published in 2019 and her debut children's book Everyday Magic will be published in June 2020.

Event details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP on 14th May 2020. Doors will open at 6pm, with refreshments provided upon arrival.

Your workshop with Jess begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Every year, Book Aid International provides up to one million new books, donated by UK publishers, to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide training for librarians to ensure that readers get the very best from our donated books, and grants for purchasing locally-published books and for library refurbishments. Our work is practical, effective and empowering. 


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