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June 2017

Exploding the myths of factory farming with Philip Lymbery and Bill Oddie

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Tue 27 June 2017, Drinks reception from 6:00pm and the session from 6:30pm to 7:45pm

From the author of the internationally acclaimed Farmageddon, Philip Lymbery's riveting sequel Dead Zone takes us on an eye-opening investigative journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species one-by-one and looking in each case at the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight.

Philip's latest book is a passionate wake-up call for us all, laying bare the...

From the author of the internationally acclaimed Farmageddon, Philip Lymbery's riveting sequel Dead Zone takes us on an eye-opening investigative journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species one-by-one and looking in each case at the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight.

Philip's latest book is a passionate wake-up call for us all, laying bare the myths that prop up factory farming before exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear from Philip in person as he shares his biggest concerns about the way we produce our food with renowned entertainer and conservationist, Bill Oddie.

Together Philip and Bill will produce an essential evening for anyone keen to learn more about saving our planet, our animal neighbours and ourselves!

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Cycling: A complete history with Michael Hutchinson and James Witts

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Thu 29 June 2017, Drinks reception from 6:00pm and the session from 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Join us at the Bloomsbury Institute for cycling champion Michael Hutchinson and author of RE: Cyclists, in conversation with cycling journalist James Witts, author of The Science of the Tour de France, on its invention (somewhere in a German forest 200 years ago, during the darkest, wettest summer for centuries), the highs and lows but always, always enduring popularity. Unmissable for cycling...

Join us at the Bloomsbury Institute for cycling champion Michael Hutchinson and author of RE: Cyclists, in conversation with cycling journalist James Witts, author of The Science of the Tour de France, on its invention (somewhere in a German forest 200 years ago, during the darkest, wettest summer for centuries), the highs and lows but always, always enduring popularity. Unmissable for cycling fans and spectators alike.

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The Caledonia Novel Award

Mon 1 May 2017 - Wed 1 November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a...

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a free place on a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Entry fee: £25
Entries close: 1st November, 2017 | Winner announced: February, 2018
First 20 pages + 200-word synopsis and cover sheet
Full terms and contact details: http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/rules-entry/

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£5 for single short story or poem, £10 for 3 poems or £10 Novella Other writing events Competition Short stories Poetry

NAWG Open Writing Competitions

Thu 1 June 2017 - Tue 31 October 2017

Poetry Maximum 40 Lines. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Short Story 500-2000 Words. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Novella -First 5000 Words. Print deals worth up £300.00

Go to website for rules and details of how to enter.

Free Short Story Competition with Retreat West

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Until Sun 17 September 2017

Writers & Artists and Retreat West have teamed up for a free writing competition that offers you the chance to win a place on one of Retreat West’s incredible writing retreats. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 1,000 words. The only stipulation here is that your story – which can be about anything you like – must use a beach as its setting.

Writers & Artists and Retreat West have teamed up for a free writing competition that offers you the chance to win a place on one of Retreat West’s incredible writing retreats. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 1,000 words. The only stipulation here is that your story – which can be about anything you like – must use a beach as its setting.

Prizes
The author of the winning story will receive a place on Retreat West’s Plotting Retreat, taking place from 17-21 November 2017 in West Bay, Dorset. Workshops over the weekend will be led by Richard Skinner, novelist and head of the Faber Academy, and Retreat West founder and novelist Amanda Saint and novelist & Open University Creative Writing MA tutor Jane Elmor. The retreat provides a unique opportunity to hone your writing skills in a beautiful location. Full details of the retreat can be found on the Retreat Website here.

Both the winner and two runners up will also receive the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook , a copy of one of our Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Companion Guide series, and a copy of the 2016 Retreat West Anthology of stories from the annual RW Short Story Prize and RW Flash Fiction Prize. The winning stories will also be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

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July 2017

How to Write Fantasy Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Sat 1 July 2017, 8.30am - 5.30pm

If you want to learn more about how to write fantasy fiction, this full-day conference dedicated to the genre offers the chance to work with leading authors on essential aspects of the writing process, and also the opportunity to hear from publishers and literary agents.
This is a day designed to give you the chance to learn from acclaimed authors, network with peers, meet some of the...

If you want to learn more about how to write fantasy fiction, this full-day conference dedicated to the genre offers the chance to work with leading authors on essential aspects of the writing process, and also the opportunity to hear from publishers and literary agents.
This is a day designed to give you the chance to learn from acclaimed authors, network with peers, meet some of the gatekeepers of the fantasy fiction publishing world, gain insight into the current marketplace and find out more about how best to increase your chances of getting published.

The day includes:

- Two practical writing workshops with leading authors on key elements of writing fantasy fiction. Leading these workshops will be acclaimed authors Ben Aaronovitch and Claire North.
- Keynote speech on the process of world-building with best-selling author M.R. Carey
- Commissioning Editors and Publishing Directors in discussion on the current fantasy fiction marketplace
- Interactive panel-discussion with UK literary agents on how to submit your manuscript
- Networking drinks reception with fellow delegates and speakers

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Creating Characters for the 21st Century Young Adult Novel

Waterstones Lancaster

Thu 6 July 2017, 18:00-19:00

In this challenge to the audience, Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood will discuss how to invent characters and plots that are truly diverse. Several potential pitfalls will be outlined and the debate extended to the hot topics of authenticity, cultural appropriation, representation and artistic freedom.

By the end of the session, participants may have a better idea of...

In this challenge to the audience, Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood will discuss how to invent characters and plots that are truly diverse. Several potential pitfalls will be outlined and the debate extended to the hot topics of authenticity, cultural appropriation, representation and artistic freedom.

By the end of the session, participants may have a better idea of how to craft YA plots which have a deep consideration of diversity and inclusion at their core.

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PJ Harvey and Paul Muldoon - A Conversation

Nuffield Theatre Bailrigg, Lancaster

Thu 6 July 2017, 20:00-21:00

PJ Harvey will join Paul Muldoon on stage at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster. The two will read from their poetry and explore, through conversation, its relationship to song lyrics. Books from both writers can also be pre-ordered through the box office for a brief signing event afterwards. This event will be followed by a book-signing when P.J. Harvey will be available to sign copies of The Hollow...

PJ Harvey will join Paul Muldoon on stage at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster. The two will read from their poetry and explore, through conversation, its relationship to song lyrics. Books from both writers can also be pre-ordered through the box office for a brief signing event afterwards. This event will be followed by a book-signing when P.J. Harvey will be available to sign copies of The Hollow of the Hand (Bloomsbury) and Paul Muldoon to sign copies of Selected Poems 1968-2014 (Faber and Faber). Copies can be bought on the night or pre-ordered along with the ticket for this event. Please note no other items can be signed (no other books, CDs or LPs etc).

This is a spoken-word event, non-musical performance.

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