Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Barking and Dagenham ReadFest

 Blimey, it's been a while. Apologies for that. Coming out the end of some difficult times. Life, eh :)

But here's something good. I've been invited to participate in the Barking and Dagenham ReadFest. There are some fantastic events throughout the four week festival - loads to see and do. 

You can have a look at the Festival Programme here

And my events are as follows:

Monday Sept. 15th 1300hrs to 1800hrs - Barking Learning Centre
I'll be part of a Writer's Market (I had no idea what one was either :) ) set up at the Barking Learning Centre. Basically it's several writers - no idea how many - flogging there wares and chatting to punters. Sounds like fun.

Thursday Sept. 18th 1330hrs to 1530hrs - Dagenham Library
I'll be at Dagenham Library giving a workshop/talk the library have entitled Write to Get Published. Basically I'll be briefly going through my own experience of getting published, then it'll be a sort of writer's group thing where people that have brought in samples of their work will be encouraged to share them. I'll then talk a little bit about how to perhaps tweak them to make them more publishable. I want it to be a real collaborative, group experience, you know. A real workshop. I'm looking to perhaps set up a regular writing group at the library on the back of it, if there is enough interest.

Please note, places are limited. Contact Dagenham Library on 0280 8724 3942 to make a reservation.

Tuesday Sept. 23rd 1930hrs to 2100hrs - Dagenham Library
I'll be giving a talk at Dagenham Library retelling the story of ABIDE WITH ME, from conception to eventual publication, and the events thereafter. The evening, I've been told, will have drinks and nibbles too :)

Monday Sept. 29th 1000hrs to 1100hrs - Barking and Dagenham College
The same ABIDE WITH ME talk, as above, this time at Barking and Dagenham College. And minus the drink and nibbles . . .

Friday Oct. 3rd 1900hrs to 2100hrs - Dagenham Library
The final evening of the Festival. Here I'll be on a panel involving all the other writers that have taken part in the festival. And again, I'm reliably informed, there will be drinks and nibbly bits . . . :)

There will be signed copies of ABIDE WITH ME for sale at a massively discounted price of £5.00 each at all these events.

Would be fantastic to see anyone who fancies attending any of the events, for a chat and a giggle, and to talk books and writing and reading, and well, anything at all.

Take care, and look after yourselves.

All the best,

Ian :)

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