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Literary Events in January 2016

Literary events in the East Midlands (January 2016)

 Though it will be tempting to have a post-Christmas slump in January, there are some literary events to help lure ardent literature fans out of hibernation.

1. Crime lovers need to head to Robin Hood country! Scottish crime-writer Stuart Macbride will be giving a talk on his latest crime thriller, “In the cold, dark ground” at Waterstones in Nottingham on Thursday 21st January.(https://www.waterstones.com/events)

2. If you fancy yourself as a Young Adult (YA) writer, then head to Worksop Library for a one-day workshop on January 30th with Kim Slater. Kim was shortlisted for this year’s Waterstones Book Award. There will be opportunities to work on storylines and characters. (http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/events/writing-young-adult-fiction-notttingham-writers-studio/#post_content)

3. Leicester Writing School will be running some exciting writing courses beginning in January and running for a whole term:
 -Finding the rhythm, working the form with Wayne Burrows.
 (poetic metres and forms)
 -Writing for wellness with Alison Dunne
 (Writing to increase personal development and wellness.)
 -Short Story writing with Polly Tuckett
 (focussing on plot, character and setting.)
 -Writing poetry for performance with Lydia Towsey.
 (Encouragement to find your own unique performance style)

4. Nottingham writing school will be running one workshop:
 -Inspiring short stories with Megan Taylor
 (Suitable for all levels including beginners.)
 (see the following website for all courses: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writing-school/leicester/)

5. There are also two writing competitions for all local budding writers:

-Aurora poetry and short story competition. First prize is £500 and the deadline is the 1st February 2016. Poems must be 40 lines and short stories 2,000 words. The entry fee is £5 per submission.

-National short story competition, open to all UK residents. The story must be on the theme of “fire” and a maximum of 2,000 words. The deadline is the 29th February 2016.Entry is also £5 per submission. There is also a cash prize of £200.

(see this website for further information: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/opportunities/national-short-story-competition/)

And of course London never really sleeps so you can enjoy the following in the capital; The Fallen Woman at The Foundling Hospital, 40 Brunswick Square,LondonWC1N 1AZ 

Catch the last few days of this intriguing exploration of the extent to which attitudes have changed in just over a hundred years. Only until January 3
 This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and newspaper illustrations depicting the Victorian women who campaigned for the Foundling Hospital to take their illegitimate babies into care. Works by popular nineteenth-century artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave and George Frederic Watts are included, shedding light on the way 'fallen' women were understood and mythologised at a time when sexual respectability was highly valued. The show has been funded through Art Happens, a crowd funding platform for the UK's museum sector, with the Founding Museum raising more than £25,000 to bring it to fruition.

Also at The Foundling Hospital until Jan3; Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece Tintin, Belgian boy reporter with the oversized quiff, first tasted adventure in a Brussels newspaper comic strip in 1929. Since then, he has starred with his dog Snowy in 24 books ('albums'), which have sold an extraordinary 200 million copies across the world. Held in the Terrace Rooms, this free exhibition will use artefacts from the Hergé Museum in Brussels to explore both the character and his creator

The Southbank Centre London Literature Festival. Although this has been going since October, it still runs until Jan 10 so check out what’s still left to sample at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/london-literature-festival

 West Africa – Word, Symbol and Song at The British Library
 This goes on a bit longer, until Feb 16 and includes fascinating stories from the region’s 17 nations, showing how West Africans have used the power of words to build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious belief and fight injustice.
 Beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs, and woven and printed textiles offer a unique insight into a profound and engaging literary culture with centuries-old written heritage existing alongside ancient oral traditions.
 See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/west-africa-word-symbol-song

Also at The British Library until Jan 31
A celebration of 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition, in the sumptuous surroundings of The British Library, includes Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript and a pop-up Alice shop in the foyer of this beautiful building.

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
 Using Samuel Pepys’ diaries, this is a re-enactment of some of the historic events Pepys lived through in the 17th Century

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
 London Short Film Festival
 8th - 17th January 2016

 The London Short Film Festival, which is celebrating its 12th year in 2016 in Carlton House Terrace showing the very best of the country's raw talent. The London Short Film Festival is one of the most significant dates in the UK film calendar. Every year this Festival's large, loyal following flock to screenings and the event has grown steadily over almost decade.

Written by Paul Dance and Liz Dickinson

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