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Kate Bingham at North London Lit Fest

Thursday 3rd April, 1.30pm. Kate Bingham, author of two novels, numerous screenplays and three collections of poetry. will be appearing at the North London Lit Fest.Her second poetry collection, Quicksand Beach (Seren 2006), was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Collection, and in 2010 her poem ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Single Poem. Her third collection will be published by Seren Books in 2015. For tickets and further information visit the festival website www.northlondonlitfest.com

Transforming Darkness, Workshop with Pascale Petit and Gill Hart, National Gallery, London

Saturday 5th April, 11am - 5pm. With its distorted image of a skull across the foreground, ‘The Ambassadors’ is a painting that challenges perception. On this one-day writing course run in partnershop with the Poetry Society and led by award-winning poet Pascale Petit with Gill Hart, participants will respond to works in the 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance' exhibition at the National Gallery, London. Tickets £50/£40 concessions (ticket includes entry to the exhibition 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Rennaissance'). Places are limited to 15, Book online: www.nationalgallery.org.uk/  Tel: 020 7747 2888  Email: tickets [at] ng-london [dot] org [dot] uk

Pascale Petit, Kent and Sussex Poetry Society

Tuesday 15th April, 8.00pm. Pascale Petit reads and announces the winners of the  Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition for which the First Prize is £1,000. More details at: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com  kentandsussexpoetry [at] gmail [dot] com ( )Admission: £3 (students £2) Camden Centre, Market Square, Royal Victoria Centre, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SW

Writing Course and Poetry Workshop at London Zoo with Pascale Petit and Astrid Alben

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April, 10am - 5pm. London Zoo Writing Course – Poetry Workshop at the Zoo.
Tutors Pascale Petit and Astrid Alben. Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm) booking link to ZSL website tba soon. To register please email Steve Marriot at arts [at] zsl [dot] org or call 0207 449 6551

This course 'Not so far from the gods, not so far from the beasts either' is for anyone who wants to develop their writing skills while thinking and learning about animals, the environment and conservation issues. As well as the encounter day at ZSL London Zoo on Saturday, where you will get the opportunity to view the animals and speak to the keepers, this intense weekend course will comprise of workshops where you will write through exercises and have tutor feedback. Writers of poetry, prose and non-fiction are all welcome.