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Fragments: from the Thought to the Page Writing Course with Kathryn Maris

A 5 week course lead by Kathryn Maris. In this genre-bending course, you will look at poets, fiction writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts who think and write in fragments, use modes of interruption or whose work simply survives in fragment form. Fortnightly reading and writing assignments will aim to broaden your ideas of what is and isn't a poem, demonstrate the value of omission and the unstated, and suggest new ways of observing yourself and the world, and of communicating those observations. The course will include texts by Sappho, Lydia Davis, Kimiko Hahn, Simone Weil, Adam Phillips, Wallace Stevens, Theodor Adorno, Gertrude Stein, Sam Riviere, Nuar Alsadir, Simon Smith, Anne Carson and others.
For more information or to book visit http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/online/fragments--from-the...

Pascale Petit and Fiona Sampson at ZSL Poetry Weekend, London Zoo

Saturday 4th October, 1-2pm.  Contemporary Nature Poetry at London Zoo, Part of ZSL Poetry Weekend. Readers Pascale Petit, Fiona Sampson, Ruth Padel and Nial Campbell. www.zsl.org Tickets £5.00/£3.00, ZSL library, London Zoo, regents Park, London.

7th October – Pascale Petit reads from her new collection Fauverie at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

7th October, 4pm. Pascale Petit reads from her new collection, Fauverie. A selection of these poems has already been rewarded with the Manchester Poetry Prize for its metaphorical imagination and powerful imagery. Pascale will be reading alongside award winning poet Ruth Padel, who will be launching her new collection Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth.
For more information of to book tickets visit: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/poetry-cafe/

Pascale Petit at the Manchester Literature Festival

Wednesday 8th October, 7.30pm. Pascale Petit will be reading from her new collection Fauverie at the Manchester Literature Festival, Living Worlds Gallery, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL Tickets £6.00/£4.00 concessions. Book on 0843 208 0500 or  www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/events

Anne-Marie Fyfe at the Essex Poetry Festival, Southend-on-Sea

Thursday 9th October, 7.00pm. Anne-Marie Fyfe will be reading from Understudies: New and Selected and from her forthcoming collection House of Small Absences (Seren 2015). Also reading will be Mervyn Linford and Ray Morgan. The Forum, Library Meeting Rooms, Elmer Square, Southend on Sea, SS1 1NE. Free Admission.

Tiffany Murray, Writing Workshop at the Birmingham Literature Festival

Saturday 11th October, 10am-12pm. This workshop will take you from the memory of lived experience, to fiction on the page. Come prepared to write and read and share. It will be led by Dr Tiffany Murray. Tiffany’s novels Happy Accidents, Diamond Star Halo and Sugar Hall have all taken from her own lived experience to create something new on the page. She has been shortlisted for the Wodehouse Bollinger and the London Award, her novels have been selected as books of the year, and she has been a Hay Festival International Fiction Fellow. Tickets: £22.00/£11.00. Venue: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace Birmingham, B1 2HS. To Book: click here to visit our box office online or call 0121 245 4455.

Pascale Petit at the Resurgance Festival of Wellbeing, London

Saturday 11th October. Pascale Petit will be reading from her new collection Fauverie at the Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH.To book visit: www.resurgence.org

Rhian Edwards performing at a Night to Celebrate Dylan Thomas, Dorset

Saturday 11th October, 7.30pm. (Dinner from 6pm) Rhian Edwards will be reading as part of a night to celebrate Dylan Thomas in Poetry and Jazz. Also performing are poet Annie Freud  and the Nick Bourbaki Jazz Quintet.  Sladers Yard Poetry Group as part of the Dylan Thomas Night. Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 Tickets: £10 or £25 with dinner before. Call 01308 459511 to book. www.sladersyard.wordpress.com

'Playing House' by Katherine Stansfield, Aberystwyth Launch

Wednesday 15th October, 7pm. Katherine Stansfield will be launching her debut collection Playing House at Waterstones, Aberystwyth.  Readings plus a Q&A. Free entry, free refreshments, open to all. For further details email sarahdavies [at] serenbooks [dot] com

Jonathan Edwards at Pontadawe Arts Centre

15th October, 2014. 7.30pm. Come and enjoy an evening of poetry featuring Jonathan Edwards. There will also be an open mic for you to share your own poetry and listen to others. Everyone is welcome to read or listen and a friendly atmosphere is guaranteed! Entry £4.50/£3.50 concessions. Tickets can be booked here: www.pontardaweartscentre.com or by phone: 01792 863722

'What Does it Mean to be an Exile in Your Own Country' with Francesca Rhydderch, Peter Kristufek and Fatos Lubonja, London

Thursday 16th October, 6.30 pm. What does it mean to be an exile in your own country? Join writers Fatos Lubonja (Albania), Peter Kristufek (Slovakia) and Francesca Rhydderch (Wales), whose books all explore this theme, for a discussion chaired by Rebecca Gould, Soho Theatre. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London. Entry £5.00.

David Llewellyn, New Under the Sun, Cardiff

Thursday 16th October, 7.45pm. New Fiction: Swimming in the Actaeon Tide. When surfing debt collector Noah meets a mysterious woman who thinks her huge house in the Vale is hiding the darkest of secrets he enlists the help of occult-specialist Alys to solve the puzzle. The Actaeon Tide is a tale of ancient myth meeting new money, set at the shoreline of an all conquering sea. Following three non-fiction titles from Porthcawl surfer and travel writer Tom Anderson, join us for the launch of his debut novel The Actaeon Tide (Parthian, October 2014); a supernatural thriller. Tom will be joined by the young Welsh writers David Llewellyn (Everything is Sinister, Eleven, and Ibrahim & Reenie, Seren), Georgia Carys Williams (Second-hand Rain, Parthian, October 2014) and Dan Tyte (Half Plus Seven, Parthian, March 2014). £.3.00 entry, payable on the door. Porters, Harlech Court, Cardiff.

Kirmen Uribe launches English Translation of 'Bilbao-New York-Bilbao', London

Friday 17th October, 6.00pm.  Meet Basque author Kirmen Uribe at the launch of the English translation of his prize-winning novel Bilbao-New York-Bilbao at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA. Free entry.

Francesca Rhydderch, New Under the Sun, Cardiff

Friday 17th October, 8.00pm. Peter Krištúfek, Francesca Rhydderch and Fatos Lubonja are three award-winning writers from countries on the edges of Europe whose different perspectives on the history of the last century are variations on a theme of internal exile. Peter Krištúfek’s House of the Deaf Man charts the fortunes of a Slovak family against the vagaries of central European politics (Parthian, October 2014). Francesca Rhydderch’s thoughtful debut novel The Rice Paper Diaries (Seren Books), set between Wales and Hong Kong during the Second World War, has just won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize. Fatos Lubonja’s False Apocalypse (New from Istros Books, October 2014) takes a unique and disturbing look at post-communist Albania. Chaired by Gary Raymond, Wales Arts Review.

'International Fiction' with Francesca Rhydderch, Fatos Lubonja and Peter Kristufek, Cardiff

Friday 17th October, 8.00 pm.  International Fiction, with Fatos Lubonja (Albania), Peter Kristufek (Slovakia) and Francesca Rhydderch (Wales), chaired by Gary Raymond, Editor of Wales Arts Review, at the Cameo Club, Pontcanna, Cardiff. ₤3 entry, payable on the door. Sponsored by Welsh Literature Exchange. Presented by Literature Across Frontiers and PEN Cymru in association with publishers.

Katherine Stansfield, New Under the Sun, Cardiff

Friday 17th October, 9.45pm. Late Night Lounge: New poetry introduced by the editor of Poetry Wales, Nia Davies and featuring  Richard Gwyn,  Jemma L. King,  Richard James Jones, Nick Fisk and Katherine Stansfield. ₤3.00 entry, payable on the door. Sponsored by Poetry Wales. Cameo Club, 3 & 5 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff www.cameoclub.co.uk

An Evening with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Kingston Writing School, Kingston-upon-Thames

Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30 pm. Anne-Marie Fyfe will be reading from Understudies: New and Selected and from her forthcoming collection House of Small Absences (Seren 2015) at Kingston Writing School,  Room JG0001, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames. Tickets: £4.00. Booking Essential.  www.kingston.ac.uk/events

Katherine Stansfield, Reading from 'Playing House', Aberystwyth

Thursday 23rd October, 6.30pm. Katherine Stansfield will be reading from her debut collection Playing House. The Bookshop, Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Free entry, free refreshments, open to all. For further info email sarahdavies [at] serenbooks [dot] com

An Evening of Poetry with Judy Brown, The Continental, Manchester

Friday 24th October, 7.30pm. Riverside Poetry presents An Evening of Prize Winning Poetry with special guest Judy Brown, Manchester Poetry Prize winner, 2010 and Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, 2013. Also, by special request, Kim Moore and brief spots for invited poets. MC. Terry Quinn. Admission: £4.00 on the door. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK. The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP // Tel: 01772 499425 for reservations and event tickets. www.newcontinental.net

Francesca Rhydderch and Jo Mazelis, Do Not Go Gentle Festival, Swansea

Saturday 25th October, 2.00 pm. Novelists Francesca Rhydderch and Jo Mazelis will appear at the Do Not Go Gentle Festival, Swansea: Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 1.00 pm. Weekend tickets £30 & £40. See www.donotgogentlefestival.com/tickets for further details.

Pascale Petit at On The Border, Chepstow

Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm. Pascale Petit will be reading from her new collection Fauverie at On the Border. Tickets £12.00/£10.00 More info: William Ayot at info [at] poetryontheborder [dot] org or www.poetryontheborder.org  On the Border,The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, South Wales NP16 5HJ

Tiffany Murray, Short Story Workshop at the North Cornwall Book Festival

Sunday 26th October, 10am-1pm. Workshop: The Short Story. Stone Barn, St Endellion. The short story is a compact powerhouse of a narrative. For three hours you'll be led through trigger exercises, and through short stories, to find your own tale, then to start to tell it in this form. Be ready to write, be ready to read, be ready to share during this lively session with Senior Lecturer and hugely experienced Arvon Foundation fiction tutor, the novelist, Tiffany Murray.Tickets £15.00 www.endelienta.org.uk

Tiffany Murray at Short Stories Aloud, Oxford

Tuesday 28th October, 7.30pm. Come and listen to award-winning short stories being read aloud by professional actors with author Q&A following them. Short Stories Aloud, Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tickets £5.00/£3.00 or free if you bring cake! Tickets via Tickets Oxford, over the phone on 01865 305305 or in person at the Oxford Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street. www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Jonathan Edwards gives The Dylan Thomas Centenary Lecture, Newport

Wednesday 29th October 2014The Dylan Thomas Centenary Lecture. Gwent writer Jonathan Edwards will give a twenty-first century poet’s view of one of his great predecessors…. a brief blazing meteor who wrote some of the great poems and great lines of English literature. Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport. Advance booking essential Contact Yvette Roblin to book places at the lectures: 029 2075 4639 For further information: newportandgwentliterarysociety.wordpress.com/

Anne-Marie Fyfe at the Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading, Belfast

Wednesday 29th October, 8.00 pm. Anne-Marie Fyfe will be reading from Understudies: New and Selected and from her forthcoming collection House of Small Absences (Seren 2015) at the Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading in the Belfast Festival. Also appearing are Theo Dorgan and Pat Boran. John Hewitt Bar, 51 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FH. Tickets: £8.00/£7.00. To book and for further information: www.belfastfestival.com/WhatsOn

30th October –Tiffany Murray at the Chepstow Bookshop

30th October, 7:30pm at the Chepstow Bookshop
Get yourself in the mood for Halloween with Tiffany Murray as she reads from her new spine tingling ghost story Sugar Hall. Based on the stories of the silver collared slave boy who haunts Littledean Hall in the forest of dean, this tale is sure to send a chill up your spine.

For tickets or more infomration visit the Chepstow Bookshops website