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Read Here, Write Now


Tameside Libraries Readers’ and Writers’ Festival 4-30 November 2019

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The first Tameside Libraries Readers’ and Writers’ Festival Read Here, Write Now runs from 4 – 30 November 2019.

Welcome to Tameside Libraries first ever Readers’ and Writers’ Festival Read Here, Write Now.  We are very excited at the events that we have booked in over the next month across our libraries with something for everyone.  

Meet some of the UK’s best loved award winning authors including; Martin Edwards, Matt Hilton and Andrew Hurley.  We have a variety of creative writing classes going on during the month, from Stephen Booth who can Kickstart your Plot to Sophie Parkes-Nield who will show you how to get started writing historical fiction. 


We also have sessions for children too! 
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There's a children's creative writing workshop at Dukinfield Library with former teacher Pamela Turtin. Local author Rose Miller will be giving some readings from Alex and his Magic Dragon at Stalybridge. Ashton Library will be hosting some high-energy, interactive and fun poetry performance and creative writing session with Matt Goodfellow, a poet and National Poetry Day ambassador.

 

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Bookings


All our events are free, but booking is required. Bookings will be taken from Mid-October at tamesidelibraries.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0161 342 2031.Tameside Libraries Eventbrite

 

Festival Brochure


Our Read Here, Write Now Festival Brochure is packed with information on all the events throughout the festival.
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You'll find more useful information about the Readers' and Writers' Festival including further background on our authors and speakers.

You can pick up a copy at any Tameside Library or download a copy.
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Library Opening Times


Please note that some of the festival events take place during Open+ hours. Open+ denotes times when libraries are open but not staffed. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Find out more about Tameside Library Locations and Opening Hours. To opt into Open+ please ask at your local library.



 

Read Here, Write Now Events



Kickstart Your Plot with Stephen Booth.  
Tuesday 5 November, 2 – 4pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Getting started on a novel may seem a daunting prospect. Stephen Booth will guide you through seven easy steps to make it much easier for kick-starting your plot and outlining your novel.

Stephen Booth is a former newspaper journalist and the author of 18 novels in the best-selling Cooper and Fry series, set in the Peak District. He is also a director of the writer development agency Writing East Midlands and has run many courses and workshops for aspiring writers.

 
Meet the Author Kate Mascarenhas - Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
Thursday 7 November, 1pm – 2.30pm, Droylsden Library, Manchester Rd, Droylsden, M43 6EP.

This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.
Over the years Kate has worked as an advertising copywriter, an assistant psychologist, and a bookbinder. Periodically she is also a psychiatric patient, as she has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Her debut novel, The Psychology of Time Travel, tackles many issues, from dealing with mental health, strong women and what to do when you invent time travel!

 
Storyskillers with Pamela Turton
Saturday 9 November 10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm, Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, SK16 4DB.

This one hour workshop led by teacher turned author Pamela Turton will engage children in fun activities to develop their story writing skills using card prompts for characters, traits, setting, dialogue etc.  Suitable for children aged 8 – 13.

Pam is the author of several novels, poetry collections and non-fiction.  She is currently working on a sequel to her first novella, Stalkbook, and her first children’s book.  She has taught in primary/middle schools for over 25 years and regularly delivers Creative Writing workshops to both adults and children.  
 

Introduction to Writing Historical Fiction
Wednesday 13 November, 1pm – 3pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Do you enjoy reading fiction set in the past? Have you always wanted to have a go at writing historical fiction? In this workshop, Sophie Parkes-Nield will explain how she’s developed her historical fiction and, through activities and exercises, will encourage you to try your own.

Sophie now lives in Mossley where she founded and continues to facilitate Mossley Writers, a community writing group to which everyone is very welcome to join. Sophie won the Arvon Award at the Northern Writers’ Awards and is currently working on her first novel with her agent, Giles Milburn which is set around the time of the notorious Saddleworth 1832 Bill’s O’Jack’s murders.
 
 
Woman to Woman
Thursday 14 November 10.30am – 12.30pm, Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP. 
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Join us for a morning of lively conversation and inspiration as we welcome Amanda Brooke, Patricia Dixon and Anita Waller, three successfully published female authors. Louise Croombs from BBC Radio Manchester will be delving into our authors’ journeys into writing. 

Louise is a multi-award winning broadcaster, speaker and event host with 5 gold awards for radio presenting and journalism.
Amanda Brooke published her first novel in her mid-forties, having turned to writing as a way of coping with the death of her young son.

Anita has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

Patricia Dixon lives in Manchester and is the bestselling author of eight novels set in her home city and the Loire Valley, a place to close to her heart and from where she gathers inspiration for her characters and tales.

 
Alex and His Magic Dragon with Rose Miller
Saturday 16 November 11am -12pm and 1pm – 2pm, Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN.

Rose is a local children’s author and will be reading from her recently published book, Alex and his Magic Dragon. A collection of delightful stories about Alex and his magic dragon Flicker who, with a flick of his tail, will make the fun and magic begin!  Suitable for children aged 5+
 


Meet the Author Phaedra Patrick
Wednesday 20 November 2pm – 3, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Oldham based author Phaedra Patrick will be talking about her latest book, The Library of Lost and Found which is the Great North West Read for this November.  So come along and join in the massive book group discussion.



Meet the Author Matt Hilton
Thursday 21 November 1pm – 2.30pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. To date, he is the author of 17 thrillers and a number of standalone horror and supernatural novels.

Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.  


The Postman, the Electrician, and the Supermarket Delivery Driver: The Long Road to Publication.
Friday 22 November, 11am – 12.30pm, Hyde Library, Town Hall, Greenfield Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL.

Are you trying to get published? After trying for a decade James Ellson finally succeeded, and he may have the solution for you. An interactive presentation in which James weaves an analysis of the routes to publication with his personal journey.

James Ellson was a police officer for 15 years, starting in London and finishing as a DI at Moss Side in Manchester. He’s been writing ever since and his first book, The Trail is being published by Unbound in spring 2020.  He has also recently graduated from the Manchester School of Writing.  James gives talks at festivals and to writing groups, and mentors on work-in-progress.


Reaching Your Subconscious - Linda Brogan
Tuesday 26 November, 2pm – 5pm, Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.


Linda uses a writing technique she developed that is guaranteed to reach your subconscious.  Objects give you action, motivation, dialogue and drive the narrative. Your subconscious will always drive the truth. Designed around an object you can't live without, join Linda for her unique creative writing session.  

Linda is a multi award-winning playwright. She has produced work for major theatres in the UK.  She is resident at the National Theatre, Contact Theatre, Peterborough Maximum Security Prison, and Askam Grange Open Prison.
 

Meet the Author Andrew Hurley
Wednesday 27 November, 6pm – 7.15pm, Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, SK16 4DB.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of two short story collections and two award-winning novels. He lives in Lancashire with his family and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School.

 
Andrew’s third novel, Starve Acre, will be published in October 2019. ​  

 
Meet the Author Martin Edwards
Thursday 28 November 1.15pm – 2.45pm, Droylsden Library, Manchester Rd, Droylsden, M43 6EP.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Martin Edwards’ latest novel, Gallows Court, is a thriller set in 1930 which has been nominated for both the 2019 eDunnit award for best crime novel and the CWA Historical Dagger. He recently received the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library, awarded by UK librarians, for his body of work and has just been nominated for the fourth time for the CWA Short Story Dagger.

Martin is President of the Detection Club, consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics, and former Chair of the CWA. He has also received the CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, a CWA Red Herring, and the Poirot award “for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre”.


 

Readers’ Groups

 
Readers’ Group meetings take place at all eight of our libraries across Tameside and cover a different book or theme every month. If crime’s your thing, Dukinfield Library hosts a meeting devoted purely to crime novels. They are free and last an hour.
 
Readers’ groups provide many benefits, including enhanced relaxation, calmness, concentration, confidence and self-esteem. They also offer the opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

  • Ashton: Second Tuesday of the month - 2pm
  • Ashton: Fourth Thursday of the month - 5.30pm
  • Denton: Second Monday of the month - 2pm
  • Droylsden: Second Monday of the month - 6pm (Open+)
  • Dukinfield: First Tuesday of the month - 2pm. (crime- Open+)
  • Hattersley: Third Tuesday of the month - 2.15pm
  • Hyde Afternoon: First Wednesday of the month - 2.30pm
  • Hyde Evening: First Monday of the month - 6.30pm (Open+)
  • Mossley Afternoon: First Wednesday of the month - 2pm (Open+)
  • Mossley Morning: Second Friday of the month - 10.30am
  • Stalybridge: Third Wednesday of the month - 3pm
  • Book Talk is a group for visually-impaired readers to discuss audio books sent by the RNIB Library. For more information call Jennifer Sharp - 0161 338 2708.
 
Open+ denotes times when libraries are open but not staffed. To opt into Open+ please ask at your local library.
 
For more information and opening times call 0161 342 2031 or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/readersgroup

 



















     
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