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Digital Words Tameside Libraries
Readers' and Writers' Festival

Monday 5 October – Friday 30 October 2020

 

Free author events via Zoom

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Digital Words


Welcome to Tameside Libraries Digital Words, our month long digital Readers’ and Writers’ Festival.
Meet some of the UK’s bestselling authors; including; Matt Hilton, Milly Johnson and Rowan Coleman. 
Sophie Parkes-Nield from Mossley Writers’ will be running a short creative writing course based on and around what lockdown life was like during the pandemic.  Everyone is welcome, whether you're a seasoned writer, an avid reader or a complete beginner.
 
All events are via Zoom and are free but booking is required.
Bookings will be taken from Friday 18th September at tamesidelibraries.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0161 342 2031

 

Events

 
Monday 5 October 1pm - 2.30pm
Meet the Author with Milly Johnson

MILLY JOHNSON was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK with millions of copies of her books sold across the world. In 2020, she was honoured with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and was a featured author in the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads and World Book Night campaigns. A writer who champions women and highlights the importance of friendship and community, Milly’s characters are celebrations of the strength of the human spirit.

Her most recent novel, My One True North was a Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller, and is out now in paperback. Her eighteenth novel, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, is published in hardback on 29 October by Simon & Schuster.
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Tuesday 6 October 6pm – 7pm
Meet the Authors Matt Hilton and James Ellson and with host Louise Croombs

Join us for an evening of interesting conversation as we welcome authors Matt Hilton and James Ellson. Both authors worked in the police force for a number of years before quitting their ‘day jobs’ and turning their hand to writing.

Matt is the author of twelve high-octane Joe Hunter thrillers, including his most recent novel Marked For Death, and five books in the Tess Grey and Po Villere thriller series, the latest being Collision Course.  

James 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, six manuscripts including a memoir, From Cop to Coppicer.  His first book, The Trail was published in spring 2020 and made The Guardian’s 2020 Not the Booker Prize longlist.  

Louise is a multi-award winning broadcaster, speaker and event host with 5 gold awards for radio presenting and journalism. She can be heard on BBC Radio Manchester, Greatest Hits Radio and on her podcast Autie Talk; she previously presented on Tameside Radio for 5 years. Louise will be delving into our authors’ journeys into writing.
 
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Thursday 8 October 6pm – 7pm
Writing 2020 with Sophie Parkes-Nield:  Remember what lockdown life was like with your own crafted short story.

We're living in unusual times, and fiction is a great way to communicate our experiences. Join this weekly free short course to get you started writing your own fiction. Book individual sessions or join in for the whole course.

Session 1: Finding your voice: creating character. Every piece of fiction needs interesting, memorable characters that draw us close to the action.
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This session is now fully booked, but there are still places available on our other events.
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Saturday 10 October 11.30 – 12.30
Jerome De Groot – What Makes Up Manchester?

Bring your family history to life as University of Manchester Professor Jerome De Groot shows you creative ways in which to tell your family history.
 
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Tuesday 13 October 6pm – 7pm
Meet the Author with Rowan Coleman
 
Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire.  She is the author of the Sophie Mills series (The Accidental Mother, The Accidental Wife and The Accidental Family) as well as titles such as The Girl at the Window. 

She is also author of the Bronte Mystery series, writing under the pen name Bella Ellis. She juggles writing novels with raising her family.
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Thursday 15 October 6pm – 7pm
Writing 2020 with Sophie Parkes-Nield

Join this weekly free short course to get you started writing your own fiction. Book individual sessions or join in for the whole course.

Session 2: Hearing voice: dialogue that works. Realistic interactions that help your story unfold.
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This session is now fully booked, but there are still places available on our other events.
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Saturday 17 October 11.30 – 12.30
Jerome De Groot – What Makes Up Manchester?

Bring your family history to life as University of Manchester Professor shows you creative ways in which to tell your family history. A second opportunity to take part in this session.
 
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Thursday 22 October 6pm – 7pm
Writing 2020 with Sophie Parkes-Nield

Join this weekly free short course to get you started writing your own fiction. Book individual sessions or join in for the whole course.

Session 3: Memorable places: settings that come to life. Down the road or on another planet, your environment is key to a good read.
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This session is now fully booked, but there are still places available on our other events.
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Monday 26 October 11am
Spark the Goblin Wizard - ZOOM Poetry Show for Families 

Dommy B has won Saboteur's 2020 award for the UK's Best Spoken Word Artist, New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK Superheroes of Slam. He has performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket. Following his 2018 performance for us of his hit show 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!', this is a chance to experience Dommy B sharing an exciting, new, interactive adventure story! 

With lyrics, laughs and lots of joining in, poet Dommy B needs YOUR help to save the day in this special ZOOM performance!
 
Please note: Email events@tameside.gov.uk to register for this fantastic family event
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Thursday 29 October 1 – 1.30pm
We’re Going on a Story Hunt

Join storyteller John Kirk for his unique, interactive 30 minute scavenger hunt based on Michael Rosen's famous verse. Suitable for children aged 3 – 7.
 
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Thursday 29 October 6pm – 7pm
Writing 2020 with Sophie Parkes-Nield

Join this weekly free short course to get you started writing your own fiction. Book individual sessions or join in for the whole course.

Session 4: More than weather: powerful beginnings. Hook your reader in from your very first sentence.
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This session is now fully booked, but there are still places available on our other events.
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