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Nottingham Central Library

Society of Authors Presents

When: March - September

Nottingham Central Library are proud to partner with the Society of Authors on this series of workshops and talks for 2024. From writing witchcraft, world building, crime writing, to children’s storytimes, we have something for everyone. Take a look at the workshops below and book your place today…

Society of Authors Presents: Ian Douglas

Course: Worldbulding for Speculative Fiction A World of Your Own: World-building for Fantasy and Sci-fi Writers.

Saturday 6 April, 10am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Storybuilding – Audience: 16+

Ticket Price: £5

Become familiar with concepts of fabula and world building. Study and practice foundations of world building, e.g. history and rules. Become familiar with tools and resources for world building. Increase awareness of eminent speculative fiction authors. Share work and to give and receive peer feedback.

Suitable for newly emerging writers to experienced writers. Participants are welcome to bring in their writing to use in the practice.

Society of Authors Presents: Mark Jacobs

Talk: The Letters of Laura Ridings

Saturday 13 April, 11am to 12.30pm.

Genre: Biographical – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Emeritus Research Fellow of NTU, Mark Jacobs reads extracts from her letters to him, plus his memoir of Laura (Ridings) Jackson after staying at her home in Florida. An American poet, co-founder of the Seizin Press with poet and author Robert Graves, with an international reputation as one of the finest poets of the 20th century. As an author and story-teller, she was justly placed amongst the major poets and writers of her day, including Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf and many others. For insight, please click here. 

Society of Authors Presents: Moira Hodgkinson

Talk: Living Witchcraft

Saturday 20 April, 11am to 12.30pm.

Genre: Fantasy – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Living Witchcraft blends intuitive magic, rituals and spell casting with everyday life in this honest account of what today’s witches really do: it’s not all wand waving and pointy hats, so if you’ve not had your Hogwarts letter yet, come along and find out more from a practicing witch.

Society of Authors Presents: Fiona Linday

Talk: ‘Count Our Blessings’ Onwards & Upwards, 2021

Wednesday 1 May, 5:30pm to 7.00pm.

Genre: Wellbeing – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Powerful, insightful narratives of the world we live in. Exploring different cultures, different generations and highlighting inequality, injustice and pain. Steering the reader in direction of hope, purpose and life. There is a foreword by Michael Attenborough, CBE and contributions f more promising, hopeful futures. These flash fiction and poetry pieces promote wellbeing for adults and many concern improving our environment. 

Society of Authors Presents: Jae Malone

Workshop: Writing Fantasy for 10 to 15 age group

Saturday 4 May, 11:00am to 12.30pm.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction- Audience: 10-15

Ticket Price: £5

Let your imagination go wild…create worlds, people, but within convincing boundaries; making the imaginary convincing.

Society of Authors Presents: Frances Thimann and Giselle Leeb

Workshop: Short and Sweet: the Wonder of the Short Story

Saturday 18 May, 10:30am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Storybuilding – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

What makes a great short story? Frances Thimann and Giselle Leeb discuss this versatile form and some of their favourite stories. They will read examples from their own work and from others’ stories, and answer questions on reading and writing them.

Society of Authors Presents: Ian Douglas

Course: Worldbulding for Speculative Fiction A World of Your Own: World-building for Fantasy and Sci-fi Writers.

Saturday 1 June, 10am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Storybuilding – Audience: 16+

Ticket Price: £5

Become familiar with concepts of fabula and world building. Study and practice foundations of world building, e.g. history and rules. Become familiar with tools and resources for world building. Increase awareness of eminent speculative fiction authors. Share work and to give and receive peer feedback.

Suitable for newly emerging writers to experienced writers. Participants are welcome to bring in their writing to use in the practice.

Society of Authors Presents: Carol Thompson

Reading: Storytime with Carol Thompson

Saturday 1 June, 10:30am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Storytelling – Audience: 4 – 8 years

Ticket Price: £5

Carol Thompson will be reading from her children’s book ‘My Daddy’s a Silly Monkey’ and facilitating a creative craft session for attending children and family’s. Why not make a card inspired by the book in time for father’s day?

Society of Authors Presents: Mark Eklid

Talk: From Fact to Fiction

Wednesday 12 June, 5:30pm to 7.00pm.

Genre: Crime – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

How a career in journalism influenced my approach to writing crime thrillers, particularly when it comes to research.

Society of Authors Presents: Jae Malone

Workshop: Motivation, Action, and Consequences

Saturday 15 May, 11:00am to 12.30pm.

Genre: Storybuilding – Audience: 10 – 15 years

Ticket Price: £5

When people carry out actions in real life, they sometimes forget – or ignore – that the things they do will affect other people. That’s the same in story writing, so we will look at why people do the things they do, and what can happen.

Society of Authors Presents: Frances Thimann and Giselle Leeb

Workshop: Short and Sweet: the Wonder of the Short Story

Saturday 22 June, 10:30am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Storybuilding – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

What makes a great short story? Frances Thimann and Giselle Leeb discuss this versatile form and some of their favourite stories. They will read examples from their own work and from others’ stories, and answer questions on reading and writing them.

Society of Authors Presents: Johnathon Nicholas

Talk: ‘Who’d Be a Copper?’ and other titles

Saturday 6 July, 1:30am to 3.00pm.

Genre: Biographical – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Jonathan’s experiences as a police offer are told in ‘Who’d be a Copper?’ and ‘Hospital Beat’ have always made for fascinating talks. But he also had two fairly recent books about aeroplanes and WW2, ‘Kittyhawk Down’ and ‘Vermisst’. Jonathan received several commendations during his thirty years as a police officer culminating in 2007 when he won the coveted Community Police Officer of the Year Award. He wrote a regular column in the national UK police magazine Police Review, where his professional writing began. He has a lot of interesting stories to tell about his time in the police, as you can imagine, and they are detailed in his book ‘Who’d be a Copper?

Society of Authors Presents: John Holmes

Talk: This is the Holmes Service

Wednesday 17 July, 5:30pm to 7.00pm.

Genre: Biographical – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

John details his experiences of working for the BBC Radio from The Archers, to political programmes, his time at Pebble Mill in Birmingham, and local radio BBC radio stations Derby and Nottingham. Interviews with celebrities such as Dame Joan Collins, and his memories of a day with Spike Milligan.

Society of Authors Presents: Moira Hodgkinson

Talk: Living Witchcraft

Saturday 3 August, 11am to 12.30pm.

Genre: Fantasy – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Living Witchcraft blends intuitive magic, rituals and spell casting with everyday life in this honest account of what today’s witches really do: it’s not all wand waving and pointy hats, so if you’ve not had your Hogwarts letter yet, come along and find out more from a practicing witch.

Society of Authors Presents: Fiona Linday

Reading: Story picture books for young ones

Wednesday 14 August , 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Genre: Toddlers story time – Audience: Under 10

Ticket Price: £5

For little ones and siblings under ten years. Fiona Linday will read from her children’s book ‘Sofia Swan Flies the Nest.’

Society of Authors Presents: Mark Eklid

Talk: From Fact to Fiction

Saturday 24 August, 5:30pm to 7.00pm.

Genre: Crime – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

How a career in journalism influenced my approach to writing crime thrillers, particularly when it comes to research.

Society of Authors Presents: Lynne McEwan

Talk: ‘The Gathering Storm’

Saturday 14 September, 11:00pm to 12.30pm.

Genre: Crime – Audience: 18+

Ticket Price: £5

Do you love Scottish crime novels? Have a taste for tartan noir? Then join crime author Lynne McEwan as she talks and answers your questions about her bestselling series featuring part-time lifeboat volunteer, and full-time detective DI Shona Oliver, from researching locations to creating compelling characters – and all things crime writing.

The Gathering Storm, published in February, is the fourth in the series set in Scotland’s beautiful, but deadly Solway Firth. DI Shona Oliver’s past and present collide when James McGowan, her ex-classmate, now a famous actor, is making a Robert Burns biopic locally. It’s Shona’s job to keep him safe while filming on an isolated island in the Solway Firth. But when a dead man wearing James’s coat is found on the beach in suspicious circumstances, it seems someone wants him out of the picture. Can Shona keep her head above the waves, and protect those around her?