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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: 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 7 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?

Society of Authors Presents: Dr Gary Burn

Talk: New book ‘Misia: Queen of Paris’

Saturday 14 September, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Age Group: Adults

Join Dr Gary Burn as he presents his new book, ‘Misia: Queen of Paris’ in a talk about the inspiration behind it.

Misia Sert, a fiery, flame-haired, kittenish muse, lauded for her wasp-waist, sulky pout, and, legend says, the finest legs in Paris. She was the beguiling touchstone for the most gifted circle of Parisian artists: Proust, Picasso, Matisse, Debussy, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, etc.

She was known as ‘Queen of Paris’. Proust called her “terribly naughty, delightfully kind…a fairy godmother one moment, and a witch the next, frightfully malicious and adorably generous.”