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Saturday 8 July

Prose Fiction Tutorial Competition

If you are an aspiring writer of prose fiction, short or long form, and would value a 30-minute one-to-one tutorial with George Green, an experienced and expert university tutor-writer, then just submit 500 words of your work to lancasterwords@lancaster.ac.uk by May 31 2017.   We will then select the best three submissions  and the tutorials will take place on the morning of Saturday, July 8th  in The Hall, Lancaster – free coffee provided!  Entry to the competition is also free.

George Green is  Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster and he is author of two novels,  Hound (2003) and Hawk (2005).

ampersandVenue: The Hall
Time: 10-12 noon
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Underwater Beasts: Sarah Hymas book making event

A creative writing and book-making workshop for 7-10 year olds (and their adult) with Sarah Hymas. Come and learn about some of the amazing microscopic creatures that live in our oceans, then make a tiny booklet about them.   Millions of plankton drift in our seas and rivers, so small they can’t swim against currents and too small for us to see many of them without microscopes. But they are essential to life on earth: providing half the oxygen we land-dwellers need to breathe.

This workshop will share more plankton facts and look at how we might protect where they live. Imaginative creative writing games will get everyone writing a poem or story they can set in a small concertina booklet.

No knowledge about the sea, writing or bookmaking required to join in and have oceans of fun.

Read about Sarah Hymas

ampersandTime: 1100-1200
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Stories 2 Connect

Stories of resilience and transformation created collaboratively with disadvantaged young people in Lancashire. The stories will be performed and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with the innovative phygital (physical-digital) artefacts that have been created to tell the stories in community locations.

ampersandTime: 1200-1300
Venue: Lancaster Central Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Zen Cho

British Fantasy Award and Crawford Award winner, Zen Cho will be reading from her historical fantasy novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, and from her short fiction.

Read about Zen Cho

ampersandTime: 1200-1300
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Breaking the language: shameless multilingual authors

A group of authors will discuss the (ab)use they inflect upon language. Sometimes, grammatical rules cannot accommodate the variety and richness of our multicultural world, and that is why these authors are shamelessly mixing up vocabularies and structures to show complex and unique characters to their readers. They will share their experience of living surrounded by different languages and how this has affected their creative process. They will also discuss how their original use of language challenges many of the cultural stereotypes associated with genre.

Read about Zen Cho, Oscar Delgado, and Ines Gregori Labarta

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Time: 1300-1400
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Graphic novels panel

Three comic-book creators discuss their work.

Chair: John Freeman

Panellists: Alex Paknadel, Eddie Robson and Rachael Smith

 

ampersandTime: 1400-1450
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


The Good Immigrant

Journalist Coco Khan reads her work and discusses the anthology, The Good Immigrant.

Read about Coco Khan

ampersandTime: 1500-1600
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

A reading of selections from this famous Arthurian romance in both the original Middle English and contemporary English – and all in the atmospheric tower of Lancaster Castle.  The performance is devised by Lancaster University scholars Dr Clare Egan and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown.

Read about Clare Egan and Liz Oakley-Brown

ampersandTime: 1800-1900
Venue: Lancaster Castle, (The Tower), Lancaster, LA1 1YJ
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Three writers in conversation: Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker & Carol Birch

Three Lancaster-based writers – Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker and Carol Birch – will be talking about their work within the context of the North West.

Read about Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker and Carol Birch

ampersandTime: 1900-2000
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW


Cake

Launch of the Lancaster Words Special Edition featuring 2-3 engaging readings and wine and soft drinks.

ampersandTime: 2000-20:30
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free – advanced booking required | BOOK NOW


The Paul Muldoon interview

The festival concludes with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, in conversation with fellow poet, Eoghan Walls.

Read about Paul Muldoon

ampersandTime: 20:30-21:30
Venue: Waterstones, 2-8 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
Booking: Free but tickets must be booked beforehand | BOOK NOW