Something for the weekend

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to weekend two of the Crossing the Tees Book Festival.  The first week of the festival has seen some fantastic events with great turn outs from enthusiastic readers and writers.  But don’t worry if you haven’t managed to get to anything yet as there is still lots more to come.  In particular for those of you who are keen writers Wednesday has lots to offer with Andy Willoughby leading a creative writing workshop in Darlington at 2pm, Anna Woodford running a poetry workshop and reading at Norton Library at 5:30 and someone called Tracey Iceton running the second session of her Fab Fiction writing mini series in Hartlepool at 6:30 (massive thanks to everyone who came to the first session of Fab Fiction on the 14th.  It was great to meet so many local writers).  And don’t forget that Saturday is a fun-packed day in Stockton with the book fair and Choc Lit event happening.  This is also your chance to come along and meet me in person, ask questions about the competition and find out more about the workshops and mentoring sessions I’ll be leading over the summer to help you prepare your (hopefully) winning entries!

So as we move into the last week of the festival, with the sun shining, a heat wave forecast and thoughts turning to holidays I thought I would leave you with this writing prompt:

Write a piece (poetry, story or script) that features; a tent or marquee, ice cream and the weather (wet and wild or sunny and sultry)

Have fun and hope to see some of you on Saturday,


PS if you don’t make it into Stockton this weekend you can tune in to Radio Zetland on Monday 19th at 10:10 where I’ll be talking to Julie Donaldson about the short story competition and hopefully answering any questions people might have about my role at Writer in Residence and the work I’ll be doing in the run up to the competition’s closing date on 30th September.

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