The festival is almost upon us!

Hello Everyone,

Well what en exciting couple of days ahead of us as I write this on Thursday morning (8th June).  By tonight the votes will be in and by tomorrow we will know the result.  But far more exciting is the fact that Friday is the first day of the Crossing the Tees fortnight.  Two weeks packed with events kicks off with Lipstick Library at Stockton Central Library 6.30pm and there follows a fantastic array of talks, readings  and workshops between then and Saturday 24th June.  Please do check out the full festival listings elsewhere on this site or pick up a brochure from your local library but there are some highlights I particularly want to draw your attention to.  

Firstly Natalie Scott who is an amazing local poet will be offering a creative writing workshop at Middlesbrough Library on Saturday 10th June and a reading/performance of her work in progress (a poetry collection entitled Rare Bird – Voices of Holloway Prison) on Tuesday 20th June at Acklam Library.  

The Stockton Book Fair, a full day event being held in Stockton high street on 17th June is definitely an event not to miss.  Not only will there be lots of exciting and interesting things going on but this is also the official launch of the Crossing the Tees short story competition. I will be there all day so do come into the marquee and talk to me about the competition and the workshops/mentoring I’ll be offering in the run up to the competition’s closing date (30th September).

And finally, for those of you hoping to enter the competition who want to get a head start on your prize winning stories join me at Hartlepool Central Library on 14th and 21st June (6.30-8.00pm) for a series of two creative writing workshops designed to get you writing Fab Fiction in Four Hours!

I look forward to meeting many of you during the festival fortnight.  And, as promised, here is this post’s writing prompt (themed along the lines of the other important something happening this week)

The votes were in…


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