Friday, 1 August 2014

August 2014 ~ Events for Book Lovers, Writers and Curious Souls

This will be a busy summer! Competitions, book clubs, writing groups, theatre, signings, comic cons, festivals, exhibitions... It's all going on in August. And if you are a fan of sci-fi, this is definitely a good month for you.


Deadline: Fri 28th August ~ Are you an aspiring crime writer? Then The Northern Crime Competition is looking for you. The winning novel will be published on eBook and paper. More information

Deadline: Sun 31t August ~ Just the thing for aspiring poets. The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize is now open for entries. The theme is 'Conflict and Community'. You can focus on particular conflicts and their effect on the community or write from the perspective of an individual experiencing conflict. Check categories and details.

Deadline: Mon 15th September ~ Fancy winning return tickets to Brazil? Well... Undergraduates studying a Portuguese language course in any UK university can. All you have to do is write an essay. More information.


Don't forget to check your local library and bookshop for events. Most of them host book clubs and writing groups. Libraries, in particular, are very good at hosting events for young children.

Mon 11th August ~ The Continental Book Club takes place in Preston on the second Monday of every month and it's FREE. This month, the club reads and discusses the winner of Theakstons Old Peculiar 2014 Crime Novel of the Year, Rubberneck by Belinda Bauer. In September, they read The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry. Details and location here. Tags: BOOK CLUBS

Mon 18th August ~ Geek Up Preston takes place every third Monday of the month at The Continental and it's aimed at people working or interested in the Internet & Technology Industry. Ideal if you want to meet and chat with web developers and programmers. Notice I said 'meet and chat', not network. You'll most certainly do both, but this is a casual social event, rather than a business scouting session, so have a taste of one of the many local and international beers served at the bar and go make some new friends. :) Details. Tags: SOCIAL EVENTS, NETWORKING, TECHNOLOGY, LOCAL EVENTS

Mon 25th August ~ The ScRibble Creative Writing Group meets on the last Monday of every month at The Continental in Preston. It's free to join and it offers a monthly challenge, writing exercises and constructive feedback on your writing. Ideal if you want to strengthen your writing or build your confidence in your writing skills. Location and more info. Tags: WRITING


Throughout the Month ~ A Book Signing Bonanza takes place at Waterstones Liverpool One, including fantasy author Brandon Sanderson with his new book Words of Radiance; YA author (and the writer of one of my favourite stories Nick & Norah Infinite Playlist) David Levithan with his Every Day Series; and playwright and author Jonathan Harvey with The Girl Who Just Appeared. Dates and details.   Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS

Thu 7th August ~ An Evening with Peter Robinson, the crime writer signs copies of DCI Bank Series new instalment Abattoir Blues at Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester. More info. Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS

Sat 9th August ~ Clitheroe Food Festival returns to its little market town bigger and better. If you want to shop, come early to get the best produce. You can bring children, dogs and the pet parrot, everyone is welcomed; but come with an empty stomach to fit all the deliciousness. And if, like me, you could use a little help with your cooking, book yourself in one of the many food demonstrations and workshops. This is a fantastic family event, especially if the weather stays nice. Check event guide. Tags: FESTIVALS, LOCAL EVENTS, FAMILY EVENTS

Sat 9th - Mon 25th August ~ Edinburgh International Book Festival, 800 authors and over 700 events, heaven for any book lover. Details and line-up here. Tags: LITERATURE FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS

Sun 10th August ~ An Evening with Robin Hobb, the fantasy author lands at Waterstones Liverpool One store to sign copies of the first book on his new trilogy, Fool's Assassin. Hobb has a huge following, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Check details and purchase tickets. Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS

Tue 12th August ~ Midnight release of Haruki Murakami's new novel, Foyles launches a special edition of Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage at Foyles Charing Cross, London. This event is FREE, but places are limited, so book your space in advance. Tickets and details. Tags: MIDNIGHT BOOK RELEASE

Thu 14th - Mon 18th August ~ LONCON 3 takes place at the ExCeL in London. Authors, artists, editors, publishers, gamers, vendors, musicians and fans, it's all happening at the Worldcon. If you have never heard of it, LONCON 3 is the 72th World Science Fiction Convention. Find out more. Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS, FESTIVALS, LITERATURE FESTIVALS, CONVENTIONS, COMIC BOOKS

Thu 14th August - Fri 5th September ~ The Exhibition Centre for the Use and Abuse of Books brings Savoy Books, Lord Horror and Corridor8 to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. The Exhibition is a portable library, made up of independent publications and books chosen by an invited curator, alongside a permanent donated reference library. This month's curator is writer and publisher Michael Butterworth. Learn more. Tags: EXHIBITIONS, LITERATURE FESTIVALS

Fri 15th August ~ Philippa Gregory, the international bestselling historical fiction author signs her latest book, The King's Curse, at the Waterside Arts Centre in Manchester. Tickets and details. Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS

Sat 16th August ~ FANTASTICON fantasy and gaming convention returns to Hull. So if LONCON3 (mentioned above) is too far for you, this brings the sci-fi love one step closer. Tickets and events guide. Tags: BOOK SIGNINGS, LITERATURE FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, CONVENTIONS, COMIC BOOKS

Until Sat 16th August ~ The stage adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days takes the stage at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Tickets and performance times. Tags: THEATRE, STAGE ADAPTATIONS

Thu 21st August ~ Brazilian author Paulo Scott Talks to Joseph Boyden about his new book, Nowhere People at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (mentioned above). His book, already acclaimed in Brazil, talks about the love and loss of the exploited Guarani people, an indigenous tribe in Brazil. Details and tickets. Tag: BOOK SIGNING, AUTHOR TALKS, BRAZILIAN CULTURE

Sat 23rd August ~ Signing with J. S. Collyer, feeding the crave, the writer of sci-fi novel Zero signs copies of her book at The Novel Café in Lancaster at 10am. Further details. Tags: BOOK SIGNING

Until Sat 23rd August ~ The Text Festival exhibitions continue to be displayed at the Bury Museum in Bury. The idea was to find new ways to mix language and art. If like me, you are a linguistic nut, you might particularly enjoy the Polari Mission exhibition, which basically documents the dying of a language about to become extinct. There are, of course, other two exhibitions on display just in case you are not a nerd. :) Find out more. Tags: ART, FESTIVALS, EXHIBITIONS, LINGUISTICS, WRITING

Thu 28th August ~ The Secret Garden of Stories is the Reader's Organisation's first Children's Literature Festival and it takes place at the Calderstones Mansion House in Liverpool. Expect a book cover competition, readings by storytellers, a kite making workshop and author chats. Entry tickets cost only £1. More details. Tags: FAMILY EVENTS, LITERATURE FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS

Wed 30th - Thu 31st August ~ Sheffield Film and Comic Con is the last instalment of sci-fi love this month. Photo shots, panels, author signings, fantasy dress, autograph sessions and stalls full of TV and film memorabilia, not one to miss if you are a fan and live in Lancashire. Tickets and event guide. Tags: FILMS, COMIC BOOKS, BOOK SIGNINGS, FESTIVAL, CONVETIONS
Until Sat 20th September ~ Michael Morpurgo's War Horse award-winning stage adaptation is on stage at The Lowry, Manchester, as part of its first UK tour. Tickets and performance times. Tags: THEATRE, STAGE ADAPTATIONS

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