Author Archive: Writing West Midlands

Season Launch: A Review

Feeling uninspired with writing I sought inspiration from those in the know at ‘Stuart Maconie & Friends’, at the Library of Birmingham. Conveniently, this event also got under way Writing West Midlands exciting 2014 new season. It got off to a folksy vibe with Paul Murphy’s opening musical entree, unexpected but delightful, and then the […]

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Team Up for World Book Night Quiz

Wednesday 23 April 2014, 7 – 9pm Dudley Library, Reading Room, St. James’ Road, Dudley, DY1 1HR Writing West Midlands, Dudley Libraries and West Midlands Readers’ Network are working together to celebrate World Book Night 2014. As thousands of books are given away across the region and the UK, we invite you to join us to […]

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Stuart Maconie and Friends April 2014

Join us on Tuesday 1 April , 7.30 – 9pm at the Library of Birmingham, for a lively evening of conversation and performance hosted by writer, broadcaster and patron of Writing West Midlands, Stuart Maconie. Stuart’s guests include novelist Judth Allnatt, whose critically acclaimed new book, The Moon Field, is a striking and unsentimental story […]

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Writers’ Toolkit 2013

After a bit of head-scratching, we worked out this was the sixth Writers’ Toolkit. But it was definitely my first. And for everyone, the first time at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy, as creative (though not, perhaps, to our regret, as warm) a setting as one could wish for. When we made a site visit earlier […]

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Assistant Writers Opportunities

We are looking for expressions of interest from individuals looking to work as Assistant Writers at our Write On! Young Writers’ groups across the region. These voluntary roles (we are able to cover travel expenses) will involve working alongside the Lead Writers at some of our Young Writers’ groups. The Assistants provide additional support; help with mentoring and […]

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Vacancy: Midlands Young Writers Project, freelance Project Fieldworker

Midlands Young Writers Project, freelance Project Fieldworker Contract  A Writing West Midlands Project Background Following a successful funding bid to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Writing West Midlands is expanding its programme of ‘out of school’ creative writing activities for children and young people aged 8 to 19. This one year project will run until the […]

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Family Writing Workshop Review

Samantha Campbell, a student at the University of Coventry, did work experience with Writing West Midlands in July 2013. Here she reviews one of our creative writing activities, a writing workshop for parents and their children aged 8 – 14. This family writing workshop was led by Birmingham based author Anna Lawrence Pietroni whose first […]

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So, you read books all day…?

By Joanne Penn This week marks my four year anniversary working for Writing West Midlands, and what a four years it has been! Well, technically, Writing West Midlands didn’t exist when I started working for them…let me explain. I began at the start of August 2009 as an Administrative Assistant for the Birmingham Book Festival, […]

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Supporting Writing – The Bigger Picture

By Jonathan Davidson There never was a time when direct funding for the arts was guaranteed, but indirect funding has always been there, particularly for literature and creative writing. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the UK saw an explosion of literacy, which both brought new readers to existing works of literature and created the […]

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