WEST MIDLANDS BOOK EVENTS
Thurs 25th January 7-9pm Scots tales for Burns Night with New St Authors and friends – Gunmaker’s Arms, Bath Street (behind St Chad’s Church), Birmingham.
Sat 27th January 1.30 – 2.30 pm Indie & Self and Indie Publishing workshop with Andrew Sparke & New St Authors – Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton Lit Fest)
Sat 27th January 2 pm Dog stories for children by David Robertson of New St Authors – Wolverhampton Central Library(Wolverhampton Lit Fest)
Sat 27th January 3 pm Lee Benson reads Henry Egg stories – Wolverhampton Central Library (Wolverhampton Lit Fest)
Sat 27th January 7-8 pm New St Authors fiction readings – Andrew Sparke, Lee Benson, Andy Conway, AA Abbott and Martin Tracey – Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton Lit Fest)
Sun 28th January 4-5 pm Incredible Fake Twins performance and launch of Andrew Sparke’s new collection of Wild Verse titled ‘The Mother Lode’ – Bantock House (the Tractor shed), Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ – (part of Wolverhampton Lit Fest) – come and stay for a chat and a glass of prosecco
Photograph from Tamworth Literary Festival March 2017
GROUPS TO HELP WRITERS
Since being a writer can be fairly anti-social and there can be significant benefit in sharing thoughts and problems with like-minded souls, we attend and support the following writing groups:
THE OLDSWINFORD WRITING GROUP
For the Stourbridge area, we meet every Wednesday 12-2pm at The Crabmill, 199 Hagley Road, Stourbridge (except in December when from 12-1.30 we’ll be at the Old Bank pub on the corner of Coventry Street and High Street in Stourbridge town) . The group’s purpose is to encourage every member to write and hopefully progress to the point where they have something finished worth publishing. Members include a retired journalist who’s returning to a long abandoned Scots memoir, a 21 year old care worker writing a vampire novel, a thriller writer, and an over 80 year old working on his short stories and novellas. Its already published authors include Lee Benson, Robert S.Field, Michel Henri, H.R. Beasley and Catherine Cowell. An anthology of the group’s writings will be published for Christmas 2018 called ‘Wednesdays At The Crabmill’.
OFF THE SHELF GROUP
For new authors and aspiring writers in the Birmingham and Black Country areas – it’s a small writers’ and poets’ circle calling itself Off The Shelf which published a Kindle collection of its selected short pieces in 2015 entitled ‘Walking The Edge’. Group meeting dates are posted here. Meetings are at The New Inn, 74 Vivian Road, Harborne, Birmingham from 8pm on Tuesday nights – 2018 dates will be posted here when set.
NEW STREET AUTHORS
New Street Authors is a writers co-operative and support network for indie publishing and marketing our work. Currently published members David Wake, Andy Conway. AA Abbott, Fiona Joseph, Jaye Tomas, Tony Cooper, Martin Tracey and David Muir and focuses more on indie publishing and marketing issues. It meets every third Thursday in the month around Table number 5 at The Brass House, Broad Street, Birmingham.
THE INCREDIBLE FAKE TWINS
The Fake Twins, ‘He’s Not Me and I’m not him’, are the performing duo of Andrew Sparke and Lee Benson. We do verse of a kind but treat it more like Stand-Up – otherwise recited poetry can be deadly dull. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a venue or somewhere you’d like us to strut our stuff.