Earlier this week, we were in Varna, Bulgaria to run some workshops for writers at the LECTI (Language Education Culture Tolerance Information) centre, a project that works in developing links between cultures and languages across Europe and beyond. Our workshops were on short-form writing (fiction and non-fiction – why should flash fiction writers have all the fun?) and on the arts of editing. It was a delight to work with a small, diverse group of talented and enviably multilingual writers – one participant was writing in her fifth language.
In the workshops, we looked at generating ideas, at how good writing arises out of the writer’s own idiosyncratic experiences and perspectives, and at how through writing it is possible to bring to light both the differences and commonalities in human experience.
We’re now in Bulgaria, where next week we’ll be doing workshops in Varna at the LECTI (Language Education Culture Tolerance Information) Centre. After that, we’ll be heading back to Sofia for a mini-residency in the Sofia Literature and Translation House.
If you are in Varna and would like to come along to our workshops, head to event.lecti.eu to sign up. And if you are in Sofia at in the middle of August, and want to talk to us, get in touch.
Last night (31 July), Hannah was on Radio Leicester’s arts show “The A-Word” to talk about writing, LGBTQI+ issues, and our work at Wind&Bones with refugees and asylum seekers.
She was joined in the studio by Rosemary, a lesbian Nigerian poet and asylum seeker now living in Leicester. You can find out more about the show on the BBC website.
We’ve updated the website to add some gallery pages to give you a sense of what we do. We’ll update the gallery as we go along, but we’re getting started with some images from our recent Write Here: Sanctuary workshop with refugee and asylum-seeker writers here in Leicester. The gallery is here.
As well as workshops and events, we’re both hard at work on a number of writing projects. There are a couple of top secret collaborative projects in the works, and we may post about these some time later on. But for the time being, we’re keeping these under wraps.
More immediately, Hannah has been publishing stories in a large number of literary magazines, including Idle Ink, Fictive Dream and the Bangor Literary Journal. She also has stories in the extremely well-reviewed Unthology 10, and in a forthcoming collection of drinking stories from Valley Press.
Meanwhile, Will’s travel book, Stealing with the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia is just out from Haus Publishing, and his children’s book, Lucy and the Rocket Dog, which was published by Knopf in 2017, has been picked up in South Korea.
Along with fellow writer Alexandros Plasatis, at the end of July 2018 we’ll be co-running a workshop at Leicester Cathedral to run alongside Arabella Dorman’s exhibition, Suspended. The workshop will take place on the 26th July, and then on the following day we will be involved in running a creative writing performance event in the cathedral.
Image: Leicester Cathedral
We’re delighted to be running two creative writing workshops on the 13th and 14th of August in conjunction with our good friends the LECTI (Language Education Culture Tolerance Information) centre in Varna, Bulgaria. LECTI are a fabulous organisation who run a feverish riot of activities in multiple languages.
We’ll be in Bulgaria for a good chunk of August, so we’ll post a bit more about any other Bulgarian events closer to the time.
Image by Ivan Milev, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
On the 11th and 18th July, we will be guest writers for the Write Here:Sanctuary project run by Writing East Midlands. We’ll be delivering two creative writing workshops for groups of refugee and asylum seeker writers.