Following on from the success of Derby Book Festival this summer, QUAD hosts the city’s first Writers Day on October 17.
Writers Day will offer guidance, advice and inspiration for aspiring authors sure to give any writing career a boost. Derby Writers Day will feature a stellar cast of authors, publishers and local literary figures for a packed day of panels discussions and interviews.
Confirmed speakers and guests for the event include Booker-nominated novelist Alison Moore, East Midlands Book Award winner Alison McQueen, bestselling crime author Stephen Booth, leading historical authors Elizabeth Chadwick and James Wilde, acclaimed romantic comedy author Tracy Bloom plus Mark Chadbourn, Clare Harvey, Jim Hinks, Steven Dunne, Sian Hoyle, Kim Lakin-Smith, Eve Makis, Nicola Monaghan, Sue Moorcroft and Stan Nicholls.
Attendees will be able to choose from sessions on a wide range of writing subjects, including historical fiction, crime and thrillers, promotion and publicity, self-publishing, contemporary women’s fiction, scriptwriting, making a living as a writer, writing in the East Midlands and the small and independent press.
Event co-ordinator Alex Davis said: “I can’t wait to bring together this incredible roster of professional authors and publishing industry figures and give local writers the chance to gain the kind of advice, guidance and inspiration that can be so hard to obtain. QUAD has been home to so many creative writing courses, it was the natural choice to host Writers’ Day.”
Derby Writers Day is from 10am-4pm (doors will be open from 9am), and tickets are £35 including access to all sessions and event goodie bag.
In November, Edge-Lit, the annual event for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing returns for a Christmas Vacation as ‘Sledge-Lit’.
With a range of panel discussions, workshops, readings, and guests of honour, Sledge-Lit brings the festive cheer with a day of workshops offering a fantastic insight into the world of genre writing. There will be panel discussions on a range of hot topics in books and publishing plus in-depth sessions with Guests of Honour, including Alison Moore, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse and He Wants; Adam Roberts, acclaimed SF author of Bete, Yellow Blue Tibia and Black Glass;Robert Shearman, award-winning short story author, scriptwriter and playwright; Charles Stross, multiple Hugo and Locus award winning SF, fantasy and horror author plus more authors to be confirmed.
Sledge-Lit takes place in QUAD on November 21, from 10am-6pm. Tickets are £25 and include access to all sessions on the day and a special goodie bag.
To book places for either event, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit http://www.derbyquad.co.uk