This October lovers of literature will once again have the perfect opportunity to indulge their passion for words at the Plymouth Literature Festival. Real Ideas Organisation has planned an exciting medley of events at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. There’s an eclectic range from workshops and performances to talks and readings. Check out the programme below:
Mad Hatter’s Daytime Workshop, Friday 27th September, 11am-2pm
Sheron King, from the delightful Mad Hatters Studio, will be running an experimental and fun workshop, ‘sculpting and making with paper, books and words.’ Sheron has a passion for sustainable practice, reuse and recycling reflected in her own work. Simply drop-in during the day and join her ‘literary creativity’ at the Maker’s Table, open to all ages.
Outspoken Press: Live, Friday 27th September, 7.30-9.30pm
‘The poetry press that is battering down the doors of the establishment,’ is how The Independent describes Outspoken, a publishing house for emerging diverse writers. Their evening of live poetry performance includes Anthony Anaxagorou, most recently commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 General Election. Ensure your place for £10 via Eventbrite, where a Weekend Pass to all events at Ocean Studios is also available. Tickets are £12 on the door. Supported by Apples + Snakes.
Apples + Snakes: Poetry Workshop, Saturday 28th Oct, 11am-1pm
The nation’s leading organisation in spoken-word, Apples + Snakes have represented writers from Benjamin Zephaniah to Kate Tempest and are renowned for their outreach work. Join award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou for this two-hour masterclass, which takes you through techniques from page to stage. Build writing, performance and stage skills – and see your confidence flourish! Book online via Ocean Studios Eventbrite to avoid disappointment, limited spaces.
Dr Felicity Gee: Surrealist Women, Saturday 28th Oct, 2-3pm.
Surrealism was an art movement in which men were at the forefront, whilst women have often been relegated to the role of muse: to be photographed, written about, desired. Yet these women were autonomous, creative, prolific – with a wealth of work to offer. Join Felicity Gee for a talk about these artists, taking focus on Leonora Carrington who created weirdly wonderful worlds.
Laura Quigley: Writing History, Saturday 28th September, 5-6pm
As we prepare to tell our story to the world, for the Mayflower events in 2020, which stories will we tell and how will we present them? We should be encouraging pride in modern Plymouth, particularly for future generations, but can we do this and still tell the darker stories from our past? This talk will consider the representation of Plymouth UK in written work and promises to initiate lively discussion. Book your free place via Eventbrite or turn up on the day.
An Evening with Liv Winter + Emily Pope, Saturday 28th Oct, 7-9pm.
In Liv Wynter’s work, feelings manifest themselves in beautiful verse and delivery. Self-described as a working-class and queer artist, Liv delivers thought-provoking performances that both touch on her personal experiences and feed into the wider truths of society. She will be joined by Emily Pope, Plymouth-born artist interested in the currency of sociopolitical and/or feminist monologues, and is very interested in how pain can be manipulated through humour, and presented virtually. Join them for artist talks and performance.
Sarah Winman in Conversation, Sunday 29th Oct, 12-1pm
Award-winning actress and best-selling author of When God Was a Rabbit, Sarah Winman will be discussing her latest release Tin Man, in conversation with local writer Terri Nixon. The novel explores themes from the transformative power of art and untapped potential in our daily lives. Ensure your free place via Eventbrite or simply turn up on the day.
Rowena Kennedy-Epstein: Recovering Muriel Rukeyser, Sunday 29th Oct, 2-3pm
Committed to the ‘causes of the underdog’, Rukeyser was a politically and socially engaged writer who documented seismic events of the twentieth century: American racial inequality, Vietnam War protests and the Civil War in Spain. After witnessing the Civil War first-hand, she would write her long-lost war novel, Savage Coast. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein would rediscover it in the depths of Library of Congress, Washington. Join Rowena’s talk about this rediscovery and about Rukeyser herself. Tickets and Weekend Pass available via Ocean Studios Eventbrite or on the door.
Writer’s Block, Sunday 29th Oct, 4-6pm
Amanda Harris and Rob Lane will discuss the creation of The Writers’ Block in Camborne and how it is supporting writers of all ages. This links to the publication A Space to Write, exploring the professional writers’ working spaces and processes through photography and interviews – they suggest how, maybe, these can influence practice in the classroom. A practical workshop using some of the techniques from The Writers’ Block will follow. Tickets and Weekend Pass are available via Eventbrite and on the door, subject to availability.