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Beverley Literature Festival

Beverley Literature Festival
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We pride ourselves on working with some of the UK's best writers to deliver innovative, exciting workshops for all abilities. Have a look at what we offered this year...... 


Saturday 3 October

Chris Monks


East Riding Theatre Club Room                                    10am – 1pm                 £18

Artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Chris is best known for his adaptations of operas for theatre audiences including Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and, most recently, Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera, Cox & Box: Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy. Join Chris as he leads you through the process of how to adapt well-known literary works for the stage, film, TV or radio. An introduction to adaptation for people interested in developing their scriptwriting skill or taking their writing in a new direction.


3 & 4 October

Beverley Literature Festival Creative Writing Weekend Masterclass : Poetry and Prose

Tutors : Mavis Cheek and Colette Bryce

Saturday 3 October & Sunday 4 October, 9.30am – 3pm

Treasure House, Beverley


Join us for an exclusive two-day creative writing masterclass, led by renowned writers and tutors Mavis Cheek and Colette Bryce. Explore writing themes from both a poetry and prose perspective to help you develop and improve your writing style through a mixture of taught classes and one-to-one tutoring. This accessible course is suitable for writers with some experience who wish to develop new skills and for those setting out on their writing journey who would like to explore different genres to help discover their voice.

Places are extremely limited.

Colette Bryce is an Irish poet currently based in the north east of England. Her most recent collection, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (Picador), was shortlisted for the Forward, Costa and Roehampton poetry awards in 2014.  A former editor of Poetry London magazine, Colette is also an experienced tutor for Arvon, The Poetry Society and Newcastle University.

Mavis Cheek is the author of 15 novels. Pause Between Acts won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize in 1988 and her short stories are in various collections. Mavis has served on both PEN and The Society of Authors committees and was for three years the judge of the McKitterick Prize for Fiction.  She is a Fellow of MacDowell Colony, USA and has been the Royal Literature Fund Fellow at both Chichester University and the University of Reading. She is a regular tutor for Arvon.

£125 (early bird ticket, if booked before Friday 11 September)

£135 (full price ticket)

For more information and to book a place, please email or call 01482 392699.


Friday 9 October

Ross Raisin


Education Room, Treasure House           11am – 1pm               £18  (Book both of Ross’ workshops for £30)

Every writer works differently.  There is no set way of creating fiction, and it is the discovery and development of your own process that will enable you to create and complete your own stories.  In this session we will look at different ways of crafting a piece of writing - and you will have a go, using your own rough material, at redrafting your work into smoother, suppler prose. Ross Raisin is a multi-award winning novelist and regular tutor with the Arvon Foundation.


Ross Raisin


Education Room, Treasure House         2pm – 4pm                   £18

Ross Raisin’s ability to give his characters a ‘fantastically vivid voice’ (The Guardian) is one of the reasons he is such critically acclaimed writer. In this workshop he explores dialogue and how it helps create authentic characters. Dialogue in fiction is rarely an exact map of how people actually speak.  Here we will explore using different techniques how to write convincing speech.


Calum Kerr

The World in a Flash

East Riding Theatre Club Room            11 – 2pm                     £12

One of the UK’s leading exponents of Flash Fiction, Calum Kerr will introduce you to the world of ultra-short story writing – Flash Fiction – and some of the skills required to keep your fiction small but perfectly formed. The aim is to get you writing! Calum Kerr has written, edited and published numerous collections of writing. He runs National Flash Fiction Day and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Southampton.


For more information and to book a place, please email or call 01482 392699.