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Festive Events Round-Up

WCC (UK) Webinar Series: Demystifying Publishing

When? 22 December

Where? Zoom event with tickets available here.


WCC’s brilliant (and totally free) new webinar series invites classics editors from journals and publishing houses to help demystify the journey to publication and answer audience questions. This upcoming webinar in the series will feature a panel discussion with special guest speaker Louise Visser from Amsterdam University Press.


The Night Before Christmas Book Reading

When? 23 December

Where? Online here


Get into the festive spirit with this aptly timed online book reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’. Tickets cost £2 per device and are available via Eventbrite.


Looking to the New Year…


How to Build a Writing Habit in 2021 with Bec Evans

When? 6 January

Where? Online here (tickets range from £10-£30)


In an exclusive online masterclass hosted by Publishing Talk, listen to Bec Evans from Prolifiko impart some writing words of wisdom to get you motivated to kickstart your writing in the new year. It promises to be a packed evening full of insights and tips on how to prioritise your writing, set achievable writing goals and boost your productivity.


Book Launch of The Perfect Guests with author Emma Rous

When? 6 January

Where? Online


The Book Warren are joined by best-selling author Emma Rous as they celebrate the launch of her new novel The Perfect Guests. Attendees will be treated to a reading of an exclusive extract from the book followed by a question and answer session afterwards. Register for this free event here.


A Career in Publishing: Editorial

When? 7 January

Where? Online here (£5)


Ever wondered about the different jobs in publishing? Interviewing some of Bloomsbury’s most talented members, the team will dive into their careers in editorial and answer questions honestly. Questions will be answered as they discuss what they love and love to hate about the industry.


Digital Book Chat: The Best Books of 2020

When? 8 January

Where? Online here


‘Express Your Shelf’ is a new initiative from RBWM Libraries, an online book chat aiming to connect fellow book lovers. This month's theme is focusing on the best books you read in 2020. So pour the kettle and join in the discussion.


100 Voices presents: Finding your voice in a Flash

When? 9 January

Where? Online


Kickstart your new year and your creativity with this writing event from award-winning flash fiction writer Emily Devane. In this two-hour workshop learn how to find your voice through a series of exercises focused on short story and flash fiction writing. This event is in support of 100 Voices, a book dedicated to supporting women’s stories. Tickets cost £17.50 and can be bought here.


‘Night in’ events from FANE Productions


Live and online events company FANE have already begun releasing details of their exciting line-up of events for 2021, here’s a sneak peak of some of our top picks of the events to watch out for in the New Year...







A Night in with Ella Risbridger


When? 19 January

Where? Online here (£10+)


Ella Risbridger is celebrating the paperback publication of her bestselling book Midnight Chicken, a heartfelt collection of recipes and reflections on life. Join in on this uplifting evening with Ella as she shares her favourite meals and the moments that matter.


A Night in with Kate Mosse


When? 20 January

Where? Online here (£10+)


Join novelist Kate Mosse in celebrating her second novel in The Burning Chamber Series, The City of Tears. In conversation with Jojo Moyes, pull up a seat for discussions on history, women’s voices and storytelling from two outstanding writers.


A Night in with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu


When? 21 January

Where? Online here (£10+)


Join author and activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu for a special event in celebration of the launch of her new book This Is Why I Resist. Not afraid to shy away from the hard discussions so desperately needed about racism and anti-blackness, the evening will be a call for change with the author delving into lesser covered topics such as racial gatekeepers, performative allyship and the abuse faced by the Black trans community.


Comma Press: 2021 Online Short Story Course


When? Beginning 21 January, with multiple dates throughout the year.

Where? Online here (£75-£150 for a course of six workshops)


Renowned for their creative writing workshops, Manchester based indie publisher Comma Press have recently announced the 2021 dates for their upcoming short story course with Michelle Green. The course will take place online via Zoom, consisting of six workshops focusing on all the technical and aesthetic elements you will need to write a great short story, combined with set work and assignments to test out the skills you have honed. The booking deadline is 14 January 2021 so make sure to mark your calendars if you want to give your short story writing a boost in the new year.

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