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Helen Gould

Helen Claire Gould

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Calling all Writers Living in Peterborough

  • Are you a writer living or working in the Peterborough area?
  • Have you self-published your novel(s) or short fiction?
  • Are you not yet published, either traditionally or independently?

I self-published my science fiction fantasy novel Floodtide on Kindle in 2014 and as a print book in 2015. I’ve been on local radio, and done readings at science fiction conventions, but it wasn’t long before I realised that there’s very little in the way of public exposure for fiction writers in the Peterborough area, so I decided to do something about it.

I’d been to several Pint o’ Poetry sessions and enjoyed them, and wanted to use a similar model, but without the get-out clause that says you can read something by someone else who is already published. To me that seems a waste of a reading slot in this context, especially if the actual author published their work some time ago (though also good to hear in other settings, and good to learn from).

So this venture is about something different. It’s all about Fiction-in-the-Making, and Self-Made Fiction (which has already been published independently). It’s about polishing your work until it’s the best it can be, if it hasn’t already hit the shops or publishing platforms. And it’s about bringing your work to the public.

The intention is to run sessions once a month, with three approximate 20-minute slots, followed by a break, then another three slots. This means that you’ll read about 2-3 pages maximum in a slot. The idea is that there will also be an audience there to listen, and members of the public can join the audience at any time. Meetings will be publicised in advance on social media, my own website, and arts-related sites.

So if you’ve written something which you’d like to read aloud in pubs, bars and cafes (remember that many of the best-known and loved writers would meet in the coffee houses of the 18th century to discuss and support each other’s work) please contact me either through this page or website or on my e-mail and tell me about yourself and your writing. I’m currently organising venues for us to read in, and would love to hear from you. 

Posted by Cleargold on 13th July 2016.