Attenborough Arts Centre learners are invited to find out more about our Fiction Anthology Project. There is a call out for new writing for the Family Matters book. Fiona is leading a year’s collaboration to create and showcase an anthology with Attenborough Arts Centre learners, where she is a freelance practitioner. Thanks to the Attenborough Arts, Arts Council England, Dahlia Publishing & Renaissance One she will elicit learners’ short fiction, then she’ll challenge learners to write to their next level. 

Following the call out, some workshops and activities/email support, she'll raise aspirations of new writers. Learners will be encouraged to follow Dahlia Publishing submission guidelines and publisher rules, to draft work towards ‘Family Matters.’ Practising self-editing techniques they’ll develop skills to improve stories or poetry. Having revised their draft work, learners receive positive publishing opportunity and a free performance workshop from Renaissance One. Contributors will read extracts of their work at showcasing events and a book launch to champion successful narrative voices. 

Take Part in Story & Poetry Reading here

The second event to showcase extracts from the book, A Performance Workshop will take place at LEICESTER's Central Library, on Saturday 17th November from 1:30-3:30. Everyone was welcomed to listen in to contributions from included authors and learn from poet Andrew Graves, from Renaissance One who energetically modelled his poetry. There was a mic to help around ten voices be heard. 

Another chance for the dozen new writers contributing to read was on the 11th of December at the Exchange Bar Snug on Rutland Street. This was a fun part of Leicester Writes Novel Extracts with Farhana Shaikh, where an audience of twenty listened to a few learner's stories. I was recorded by Leicester's Community Radio. Listen here to the interview broadcast in December across Leicester.

Book Launch!

Fiona Linday would like to invite you to join the audience for our Family Matters anthology launch. The book is published by Dahlia Publishing courtesy of support from Arts Council England's GFTA, Lottery funding. This event takes place at the Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30. You are most welcome to come along for a couple of hours to listen to poems and stories written by the learners included in the collection. She will host the evening with readings from collaborating Renaissance One's Andrew Graves, plus a few other special guest writers. 

There will be an author Q & A session from 5.30pm- 6pm with Andrew Graves and Fiona Linday. This will take place before the book launch for those curious to know about their writing process.

 The book is published! 

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