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List and description of Yvonne Battle-Felton’s creative projects

November Newsletter

There’s a chill in the air, it’s getting dark early, and words are dropping like leaves. You know what that means! It’s time for the North West Literary Arts November Newsletter.

This month we are talking about the launch of the Northern Writers’ Award, reflecting on last month’s theme, and introducing this month’s.

We are ready to launch a podcast. Want to get involved? Get in touch.

October’s Newsletter

The North West Literary Arts Newsletter October 2017 features stories about upcoming and future collaborations and support, this month’s theme and an early peek at next month’s theme.

As always, we invite you to get involved.

How?

We love talking to people. Join us for pre-Stories drinks at The Print Room, 6:30 PM on event nights.

Tweet us, Message us on Facebook, email us, chat with us in Sainsbury’s…well, maybe not that, but we love hearing from people and sharing stories.

Want us to share stories with your group or teach your writing group to write and perform Creative Nonfiction? Let us know.

Call for True Stories: Ghost Stories Under the Tree

Ghosts. They haunt us, appearing when we least expect it, often when we most need it. Slipping through time and space, they take residence in our minds, our memories, and the walls, returning, like the past, with warnings, news, memories and stories.

Ghosts are everywhere and so are their stories.

Share your stories of haunting, memory, the past and the present at Lancaster University Library’s Once Upon a Time, True Stories Under the Tree event.

If you’re a writer, reader, lover of words, student, member of staff, the community, or just passing through and you have an engaging, entertaining, interesting, funny, heartwarming, sad (or anything in between) true story, we’d love to hear it. The theme is “ghost stories” (loosely interpreted).

You’ll have 3-5 minutes to share your haunting story.
Date: Oct. 4
Time: 8-9 PM
Location: Lancaster University Library under the tree

For more information or to sign up for a 3-5 minute true story slot, email Yvonne at
y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
There will be light refreshments. What ghost story would be complete without cocoa and cookies?
Sponsored by Lancaster University Library

North West Literary Arts August Newsletter

The August edition of North West Literary Arts Newsletter features information about upcoming projects and opportunities, a personal essay, and a special thanks to our sponsors.

If you’d like a copy of the newsletter delivered fresh to your email, let us know. Email us at northwestliterarysalon(at)gmail.com, message us on Twitter, contact us on Facebook, tell us a story about it.

If you would like us to consider your essay for publication in our newsletter, contact us through northwestliterarysalon(at)gmail.com.

Happy August. Write more. Read more.

Welcome Back North West Literary Salon Patreon Campaign Launch (coming soon)

It’s been nearly a year since our last North West Literary Salon and we sure do miss it. That’s why we are happy to announce that we’re back; well, sort of.

Since our last Salon, Naomi and I have been writing, teaching and plotting a comeback. We have been researching funding and opportunities to strengthen not just the salon but Stories at the Storey and The Writing Life. We want to continue providing engaging, affordable events.

With Naomi’s support, I am launching a literary arts organization, North West Literary Arts, to combine all of our projects and to continue creating and producing live literature projects that bring stories to life.

So, we’re launching a Patreon campaign to make things happen.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is a funding platform where supporters can fund the creative content they enjoy. We create monthly events and want to offer more features, our campaign is for monthly support.

What sort of projects will money from Patreon support?
Money from supporters can help us produce the following projects:
Stories at the Storey: Add creative writing workshops for new and emerging writers, creative writing workshops for refugee writers, commission and publication of an audio book.
North West Literary Salon: Funding to pay authors, musicians, catering, and commission new writing to publish an anthology.
The Writing Life: Interviews, editing, website maintenance, and podcast creation.

What are we offering our supporters?
Community is at the heart of what we do and it isn’t confined by geographical coordinates. To expand our community we have created rewards like access to interviews, exclusive access to salon podcasts, feedback on new writing, and more.
We are hoping everyone can get involved and help us continue to bring great literary projects to life.

When does our Patreon campaign launch?
Our Patreon will launch in seven days online and in person on August 31 at Stories at the Storey.

How can you support North West Literary Arts?
Please support our Patreon Campaign by giving us what you can. Every pound (or dollar) helps. You can also support us by sharing our campaign, coming to our events, and supporting literary events around the globe.

We appreciate your support.

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians and Performers

Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event. Whether you’re writing poetry, prose, or lyrics, we want to hear it. This is your invitation to come out and share your work with an enthusiastic audience.

Theme: Open
Who: Writers and performers of all skill levels (emerging, experienced, published, etc…)
Date: July 7
Time: 21:30-22:30
Place: The Storey, Auditorium
For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event

If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Edition–Call for true stories

Lancaster Stories
Do you have a true story about Lancaster?

If you have visited, worked in (past/current) or lived in or near (past/current) Lancaster and have a true story to tell, why not share it May 6 at the Lancaster University Community Day special edition If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Open-Mic?

What kind of stories can you share?

True, well-told stories about things you have done, people you’ve met, things you’ve seen, objects (or people) you’ve left behind, things you’ve learned or forgotten. True stories about escapes, encounters, close calls and memories. Stories about loss and found love, first dates, first days of work (and last). Tales of tours, visits and explorations. You name it—you tell it.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 3-4 PM
Location: Lancaster University, LICA Building

For more information or to schedule your 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email Yvonne at ybattlefelton@gmail.com

If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk is a radio show that celebrates stories from within the walls of some of Britain’s iconic heritage sites. For one hour, guests, employees, vendors, visitors, and neighbors share true stories of love, loss, meetings, missed connections, interviews, visits, work, haunting, trials, shows, exhibits, secrets: stories that capture the human experience within the walls of British heritage sites.

Shared through a series of interviews, these true stories capture the sometimes hidden histories of public spaces. In their own voices, the guests make the past more intimate, immediate and accessible by sharing their true stories about people they’ve met, things they’ve seen, things they’ve found or left behind; about escapes, encounters, first days of work and last. Through winding sometimes whimsical narratives the guests answer the question:if these walls could talk, what stories would they tell? What kind of stories am I looking for?

True stories that make listeners laugh, cry, think, feel, engage, wonder, imagine… Stories that take us behind the walls of British Heritage sites and more importantly, your stories.

If these walls could talk, what stories would they tell?

Call for Submissions: Stories at the Storey

CALL FOR TRUE STORIES: STORIES AT THE STOREY

The Future is Now

The theme for this month’s Stories at the Storey is “The Future.”

Stories about where you thought you would be in 2016, letters to the past, letters to the future or anything in between, we’d like to hear your 3-5 minute true story loosely interpreting the theme “The Future.”

Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night held at The Storey in Lancaster. It’s a lively evening of stories, food and community. We are looking for true stories from writers, readers, storytellers,students: anyone who can tell a good story.

Date: June 30

Location: The Storey

Time: 7-8PM

Dress: Casual

Message us today to share your true story about tomorrow.

Have a true story but not able to make it on the day? Email your true story to storiesatthestorey@gmail.com and we could feature it on our blog, Facebook or Twitter