Category Archives: Current and Upcoming Creative Projects

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

Good with Money and with Words? Board Member Opening (Volunteer Opportunity)

North West Literary Arts c.i.c. is looking for a dynamic board member to join us. If you (or someone you know) have experience in writing and managing art funding applications; accounting skills; and experience working with literary events, projects, and/or organizations, we’d love to chat about ways to grow our organization.

About Us: The Directors, Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton, are published writers, educators, and creative producers who are passionate about empowering emerging writers, providing platforms, and creating engaging literature-based events. Our past and current projects include performed workshops, literary salons, and a monthly true-story open mic night. We aim to increase diversity in publishing and most of our projects are aimed at writers over 30.

We want to make literature accessible to writers from backgrounds under-represented in publishing and to engage audiences who may not currently see their stories reflected on the page.

Our mission is to build community one story at a time. We hope you’ll join us.
Please note, this is a voluntary role but expenses will be paid. To arrange a discussion about the role please email Yvonne and Naomi at northwestliteraryarts@gmail.com


North West Literary Arts Newsletter

In this month’s edition of North West Literary Arts news letter, we share insights into February’s theme for Stories at the Storey. We also discuss upcoming projects and opportunities to collaborate and share our call for an unpaid board member to join us. These are exciting times and we want to grow our team, our services, and our expertise.

We are also calling on you to get involved by telling us what sort of projects you would like us to create, deliver, collaborate on, or lead.

Read this month’s issue here: North West Literary Arts February Newsletter

We aim to increase diversity in publishing by creating opportunities and platforms. Want to support us?


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