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Will Hybrid Books Take The Writing World By Storm?

May 10th, 2017

Some of you may have noticed the case of the missing blog. I’m afraid that we had to remove last week’s post because there was one link that we didn’t want to include and when the author found out that this was the case he asked us to remove it. Such is life…

This week’s blog really is something of a miscellany – but I hope you find it an interesting one. I was recently reading about the bestselling author Laura Barnett who is currently working on a ‘hybrid book’ which involves collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams.

They’ve worked together writing the lyrics for a new 16-track album that Williams will release mid-June. At the same time Barnett will publish her 16-chapter novel, Greatest Hits. Each of the chapters will begin with the words from a song on the album. Laura says that her aim is to expand the reading experience beyond the page and bring the book’s main character to life more fully through the music. I think it’s a terrific idea – it comes from the same place as Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments and Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity but will, hopefully, take the experience to a new level.

Next, Writers Bureau student, Gita Ferguson, has contacted me to let me know about a University of London event – Eliot in the Wartime Classroom to be held next Tuesday (16th May). I know that this probably won’t be of interest if you live outside London, but the big draw for me is that Jeremy Irons will be reading. I heard him read Eliot’s The Waste Land on radio not too long ago and it was electrifying. So, if you do get the opportunity, why not book a ticket? Full details are available if you follow the earlier link.

The £2,000 Tony Lothian Prize supports first-time writers working on a biography. They would like to see proposals of no more than 20 pages (unbound), including synopsis, 10-page sample chapter (double-spaced, numbered pages), CV and a note on the market for the book and competing literature. The deadline for entries is Thursday 27th July 2017 but the entry fee is not cheap at £15. Full details can be found here.

Incidentally, Writers Bureau currently has an offer on our Biographies, Memoirs and Family Histories Course. You can save £25 if you enrol before Sunday (14th May).  So, if you’re working on a Biography, and are considering entering it for the Tony Lothian Prize, you might want to find out how you can improve it, polish it and give it the best chance of winning. The course will help you to do all those things!

Finally, don’t forget that our Limerick Competition is now open for entries. So why not have a bit of fun – and who knows, you might just win some cash and a course of your choice.

My guest next week is Pam Fish, Chairman of the NAWG (National Association of Writers’ Groups), who’ll be giving you an insight into what their annual writing weekend is like and the benefits that face-to-face events of this kind can bring both personally and professionally.

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