October Meeting

The next meeting will be on Wednesday October 15th at The Friend’s Meeting House, The Oxford Quaker House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, at 7pm.

This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and give your feedback.

Those who missed the favourite book evening may want to bring a book to recommend.

Friends’ House, St Giles, OX1 3LW (http://www.oxfordquakers.org/)

Book list from September Group 2012 meeting

Dear All,

What a pity so many could not make it, we had a wonderful meeting full of beautiful books. Here are the choices of Group members:

“If you want to write well, there’s one thing I suggest over everything
else and that is to read well”

How many times have we heard that advice from authors, agents and
publishers? Well, our session dedicated to ‘writers we recommend you
read if you want to experience great writing’ was a thoroughly enjoyable
experience of sharing our views of wonderful books and talented writers.

Here’s a quick run-down of the ‘reading list’ that we created during the
evening . . .

Adam Foulds: The Quickening Maze
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled
Jim Crace: Being Dead
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead
David Mitchell: Number 9 Dream
Ray Bradbury: His entire works – in particular a piece called Zen and
the Art of Writing’
Douglas Gray: His collected poetry
John Le Carre: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Kennedy Toole: The Confederacy of Dunces
Raymond Chandler: His entire works
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana
Gunter Grass: Peeling the Onion
Ken Follett: Fall of Giants

Happy Reading Everyone!

September Meeting: Books for writers

The September Group 2012 session will take place on Wednesday 17th September, 7pm-9pm, at Blackwell’s Bookshop.

They say that the best thing you can do if you want to write well is to read.

The idea of this session is for us to inspire each other with readings and recommendations from writers who we think that writers in the Group would do well to read. You can select writers/books simply because they demonstrate great writing, or because they exemplify something specific – cracking dialogue, spot-on description, believable characterisation, impressive pace, blood-curdling terror, whatever you wish to share!

We will run the evening in a similar way to our critique evenings, with participants giving readings from their chosen books and then a small amount of discussion after each reading. Feel free to bring along a few suggestions if you wish, even if you don’t want (or there isn’t time) to read from all of them. We’ll create a reading list during the evening which we’ll send out to all after the event. Should be a fascinating voyage of discovery!

Discount for Kite Runner if want to go to seminar

I’ve been told that Matthew is keen for people attending the seminar to see the show as well, because he’ll be talking about it in depth in the seminar. But I’m very happy to offer your group a significant discount on the show if that would help? Tickets are usually up to £26.50 for The Kite Runner, but for £12 per person, I can offer your writing group members both a ticket to the show for any performance you’d like to attend, plus a space on the writing seminar. Does that sound ok to you?

Here are details of how to claim the offer if it’s of interest:
We would like to offer you £12 tickets for The Kite Runner. All you need to do is quote “KITE12″ when you call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305. For more information about the production, visit http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com. Offer ends 5pm on Saturday 13 September

Please do let me know if you have any further questions or would like more details.

Free Matthew Spangler seminar if you book to see The Kite Runner at the Playhouse

Just to let you know about a writing seminar coming up at Oxford Playhouse, which may be of interest.

The acclaimed adaptation of best-selling novel The Kite Runner comes to Oxford Playhouse from Monday 15th to Saturday 20 September. Anyone who books a ticket for any performance of the play is entitled to a FREE place at a writing seminar with the show’s award-winning adapter, Matthew Spangler.

http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/theatre/3220/The-Kite-Runner/Monday-15-September/Main-Stage

The writing seminar takes place on Saturday 20th September (11am to 1pm), in the Hospitality Room at Oxford Playhouse, and places can be booked by calling the Ticket Office on 01865 305 305.

The seminar will cover:
· Adaptation techniques – how to tell the story of a 400+ page book in two hours on stage
· Gaining permission/ Rights
· There will also be a Q&A opportunity with Matthew

Matthew is the adapter of a number of successful productions including The Kite Runner, and he also teaches creative writing in San Francisco

The Playhouse is offereing a discount for teh show:

Many thanks for getting back to me about this and for your interest.

Great to hear you have a writing group who you think would like to attend, we’d love to have you along. I’ve been told that Matthew is keen for people attending the seminar to see the show as well, because he’ll be talking about it in depth in the seminar. But I’m very happy to offer your group a significant discount on the show if that would help? Tickets are usually up to £26.50 for The Kite Runner, but for £12 per person, I can offer your writing group members both a ticket to the show for any performance you’d like to attend, plus a space on the writing seminar. Does that sound ok to you?

Here are details of how to claim the offer if it’s of interest:
We would like to offer you £12 tickets for The Kite Runner. All you need to do is quote “KITE12″ when you call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305. For more information about the production, visit http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com. Offer ends 5pm on Saturday 13 September

Please do let me know if you have any further questions or would like more details.

Fun evening for book lovers

Thought some of group would enjoy coming to this event: I might fail to spot the winner for two years running!

NOT THE MAN BOOKER PANEL

Monday 13 October, 7.30pm
The Varsity Club, 9 High St, Oxford OX1 4DB

Just before the announcement of the actual winner, a panel of 6 Writers in Oxford members will speak to each of the titles on the shortlist, and the audience have a chance to vote for their winner of the Oxford Man Booker prize! An evening of light-hearted fun for book lovers, in an amazing new venue.

(There may be a very small entrance fee but I am not certain yet, will keep you posted)