May Meeting: an evening with Caitlin Davies

Writer’s at Blackwell’s have been invited to join an evening with Caitlin Davies, at Blackwell’s on Wednesday May 30th 7:00 – 8:00pm.

After the talk group members will move upstairs for wine and a discussion led by Adam who works at Blackwell’s and is also an author.

The event is free to group members, but please can you just email Hannah at Hannah.Chinnery@blackwell.co.uk to let her know that you are going so your names can be added to the list on the door.

As part of our Every Woman Series, Blackwell’s presents an evening with Caitlin Davies where she will be discussing her fascinating new book ‘Bad Girls’, which explores the history of a century of women, punishment and crime in HM Prison Holloway.

Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten about. Many of these women ended up at HM Prison Holloway, the self-proclaimed ‘terror to evil-doers’ which, until its closure in 2016, was western Europe’s largest women’s prison.

First built in 1852 as a House of Correction, Holloway’s women have come from all corners of the UK – whether a patriot from Scotland, a suffragette from Huddersfield, or a spy from the Isle of Wight – and from all walks of life – socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens, refugees and freedom fighters. They were imprisoned for treason and murder, for begging, performing abortions and stealing clothing coupons, for masquerading as men, running brothels and attempting suicide. In ‘Bad Girls’, Caitlin Davies tells their stories and shows how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.

Caitlin Davies is a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist and teacher, and many of her books are inspired by forgotten women from history. She is the author of six novels and six non-fiction books.

 

Caitlin will also answer an question you have on her writing process, how she got published, difference between writing styles – or anything else you want to know.

The Blackwell’s Every Woman Series

From February 2018, Blackwell’s Broad Street will launch a year-long series of events in conjunction with the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in the UK.

The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave women of property over the age of 30 the right to vote – not all women, therefore, could vote. It was a step, but it was not the whole journey. And many would argue that we are still a long way from stepping the journey’s full distance towards gender equality in this country and worldwide. Blackwell’s Centenary events programme will focus around the following questions:

1) How much does the vote mean today?

2) How far are we still from achieving gender equality?

3) How can we recognise intersectional privilege and oppression, and platform those demographics of people who weren’t acknowledged by this achievement 100 years ago, and are still under-represented and undervalued today?

 

Extra feedback session:

As promised I am also planning an extra feedback session but it looks like it will have to be the first week in June so can members email me at info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk to let me know if you can make it on June 2nd. If this date works I will book a room and get back to members.

 

 

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April Meeting

Our next meeting is a feedback session at Blackwell’s on Broad Street on Wednesday 25th April from 7-9pm.

Please bring a piece of writing to share if you have any, but remember we are limiting time to 10 minutes to read and 5 minutes for feedback. Someone will have a stop watch so it really is quite strict now in order to give everyone equal time.

If you have no new work, then just come along and give your feedback on the work presented.

We will also discuss plans for a literary magazine.

This year subscriptions will be £20 for the year, £3 a session for regular members, and £5 a session for guests.

 

All members of Writers at Blackwell’s get a 10% discount on services from The Oxford Editors. Visit http://www.theoxfordeditors.co.uk

Virginia Moffatt: March meeting

Writers at Blackwell’s is proud to present an evening with Virginia Moffatt.

21 Mar 2018 7:00PM-8:00PM Blackewell’s on Broad Street.

Virginia is an author and editor of ‘Reclaiming the Common Good’. Her Debut novel ‘Echo Hall’ was longlisted for the 2015 Bridport First Novel Award and the 2015 Retreat West Opening Chapter Competition. It was published by Unbound in November 2017.

Join Virginia as she shares her wisdom and experiences as an Unbound author.

 

Unbound LogoUnbound is a UK publisher and funding platform founded in 2011 by John Mitchinson (ex-Waterstones marketing director, publisher at Harvill Press and author), Justin Pollard (author and historical consultant on numerous feature films and BBC TV series), and Dan Kieran (author of the bestselling Crap Towns series of books – a rough guide to Britain’s worst towns).

Unbound allows authors to pitch a book idea for consideration (fiction or non-fiction), and once a book pitch is accepted, it is presented to Unbound’s reader community for support and funding. Unbound sets the budget to produce and market the book, and if enough readers contribute to the book’s funding over a period of time and the target is reached, the book is published.

January Meeting

Our next meeting is a feedback session at Blackwell’s on Broad Street on Tuesday 30th January from 7-9pm.

Please bring a piece of writing to share if you have any, but remember we are limiting time to 10 minutes to read and 5 minutes for feedback. Someone will have a stop watch so it really is quite strict now in order to give everyone equal time.

If you have no new work, then just come along and give your feedback on the work presented.

This year subscriptions will be £20 for the year, £3 a session for regular members, and £5 a session for guests.

See you all on Tuesday

 

Changes for 2018

Dear All,

 

Happy New Year

 

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and that 2018 brings you much personal joy and writing success. With the New Year come what I hope you will agree are great changes for Group 2012. One of the main changes will be the name. Although it has served us well, Group 2012 does not really reflect who we are and what we are part of. For 2018 we want a new, dynamic name that reflects that we are writers and that we are a Blackwell’s group. For now we are going to use Writers at Blackwell’s in the events programme, but it is up to all members to decide on a new name. So put on your thinking hats.

 

Although they never said a thing, it became clear to me that by opening the shop and staffing it just for us, Blackwell’s was investing a lot of time and money in the group that could be saved. So, after meeting with Hannah and Bethan we have come up with dates for group when Blackwell’s is already open for other events.

 

Over the next few months group will meet at Blackwell’s on Broad Street on Tuesday 30th Jan, Tuesday 27th Feb and Wednesday 21st March.

 

The early membership fee will stay at £25 and guests will pay £5.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th.

 

Cherry

 

Blackwell’s Christmas Evening Tonight

Don’t forget our December meeting is tonight as part of Blackwell’s Christmas Evening  from 5.30pm to 9pm. I will be chairing the talk on the Costa Prize from 6-6.45 and then I will join anyone who didn’t attend that in the Cafe for our besy book/worst book session. So please bring books you loved and those no one should ever read to discuss.

 

At 8pm there will be a Blackwell’s recommends session we might like to join.

 

See you later