Events

A Selection of Readings and Performances:

June 2019

National Writers’ Conference 2019: Sustaining Your Creative Career

Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
General Admission: £60 / £54 (concs) Ticket includes buffet lunch, tea and coffee.
Early Bird: £50 / £45 (concs)
Early Bird sales end: Tuesday 21 May (noon) / general sale ends Thursday 20 June (noon)

1.45pm – 2.45pm: Breakout sessions (to be selected at registration on the day):
Overcoming Obstacles: Health & Wellbeing for Writers – George Bastow, writer, journalist & blogger; Jane Roberts, fiction & non-fiction writer; Maisie Chan, fiction & Young Adult fiction writer. Chair: Louise Palfreyman, writer.


May 2019

Unheard Voices anthology launch at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Bookshop. 6pm start, FREE ENTRY.


Autumn/Winter 2018-Spring 2019
High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories will be launched by editors Karen Stevens and Jonathan Taylor at the NAWE Conference 2018 in York on Saturday 10th November:
“18.00pm Launch: High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories, ed. Karen Stevens and Jonathan Taylor
From folk songs to classical art songs, from Purcell to Schubert to Verdi to Mahler to Orff, there is a long and well-known tradition of “Drinking Songs.” The same goes for “Drinking Poems.” This anthology taps into another, less-well-known, yet equally powerful, tradition: that of the “Drinking Story.” Edited with an introduction by Karen Stevens and Jonathan Taylor, contributors include some of the best short story writers in the UK today: Judith Allnatt, Jenn Ashworth, Laurie Cusack, Desmond Barry, Louis de Bernières, Jane Feaver, Cathy Galvin, Alison Moore, Kate North, Bethan Roberts, Jane Roberts, Hannah Stevens, Michael Stewart, David Swann, Melanie Whipman, and Sue Wilsea.”

In February 2019, High Spirits will be launched at The Word Factory at Waterstones Piccadilly. Booking details. 


Autumn/Winter 2018-2019
The Mechanics’ Institute Review 15: Please look out for information re The Mechanics’ Institute from the University of Birkbeck MIR Online site.


26th May 2017
An Evening of Flash Fiction (standing in for Meg Pokrass)
St James’ Wine Vaults
7.30pm-9.30pm
With: K M Elkes, Jude Higgins, Joanna Campbell, Tracy Fells, and John Holland.


6th April 2017
Unthology 9 Launch
Unthank Books and Project U unveil the latest in their “celebrated series showcasing short fiction”
Library Restaurant, Norwich
7pm-10pm FREE
With: Ashley Stokes, Roelof Bakker, Judy Birkbeck, Gordon Collins, Tim Love, and Tim Sykes.


18th March 2017
American Fiction Special with George Saunders
Chaired by Jon McGregor, hosted by Writing West Midlands and Birmingham Literature Festival
The Door, Birmingham Rep Theatre
Readings from Lincoln in the Bardo (Reading with GS and others)


16th October 2016
Octopoet, Made in Roath Festival
7.15pm-11pm
The Coffi House, 3 Wellfield Road, Cardiff CF24 3NZ
With: Mark Blayney, Costa Winner Jonathan Edwards, Bethany W Pope, Kate Noakes, Gary Raymond, Carly Holmes, and more!


25th June 2016
National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Launch
An Evening of Flash Tales
7pm-10pm
At The Well, 145 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5RR Bristol


24th April 2016
These Parts Forum: Why Shropshire?
Poet-in-residence Paul Francis, Jeff Phelps, and Jane Roberts
4.30pm-5.15pm
Wenlock Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock, Shropshire


4th February 2016
The Lonely Crowd Readings: Issue 3 – FREE ADMISSION!
Little Man Coffee, Cardiff


11th December 2015
Literary Salmon at The Word Factory Christmas Party
Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London
See The Word Factory website for booking information


27th June 2015
National Flash Fiction Day Readings – FREE ADMISSION!
18.00 – 20.00
Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU


24th September 2014
Bare Fiction Issue 3 Launch
Dogstar, Brixton (London)


March/April 2014
“Sounds of Shropshire”
A collection of Jane’s photographs are on display at The Hive in Shrewsbury as an accompaniment to Jodi Award winnings “Sound Canvas” exhibition by artist Zoe Partington.

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