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2016 SilverWood Writing Day & Social

Published: 8 Aug 2016   updated: 24 Oct 2016

This year the SilverWood Social will once again take place at the end of Bristol Festival of Literature week.

Always a popular event in the SilverWood calendar, the Social is a wonderful opportunity for authors to get together and chat or share experiences over some food and a glass of wine.

The Social itself starts at 7.30pm, however we're excited to announce that this year we also have a programme of writing-related panels and workshops during the afternoon from 2pm.

Please keep watch for our future mailings as more information about the event becomes available.

For further details about the Bristol Festival of Literature and its programme please visit their website.


The Date

Saturday 29 October 2016 from 2pm until late.

The Venue

Bristol Mercure Hotel, Welsh Back, BS1 4SP.


The Programme

2pm to 3.15pm | Science and Science Fiction: Versions of the Future

Science Fiction writers and Scientists bring you near-future stories designed to provoke lively debate.

The Human Brain Project Foresight Lab at King’s College London and SciFi authors Stephen Oram, Allen Ashley and Jule Owen have worked with leading scientists, including Professor Alan Winfield from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), to bring you three fictional versions of the future. Come along to hear their short stories and then use them as a springboard for what is bound to be a lively discussion between the authors, the scientists - and you. Chaired by Sarah LeFanu.

Riverside Room. Ticketed via Bristol Festival of Literature. £5.50. Please click HERE to view and book.



(1) 3.45pm to 5pm | Writing Workshop with Sarah LeFanu

Has what you're working on ground to a halt?
Has the life drained out of it?
Is your confidence at a low ebb?

In this workshop we will come up with strategies to:

re-vision your work;
breathe life back into it;
re-boot your confidence as a writer and creator

...and by sharing experiences of the difficulties of the writing life, think up ways to overcome them.

Sarah LeFanu has published biographies (Rose Macaulay; S is for Samora) and a memoir (Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal) and has had her short stories broadcast on BBC R4 and included in a number of anthologies.

This workshop is suitable for writers of fiction, and non-fiction. Please feel free to bring a couple of pages of work-in-progress should you wish to.

Mezzanine. £15. Eight places only so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please click HERE to view and book.



(2) 3.45.pm to 4.45pm | Research for Creative Writers

A panel of four successful and experienced writers will deliver nuts and bolts guidance to researching and writing about extreme experiences, realistic characters and the constraints of time and place. Live examples, top tips and much, much more.

A gladius point on your neck, a French revolutionary spy intent on silencing you, a woman defending a castle and her honour while the husband is away at war? Terrifying certainly, but in extreme circumstances there is also muddle, boredom and cock-up in between sharp peaks of action and danger. How to write this authentically is the question that Alison Morton (author of the highly acclaimed Roma Nova series) will examine.

History is usually written by and about the rich and famous, but Lucienne Boyce (author of non-fiction The Bristol Suffragettes, and historical novels To the Fair Land and Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery) will look at how your research can bring to life the amazing stories of the people that history has so often overlooked.

Researching time isn’t only the domain of historical fiction. Even novels set in the present day must conform to the rules, from the time-frame in which events take place, to the season in which your novel is set. Wendy Percival (author of the Esme Quentin series of mystery crime novels) offers a timely reminder of how to avoid the pitfalls.

The panel will be chaired by historical fiction writer David Ebsworth, whose novels include The Song-Sayer's Lament and The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour.

Riverside Room. £4. Please click HERE to book your place.



5pm to 5.45pm | The Elevator Pitch

Dictionary: elevator pitch (noun) (informal) a succinct and persuasive sales pitch, usually for a book.

An opportunity for writers to practice their 'elevator pitch’. This is intended as a fun and constructive ice-breaker where writers are challenged to stand up and introduce their book in 30 seconds or less - and get feedback! (And perhaps sell a copy or two if their pitch appeals to the audience.) Ideal practice for when someone asks at a dinner party, "So what’s your book about?".

Mezzanine. Free of charge, but booking essential. Please click HERE to book your ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints it may not be possible to include everyone's pitches. We will draw names on the day. Good luck!



6pm until 7pm | How I Became a Bestseller, with Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott, in conversation with SilverWood Books, talks about her route to self-publishing success, and how her 2015 crime thriller Stranger Child became the UK’s bestselling self-published ebook.

Described by The Guardian as an e-publishing sensation, Rachel Abbott has sold in excess of two million books, and her crime thrillers are known for their plotting ingenuity. In 2015, it was announced by Amazon that Rachel Abbott was the number one bestselling independent author over a five-year period. Rachel currently works with the SilverWood Team, who produce and distribute her paperback editions.

Riverside Room. Ticketed via Bristol Festival of Literature. £5.50. Please click HERE to view and book. (SilverWood will donate its revenue from ticket sales to the charity Readathon.)



7.30pm onwards | SilverWood Social

Exclusive to SilverWood authors. Partners and guests are very welcome with a ticket.

Mezzanine. Ticketed via SilverWood Books. £24 per person for the superior hot & cold buffet and a glass of wine or juice. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.

All guests wishing to participate in the evening buffet should make an internet bank transfer for £24 (per person) with the payment reference SOCIAL16. Should you have any queries, or if you would like our bank details, please email SilverWood’s administrator Jemma Thornton: jemma@silverwoodbooks.co.uk.



Staying Overnight?
SilverWood has secured a block booking discount at the Mercure Brigstow, a 4* hotel situated on the waterfront overlooking the historic and picturesque Bristol Bridge.

The price of the room for SilverWood guests on Saturday 29 October will be £109 for bed and breakfast (normal price £135).

Please book at the earliest opportunity. Email Jemma for details as you will need a reference code and the correct email address for bookings.

Jemma has also researched a couple of alternatives with locations and prices listed below.


Travel Lodge Mitchel Lane £86.90 bed and breakfast.

Please note both prices shown are saver/non-refundable rates.


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