Have you ever seen a singing pat of butter? Or a starlit sky dancing with the moon? If not, be sure to book for Long Nose Puppets’ production of Pat-a-Cake Baby at Norwich Puppet Theatre on Sunday 15 October.
Long Nose is a prize-winning company founded by Polly Dunbar and Katherine Morton. It has performed at 10 Downing Street and The National Gallery and won first prize with its first production at the Brighton Festival in 2006. Polly is the daughter of long-time EAW member Joyce Dunbar and lives in Beccles. The production is based on the book Pat-a-Cake Baby, written by Joyce and illustrated by Polly, which won the Mal Peet East Anglian Book Awards’ children’s category in 2015.
‘Cake mixing, baking and eating fuel this zingy, high-energy story as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure’- The Guardian
‘Creative, quirky, fresh, funny’- audience member and mum of three
The show is suitable for children of all ages and lasts for one hour. It’s free for children under 2 years old. More information at http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/puppetry/pat-a-cake
FlipSide Festival, Snape Maltings, 6-8 October
We’ve been told of an outstanding weekend writing course that will be run at this year’s FlipSide Festival. It will be taught by best-selling author and creative writing tutor Paul Bryers and will include sessions with publishing greats Dan Franklin (ex-Jonathan Cape) and Liz Calder (ex-Bloomsbury). More information at the main festival website www.flipsideuk.org
There are some outstanding writers speaking at this year’s FlipSide Festival, including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Helen Macdonald, Jackie Kay and Anne Michaels.
Those of us who enjoyed EAW member Terence Blacker’s performance at the summer garden party in July will be delighted to hear that he has a new show of songs and chat coming to the Fisher Theatre, 10 Broad Street, Bungay at 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 September. Tickets, priced at £10, can be bought from: https://tinyurl.com/y8hy85w8
More details from www.fishertheatre.org or call 01986 897 130.
EAW has received the following email from charity Able Community Care. If you are interested in participating, please follow the instructions contained in the email:
Can You Write a Story to Help Able Community Care Raise Money for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice Appeal. (www.each.org.uk)
The East Anglian Children’s Hospice Appeal is our charity for 2017 and we wish to raise as much money as we can to help the children and their families who rely on this wonderful organisation.
Our competition for August/September is: Write a story, fact or fiction, in 500 words or less choosing one of the following subjects: -
The cost of entry is £5 all of which will go to the appeal.
How to enter:
Closing date is September 30th and the winners will be announced in early October. We look forward to reading your entries and thank you if you are happy to participate.
Angela Gifford, Managing Director, and ACC staff
Able Community Care, The Old Parish Rooms, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich. NR14 8TZ
Re the previous post (see below): Cinema City Norwich are now taking bookings for the special Ann Thwaite Q&A event at 6 pm on 4 October. You can book at this link: www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City/film/goodbye-christopher-robin-qanda-with-ann-thwaite
One of our longest-serving committee members, Ann Thwaite, has a film of one of her biographies coming out this autumn. Goodbye Christopher Robin is the film version of her biography of A.A. Milne, first published in the 1980s. The film arrives at Cinema City, Norwich on Friday 29 September, and on Wednesday 4 October Ann will be conducting a Q&A session at the cinema after the 6 pm showing of the film. More details will be posted when they become available, but please come along if you can and tell all your friends about it. It will be open to all comers, and copies of the new version of the book (also now called Goodbye Christopher Robin) will be available to buy on the night.
The Ink Festival, which takes place at The Cut in Halesworth next April, is seeking scripts for short plays, films, and indeed musicals for their 2018 Festival with the opportunity for writers to see their work directed and performed by professional actors and directors. It’s a wonderful event which has grown into something quite special. This year we showcased 17 new stage plays, a number of short films, and several radio plays. The age of participants ranged from 13 to 92. Details of past festivals and how to submit work for next year’s festival are available on inkfestival.org/ink-festival-2018/
We had a wonderful summer party at the home of Ann and Anthony Thwaite on 29 July. Thanks to the Thwaites, and everyone who came along. If anyone is missing a large blue salad bowl, please let the chair know.
HighTide and the New Wolsey Theatre are inviting emerging writers to the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on Sunday 18th June to participate in a day of workshops and exercises centered around writing new work for the stage. The day will be led by HighTide Associate Director Andy Twyman. The academy will be a chance for local writers to meet one another and exchange ideas and tips on writing new work.
After the academy, writers will be encouraged to create a new short play and submit it to HighTide. Five of these plays will then be selected to be performed as readings at HighTide Festival 2017 in September by members of the New Wolsey Young Company. The five selected writers will also be provided with a festival pass to the HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh.
If you would like to take part in the academy weekend, please contact email@example.com. Please note, this opportunity is aimed at writers from the East Anglia region and we can only accept applications from writers based in the region.
Creative Learning Manager
New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS
David Merrifield, a Great Yarmouth writer, has organised an Author Fair in Great Yarmouth on Saturday 17 June. It will be held from 10 am at Christchurch in King Street, and any local writers are welcome to contact David Merrifield on 01502 733 993 or 07979 738 915 with a view to taking part.
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