National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

From Comma Press…

The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair takes place on the 3rd November in Manchester, a day dedicated to emerging creative writers, from poets, to short story writers, to novelists. 

The Fair is all about giving writers practical and up-to-date advice on how to live, work, and succeed as a writer. Over the course of the day, you will attend panel sessions, talks and workshops about topics like digital innovations in publishing, choosing the correct form for your idea, and book publicity. Moreover, writers are given the opportunity to meet with two agents, and have a pitching session where they can present their work for on-the-spot feedback. 

You don’t have to be a university graduate to attend the fair, nor do you have to have had anything published. All you need to do is prepare two verbal pitches, in 2 of 10 genres. We cater to writers working in everything from commercial fiction to short stories, from poetry to historical fiction.

The programme includes ‘Next Generation’ poet and novelist Luke Kennard (keynote speaker), Betty Trask Award winning Irenosen Okojie, Jhalak Prize winning Jacob RossBookseller Start Up of the Week Bookollective and leading writer’s magazine Mslexia

Head to the Grad Fair website for the full programme and more information about the day. Tickets are £40, or £35 when booked in a group of five. If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits, or a single parent, you can apply for a reduced fee place for £20.

Bookings close on Wednesday 25th October, so don’t miss out on securing your place.

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Adrian Slatcher: Interesting Drug #4

Latest installment of the hour long arts and music podcast playing music related to the arts and with commentary from Adrian Slatcher on what’s going on in Manchester and beyond: “A couple of weeks ago I saw Sven Helbig perform his Pocket Symphonies at HOME with Manchester Camerata with visuals by Chris Paul Daniels – here’s what I thought. More artistic obituaries – John Ashbery and Walter Becker, two great chroniclers of the American condition – died on the same weekend. Next week I’m seeing Chris Krauss talking about her Kathy Acker biography, so remembering one of my favourite writers. With nuclear brinkmanship back in the news I also look at the honourable history of nuclear war songs from the sixties and eightes.” Listen here.

Simon Taylor – Prospectus

if p then q is very pleased to announce the publication of Prospectus by Simon Taylor.

prospectus sample

Part Cindy Sherman part HR, Prospectus is a beautiful square format book which consists of a selection of colour photographs and descriptive texts for that all important ‘about me’ page.

Prospectus front cover flattened

Simon Taylor is one half of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism whose works are the books aRb and Absolute Elsewhere and the card game What’s the Best? He has also designed book covers for if p then q and posters for The Other Room poetry series. A sketchbook of his work and images from Prospectus can be found at Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/discomoobs/

You can buy at the if p then q website – LINK

Adrian Slatcher: Interesting Drug #3

Yoko Ono’s early 1970s albums have just been reissued on vinyl, so time for a reappraisal of this remarkable artist, musician and icon, including tracks from throughout her career and some associated Fluxus. In addition, we have obituarities for Sam Shephard, Peter Principle of Tuxedo Moon and Glenn Campbell, and focus on art exhibitions at Liverpool Tate, Henry Moore Institute and the Turner Contemporary, Margate. All in just over an hour with music from Ono, Beck, Kurt Schwitters, Patti Smith and others.

New episode of Adrian’s podcast, available here.