Hive Young Writers’ Day (Now booked out, but let us know if you missed out + your interests and we’ll put you on a list to contact you when something of interest to you comes up)
Horror & Fantasy genre writing with Simon Bestwick & KT Davies
When: Saturday 25th Feb – from 10.30 to 4.30pm
Where: Sheffield, Institute of Learning, Charlies St (5 minutes for Sheffield train & bus station)
Open to: 14 to 25s from across South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley & Doncaster areas).
Love writing that makes the hairs on your arms stand on end? Or do you like to get lost in other worlds? Perhaps you’re just curious about genre fiction in general. If so, our February writers’ day is set to be a real treat with, not one, but, two brilliant genre writers – Simon Bestwick described as “Among the most important writers of contemporary British horror” (Ramsey Campbell), and Fantasy writer, KT Davies, whose last novel, Breed was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Novel Award.
Simon and KT will explain a little of their writing journeys, read some of their work, and offer a range of practical exercises and tips to hone your writing skills – from sourcing and adapting ideas, and creating characters who spring into life from the page (monsters too), to constructing stories and fantasy worlds.
Simon Bestwick has spent 20 years writing all things horror (and occasional crime & Sci-Fi). He’s published 5 novels, 6 novellas and numerous short stories. He’s also written radio plays, has been twice shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year.
His books include the Black Road series, The Faceless and The Feast of All Souls. He lives on the Wirral with his long-suffering wife, the author Cate Gardner, and uses far too many semicolons. You can follow his author page here.
“Bestwick is brilliant” – The Guardian
“Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace” – The Telegraph
“Among the most important writers of contemporary British horror” – Ramsey Campbell, author of The Grin of the Dark and The Searching Dead
KT Davies has published two fantasy novels, The Red Knight, and Breed, which was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Novel Award. She also writes short stories that have been published in various anthologies including Fight like a Girl.
KT also works as a ghost writer and has reviewed books and games for SFcrowsnest. She’s guest edited for the British Science Fiction Association, and Focus magazine, and runs a genre writing group called the Inkflingers.
KT games, plays with swords and has a lifetime membership of Club Nerd. She somehow blagged a 1st in Literature and has worked as an actor, scaffolder, teacher, and until recently, a theatrical prop maker. Born in the wilds of Yorkshire (or ‘the North’ for Game of Thrones fans), KT now lives in the West Midlands with a grumpy cat, four dogs, two children, and a husband (hers as it turns out). www.kdavies.net
Cost: £5 full day (with refreshments but not lunch included).
Discounts: Hive is particularly keen to encourage young people who wouldn’t normally access this type of opportunity, and there are always discounts available for a number of places to support individuals who may be unable to pay in full, or to support travel costs within the South Yorkshire region. Please get in touch ASAP before places fill up if that sounds like you.
Booking: To book a place on this Writers’ Day, email [email protected]
Where: The Institute of Education, Charles Street Sheffield. This is just off Arundel Gate and Arundel Street, 5 minutes from Sheffield train & bus stations.
Someone will be there to greet people at the reception from 10.15am. Charles Street Building info here
Google map info here: 133 Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2ND
Hive Young Writers’ Days
Hive Young Writers’ Days are a chance for young writers, whatever your interest and ability, to develop your writing with support from professional writers, while meeting other young writers, and getting involved in the Hive young writers’ network.
Hive Young Writers’ Days are open to young people 14 to 25 (more or less! if that’s not quite you but you’d like to come, get in touch with: [email protected])
For more about our writers’ days click here.
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