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Press and Social Media Masterclass for Writers

22 May

Join S&C editors Tom Sykes and Sarah Cheverton to learn how to:

  • Get your fiction and journalism published in the press (and get paid for it!)
  • Maximise your research by using it across different media platforms
  • Find new audiences & readers for your books by building followers through engagement with shorter pieces
  • Build your writer’s profile online
  • Use social media to boost your writing career
  • Understand which platforms are best for you
  • Avoid time drains and other pitfalls

Sunday 25th June 2017
9.30am-4.00pm
Eldon Building foyer, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth University, Portsmouth PO1 2ST

Booking and more information here.

Sarah Cheverton is Editor-in-Chief of local news and commentary site Star
& Crescent. She is also Writer-in-Residence for the voluntary sector
organisation Aurora New Dawn, as well as a writer, lover of Portsmouth and
blogging contributor for Huffington Post UK.

Tom Sykes is a widely published writer, Portsmouth University senior
lecturer and Co-editor of Star & Crescent. He has 12 years of professional writing experience including publications in The Telegraph, New Statesman, The Scotsman, Private Eye and New Internationalist.

Brought to you in association with New Writing South, Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, Star & Crescent and the School of Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth.

Island Cities, Coasts of Teeth Event

17 Oct
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6pm-7.30pm

Blackwell’s in Portsmouth, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF

A heady gala of both travel writing about Portsmouth and Portsmouth-based travel writers who have gone elsewhere in search of inspiration. As part of the event, Tom Sykes and Alexander Sebley will be doing a local launch of their new book Ivory Coast: The Bradt Guide. Expect tales of animist rituals, Rastafarian communes, disabled artisans’ cooperatives and risky expeditions with Ghanaian migrant fishermen.

Other performers include Sarah Cheverton (Star & Crescent, Huffington Post) and Gareth Rees (reading from his latest book Read Rees). More TBA.

Facebook group here.

Book launch for Ivory Coast: The Bradt Guide

11 Jul

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When: 11th August 2016, 6.30pm-8pm

Where: Stanfords, 12-14 Long Acre, WC2E9, London, UK

Hosted by: author Tom Sykes (New Statesman, The Scotsman, Private Eye) and photographer Alexander Sebley (VICE, BBC).

You’re cordially invited to the launch of the very first full-length English language guidebook to Ivory Coast. The country is a stunner, from the cream-hued beaches of Assinie in the southeast to the crimson savannahs of the north to the awe-inspiring mountains of the west and a wealth of wildlife-rich national parks (500 bird species, chimps, crocs, hippos and even lions and elephants can be glimpsed). At weekends the nightspots of the largest city, Abidjan, boom with the sounds of home-grown musical genres like coupé-decalé and zouglou alongside US hip-hop, French free-form jazz and Latin American soca. If Ivory Coast’s music is the envy of Africa, its traditional art and craft scene is the envy of the world. In the north, jewellers, blacksmiths, weavers, potters and wood-carvers use ancient techniques to create unique artefacts. Aside from the usual practical information, the book includes reportage, interviews and political, historical and cultural analysis.

 

Travel Writing: Thrills, Spills, Risks and Rewards 15/02/2016

26 Jan

What makes for good travel writing? How do you get into the profession? What practical, ethical and political challenges come with the job? Who are the great travel writers and what can we learn from them? Can an outsider ever fairly and accurately represent a given place, society or culture?

University of Portsmouth lecturer, travel book author, foreign affairs journalist and Star & Crescent Co-Editor-in-Chief Tom Sykes and writer-photographer Alexander Sebley will explore these questions and more in their event taking place on the 15th February in Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth at 6pm.

The talk will reference their travels across four continents and their recent collaboration on the upcoming Bradt Guidebook to Ivory Coast. They also offer practical advice on the craft and explore the various sub-genres of travel writing from guidebooks to service articles to narrative travelogues.

Tom Sykes’s travelogues and foreign affairs features have appeared in The Telegraph, New Statesman, Scotsman, New Internationalist, London Magazine, Red Pepper and New African. He is the co-editor of the successful No Such Thing As a Free Ride? series of travel anthologies, the first of which was named the Observer‘s Travel Book of the Month. He is the author of the Bradt Guide to Ivory Coast and is working on a travel-inflected novel entitled Blood is Not Thicker in Manila. Tom teaches travel writing, amongst other genres, in his capacity as Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth.

Living in London, Alexander Sebley is a writer, photographer and label manager who has worked for VICE, the BBC, Bradt Travel Guides, London Fashion Week Magazine and many other publications and organisations.

Read Rees London Book Launch

24 Jun
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The time: 24th July 7 pm-12 am
The place: The Haggerston Pub, 438 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
‘Forty years of wanderlust and menial labour rolled up into a joint of mindful rebellion’.
Come along to the London launch of Read Rees, an introduction to the writings of Gareth Rees. Feast on five fantastic stories of war, theology, blackberry crumble and the oppression of cleaning staff.

There will be readings plus a Q&A session with the author. Copies of the book will be on sale priced at £6. Those who pre-bought the book and/or invested in the project can pick up their copies at the event (or wait to receive them in the post).

Fine pizzas and other refreshments will be available.

 

The Business of Writing Appearance

23 Oct

The Business of Writing
Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
November 18th, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Digital technology has changed the landscape of writing considerably in recent years. From the rise of the e-book to self publishing, to blogging and digital journalism, this new landscape presents a wide range of challenges and opportunities to established and aspiring writers alike.

The Business of Writing brings together three writers to explore new ways of developing paid work and creating your own opportunities in this new and shifting landscape. Our speakers work across a variety of mediums, including:

Script Writing
Blogging
Travel Writing
Fiction

Sean Tyler, an award winning Hampshire-based playwright, who has had multiple plays performed in New York and in the UK. Sean will address overseas and UK commissions and how he has generated interest in his work. http://www.seantyler.org/4436.html

Tom Sykes, Tom teaches at University of Portsmouth, in addition to being a prolific and award winning travel writer (Observer Book of the Month). Tom will be speaking about his experiences of travel journalism and creative nonfiction and talking about online publishing opportunities. https://tomgsykes.wordpress.com/tag/travel-writing/

‘Crunchy, punchy, surreal, occasionally severe and always on the button. As with all great language, forget what you’ve heard before and escape with what’s coming at you NOW. Brilliant.’ John Mayfield, audiobookradio.net

Southsea-based Helen Wallen is a professional copywriter and recent Mum whose humour filled new blog site has been nominated for several awards. http://www.justanormalmummy.blogspot.co.uk/

Sarah Cheverton,freelance writer and researcher, who also runs Portsmouth Writers Hub will be keeping this diverse range of talents in order!

There will be opportunities to put questions to our speakers as well as to network over refreshments.
Welcome drink: 6.00pm
Speaker session starts: 6.30pm
Finish: 9.00pm

Venue: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building near Loch Fyne, Gunwharf Quays.
Car Park: Gunwharf Quays
Rail: Portsmouth Harbour Station (10 minutes walk)

Price: £10 advance, £8 Concessions, £12 on the night
Tickets: https://gewports-art-of-business-writing.eventbrite.co.uk
More info: Sarah Mayell-Thomas: sarahmayell@yahoo.co.uk

The Business of Writing is one of 4 events which are part of The Art of Business.
Other events in the series are: “Where’s the Money”, “Created by Technology” and “Standing from the crowd”.
For more information about these events see http://www.entrepreneursunite.co.uk

The 4 days are part of a Global initiative, Global Entrepreneurs Week, 18th-24th November which takes place in 115 countries since its inception in 2004.

Portsmouth has responded by hosting the first ever ”Entrepreneurs Unite” week. Solent Innovation supported by Portsmouth City Council, Shaping the Future, University of Portsmouth, Parity Trust and UK Business Angels are all partners.

There are a wide number of events confirmed for the week with a Business Awards event, Start Up event, Silicon Island Business Angels Conference, Raspberry Pi sponsored event, Pitch and Win and Schools and Colleges throughout the Region are putting on a whole series of events during the week. http://www.entrepreneursunite.co.uk

Bristol Festival of Literature Appearance

2 Oct

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Just an extra reminder that I will be appearing alongside Mike Manson and Tom Phillips at Stanford’s book shop on 24th October as part of the splendid Bristol Festival of Literature:

http://unputdownable.org/events#Oct19

Missive #22: Bristol Festival of Literature Appearance

28 Aug

Truly thrilled and tickled to announce that the slow-moving ‘On the Road, Off the Page’ roadshow will, after an interval of seven months, be resuming at the Bristol Festival of Literature on October 24th. Listen to me talking about developing world megacities and the history of hitchhiking, and to Tom Phillips and Mike Manson about their wondrous work. Full details this a-way:

http://unputdownable.org/event/on-the-road-off-the-page

On the Road – Off the Page

17 Jan

A public event where five travel writers discuss their very different work

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Time: 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Travel writing has never been more interesting or more diverse than it is today. It has both broad appeal and literary import, with television personalities such as Michael Palin to be found in the genre alongside Nobel Laureates such as VS Naipaul. In this session we present five very different travel writers – from Portsmouth and beyond – with very different approaches to the craft. Drawing on their own enthralling travel experiences, their work spans poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and journalism.

BOOK YOUR TICKET FOR THIS EVENT THROUGH THIS LINK!

The Speakers:

Tony Giles

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Tony Giles is a blind and mostly deaf man who has travelled the world solo. For him, travel is about engaging all the senses he has access to; feeling different textures, tasting new foods, hearing great music, smelling unusual plants. Meeting and trusting people has been essential not only to Tony’s survival but so that he can return from a trip a little wiser and more fulfilled. His journeys are fiercely independent and involve soul searching, self-education and intense adventure.
Tony has written about his experiences in Seeing the World My Way (Silverwood Originals 2010), a journey of hedonism and thrill seeking adventure across America, Asia and Australasia. It is a unique story full of drama and danger, from bungee jumping in New Zealand to booze-filled nights out in New Orleans. This fascinating travel autobiography is a young blind man’s angle on the world as he attempts to achieve his dreams, dealing with disability whilst living life to the full.

Originally from Weston-super-Mare, Tony is now working on a sequel, Seeing the Americas My Way.

www.tonythetraveller.com

Mike Manson 

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There was a time when cheap air travel did not exist. Anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to travel – but short of money – had to stand by the road with their thumb out. Felix and Boz apply their ‘rules of the road’ when making their epic journey from Bristol to Matala, Greece. They get lost, meet strange people, buy weird footwear and avoid being eaten by tortoises. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a hippie bumming around Europe in the 70s this is the book for you. Mike’s novel ‘Rules of the Road’ (Tangent Books) ‘… confirms Manson’s stature as a top – drawer comic writer.’

His first novel ‘Where’s My Money?’ (Tangent Books, 2008) was described by Arthur Smith as ‘full of brilliantly observed characters and consistently witty – and carries a poignant punch.’ Mike is an editor of the Bristol Review of Books, was chair of the judges of the 2009 Bristol Short Story Prize and an organizer of the 2011 Bristol Festival of Literature.

www.rulesoftheroad.co.uk

 

Sarah Cheverton

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Sarah Cheverton is a feminist activist, a freelance writer, researcher and co-ordinator of the Portsmouth Writer Hub. She is currently Writer in Residence for a frontline service working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, Aurora New Dawn. She is a keen advocate for the role writers can play in community development and supporting the voluntary sector.

Sarah’s freelance writing has featured in a number of publications in recent years, including feminist news site Women’s Views on News, Vagina Magazine, and Children and Young People Now. Her travel writing has been featured on various websites, and in a collection of travel writing on Malaysia, Sini Sana. Most recently a selection of her writing was profiled alongside other Portsmouth writers on Soundcloud. These podcasts were based on a series of articles and a developing book called Being Peace in Israel and Palestine about her experiences in Israel and the Occupied Territories as part of a unique and inspiring project called ‘Being Peace’, run by an organisation called Sanghaseva.

Sarah accompanied Sanghaseva on their latest Being Peace retreat, a highly structured yet incredibly flexible journey through the conflict that takes in a wide range of viewpoints, including Palestinian villagers and farmers, Israeli Defence Force soldiers, former Palestinian resistance fighters, Jewish settlers, Israeli residents and just a small number of the many people from a diverse range of organisations working for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Alongside Being Peace, Sarah is also currently writing her first novel.

www.newwritingsouth.com

Tom Phillips

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Tom Phillips is a writer based in Bristol, England, author of two pamphlets of poetry, Burning Omaha and Reversing into the Cold War, and the full-length collection Recreation Ground (Two Rivers Press, 2012). His plays have been staged widely and include Man Diving, Hotel Illyria, Arbeit Macht Frei and the solo show I Went to Albania. Tom is also currently studying for a PhD in creative writing at Reading University.

He earns his keep by maintaining www.venue.co.uk.

http://recreationground.blogspot.co.uk

Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes is the co-editor of 3 anthologies of hitchhiking stories that have sold 20,000 copies worldwide. The first, No Such Thing as a Free Ride? (Cassell Illustrated, 2005) was serialized in The Times and named The Observer’s Travel Book of the Month. A literary road movie to take you on the trip of a lifetime, this book recounts the more innocent, more vibrant times in which we have lived, and points to the possibility of a more eco-friendly, co-operative, car-sharing future.

Tom will explore the history of hitchhiking, from its pilgrim origins in the Middle Ages to the Depression to the counterculture of the 1960s and beyond. Tom then discusses the present day: how state-organised hitchhiking schemes operate in Poland and Cuba and how hitching offers challenges, insights and adventures that you won’t find inside the cocoons of modern commercial tourism.

Tom’s travel writing has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The London Magazine, Going Places, GoNomad, The Philippines Free Press, The Expat and various in-flight magazines. He is currently pursuing PhD studies in travel writing at Goldsmiths College and teaches the same subject at the University of Portsmouth. He is also working on With Daisy in Manila, a book about surviving a developing world megacity with his young family.

www.tomgsykes.co.uk

BOOK YOUR TICKET FOR THIS EVENT THROUGH THIS LINK!

Festivals

31 Dec

2011 Bristol Festival of Literature: Tom appears with Tony Giles at the ‘So You’re Deaf and Blind and You Want to Travel the World?’ event. He also comperes the Bristol Writers Group ‘Harbourside Tales’ and chairs the ‘Should David Cameron Read More Science Fiction?’ events.

Goldsmiths College Spring Review Festival 2011: Tom lectures on his PhD project.

2010 Happy Mondays literary festival, Manila, Philippines: Tom reads several short stories and travelogues.

Southsea Fest 2009 music and spoken word festival: Tom reads from The Hitchers of Oz.