26 April - 9 May 2021

Monday 3rd May

Kathryn Koromilas

Event Time: 9:15 am

Join Kathryn Koromilas for a daily morning meditative writing session. In this calm and mindful session, we’ll meditate - in writing - with a poem. The intention of meditative writing is to help you remove mental obstacles, encourage mindful concentration, enhance your creative practice, and just generally supercharge your day. Sessions will be streamed live on Instagram, every morning from 9:15am to 9:45 am for the duration of the festival.

Follow the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival Instagram account to take part.

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Kathryn Koromilas is a creative writer, a teacher & a gentle, joyful Stoic! She uses ancient wisdom and writing practices to help reignite creativity, reimagine purpose, and foster a thriving writing practice.

Ian Elmslie

Event Time: 12:00 pm

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Ian spent many years working the gay cabaret circuit in both London and the South East. His book, A Marvellous Party, weaves together the coming-of-age (and coming out) story of a young boy in 1970s Britain with anecdotes of meeting his heroes: Quentin Crisp, Ian McKellen, Armistead Maupin, Donny Osmond, amongst others. The book shares stories that are told with warmth, affection, humor, and insight. Currently in its third printing, A Marvellous Party was longlisted for the Polari Prize upon first publication.

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Ian Elmslie was born in 1962 at the same hospital as Quentin Crisp, which explains almost everything. After graduating from Rose Bruford College, he forged a professional liaison with another drama school survivor, and the musical comedy act Katrina and The Boy proceeded to take the 90’s gay cabaret scene by storm.

In the new millennium Ian embraced his inner Miss Jean Brodie, and became a secondary school drama teacher. In 2017, his book, A Marvellous Party, was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. A one man show followed, featuring songs from the LGBT catalogue and some original compositions, and has been presented in cabaret venues, schools and the occasional prison. Ian has recently released his first album of original songs, entitled “Old Boyfriends”, which is available to stream and download on Spotify, and also available on YouTube, along with three sections from A Marvellous Party.

The Pleasures of Detail

Event Time: 4:00 pm

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Join writer and University of Glasgow senior lecturer Elizabeth Reeder for a short workshop about gather original details – and how to them as a driving force in your writing

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Elizabeth Reeder, originally from Chicago, now lives in Scotland. She writes fiction, narrative non-fiction and hybrid work that creates spaces between forms, subjects and disciplines. Her work explores identity, family, illness and grief, creativity and landscapes. She has published two previous novels, Ramshackle and Fremont. Her latest novel, An Archive of Happiness, was published by Penned in the Margins in September 2020. microbursts - a collection of hybrid, lyric essays about the places between life and death; memoir and poetry; making and letting go - is a collaboration with artist Amanda Thomson and is published by Prototype Publishing (Feb 2021). She is a MacDowell Fellow and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow.

Open Mic Night!

Event Time: 6:00 pm

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The online literary salon where writers and guests come together to read, listen and encourage. Prose, poetry and pleasant surprises welcome.

To sign up to the open mic, please email Janet Foyer on janet.floyer@gmail.com. We would love to hear your words!

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Janet Floyer holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She is inspired by the quirky side of family life and fully embraces the term creative non-fiction. You can find her work in From Glasgow to Saturn, Random Reject Project, and languishing shyly on her laptop. Floyer’s monologue ‘Can you See Me?’ was performed in November 2020 by Rachel Ogilvy for Hidden Women online at In Motion Theatre. She facilitates creative writing workshops for people in addiction recovery, and writers about town who need a little extra inspiration and encouragement. Since 2019, Janet has been opening her door for literary salons both at home and online including the #Stay-at-Home-Literary Festival and the #Stay-at-Home-Fringe in 2020. Janet lives in Malaga, Spain with her husband, daughters and miniature schnauzers. So far, they’re all still speaking to her.

Writing a Modern Romantic Comedy

Event Time: 7:00 pm

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Lorraine Brown's debut novel, Uncoupling, was published by Orion in February and will be released in the US under Penguin Random House this August.

James Bailey's debut novel, The Flip Side, is a romantic comedy about a man who decides to make every decision based on the flip of a coin. Published to rave reviews, The Flip Side was released by Penguin Michael Joseph in 2020.

Laura Kay's debut novel, The Split, is a sweet and funny story about love, heartache, friendship and family. Published by Quercus, The Split was released in February 2021.

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Lorraine Brown

Lorraine Brown previously trained as an actress and has just completed her final year of a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling. She lives in London with her partner and their 8-year-old son. Uncoupling - a modern love story that begins on night train and is set mainly in Paris - is her first novel, and was published by Orion Fiction in 2021. The book has also sold to Penguin Random House in the US as well as to nine other territories including Germany, Italy and Sweden. She is currently working on her second novel.

James Bailey

James Bailey is the author of The Flip Side. He began working on his debut novel during Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course, before signing a two-book deal with Michael Joseph Penguin. The Flip Side tells the story of Josh, a twenty-something man, who makes all his decisions on the toss of a coin in his search to find love. It became an e-book bestseller, and is set to be translated into eleven languages. He is currently writing his second novel.

Laura Kay

Laura Kay is a writer and editor. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield and now lives in East London with her wife and cats. In 2018 Laura was selected as one of the ten PRH WriteNow mentees. The Split is her debut novel.