26 April - 9 May 2021

Sunday 2nd 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.

Copywork for your Creative Practice - A workshop

Event Time: 10:00 am

Join Kathryn Koromilas for an exploration of how copywork - literally copying the work of selected texts, word for word - can help you overcome blank-page syndrome, ease the demands of having to produce "original, genius, groundbreaking" work, increase confidence in crafting excellent sentences and finding voice, and build a writing practice that is humble, mindful, and blissful. In this 50-minute session, we will start quietly with a text, then read, copy, imitate, and leap into our own creative voice. The sessions will be delivered live on Instagram

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.

Learning Your Inner Witch: a Poem-Spell Writing Workshop

Event Time: 12:00 pm

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Join author Alice Tarbuck for a relaxed poem-spell writing workshop to learn about your inner witch, and to find words for reconnecting with the world. You don't need anything more than something to write on and something to write with.

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Alice Tarbuck is an award-winning poet and writer. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of Dundee, and was a 2019 Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Awardee for poetry. Her debut non-fiction book A Spell in the Wild: a year (and six centuries) of Magic is published by Hodder & Stoughton. She works as a Lead Reader for literacy charity Open Book. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, the University of Edinburgh and further afield. She has chaired events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dundee Literary Festival and at bookshops around Scotland.

Dream Futures

Event Time: 2:00 pm

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Join writer and poet Jeda Pearl for a workshop where you can escape reality and explore a future of your own imagining. Nothing is off limits: A world that is more inclusive; a fantastical sci-fi universe; or, simply, a different, better "normal." Suitable for both experienced and novice writers, this event it open to everyone.

Marginalized communities are encouraged to attend -- we welcome disabled, neurodiverse, and chronically-ill participants, LGBTQ+ and working-class communities, as well as participants from African, Caribbean, Latinx, and First Nation diasporas.

If you missed the PDF download during the session, please click here!

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Jeda Pearl is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet and Co-Director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers. In 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mhor Bridge Awards. She’s performed at StAnza, Event Horizon, Inky Fingers, Hidden Door and has been commissioned by the British Council’s Momentum program and Rhubaba gallery. Her poems and short stories are published by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, New Writing Scotland, Not Going Back to Normal – a Disabled Artists Manifesto, TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie and Shoreline of Infinity.

Who's Loving You?: Love Stories by Women of Colour

Event Time: 4:00 pm

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Who's Loving You? is a celebration of love in all its guises written by women of colour, with ten original short stories from bold new voices, literary prize-winners and national treasures. In this extraordinary collection, ten writers explore the full spectrum of love in all its messy, joyful, agonising and exhilarating forms. Celebrating and centring the romance, passion and desire of women of colour, these stories burn with an intensity and longing that lingers long after the final page.

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Sareeta Domingo

Sareeta Domingo is the author of If I Don't Have You, The Nearness of You and creator, editor and contributing writer of romantic fiction anthology Who's Loving You. Her books for Young Adults are published under S.A. Domingo, including Love, Secret Santa. She has contributed to publications including gal-dem, Black Ballad, Stylist and Token Magazine, and has taken part in events for Hachette Books, Winchester Writers’ Festival, Black Girls Book Club and Bare Lit Festival among others.

Sara Jafari

Sara Jafari is a British-Iranian author and editor based in London. On the side, she runs TOKEN Magazine, a literature and arts print magazine, which showcases writing and artwork by underrepresented writers and artists. She is a contributor to "I Will Not Be Erased": Our stories about growing up as people of colour, and her debut novel, The Mismatch, will be published in summer 2021.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. Her debut novel, Harmless Like You won the Authors' Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask award. Her latest novel, Starling Days, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. She has written for The Atlantic, Granta, The White Review and other publications.

Varaidzo

Varaidzo is a writer, editor and artist. She is a contributor to the bestselling anthology The Good Immigrant and her story story ‘Bus Stop’ was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Prize 2018. She was previously an editor for Wasafiri and gal-dem.

How We Met: A Memoir of Love and Other Misadventures

Event Time: 5:00 pm

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Award-winning novelist and journalist Huma Qureshi discusses her new memoir How We Met: A Memoir of Love and Other Misadventures. Huma will speak about growing up as a minority in 90's-era Walsall, the unwritten rules of her family's Southeast Asian social circles, teenage crushes, and marriage.

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Huma Qureshi is an award-winning writer and journalist, and contributor to The Best Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly About Motherhood (2020). A former Guardian reporter, she has also written for The Times, Independent, Observer, Grazia, New Statesman and The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to BBC2’s Pause for Thought and has appeared as a contributor on BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC London, BBC Breakfast and the BBC Asian Network. She is the winner of the 2020 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize.

Earthed: A Courageous Memoir for Our Uncertain Times

Event Time: 6:00 pm

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Join Rebecca Schiller as she reads from Earthed: A courageous memoir for our uncertain times. A story of living in both an unfamiliar world and a volatile mind, Earthed explores how a place has the power to transform us and how the land can be both a dream and a nightmare

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Rebecca Schiller is a writer, journalist and the author of Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan (Penguin Life) and Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter. She is co-founder and trustee of the human rights charity Birthrights and a regular contributor to the Guardian. Rebecca and her family raise a motley crew of goats, geese, ducks and chickens. They work their small plot to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers and restore wildlife to the land.

The Importance of Uplit

Event Time: 7:00 pm

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Writers Tim Ewins, Victoria Dowd, Gill Harvey, Matson Taylor, Nicola Gill, and Cat Walker discuss the emergence of Uplit fiction, why lighthearted and heartwarming stories are important, and how anyone can channel their inner comedian.

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Cat Walker

Cat Walker was born in the sunny seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. She is a grown up eternal student, with a passion for travel which has seen her wandering the globe in search of ‘truth’. The Scoop is her debut novel. Cat also writes poetry and co-wrote and directed (probably) the world’s first lesbian field hockey musical which sold out performances in Brighton, Eastbourne and (pretty near) the West End of London. During lockdown Cat unexpectedly became a bestselling poet when she was published in Poems for a Pandemic (HarperCollins) alongside Darren Smith’s powerful ‘You Clap for Me Now’. Cat currently lives in Brighton with her wife and young son. Cat Walker is not having a mid-life crisis!

Victoria Dowd

Victoria Dowd’s debut novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, was In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel’s Book of the Year 2020 and is short listed for The People’s Book Prize and TCK’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2021. The second book in the series, Body on the Island, was released in February 2021. Her books are a modern, darkly comic take on Golden Age crime fiction. Victoria was awarded the Gothic Fiction prize for short fiction in 2019.

Gillian Harvey

Gillian Harvey started her career as a secondary school teacher in 2001, having graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in English. After eight years in the classroom she left the profession and moved to France with husband Ray to have an adventure. She has written comment pieces and features for Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, and regularly writes features for magazines including People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly and Reader’s Digest. Her ‘Under the Covers’ column takes a sideways look at life as an author. Gillian’s first novel, Everything is Fine, was published with Orion in May 2020. Her second, Perfect on Paper, is due for publication in May 2021.

Tim Ewins

Tim Ewins had an eight-year stand-up career alongside his accidental career in finance, before turning to writing fiction. He has previously written for DNA Mumbai, had two short stories highly commended and published in Michael Terence Short Story Anthologies, and had a very brief acting stint (he’s in the film Bronson, somewhere in the background). He lives with his wife, son and dog in Bristol. We Are Animals is his first novel.

Nicola Gill

Nicola Gill lives in London with her husband and her two sons. At the age of five, when all of the other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, she decided she wanted to be an author. Her ballet teacher was very relieved.

Matson Taylor

Matson Taylor grew up in Yorkshire (the flat part, not the Brontë part). He comes from farming stock and spent an idyllic childhood surrounded by horses, cows, bicycles, and cheap ice-cream. He now lives in London and teaches at various museums and universities. He had always wanted to write a novel and, after spending years doing academic work on beaded flapper dresses and glow-in-the-dark wartime fascinators, decided to enrol on the Faber Academy 'Writing A Novel' course. The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is his first novel.

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