26 April - 9 May 2021

Thursday 6th 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.

Layers in Flash Fiction

Event Time: 12:00 pm

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A writing workshop on imagery and structure, with Anita Goveas and Farhana Khalique.

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Farhana Khalique

Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from London. Her stories are forthcoming or have appeared in the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2021, Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology 2020, Reflex Fiction and more. Farhana has been shortlisted for The Asian Writer Short Story Prize, and she has won a Word Factory Apprentice Award. She is also the editor of Desi Reads and a submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.

Anita Goveas

Anita Goveas is British-Asian and based in London. She’s on the editorial team at Flashback Fiction, an editor at Mythic Picnic’s twitter zine, and she’s an editor for the Flash Flood. She is one of the teachers on Dahlia Publishing’s 2021 ‘A Brief Pause‘ writer’s development programme. Her debut flash collection Families and Other Natural Disasters was published by Reflex Press in Sept 2020.

Thank You for The Small Things: Poetry Workshop with Nadine Aisha Jassat

Event Time: 1:00 pm

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A workshop with award-winning writer Nadine Aisha Jassat on using poetry to help give thanks for the small things. This gentle workshop will feature prompts to reflect and write on, suitable for folks writing for the first time or those who write regularly, and will make use of some zoom features including the chat box. This event will be in the webinar format, so you don't have to worry about other people seeing you on camera as the focus will be on the host/ speaker, but we will be interacting lots as a group via the chat.

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Nadine Aisha Jassat is an award-winning writer and the author of Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink). She has been published widely, including in It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race (Picador), Nasty Women (404 Ink), Staying Human (Bloodaxe Books) and more. She has performed her work internationally and has drawn significant acclaim, including receiving a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and being shortlisted for the prestigious Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and was recently named by Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay in her International Literature Showcase selection of 10 Compelling ‘BAME’ writers working in the UK, with Kay writing: ‘Hers is a powerful, unforgettable new voice.’

Translating Your Fantasy World for Screen

Event Time: 2:00 pm

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From Game of Thrones to The Witcher, The Princess Bride to Dune, screen adaptations of beloved fantasy novels are enduringly popular. But taking an entirely new world from page to screen isn’t easy. In this hands-on webinar, script editor and fantasy writer Holly Race will discuss some of the most effective methods for translating your fantasy world for a visual medium.

Download the presentation from Holly's session.

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Before becoming an author, Holly spent over a decade working in TV and film development, for companies such as Aardman, Working Title, Pathe, the BFI, Red Planet Pictures and Imaginarium Studios. She currently freelances as a script editor for a select group of international clients alongside writing YA fantasy. Her first novel, Midnight’s Twins, was published in summer 2020. The sequel, A Gathering Midnight, will be released in June 2021. Holly also runs an extremely popular ‘Screenwriting for Novelists’ course a few times a year, details of which can be found on her website.

Mariam Saeed Khan on Instagram

Event Time: 4:00 pm

An amalgamation of stories and poetic verses to create impactful futurism.

The purpose of this event is to bring stories from our society and teach poetic images through it – surrealism and realism go hand in hand here, as we are imagining the world off tomorrow and doing what we can do in our present. Mariam shall be giving poetry and short story readings, while discussing the ritual of her writing, her collection, and influences of her local culture.

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

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Mariam Saeed Khan is a creative writer, poet, digital storyteller and a journalist. Her journalistic features are widely read by the creative industry of Pakistan & internationally since 11 years. She is currently a TED Circles host virtually for TED. Her work page by the name of MSK Channel is where she is doing creative collaborative efforts locally and internationally. Khan has given a masterclass as guest speaker on The Desi Collective (The Writers' Block Party), Virtual Camp PK, Lahore School of Economics Placements. She is currently at work on her debut poetry collection and sci-fi novel in process.

Khan's poems are published on Daily Times, Pandemonium Journal and Iambapoet. She was also featured on TEDxWomen Lahore attendee talk in December'19; Humans of Fuzia India; International Women’s Day for Young Creative Council UK Badass.Gal; 'readpoetry’ National Poetry Month’s video with international poets; 'Our Markings' a photographic lockdown book with collaborative efforts; Nymphs & Thugs; State of the Arts UK' 2021. She was a participant student for Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab Program 2020.

Dare to Write? On Tour at The Stay-At-Home! Literary Festival Pt 2

Event Time: 5:00 pm

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Dare to Write? On Tour is a series of two fun and insightful creative writing workshops, tailor-made to help you build confidence and find freedom in your writing.

It doesn’t matter what point you are at in your writing career, feeling demotivated or stuck can happen to us all. Dare To Write? workshops focus on what motivates people to write so that you can tap into an endless source of inspiration.

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Chris Vick

Chris Vick writes books for young people about the sea, danger and the wonder of magic and stories. He spent years working in whale and dolphin conservation and a lot of time surfing before enrolling on the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People.

Zena Edwards

Zena Edwards has been involved in performance for 27 years – as a writer/poet performer, facilitator, creative project developer and vocalist. Her passion involves writing poems, articles and blogs for social and environmental issues and race and power.

Naomi Knox

Naomi has been working as an Event Manager for Paper Nations since September 2020. Most recently, she managed the Follow the Sun Conference - an international online writing summit. She is also an actor and writer particularly interested in bringing the two together as performance poetry.

Jay Griffiths in discussion with CJ Cooke

Event Time: 6:00 pm

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Jay Griffiths in discussion with CJ Cooke about her new book, Why Rebel, described as a passionate, poetic manifesto for urgent rebellion, and a paen to the deep and extraordinary beauty of the natural world.

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With her first book, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA and with her second, Wild: An Elemental Journey she won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award. She is the author of Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. Her book Why Rebel is now published as a Penguin Special. Her fiction includes A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and Anarchipelago, about the road protests. She was the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2016.

“Her work isn't just good - it's necessary.” - Philip Pullman

Crime and Thriller Traditions in the UK

Event Time: 7:00 pm

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A panel looking at the different traditions across the UK - Classic English murder mysteries (with Victoria Dowd), gritty crime from the North of England (Trevor Wood), Tartan Noir/Edinburgh novels from Scotland (Emma Christie), an exploration of class and gender in crime fiction and detective crime fiction from Ireland (Sharon Dempsey and Olivia Kiernan), and... a look at the latest bestselling thriller writer from Wales, Louise Mumford!

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Sharon Dempsey

Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based crime writer who has published four novels and four non-fiction books. The first in her new crime series, Who Took Eden Mulligan? was published in 2021, by Avon Harper Collins.

Louise Mumford

Louise Mumford was born and lives in South Wales. Her debut book, Sleepless, a “frighteningly inventive” speculative thriller inspired by her own experience of insomnia, was published by HQ Digital in December 2020. It has recently been optioned for television.

Victoria Dowd

Victoria’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.

Emma Christie

Emma Christie lives in Barcelona but was born and raised in Cumnock, an Ayrshire coal-mining town. The Silent Daughter is her debut novel, published by Welbeck. She’s currently working on her second book, due to be released late 2021.

Olivia Kiernan

Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer. She has published three crime thriller novels, with the fourth in the series, The Murder Box, forthcoming on July 22nd 2021.

Trevor Wood

Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for 25 years and considers himself an adopted Geordie, though he still can’t speak the language. His first novel, The Man on the Street, which is set in his home city, was published by Quercus in March 2020.