26 April - 9 May 2021

Tuesday 27th April

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.

Are You a Leaf or a Tree?

Event Time: 1:00 pm

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An accessible and fun creative writing workshop that uses a playful questionnaire format to build up ideas and images that can be used to form haiku (short 3 line poems of 5,7,5 syllables). You will need pencil and paper or digital equivalent.

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Amanda White is a writer and performer of poetry including two collections by Flambard, individual poems featured in numerous magazines, anthologies, on London buses, performed at literary festivals and in slate as part of her work as Writer in Residence for the Tintagel Regeneration project. She also writes short fiction published in magazines, short film scripts, childrens published by Barefoot Books and travel for Time Out Guides. She is the founder of THE DAILY HAIKU (5800+ members on FB) and currently blogging on writing, wellbeing and haiku on The Great Margin.

After moving from London to West Cornwall with her family twenty years ago she also works as a creative practitioner in educational, healthcare, corporate and community settings. She has also worked in publishing as a literary agent with fiction and non-fiction clients also as an editor including the bestseller Pavement for My Pillow by Chris Kitch. She has also worked as a literary agent and editor in publishing.

Hidden Gems from Novel Research

Event Time: 2:00 pm

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From landmine-sniffing rats to the mysterious ‘red gene’... Bristol novelists Ali Bacon, Jean Burnett, Kerry Postle, and Heather Child share the three most amazing things they discovered while researching their books. Delve into the secrets of famous Italian artists, the birth of photography, the Spanish Civil War and some astonishing quantum physics. You are sure to learn something new!

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Ali Bacon

Ali was born in Scotland but moved to Bristol in the 1970s. Her contemporary novel A Kettle of Fish, was published in 2013 by Thornberry Publishing. In the Blink of an Eye, inspired by the work of a Scottish artist and photographer, is her first work of historical fiction and was published in 2018 by Linen Press. She also writes short fiction and has read at Talking Tales (Bristol), Stroud Short Stories and Story Friday in Bath.

Heather Child

A Bristol-based author whose most recent novel is The Undoing of Arlo Knott (Orbit, 2019) about a man who develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. Her debut novel Everything About You (Orbit, 2018) is about a woman whose virtual assistant has taken on the personality of her missing sister. It knows everything about her and can give her whatever she desires.

Kerry Postle

Kerry is published by HQDigitalUK HarperCollins and has written two works of historical fiction. The first entitled The Artist’s Muse, a novel about the stormy relationship between Egon Schiele and Wally Neuzil, was published as an e-book in 2017; the second, A Forbidden Love, a novel set during the Spanish Civil War, came out as an e-book in April 2019, and will come out in paperback this June. She is currently working on a third novel about the Renaissance artist Raphael to be called The Woman in the Painting.

Jean Burnett

Jean studied at Exeter and Cardiff Universities and, after her marriage, lived in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Here in Bristol she has taught creative writing and worked as a jounalist and advertising copywriter. Following a year off to see the world, she published the travel book Vagabond Shoes, which won the book prize at Winchester Writers’ Conference. Her novel, Who Needs Mr. Darcy? was published in 2012 by Little, Brown. She is currently writing a sequel and also has a historical novel looking for a home.

Demystifying Editing

Event Time: 4:00 pm

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Ever wondered what happens after you get a publishing contract? Independent publisher Louise Walters and author Laura Laakso tackle the myths of publishing to reveal the editing process.

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Louise Walters

Louise Walters is an author, editor, and publisher. She runs her independent press Louise Walters Books from her home in rural Northamptonshire.

Laura Laakso

Laura Laakso is the author of the paranormal crime series Wilde Investigations, published by Louise Walters Books.

Truth or Fiction: Asian Female Narratives

Event Time: 5:00 pm

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Join Stephanie Scott, Catherine Menon, and Jing-Jing Lee – three critically acclaimed debut novelists from South East Asia, as they discuss their novels and the process of writing female-led Asian narratives inspired by true events.

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Catherine Menon

Catherine Menon is Australian-British, has Malaysian heritage and lives in London. Her debut novel, Fragile Monsters, was published by Viking in April 2021, and her short story collection, Subjunctive Moods, was published by Dahlia Publishing in 2018. She is a University lecturer in robotics and has both a PhD in pure mathematics and an MA in Creative Writing.

Jing-Jing Lee

Born and raised in Singapore, Jing-Jing Lee’s first novel, How We Disappeared, was published by Oneworld in 2019. It has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and currently lives in Amsterdam with her husband and son.

Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott is a Singaporean-Indian and British writer. She won a BAJS Toshiba Studentship for her anthropological work on her novel What's Left of Me Is Yours and has been made a member of the British Japanese Law Association as a result of her research. Stephanie is one of the The Observer's Ten Best Debut Novelists of 2020 and her novel, What's Left Of Me Is Yours, is a New York Times Editor's Pick, a Daily Mail and Woman & Home Book of the Year, and was recently longlisted for the Jhalak Prize Book Of the Year and shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award.

How Do Writers Keep You Turning the Page?

Event Time: 7:00 pm

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How do writers keep you turning the page? Authors Charlotte Levin, Susie Allott, Eleni Kyriacou, and Zoë Somerville discuss how to write stories that readers can't put down.

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Zoë Somerville

Zoë Somerville is a writer and English teacher. Her debut novel, The Night of the Flood, published Head of Zeus, is out now and in paperback on 13th May. It is inspired by her home county, Norfolk and the devastating flood of the 1950s. She is currently finishing her second novel: set in the same austere seascape of the Norfolk coast, it is about mothers, daughters and ghosts. It will be published in 2022, also by Head of Zeus. Zoë has taught English all over the world. After completing a creative writing MA at Bath Spa University in 2016, she now combines writing and tutoring, and is settled in Bath with her family.

Charlotte Levin

Charlotte Levin has been shortlisted for the Andrea Badenoch Award, part of the New Writers North Awards, and for the Mslexia Story Competition. Charlotte lives in Manchester and If I Can't Have You is her first novel.

Eleni Kyriacou

Eleni Kyriacou is an award-winning editor and journalist. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, Marie Claire, Grazia, You, Stella and Red, among others. She has also edited national magazines and worked in digital media. The daughter of Greek Cypriot immigrant parents, Eleni was born in London. She is now freelance and knows where all the plug points are in London cafes.

Susan Allott

Susan Allott is the author of The Silence, which has just been longlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger Award. The Silence is out now in hardback, e-book and audio, with the paperback coming on 29th April. Susan is a debut author and is hard at work on her second novel. She lives in South London with her children and her very Australian husband.