NAW at Southbank Centre 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

NAW Public Edit and Kevin Barry

On 7 October 2014, 6-8pm, the National Academy of Writing presents a two-hour event at Southbank Centre, offering insights into the skills needed to write and re-write effective texts.

The first hour is the unique NAW Public Edit. Everyone attending this event may submit a text of up to 2000 words, in any genre of fiction or non-fiction. Two texts will be chosen at random and distributed to the audience in advance - novelist, non-fiction writer and NAW Director Richard Beard will then publicly edit these texts, working on the principle that writers face similar challenges and an edit for one is an edit for all. 

In the second hour novelist and short story writer Kevin Barry will talk about his process as a writer, taking the 'pen or word-processor?' question seriously. How do writers get the work done? What does it take to fix the words on the page? There will be plenty of time for questions.

Details of how to submit coming soon.

Richard Beard has published three books of narrative non-fiction and five novels including Lazarus is Dead and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and his new novel Acts of the Assassins will be published by Harvill Secker in 2015.

Kevin Barry is the author of two collections of stories, and a winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Fiction award. His novel City Of Bohane won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the European Union Prize for Literature.