Upcoming Events 2014

Wednesday, 08 January 2014

The National Academy of Writing's 2014 series of events started in Cambridge on Tuesday 18th February. The early evening event at Pembroke College featured two texts submitted from the audience for the NAW Public Edit, with NAW Director Richard Beard. The Public Edit was followed by guest writer Kazuo Ishiguro, who revealed his personal tricks and techniques for making sure the words leave his head and reach the page.

The Cambridge event filled the ancient space of the Pembroke Old Library, and was described by one Cambridge English Literature student as 'the best evening I've had in Cambridge'. We aim to please.

The popular combination of NAW Public Edit and guest writer continues as our 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening' at London's Free Word Centre. The next date for the diary is 16th June. Tickets are available now.

As February's speaker NAW was delighted to welcome the novelist Jill Dawson, whose new novel The Tell-Tale Heart is published by Sceptre. Jill Dawson has published eight novels in all, and has featured as a Richard and Judy Summer Read and on the short-list for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread (Costa) Novel Award. Jill brought in her notebooks and compared the impressions from a research day in the Fens to the prose in the finished book. 

In March Christine Breen, the Irish-American novelist and former NAW student spoke about her method as the writer of Her Name is Rose, a debut novel to be published by St Martin's Press in New York in early 2015. Christine was very kind about her experience of the National Academy of Writing, but essentially the success of Her Name is Rose came about through hard work and perseverance. The extract she read was her first UK public reading.

After a break for Easter, NAW was back at the Free Word in May where the Public Edit was followed by Naomi Wood, whose new novel Mrs Hemingway is one of the finest reads of 2014. Naomi Wood is a graduate of Cambridge Univeristy and the Creative Writing MA at UEA, and her first novel The Godless Boys was published to critical acclaim by Picador in 2011. 

On June 16th there will be the usual Public Edit, for which submissions are welcome, and the guest writer will be Monique Roffey. Monique was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and has won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature. Her latest novel, House of Ashes, is published in July.

Everyone who attends the 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening' on June 16th can submit a text (fiction or narrative non-fiction) for the Public Edit. Full details can be found at the box office listing.