Author: alan

Beginners Fiction Writing Class

INTRODUCTION TO FICTION WRITING Begins: Wednesday 13th Oct 2021 Time: 10am-12pm (GMT) Location: Online (using Zoom) Duration: 10 consecutive weeks until 15th December Price: £100 An important aspect of thi wurd is our engagement with writers who are new to writing fiction. Over the years many completely new writers have read at our events alongside [...]
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Hotels in Literature

We present a guest blog by writer Rachel Carmichael, who discusses some novels and stories that feature hotels, surely one of the greatest settings in literary fiction. Hotels in Literature – Rachel Carmichael Interesting things can happen when characters are thrown together in unfamiliar locations, in intimately close accommodation, with different cultures to negotiate. How they [...]
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Summer Days Are Gone

SUMMER DAYS ARE GONE (EVENT) – Thursday 9th September, 2021, 7-9pm “No-one could be as blue as I was in the fall” On Thursday 9th Sept, 2021, 7-9pm (BST) thi wurd will present a small event to mark the end of our summer writing classes. The event will involve composing a short piece that responds [...]
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Eight Artists – Maggie Reeve

We continue our occasional series of guest blog posts with artist Maggie Reeve’s thoughts on eight artists who have influenced her. Eight Artists – Maggie Reeve   1. Pierre Bonnard Someone mentioned Bonnard the other day and the name brought on a rush of excitement. I first saw his work at the Royal Academy as an […]

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OF FICTION – A HANDY GUIDE FOR WRITERS

At thi wurd, we are currently working on an anthology. It’s a continuation of a journey that has taken us from Issue 1 of our magazine (2012), through the publication of other magazines, anthologies, books, events, classes right up to our recent Issue 4 (2021). Readers who’ve followed us on this journey will have noticed […]

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Classic 45rpm Fiction Nights

Over the years thi wurd has put on many music/fiction nights. Since 2020 these have been taking place on Zoom. In the past they’ve been open to writers from thi wurd’s writing groups & classes, but in 2021 we’re opening these up to other people who might want to come along. On Thursday 13th May 7.30pm-9.30pm, […]

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Hit Parade Singles, 1992 – The Wedding Present

In 1992, The Wedding Present famously released twelve singles – one a month from January till December. The A-sides are original compositions and amongst their strongest work. The B-sides consist of inspired covers of artfully chosen songs. All twelve singles made the UK Top 30, spawning videos, reviews, appearances on Top of the Pops (TOTP) […]

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Good Exits – Mark Jackson

Today we continue our occasional series of guest posts by thi wurd team and beyond. Mark Jackson chooses ten songs from bands who said goodbye at just the right time. Good Exits – Mark Jackson My record box contains loads of bands who departed before their time, gracefully fading away, leaving behind only untainted, bombproof […]

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Square 10: A Frightened Rabbit Song List – Duncan Hotchkiss

Today we continue our occasional series of guest posts by thi wurd team and beyond. Duncan Hotchkiss chooses ten Frightened Rabbit songs. Square 10: A Frightened Rabbit Song List – Duncan Hotchkiss This isn’t a top ten list. I don’t think that’s fitting with the body of work we’re talking about here. Everyone will have […]

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Launch Event for Issue 4

On Friday, April 2nd 7-9pm (UK time) the official launch of thi wurd Magazine, Issue 4 will take place. The event is limited to 100 people and is sold out. (We do have a waiting list, so please sign up as spaces may become available.) But don’t worry if you’ve missed out this time as […]

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Ten Book Covers – Kate McAllan

Today we start an occasional series of guest posts by thi wurd team and beyond. Artist Kate McAllan chooses ten book covers that speak to her. Ten Book Covers by Kate McAllan Some of these books sit front-facing on my shelf so I can look at them all the time.   1. White – Kenya [...]
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Short Story Tribute Night: Free Love by Ali Smith

Over the years thi wurd has put on many ‘Short Story Tribute Nights’ and after a long break the nights return on Friday 5th March, 2021, 7-9pm. Our chosen short story will be Free Love by Ali Smith from the 1995 collection Free Love and Other Stories.  How to Take Part Read the short story Free Love by […]

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Classic Album Fiction Nights

Over the years thi wurd has put on many ‘Classic Album Fiction Nights’. Since 2020 these have been taking place on Zoom. In the past they’ve been open to writers from thi wurd’s writing groups & classes, but in 2021 we’re opening these up to anyone who wants to come along. On Friday 5th February […]

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WRITING FICTION: THE SHORT STORY

thi wurd’s creative writing class, Writing Fiction: The Short Story, returns on Tuesday 19th January 2021. This sold out before being advertised, and therefore a second night has been added, beginning on Wednesday 20th January, 7-9pm. Both groups will run for 10 consecutive weeks. The price is £100. During the term there will be additional […]

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An introduction

This blog will mainly focus on writing and different kinds of narrative art. I’ll discuss fiction: novels, short stories, film, drama, memoir and lots of other forms. I’ll probably also write a lot about music. No doubt I’ll mention Bob Dylan too much. I’ll talk about thi wurd, our forthcoming publications and events. (Our events […]

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