Wordstock Deconstructed at the Bloomsbury Festival

Wordstock Deconstructed is heading to the Bloomsbury Festival in October. Here’s what we have in store.

26 Memory Maps

Where are you from?

That’s the question 26ers have been exploring as part of 26 Memory Maps. Writers started by drawing a map from memory, in response to the question. Then they wrote 150-word pieces of ‘memoir’ about the places shown in the map – and the people attached to those places.

The results are extraordinary explorations of memory and place. And they’ll be shared at a special event on October 18th at The Bloomsbury Festival hosted by oral historian and BBC broadcaster Alan Dein.

Tickets are now available. Just click the link to the event page here and use the promo code 26member to reduce the ticket cost from £12 or £10 to just £5.


Spanish Crossings: the Bloomsbury Tale

Join John Simmons for a talk and walk in Bloomsbury, one of the locations in his latest novel, Spanish Crossings.

Spanish Crossings is an epic tale of love, politics and conflict, with the yearning but elusive possibility of redemption. A woman’s life has been cast in shadow by her connection to the Spanish civil war – we meet her in London 1937 as she falls in love with a member of the International Brigades. Her life unfolds over the next decade, much influenced by a young Spanish boy who had been a refugee from Bilbao. We follow them through the second world war and its post-war rebuilding, as they build their lives in north London with a magnetic pull of Spain.

John Simmons will talk and answer questions about his latest novel. And for those wishing to accompany him, he will lead a walk to some of the nearby Bloomsbury locations featured in the novel and give readings about those places in those places.

The event is free, but please book your place by clicking here


Upcoming Wordstock Deconstructed events:

The Other Box and Friends, 1 November 2017

26 is teaming up with The Other Box, and Wonderbly, to put on an evening of inspiring talks by people from minority backgrounds, who have refused to accept the status quo.

So come along to the Wonderbly offices, take a seat, and learn more about how we can improve diversity in copywriting and beyond.


Getting Published, 28 November 2017

No matter how brilliant a writer you are, getting published the conventional way is a notoriously difficult thing to do. Tolkein, Steinbeck, and Faulkner were all politely rejected at first. J.K Rowling too.There’s no need to lose hope though. 26 have organised an event which might just give you the upper hand.

Getting Published will take place downstairs at The Betsey Trotwood pub, and our panel of published authors will explore all the conventional and unconventional routes to publication.


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