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Every object tells a story

The Storytellers 5 Cromwell Place, London, United Kingdom

This is a special invitation to the first-ever 26 popup event. All members are invited but our numbers will be restricted to 26 (of course). So it’s strictly first come, first served, and no charge for participation. The event will be hosted on the morning of 16th June by 26’s chairman Martin Clarkson, and it will be at his company, The Storytellers. 5 Cromwell Place London SW7 2JE The event is based on an extraordinary exhibition at that venue that […]


National Theatre in the Kitchen Café Upper Ground, South Bank, London

On the 26th of August, 26er and Dark Angels partner Neil Baker invites you to join him for an experimental wander through the streets of London. As you walk, Neil will encourage you to play with the idea of taking ‘photos’ with words, rather than a camera. You’ll discover that concepts from street photography – like depth of field and the decisive moment – can open the door to new ways of thinking about writing and creating. Whether you’re an […]

26 presents John Simmons in conversation with screenwriter, Rob Williams

October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Back in 2008, Rob Williams gained one of only eight places on the BBC Writers’ Academy, run by John Yorke. His success there led to writing scripts for BBC dramas like Eastenders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors, then DCI Banks on ITV before writing his own series for ITV – Chasing Shadows with Reece Shearsmith playing the central role. All this brought him to international attention and he was recruited to the writing team for The Man in the High […]

Bloomsbury Festival – 26 Memory Maps

Goodenough College Mecklenburgh Square, London

Photo by Ham & High 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 […]

Bloomsbury Festival – Spanish Crossings

Goodenough College Mecklenburgh Square, London

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 […]

The Other Box and Friends

Wonderbly 30-36 Pritchard's Rd, London

26 are teaming up with The Other Box and Wonderbly to put on an evening of inspiring talks, delivered by people from minority backgrounds. These are people who once felt invisible, even actively silenced by the mainstream, but who have used their experience and creativity to change the narrative. They’ve written themselves into the story, so that all of us can feel inspired and empowered to tell our own stories. The event itself is free, and Wonderbly are kindly providing […]

Getting Published

Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Rd, London, United Kingdom

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. As part of Wordstock Deconstructed, 26 have organised an event which might just give you the upper hand. ‘Getting Published’ will take place on the 28th November, downstairs at The Betsey Trotwood pub, and our panel of published authors will […]

Truth and Lies in Advertising with Richard Burdett

Kings College Strand, London

Richard Burdett has seen the advertising landscape change over the years. He spent 11 years at Saatchi & Saatchi, was the Head of Marketing at UKTV, Head of 4Creative and is now MD of Horse & Country. Ahead his talk at our event at Kings College, Richard shares a quick overview of the past present and future of advertising. There was a time was when advertising and editorial were inextricably intertwined. Publishers and broadcasters curated their environments to appeal to […]


Writing together – Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Imperial War Museum (Stop K) London

Co-hosted by 26 and Creamer & Sundt Ian Hislop and Nick Newman – Writing Together In conversation with Alastair Creamer On the eve of the opening of their latest play – Trial by Laughter – this event gets to grips with the thorny question of how do people actually write together. Of course, both have day jobs - Nick is a cartoonist and Ian edits Private Eye - yet they have written together for 30 years. They’ve collaborated on Spitting […]

Writing Award-Winning Words

D&AD 64 Cheshire St, London

What does it take to write outstanding copy? If you want to discover how to make your work stand out, this session’s for you. D&AD, the non-profit advertising and design association, has teamed up with 26 to offer a free event at its Shoreditch headquarters. We’ve lined up three 26 members and former presidents of the D&AD Writing for Design category: Mike Reed, Fiona Thompson and Elise Valmorbida. They’ll share their experience and insights, including: What elevates writing from average […]

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