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October 2018

26 Armistice with Imperial War Museum

17 October, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square
London, WC1N 2AB
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An evening based on 26 Armistice project, focusing on some of the women who played significant roles during First World War. With experts from IWM and 26 members reading their work and discussing their subjects. Part of the Bloomsbury Festival, London 7 o’clock, Goodenough College.

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Writing and Place

18 October, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN
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A discussion about the role of place in writing chaired by 26 Board member Martin Lee (ex-Waterstones marketing director) with novelists from 26 Elise Valmorbida (Madonna of the Mountains) and John Simmons (Spanish Crossings and The Good Messenger) joined by Oxford University creative writing tutor Gareth Dickson. Part of the Bloomsbury Festival, 7 o’clock, Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

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The Good Messenger

21 October, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square
London, WC1N 2AB
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Launch of The Good Messenger novel by 26 founder John Simmons, in conversation with screenwriter Rob Williams. Rob’s new BBC series The Victim will be released in the autumn. Part of the Bloomsbury Festival, Churchill Room, Goodenough College, London at 3 o’clock.

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May 2019

Meet the Freaks – Writing in response to the photography of Diane Arbus

4 May, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX
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£30

Join 26 board member and Dark Angels tutor Neil Baker for this experimental workshop at the Hayward Gallery, writing in response to the work of photographer Diane Arbus. Diane Arbus left a career in fashion photography to wander the streets of 1960s New York, documenting the lives of oddballs and outsiders, whom she affectionately called ‘freaks’ – from Coney Island circus acts and strip club transsexuals to regular folks who’d just lost their way in life. While other street photographers…

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Annual 26 Awards

14 May, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd
London, EC1R 3BL United Kingdom
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£2.60

Hang up your winter coat - it’s time to raise a glass at the Annual 26 Awards. So please add Tuesday 14th May to your diaries. Join us at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell from 6.30pm. We’ll get together at the ground floor bar for drinks before we head downstairs for the awards at 7pm. We’ll be handing out the beautifully designed winner’s trophy and runners-up certificates for the 26 Emerging Writer Award, and the 26 Project Award. A few…

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June 2019

Into the Woods

15 June, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Highgate Wood, Archway Rd
London, N6 5AA
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£10

A writing ramble through Highgate Wood 15 June, 2019 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Starting at Highgate Wood tube station, London Join 26 board members and Dark Angels tutors Neil Baker and John Simmons for this writing ramble through Highgate Wood, London. We’ll be playing with words in response to the natural environment, especially the trees. Trees are amazing. They feel things, they help each other out, they communicate in ways we are only just starting to understand. From alder and…

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October 2019

Trade Secrets: how to make more money

4 October, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Storytellers, 5 Cromwell Place
London, SW7 2JE United Kingdom
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How can you make more money—and still be a nice person? This is the 12th of our Trade Secrets training sessions, and it’s scheduled for 2pm—6pm, Friday, 4th October 2019. Save the date now. Book the course now! It’s sure to get busy, once the penny drops. But who’s talking about pennies? Or dropping? We’re talking about raising your income, and raising your profile. Together, we’ll tackle tricky money matters, like terms of engagement, getting paid, quoting and negotiating, day…

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December 2019

26 Christmas Drinks

11 December, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd
London, EC1R 3BL United Kingdom
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Free

Hello 26ers! Firstly, you don't have to drink 26 drinks all to yourself as part of this gathering. It's more a chance for us writers to get together, catch up and have a small celebration just before Christmas. We thought the Betsey Trotwood would be fitting - right opposite the Free Word Centre. It's on a Wednesday night to hopefully avoid other Christmas parties. And we've reserved two tables for up to 20 people in the main bar from 6pm.…

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January 2020

Beginning at the end: an evening for 26 at Pentagram

27 January @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pentagram, Pentagram, 11 Needham Road
London, W11 2RP United Kingdom
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Free

Shake off the January blues with a brilliant new talk by Harry Pearce. This is an evening just for 26 at the studios of Pentagram. Anyone who’s attended a talk by Harry knows that he’s a compelling speaker, brimming with ideas, goodwill and inspiration. Pentagram will very kindly provide free drinks to book-end the evening. Get sociable, network, catch up, compare Christmas stories, and make the most of your membership of 26. This evening is free to all 26ers, and…

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February 2020

26 TRADE SECRETS: Making words visible – the art of typography

27 February @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Quietroom, Quietroom, 40 Bowling Green Lane, Farringdon
London, EC1R 0NE United Kingdom
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£80

Have you ever written something you love only to see it ruined by poor design? And then felt frustrated that you couldn’t quite put into words what was wrong? Our next Trade Secrets workshop, run by illustrious designer Mark Noad, will cover the key aspects of making the written word visible. We’ll be looking at things like the anatomy of typefaces, what makes them readable, why some are better for large amounts of small text and others for small amounts…

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