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May 2018

Trade Secrets Training: The Bard Sell

14 May, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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The bard sell: learn how to use poetic techniques to make your commercial writing creative Poets, eh? What are they good for? Wafting around, telling you rhyme doesn’t matter? Telling you a thing is like another thing? And they’d certainly be the last people you’d go to for tips on, goodness me, selling. Well hold on there. Turns out what poets are really good at is making language new – and it’s that attitude, and some of the tools and…

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August 2018

26 Armistice Project

5 August, 2018

Centenas start to appear on the project website https://26project.org.uk/26-armistice - one a day until November 12.

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September 2018

Armistice Writers Celebration

5 September, 2018
The Three Stags London, SE1 7PZ + Google Map

Armistice Writers Celebration. A moment to celebrate the launch of this quite remarkable project.

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October 2018

Writing together – Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

3 October, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Imperial War Museum (Stop K) London, SE1 7PW + Google Map

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…

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Writing Award-Winning Words

8 October, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
D&AD, 64 Cheshire St
London, E2 6EH
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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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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 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX
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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 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd
London, EC1R 3BL United Kingdom
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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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