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Sri Lanka – Galle Fort Literary Festival begins

Cultural Evening Galle Fort

An evening of culture, featuring an extravaganza of dance and movement opened the Galle Fort Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.  Guests sat in front of an iridescent red stage, while a crowd of onlookers stood behind newly erected barriers as an orchestra played music. Dressed in traditional costumes performers from the army, airforce and navy, became acrobats, fire eaters, swans, and peacocks. The evening’s presenters thanked the main sponsor Fairway.. Read More

Scared of Shakespeare? Puzzled by Poetry?

Birkenhead-born writer, David Roberts has a passion for shipyards and literature.  A mix of metal, blood and tears came to mind as we talked about his life and the literature course he has been teaching in the Algarve.  I had seen the course advert at São Brás de Alportel Museum, and I had it in the back of my mind to find out more. Fortunately, the week before Christmas, I bumped.. Read More

Swedish writers get creative in Tavira in November

Tavira river and town

Fifteen Swedish writers will visit Tavira from 12-19 November 2016 for a week of literary and networking events. Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Literature Friends Association (ALFA) will lead the published writers who are planning to share some creative moments with locals. This includes readings and having fun! A Swedish Literary Salon in Moncarapacho has been organised for Sunday 13 November at 2 pm, taking place at the Monterosa olive farm… Read More

Make Hay

Panorama-Square-2 Hay

The Hay Festival programme is out. Details arrived by email on Saturday, which is fortunate as the next letter of the A-Z writing challenge is H. The Hay Literature Festival is more than a book event. It is two weeks of stimulation and reflective entertainment. This year the dates are 26 May to 5 June We are not going to make the trip to Wales, but that does not stop me.. Read More

January – writing workshops in Tavira

Tavira and the river

The “Writing in the Algarve” group held its first meeting of 2016 at Tavira Library. Monday’s (4th January) meeting looked at story, plot and theme. New members mingled with familiar faces. After introductions we went straight into the first writing exercise, a set scene, involving a psychiatric hospital, a windfall and an ill-tempered character. The task was to write for 5 minutes using this framework. The ideas that came through were spontaneous, lively and bold.

Writing Workshops, 2016, in Tavira, Algarve

writing workshop logo

Starting on Monday, 4 January 2016, writing workshops will begin again at the library in Tavira. The theme for the first session will be Narrative, story, plot and content. Six, Monday afternoon sessions have been planned. We will meet every two weeks, so there will be plenty of time to digest information and to write.

Writing workshop – Wednesday 21st October 2015

Networking for writers and workshop Wednesday 21st October 2015, 10am – 12noon,  Tavira Library As part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Álvaro de Campos taking place in Tavira, a free writers workshop, (in English) has been arranged. Some people may not think of themselves as writers, but the urge to scribble words, tell stories in writing, or even the thought of being a writer is something that may excite. You.. Read More

Waking up this blog – by telling stories

Rainbow 9-9-14

I have been neglecting this blog, which I think on reflection is a bit of a mistake. I have spent the summer of 2014 reading, writing, recording and taking photos, which is a luxury not offered to many. Not all of my writing is appropriate for the readers of this blog. But the books and some of the adventures may appeal, so with your understanding and possible patience, I will share a few books.. Read More

Flipside – Other Carnivals – New stories from Brazil

This last event at Flipside, was introduced by Liz Calder, as a celebration of some of Brazil’s writers.  Everyone attending the workshop was given the book “Other Carnivals – New stories from Brazil”.  This is a book of 12 short stories and four of the authors, were not only present, but they read parts of their stories.   The artwork in the book is the work of Jeff Fisher . .. Read More

Flipside day 2 – Brazilian Literature and Music Festival

The sun and smiles came out for the 3rd day and final day of the Flipside Festival.  Identity was the theme that permeated the day yesterday and dislocation and exile is the undercurrent to the first session today.  Adriana Lisboa and James Scudamore both shared aspects of their novels that delve into this rich source of inspiration.  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Adriana Lisboa has many awards, including the José.. Read More