The September Group 2012 session will take place on Wednesday 17th September, 7pm-9pm, at Blackwell’s Bookshop.
They say that the best thing you can do if you want to write well is to read.
The idea of this session is for us to inspire each other with readings and recommendations from writers who we think that writers in the Group would do well to read. You can select writers/books simply because they demonstrate great writing, or because they exemplify something specific – cracking dialogue, spot-on description, believable characterisation, impressive pace, blood-curdling terror, whatever you wish to share!
We will run the evening in a similar way to our critique evenings, with participants giving readings from their chosen books and then a small amount of discussion after each reading. Feel free to bring along a few suggestions if you wish, even if you don’t want (or there isn’t time) to read from all of them. We’ll create a reading list during the evening which we’ll send out to all after the event. Should be a fascinating voyage of discovery!
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5 thoughts on “September Meeting: Books for writers”
I don’t think I’m going to make the meeting – but I’ll throw a book out there (might get some sort of spherical object rolling, even) : ‘A Sleepwalk on the Severn’ by Alice Oswald. Parts of it are the most lyrical lines of poetry I know by a living poet. The format is extraordinary (and the printing, in places, extraordinarily small). So it is an idiosyncratic work, with immense charm. I’d love to hear her perform it. I’ve heard her perform ‘Memorial’ twice now – and she delivers that wonderfully.
Nor will I be able to make this meeting, but to throw a book into the mix, I would add The Orphan Master’s Son, about North Korea, by Adam Johnson, for which he won the Pulitzer for fiction. It is a grand, beautifully written demonstration of how, with thorough research, you can vividly re-create a world that you’ve barely been able to experience yourself.
That sounds fascinating – especially being able to write convincingly about a world one has oneself barely experienced. Useful when one has run out of ‘write what you know’ and, like me, is branching out into 12th century Mongolia … I shall sample.
Sorry, I can’t make next Wednesday evening either. I’m going away on a Writing Retreat… 🙂
Sorry I can’t make it. In London this evening but could I mention ‘Gilead’ by Marilynn Robinson -full of wisdom, quietly moving.