Plymouth Literature Festival
EVENTS

 
BONUS EVENT

Sounds of the Sea

 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

Sponsored by: Stuart Lawson and Phil Coker
 
When:   2.00pm
Where:  Sherwell Church Centre
 
Plymouth military veterans Stuart Lawson and Phil Coker will debut a poetry book they wrote together about their experiences on the sea.

The book consists of a collection of poetry that gives a glimpse into their lives, people and experiences.


The veterans wrote and photographed the book over the last two years, and the poems reveal the camaraderie and love of the water and people around them.


Another armed forces veteran, Mark Belamarich MBE, will talk about his Guinness World Record sailing from Plymouth to France in an endurance challenge in a small dinghy boat.

Entry: Free.


 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

#plympoecomp
When:   10.00am - 12.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Plymouth’s Poet Laureate Thom Boulton will be concluding the children’s poetry contest he launched in April.

The Inter-School Plymouth Poetry Competition, or #plympoecomp for short, is a project aimed at promoting creative writing for children aged five to 16.


Finalists from each category will be invited to perform at a closed event at the Plymouth Athenaeum. Three winners will be chosen by a judge and awarded prizes, funded by donations from local residents and Cross Country Writers.


Entry: Via invitation.



Rhymetime
When:   10.00am, 10.30am and 11.00am
Where:  Plymstock, Plympton and Devonport Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at Plymstock (10.00am), Plympton (10.30am) and Devonport Libraries (11.00am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Share a Story
When:   10.30am - 11.30am
Where:  Plymstock and West Park Libraries
 
A weekly drop in session where stories are read and activities undertaken together. Each week follows a different theme. 

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Young Writers Group
When:   12.00pm - 2.00pm
Where:  Plymstock Library
 
A group for young writers aged between 12 and 18 led by award-winning writer Babs Horton. It explores how to power up imagination, get the creative juices going and tricks on how to put pen to paper. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Journalism and PR Panel
When:   1.00pm - 2.30pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Join Herald Business Editor, William Telford, as he hosts this year's Journalism and PR Panel.

Panellists will include ITV Westcountry journalist and former Herald chief reporter, Sam Blackledge, famed for his ‘Three minutes of nothing’ encounter with PM Theresa May during this year’s general election.


Sam is joined by
Alexis Bowater, an award-winning journalist and presenter who has worked in the media, on both sides of the camera, for nearly 20 years.

Alexis anchored the ITV evening news in the Westcountry for seven years and now runs Bowater Communications, which offers expert media training and consultancy.

Carl Eve, award-winning reporter and Crime Editor at The Herald, and Kevin Kelway (Director of Dorcas Media) complete the panel.

Entry: Free.
I Am Watching You and Deception!
When:   3.00pm - 4.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Teresa Driscoll will be talking about her international bestselling psychological debut I AM WATCHING YOU and sharing tips and advice on getting published.

The former BBC Spotlight presenter is joined by Elizabeth Ducie, whose recently released novel DECEPTION! is the second in a series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals.


Chairing the relaxed, question and answer event will be Plymouth author Terri Nixon. Terri writes historical sagas and mythic fiction, including the Penhaligon Saga and The Lynher Mill Chronicles.


Entry: Free.


Author, Author...
When:   5.00pm - 7.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Author, Author… brings together an eclectic ensemble of superb authors who will be talking about their work and sharing tips and advice on getting published.

Plymouth author Terri Nixon writes historical sagas and mythic fiction, including the Penhaligon Saga and The Lynher Mill Chronicles.

Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots back to the 18th century. It is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish-based novels.

She has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and twice nominated for the RONÉ “Best Indie or Small Published book” Award.

In 2017, her novel, THE THIEF’S DAUGHTER, was a finalist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.

Victoria is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and you can find out more by visiting www.victoriacornwall.com

Samie Sands is another Cornish writer, and author of the AM13 Outbreak series, published by Limitless Publishing. She's also had short stories included in Amazon best-selling anthologies and work featured on Wattpad.

To find out more, please check out her website samiesands.com

Cally Starforth Hill is an author, poet, songwriter and writer of short stories. She has also written for theatre.

She believes that absolutely everything should be open to question. In her early twenties she worked in a literary agency and then in film documentary production in London and in Egypt.

Her first book THE UNHOUSE was published in 2012 by Ghostly Publishing.  Her second book, FOR GRODDLE'S SAKE is dark humour set in the future and pokes fun at pretty much everything.

Examples of her work and links to her books on Amazon can be found at callystarforthhill.com

Sasha Fenton is the author of many non-fiction titles in the mind, body and spirit genre, and
is well known for books, columns and articles on astrology, palmistry, Chinese astrology and
other psychic sciences.


She turned her hand to fiction a few years ago and has now written three novels in the TUDORLAND series.

Ryan Danes says his new book THE MAN WHO THOUGHT OUTSIDE THE BOX is the realisation of an ambition he has had for over a decade.

The Plymouth-born author has worked with well-known personalities such as former world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, Shane Meadows, and the estate of Big Daddy

He put down BASKERVILLE, a psychological-thriller set near where he lives on the edge of Dartmoor, to pen his latest book about Doctor Who Creator Sydney Newman.

THE MAN WHO THOUGHT OUTSIDE THE BOX is published by Digital Entropy and is out now.

Johnny Mains is well-known for staging his Johnny’s House of Horrors movie screenings in the city, and brining famous names from the genre to them.

He’s an award-winning writer and editor too, has written for SFX Magazine, Illustrators Quarterly and The Paperback Fanatic, was project editor to Pan Macmillan’s 2010 re-issue of THE PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES and co-edited the DEAD FUNNY books with top comedian Robin Ince.

He also wrote the collection FRIGHTFULLY COSY AND MILD STORIES FOR NERVOUS TYPES and is now working on new material.

Tom Vowler is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His debut collection, THE METHOD, won the Scott Prize in 2010 and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize in 2011.

His novels WHAT LIES WITHIN and THAT DARK REMEMBERED DAY were published to acclaim, and in 2017 he published another collection: DAZZLING THE GODS.

Playwrite Chris Savery has wowed New York audiences on Broadway and Paris. His play about Marilyn Monroe and the English Civil War featured at the Midtown International Festival in the Big Apple and later staged in Paris, and was directed by renowned American actress and producer Angie Kristic.

Entry: Free.

JB Barrington
When:   6.30pm
Where:  The Hutong Cafe, Cremyll Street
 
JB Barrington is a Salford award winning performance poet renowned for his searing and satirical poetry and snarling delivery of strong sentiments and sharp rhymes. He's funny, endearing, nostalgic and a spoken word maestro who provides one of the most powerful performances on the UK scene.

For more details visit TheHutongCafe.
Plymouth Language Club
When:   7.30pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
The Language Club is Plymouth’s premier showcase of poetry, bringing acclaimed readers from outside the region to the city.

Readers will include Liz Adams (Exeter), Helen Foster, Norman Jope, Kenny Knight, Melisande Fitzsimons and Steve Spence.


Entry: £3 on the door.

The Scene of the Crime

 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

When: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
This fun and interactive crime writing workshop with Louise Sharland will focus on the key elements of crime fiction including plot, characterisation, setting and point of view.  

Participants will take part in a number of exercises that will help them to get started on an idea or develop an existing one further. Suitable for the beginner through to the more experienced writer.


Louise is an experienced short story writer with a number of awards to her name including The Woman & Home Magazine short story competition with her entry being included in an anthology alongside writers such as Ruth Rendell and Lee Child. She was a recent runner up in The Daily Mail First Crime Novel Competition.


Entry: £10. If you book in advance for both the Crime Writing Workshop and Natasha Carthew’s Writing Workshop on Saturday, October 28 a combined entry ticket is just £15.

Crime Writing Workshop tickets from Eventbrite or on the door. The PlymLit17 Writing Workshops Combined Ticket is available in advance from Eventbrite .
Turning Science Facts into Fiction
When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
It’s official – and perhaps utter madness – but Professor Richard Handy, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and international expert on nanotechnology, has defected.

Not to the Russians [the Cold War is over isn’t it?], but thankfully to the Arts. His action-packed thriller, The Reich Device, has been collecting star ratings on Goodreads; and with two more novels in the pipeline, why would a scientist take up the grand challenge of creative writing?


Richard takes us on a journey. He explains how science facts can stimulate the creative juices, leading to science fiction.
The talk includes a question and answer session to help you on your journey to turn science facts into fiction.

Entry: Free.

Vanity Project live
When: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Where:  Good Coffee Headquarters, Ebrington Street
 
A one off live presentation of 'Vanity Project' by Simon Travers, combining songs, performance poetry and video.

With support.


Entry: Free.

Feel Better With A Book

 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23

When:   10.30am and 2.15pm
Where:  West Park and Crownhill Libraries
 
Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. The groups are a chance to relax, make friends and a new way to share reading.

Feel Better With A Book takes place at West Park (10.15am) and Crownhill Libraries (2.15pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Rhymetime
When:   11.00am and 2.00pm
Where:  Central and Peverell Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at Central (11.00am) and Peverell Libraries (2.00pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Chatterbooks
When:   4.00pm - 5.00pm
Where:  St Budeaux Library
 
Chatterbooks is a reading group for children aged 8-12. If you like books and reading, come and meet new friends, chat about books, join in games and competitions, shadow national book prizes and meet authors and illustrators.

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Plymouth Then and Now
When:   2.00pm - 3.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Chris Robinson brings his new book, the Story of Plymouth Hoe, Barbican and City Centre Then & Now to PlymLit17. It is a glorious, full colour celebration of how Plymouth has developed, and been redeveloped, during the era of photography.

Chris’ new book chronicles a period of great change surrounding the introduction of the tram, the devastation of the Blitz and the post-War rebuilding.


It also aims to be a walking tour of the City with a clear historic narrative and wonderful old photographs (many of them over 100 years old), but with delightful contemporary colour images presenting Plymouth as the beautiful city Chris believes it to be!


Entry: Free.
Flash Fiction Slam
When:   7.00pm - 10.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
Athenaeum Writers' popular Flash Fiction Slam - now with a £100 first prize provided by sponsors Redrow Homes - returns. Entrants are given a prompt to write to and then have 30 minutes to create a work of fiction.

Works are read live and judged on the evening, with winning entries later published in the Plymouth Herald.

A fun evening for anyone who loves to craft a story.

Entry: Free.
A World of Books
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24
When:   9.00am - 6.00pm
Where:  Plymouth School of Creative Arts
 
New community business, Outside the Box, is a creative collective of local artists.

They have put together an eclectic programme of half-term workshops including watercolour, print making, clay, illustration and performance for the Literature Festival.

Creative Crèche for ages 3+ and specialist workshops for 8-16 year olds. Parent places are also available.


Entry: Fees apply. For information and booking visit www.schoolofcreativearts.co.uk or email: outsidethebox@schoolofcreativearts.co.uk


Feel Better With A Book
When:   10.00am
Where:  Plymstock and Southway Libraries
 
Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. The groups are a chance to relax, make friends and a new way to share reading.

Feel Better With A Book takes place at West Park and Crownhill Libraries (10.00am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Rhymetime
When:   10.30am and 2.15pm
Where:  Efford, Plympton, Crownhill and N Prospect Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at Efford and Plympton (10.30am) and Crownhill and North Prospect Libraries (2.15pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Apple John
When:   3.00pm
Where:  The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
 
The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree.
Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain – blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, love, blossom, hurricanes, babies and false teeth.

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word. For 5–11 year olds and their families

For more details visit the Theatre Royal website.

The Darkly Woods Strikes Back!
When:   7.00pm - 10.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum
 
After the rousing success of In The Darkly Woods at PlymLit16, Blaidh&Sounde are back with the sequel. More dark tales from across the South West and Britain, as well as revealing new songs and tales from Blaidh’s Tales.
 
Blaidh&Sounde have been working in collaboration with local artists to bring a rebooted edition of Blaidh’s Tales to hardback and paperback. ‘Strikes Back’ will not only be a night of adult fairy tales, folklore, poetry and music but also the official book launch and party for Blaidh’s Tales.
 
Only suitable for people aged 17+.

Entry: Tickets from Eventbrite .
A World of Books

 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

When:   9.00am - 6.00pm
Where:  Plymouth School of Creative Arts
 
New community business, Outside the Box, is a creative collective of local artists.

They have put together an eclectic programme of half-term workshops including watercolour, print making, clay, illustration and performance for the Literature Festival.

Creative Crèche for ages 3+ and specialist workshops for 8-16 year olds. Parent places are also available.


Entry: Fees apply. For information and booking visit www.schoolofcreativearts.co.uk or email: outsidethebox@schoolofcreativearts.co.uk


Rhymetime
When:   10.00am, 10.30am and 11.00am
Where:  Southway, St Budeaux, Devonport & Central Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at Southway and St Budeaux (10.00am), Devonport (10.30am) and Central Libraries (11.00am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Share a Story
When:   10.30am and 2.00pm
Where:  St Budeaux and North Prospect Libraries
 
A weekly drop in session where stories are read and activities undertaken together. Each week follows a different theme. 

Share a Story takes place at St Budeaux (10.30am) and North Prospect (2.00pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Feel Better With A Book
When:   10.00am and 10.30am
Where:  North Prospect and Plympton Libraries
 
Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. The groups are a chance to relax, make friends and a new way to share reading.

Feel Better With A Book takes place at North Prospect (10.00am) and Plympton Libraries (10.30am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
All Ways Apples
When:   11.00am
Where:  Devonport Guildhall
 
Join All Ways Apples for their family-fun festival, which will host some super story-telling activities.

In addition, there will be local food stalls, creative workshops and cookery demonstrations, bound to include some apples!

Open to all, entry to the festival is free and hosted at Devonport Guildhall from 11am-4pm.

For more information about All Ways Apples, please email: digfordevonport@hotmail.co.uk

Apple John
When:   11.00am and 3.00pm
Where:  The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
 
The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree.
Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain – blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, love, blossom, hurricanes, babies and false teeth.

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word. For 5–11 year olds and their families

For more details visit the Theatre Royal website.
Storytime
When:   2.00pm
Where:  Central Library
 
Storytime for the under-5s. Storytime takes place at Central Library (2.00pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
How We Got There:
  
Derek Adams' 2016-17 Promotion Diary
When:   7.00pm - 8.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum

How We Got There is the exclusive official story of Plymouth Argyle's promotion-winning success, as told by manager Derek Adams.

Join the Pilgrims boss and Head of Communications, Rick Cowdery, as they talk about the book and answer questions following the Greens' successful 2016-17 season.


Entry: Free.
WonderZoo presents Waterfront Writers
When:   7.30pm
Where:  China House
 
One of Plymouth’s longest-running writing groups, Waterfront Writers has just published its fifth collection of verse and stories, entitled Waves of Sound.

Among those to be featured will be poets Anne Colins, Natalie Molyneux, Carol Butson, Thea Bruten, Sarah Boulton-Way, Joyce Matthews, Jackie Wacha, Annie Jenkin, and Heather Grange, plus Jan Stalker and Nick Spargo, who are known for their short stories.


For more details visit https://www.wonderzoo.org

Entry: Free.
A World of Books

 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

When:   9.00am - 6.00pm
Where:  Plymouth School of Creative Arts
 
New community business, Outside the Box, is a creative collective of local artists.

They have put together an eclectic programme of half-term workshops including watercolour, print making, clay, illustration and performance for the Literature Festival.

Creative Crèche for ages 3+ and specialist workshops for 8-16 year olds. Parent places are also available.


Entry: Fees apply. For information and booking visit www.schoolofcreativearts.co.uk or email: outsidethebox@schoolofcreativearts.co.uk


Rhymetime
When:   10.00am, 2.00pm and 2.15pm
Where:  St Budeaux, Central, Plympton and Plymstock Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at St Budeaux (10.00am), Central and Plympton (2.00pm) and Plymstock Libraries (2.15pm).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Apple John
When:   11.00am and 3.00pm
Where:  The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
 
The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree.
Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain – blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, love, blossom, hurricanes, babies and false teeth.

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word. For 5–11 year olds and their families

For more details visit the Theatre Royal website.
Percy Bysshe Shelley:
 
A Humanist Out of Time
When:   6.00pm - 7.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum

John Webster, who has published the DVD Shelley's Golden Years in Italy, brings
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Humanist Out of Time to PlymLit17.

Alongside clips from the film, which is narrated by renowned poet Benjamin Zephaniah, John will talk about Shelley with special reference to his humanist outlook.

“No English literature lesson could possibly convey so much, or so fire enthusiasm to know more,” says Prof John Carey, emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford.

“It’s beautifully made, and the settings of the lyrics are brilliant. It would be a godsend for students at the sixth form or undergraduate level. I wish it had been around when I was that age.”


Entry: Free.

The Origins of Gothic Fiction:
 
From Ancient Ruins, to Vampires, to Frankenstein
When:   7.30pm - 8.30pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum

Next year is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Prof. Nick Groom, known as the 'Prof. of Goth', has edited the novel for Oxford University Press and in this illustrated talk he explains the emergence of the Gothic novel and Frankenstein's position in the genre.  

Beginning in Ancient Rome, he will chart the histories of ruin and martyrdom, liberty and revolution, and the literary blending of natural and supernatural realms.


Prof Groom will then move towards focusing on the discovery of vampires in the early 18th century and the impact these creatures had on medical, theological, and philosophical theories.


Nick Groom is Professor in English and Leverhulme Fellow (2016-2018) at the University of Exeter.


Among his many books are The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction and editions of the Gothic novels The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, and The Italian, all of which are published by Oxford University Press.


Entry: Free.


Pucker Poets Slam
When:   7.00pm - 10.30pm
Where:  Devonport Guildhall

This is a shout out to all you lovers of spoken word and performance poetry! Pucker Poets is putting on the first official Plymouth Literature Festival Poetry Slam!

Eighteen poets will compete for a top prize of £100, provided by Festival sponsors Redrow, and a supporting slot for headliner Ben Norris at Puckers' PlymLit17 Special on Saturday, October 28.

The event will be held at the Devonport Guildhall so come along and witness a battle of words!

Email 
alexanderrhodespoet@gmail.com for more details or to be added to the reserves list.


 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

Rhymetime
When:   10.00am and 11.00am
Where:  West Park and Peverell Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at West Park(10.00am) and Peverell Libraries (11.00am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Apple John
When:   11.00am and 3.00pm
Where:  The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
 
The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree.
Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain – blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, love, blossom, hurricanes, babies and false teeth.

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word. For 5–11 year olds and their families

For more details visit the Theatre Royal website.
Letterpress Workshop
When:   11.00am - 4.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
Join Alan Qualtrough of Kiss & Bite Letterpress at Ocean Studios and get hand-printing your own poster.

This letterpress masterclass gives you a professional overview of the practice, including how to hand-set your type to then print your own words to impress your friends. Take control of language through analogue techniques!


This expert workshop is heavily discounted for PlymLit17, so be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. All materials are provided; just be sure to wear good shoes and clothes that won't be spoiled by a bit of ink.


Entry: £12. Tickets must be booked in advance from Eventbrite .

Mad Hatter's Daytime Workshop
When:   11.00am - 2.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
Sheron King, from the delightful Mad Hatters Studio, will be running an experimental and fun workshop, ‘sculpting and making with paper, books and words.’

Sheron has a passion for sustainable practice, reuse and recycling reflected in her own work.


Entry: Simply drop-in during the day and join her ‘literary creativity’ at the Maker's Table, open to all ages.


Feel Better With A Book
When:   1.30pm
Where:  Mustard Tree Centre
 
Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. The groups are a chance to relax, make friends and a new way to share reading.

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Emigrants:
 
Why the English Sailed to the New World
When:   2.00pm - 3.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum

During the the 17th century nearly 400,000 people left Britain for the Americas. Why did so many go?

A significant number went for religious reasons, as many did on the Mayflower, or as part of the mass migration to New England. Emigrants casts light on this unprecedented population shift – a phenomenon that underpins the rise of modern America.


With the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing just three years away, this is event is sure to whet the appetite of anybody preparing to celebrate the anniversary in 2020.


Join James Evans, a historian and television producer, as he talks about the book, with special emphasis on Plymouth. James will also take your questions.


Emigrants is published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson.


Entry: Free.

Share a Story
When:   2.30pm
Where:  Devonport Library
 
A weekly drop in session where stories are read and activities undertaken together. Each week follows a different theme. 

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Chatterbooks
When:   4.00pm
Where:  West Park Library
 
Chatterbooks is a reading group for children aged 8-12. If you like books and reading, come and meet new friends, chat about books, join in games and competitions, shadow national book prizes and meet authors and illustrators.


Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Outspoken Press: Live
When:   7.30pm - 9.30pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
‘The poetry press that is battering down the doors of the establishment,’ is how The Independent describes Outspoken, a publishing house for emerging diverse writers.
Their evening of live poetry performance includes Anthony Anaxagorou, most recently commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 General Election.


Entry: Ensure your place for £10 via Eventbrite , where a Weekend Pass to all events at Ocean Studios is also available. Tickets are £12 on the door. Supported by Apples + Snakes.


Rhymetime

 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

When:   10.00am, 10.30am and 11.00am
Where:  Plymstock, Plympton and Devonport Libraries
 
Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular storytimes for the under 5s.

Rhymetime takes place at Plymstock (10.00am), Plympton (10.30am) and Devonport Libraries (11.00am).

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Reading Café
When:   10.30am
Where:  Estover Library
 
Meet up to talk about what you've been reading. Each month there will be a different book to read and discuss.

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Book Group
When:   10.30am
Where:  North Prospect Library
 
Meet up to talk about what you've been reading. Each month there will be a different book to read and discuss.

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Share a Story
When:   10.30am
Where:  Plymstock and West Park Libraries
 
A weekly drop in session where stories are read and activities undertaken together. Each week follows a different theme. 

Email  library@plymouth.gov.uk  or call 01752 305900 for more information.
Apple John
When:   11.00am and 3.00pm
Where:  The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth
 
The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree.
Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain – blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, love, blossom, hurricanes, babies and false teeth.

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word. For 5–11 year olds and their families

For more details visit the Theatre Royal website.
Outspoken Press/Apples & Snakes Workshop
 
With Anthony Anaxagorou
When:   11.00am - 1.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
The nation’s leading organisation in spoken-word, Apples + Snakes have represented writers from Benjamin Zephaniah to Kate Tempest and are renowned for their outreach work.

Join award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou for this two-hour masterclass, which takes you through techniques from page to stage. Build writing, performance and stage skills - and see your confidence flourish!

Entry: Book online via Ocean Studios Eventbrite to avoid disappointment, limited spaces.

Plymouth Comedy Club
When:   2.00pm and 8.00pm
Where:  Plymouth Athenaeum

Oh the horror... It's Halloween weekend and come Saturday night the streets of Plymouth will be running wild with ghosts, ghouls and horrors of all shapes & sizes.

Fortunately there are no nasty surprises in store at Plymouth Comedy Club's Kid's Comedy Show. As ever the resident host Chris Brooker will introduce two of the UK circuit's finest comedians - Stuart Goldsmith and Tony Jameson -fresh-faced ahead of the regular adults only show that same evening.

Entry: For tickets visit the Plymouth Comedy Club website.

Surrealist Women
When:   2.00pm - 3.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
‘Surrealism was an art movement in which men were at the forefront, whilst women have often been relegated to the role of muse: to be photographed, written about, desired.

Yet these women were autonomous, creative, prolific - with a wealth of work to offer. Join Dr Felicity Gee for a talk about these artists, including Leonora Carrington who created weirdly wonderful worlds.

Entry: Tickets online via Ocean Studios Eventbrite , where a Weekend Pass to all events there is also available. Tickets available on the door, subject to availability.
Laura Quigley: Writing Plymouth
When:   5.00pm - 6.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
As we prepare to tell our story to the world, for the Mayflower events in 2020, which stories will we tell and how will we present them?

We should be encouraging pride in modern Plymouth, particularly for future generations, but can we do this and still tell the darker stories from our past?


This talk will consider the representation of Plymouth UK in written work and promises to initiate lively discussion.

Entry: Book your free place via Eventbrite or turn up on the day.

An Evening with Liv Wynter + Emily Pope
When:   7.00pm - 9.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
In Liv Wynter’s work, feelings manifest themselves in beautiful verse and delivery.

Self-described as a working-class and queer artist, Liv delivers thought-provoking performances that both touch on her personal experiences and feed into the wider truths of society.

She will be joined by Emily Pope, Plymouth-born artist who interested in the currency of sociopolitical and/or feminist monologues, and is very interested in how pain can be manipulated through humour, and presented virtually.

Entry: Join them for artist talks and performance, tickets and Weekend Pass available via Eventbrite and on the door, subject to availability.
Pucker Poets Special - Ben Norris
When:   7.30pm - 10.30pm
Where:  Prime Cafe Bar, Ebrington Street
 
Its the first Pucker Poets of the new season! And what a way to start- by bringing bring Ben Norris to Plymouth for our Pucker special at Prime Cafe Ebrington Street!

Ben Norris is a writer and actor originally from Nottingham. He is a two-time national poetry slam champion, with victories in the 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam and the 2017 BBC Poetry Slam, and a regular at festivals and major venues around the country, including Latitude and the Proms at Royal Albert Hall.


His work has been broadcast across BBC radio, his debut short film for Channel 4 was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award, and his first solo show, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe before touring the UK to huge acclaim, finishing with a sold-out run at the Southbank Centre. It will tour Australia in 2018.

Ben's writing is interested in our dusty and difficult corners, in finding the bits that hurt and then prodding at them, part masseur part masochist.

The rest of the line up to be announced.

Letterpress Workshop

 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

When:   11.00am - 4.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
Join Alan Qualtrough of Kiss & Bite Letterpress at Ocean Studios and get hand-printing your own poster.

This letterpress masterclass gives you a professional overview of the practice, including how to hand-set your type to then print your own words to impress your friends. Take control of language through analogue techniques!


This expert workshop is heavily discounted for PlymLit17, so be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. All materials are provided; just be sure to wear good shoes and clothes that won't be spoiled by a bit of ink.


Entry: £12. Tickets must be booked in advance from Eventbrite .

A Space to Write
When:   11.30am - 1.30pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
Amanda Harris and Rob Lane will discuss the creation of The Writers’ Block in Camborne and how it is supporting writers of all ages. 

This links to the publication A Space to Write, exploring the professional writers’ working spaces and processes through photography and interviews - they suggest how, maybe, these can influence practice in the classroom.

A practical workshop using some of the techniques from The Writers’ Block will follow.

Entry: Tickets and Weekend Pass are available via Eventbrite and on the door, subject to availability.
CrossCountry Writers Open Mic:
 
Words on Water
Recovering Muriel Rukeyser
When:   2.00pm - 3.00pm
Where:  Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
 
Committed to the ‘causes of the underdog’, Rukeyser was a politically and socially engaged writer who documented seismic events of the twentieth century: American racial inequality, Vietnam War protests and the Civil War in Spain.

After witnessing the Civil War first-hand, she would write her long-lost war novel, Savage Coast. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein would rediscover it in the depths of the Library of Congress, Washington.

Join Rowena’s talk about this rediscovery and about Rukeyser herself.

Entry: Tickets and Weekend Pass available via Ocean Studios Eventbrite or  on the door.

The Origins of Gothic Fiction:
 
From Ancient Ruins, to Vampires, to Frankenstein