Oldham Writers' Days

9 Oct 2021 - 11.00AM

We are delighted to be partnering with Oldham Libraries to offer a programme of free events for local aspiring writers over the 8th & 9th October 2021.

The programme includes two in-person writing workshops, run by Lisa O'Hare and Lara Williams respectively, and a live, online panel discussion featuring local writers and publishers chatting about routes to publication. 

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite - links below.

Workshops have limited capacity (for safety) and are first-come-first-served. They will take place at Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL.


Friday 8th October

11am - 12:30pm 

Poetry workshop with Lisa O'Hare - 'Connections' (in-person)

Book here.

Poetry has a magical way of connecting us to each other, and to things which we may not have thought about before, or at least not for a while. It can connect and create new opinions, emotions, and perspectives. In this poetry workshop we will make new connections through reading, hearing, and writing poetry.

Lisa O’Hare’s debut poetry collection Lockdown Life, A Rollercoaster of Emotions was published in May 2021 by Master House Publishing. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio Manchester on several occasions and she has been published in a number of zines, anthologies and online journals. She runs poetry workshops and in summer 2021 she ran workshops at Glastonbury’s Worthy Pastures.


Friday 8th October

6pm - 7pm 

Panel discussion - 'How to get published' (online)

Book here.

Are you an aspiring writer? Join Jazmine Linklater (Carcanet Press) and Peter Kalu (novelist and Artistic Director of Commonword, north west development writing organisation) for a fascinating discussion about how to get published, chaired by Ivan Wadeson (Director of Manchester City of Literature).

Pete Kalu has nine novels published in a range of genres, as well as short stories and poetry.  As part of north-west writing development organisation, Commonword, he has midwifed the writing debuts of dozens of North West based writers in forms ranging from poetry to short fiction to novels to radio plays. His latest novel One Drop, will be published by Andersen Press in 2022. 

Jazmine Linklater has been Marketing and Events Manager at Carcanet Press since March 2018. She also sits on the editorial board of Broken Sleep Books and has previously worked for T-Junction International Poetry Festival. She recently completed the MA Modern and Contemporary Literature programme at the University of Manchester. She has published the poetry pamphlets Toward Passion According (Zarf, 2017) and Découper, Coller (Dock Road, 2018), and regularly reviews for Poetry Wales, Corridor8 and Compass, among other journals. She is a co-founder of the queer feminist reading and commissioning series, No Matter, and in 2018-19 was a Poetry London mentee with Vahni Capildeo. A third pamphlet, Figure a Motion, was recently published by Guillemot Press and a manifesto, Future Notes Towards an Alternative, was commissioned by the Harris Gallery, Preston, and is currently on display there. @jjhlinklater @oh_no_matter.

Ivan Wadeson has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in the cultural sector, working across many art forms on strategy, vision, business planning, organisational development and audience engagement. Ivan is currently the Executive Director of Manchester City of Literature, leading on maximising the benefit of the UNESCO designation for writers, publishers, residents and stakeholder organisations in Manchester. Previously he was worked for Dance Consortia North West, Royal Exchange Theatre, Arts about Manchester, All About Audiences, The Audience Agency, Sadler’s Wells and The Dukes in Lancaster. Ivan is a Trustee of Curious Minds, a Board member at Without Walls, a Governor at Essa Academy in Bolton and a Fellow of the RSA.  


Saturday 9th October

11am - 12:30pm 

Writing workshop with Lara Williams - 'Writing in the second person' (in-person)


Prize-winning novelist and short story author Lara Williams will be facilitating an in-person writers’ workshop.

Centred around the advantages and challenges of writing in the second person. The workshop will include studying the effectiveness of various pieces of fiction written in the second person, and the sensory / emotional / ethical implications of this. It will look at short fiction by Lorrie Moore, Margaret Atwood and Junot Diaz.

Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. Her novel Supper Club was published in Spring 2019 by Hamish Hamilton (UK) and Putnam & Sons (US). It won The Guardian’s Not The Booker prize and has been translated into six languages. Her debut short story collection Treats was published by Freight Books in 2016 and in the US by Flatiron in 2017 under the title A Selfie As Big As The Ritz. The collection was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. A new novel is forthcoming in 2022.