Writers Day: An evening of Poetic Prose.

A Comma Press Collaboration with Write Out Loud

Price: 1.00

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15 April 2024

About the event

Comma Press Writers' evenings are perfect for beginner writers to experiment with new forms and meet new people!

Our collaboration with Write Out Loud Sale will start with a creative writing workshop, led by short story tutor Gaynor Jones. A panel discussion will then talk about writing craft and cross-genre experimentation, from poetry to fiction. This is the perfect chance for you to ask questions about writing craft or getting published. There will then be a chance to perform your work at an open mic!

There will be a small charge of £3 on the box office of Waterside Arts once you arrive.


7-8.15 workshop - led by Gaynor Jones

8.15- 9.15 panel and guest readers (Gaynor Jones, Adam Lowe and Reshma Ruia)

9.15-10 open mic


About the performers:

Gaynor Jones is the recipient of a 2020 Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North for her short story collection, Girls Who Get Taken.

She has won first prize in several writing competitions, including Bath Flash Fiction and the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award, and has placed or been listed in others including the Bridport Prize and Aesthetica.

She has performed her work at many spoken word nights in the North West, and as a guest of For Books’ Sake at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She loves stories that feature wayward teens, middle-aged women who’ve had enough, and the darker sides of suburban life. She is working on her first novel.

When she’s not writing, she likes watching creature features, dancing badly to Britpop, and hanging with her daughter, dog and husband

Website: www.jonzeywriter.com


Dr. Reshma Ruia is a Manchester based British writer of Indian origin. She has a PhD and Master’s in Creative Writing from Manchester University. Her first novel, Something Black in the Lentil Soup, was described in the Sunday Times as ‘a gem of straight-faced comedy’. She has published a poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, which won the 2019 Word Masala Award and a short story collection, Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness, shortlisted for the 2022 Eastern Eye ACTA Awards. Her new novel, Still Lives won the 2023 Diverse Book Readers’ Choice Award and is longlisted for the 2023 Peoples Book Award.

Reshma’s work has appeared in anthologies and journals, and commissioned by the BBC, University of Cumbria and Manchester Literature Festival. She is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani – a writers’ collective of British South Asian writers. Born in India and brought up in Italy, her writing explores the preoccupation of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging.




Adam Lowe is the UK's LGBT+ History Month Poet Laureate and was Yorkshire's Olympic Poet for 2012. Born in Leeds, he lives in Manchester. Adam has worked with The Poetry School, the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire and English PEN. He was named one of the '20 best writers under 40' in Leeds for the LS13 Awards and his chapbook Precocious was a reader nomination for the Guardian First Book Prize. He was a finalist for the Venture, Eric Hoffer, Lambda Literary and Live Canon Awards, and is a fellow of The Complete Works and Obsidian Foundation.