Everyone’s got a book in them. The difficulty is getting it out there! We often spend much time writing alone which can feel like a solitary activity (at the kitchen table with vast quantities of tea and biscuits if you’re me!) Of course, it’s always helpful to chat to other writers and share your work for feedback but when you’re the only one who has read your manuscript, this can be rather a daunting thought!
With this in mind, I decided to create an event which would bring writers together. An event where aspiring authors could read out their work in a relaxed, supportive environment and receive useful feedback. An event where sharing your writing doesn’t have to be frightening!
At my Books Talk Back events, a small pre-selected panel of aspiring authors read their work to a published author and audience of guests, then receive constructive feedback from both. I organised and hosted my first Books Talk Back event in a lovely, cosy pub in London which provided a beautifully warm and friendly atmosphere. The event was intended to be a one-off but, much to my joy the idea became incredibly popular and lots of venues have since asked me to host events. Many of these events are non-profit and free to attend, everyone with an interest is welcome!
Books Talk Back has received support from The British Library and I’ve had the pleasure of hosting four events on site in The Knowledge Centre, which has included interviewing guest authors, Tracy Chevalier and Naomi Wood.
And, of course, in this fabulous UNESCO City of Literature Norwich, I’ve hosted events at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library which has previously featured guest author, Alexander Gordon Smith. I love the library! It’s a wonderfully vibrant and inspiring venue.
My next event will be at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, March 22nd 7pm and promises to be a fun and informative evening! At this event, guest author Mitch Johnson will share insights and ideas on writing fiction for children. You can book your free place HERE.
Isabelle is the author of ‘The Norfolk Story Book’ and the founder of Prince’s Trust supported enterprise Books Talk Back. Isabelle will be the Writer in Residence at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library for the duration of their exhibition ‘Quentin Blake; The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits.’
To find out more about Books Talk Back and Isabelle’s family storytelling events visit www.isabelleking.net