Fringe 2014: Stories

Your stories, their stories, our stories. Join us.

Saturday 15 November 2014

1pm Young Adult Book Quiz How well do you know the ever-growing world of Young Adult fiction? Test yourself with a a quiz hosted by book blogger extraordinaire Jim Dean of YA Yeah Yeah. There’ll be some ace bookish swag in store for the winners.

liz_de_jager_fan_fic_wordle_writeidea_fringe_20142.30pm Fandom Liz de Jager, author of Banished, first in the Blackheart Legacy Trilogy, knows what so many thousands of you get up to in private – write fan fiction.

Her  talk will be part workshop, part enthusiastic chat about all things in the world of fandom. From writing and reading fanfic to creating gifs,working on meta, and finding out what’s happening and new.

Bring along lists of your favourite authors or your own work! Be prepared for fun and interactive chats about creating gifs and fanvideos, playlists and art but most of all, no negativity allowed! This is going to be a fun, fan-friendly event, to celebrate the movies, tv shows and bands and books we love.

4pm Annie Broadbent: We Need to Talk About Grief
When Annie was just twenty-five, her mum died. Frustrated with seeing family and friends paralysed by fears of death – and reluctance to talk about it – she decided to share her experience and others’ stories.

Annie_Broadbent_Writeidea_Festival_Fringe_2014Annie’s talk about her new book ‘We Need to Talk About Grief’ will fascinate everyone and inform anyone at a loss in dealing with loss.  She’s a trained clinical volunteer, supports a child bereavement programme, is training as a psychotherapist and writes for Psychologies magazine on taboos around death and grief. Then Annie will join us for the next event.

4.40pm Death Café.
This offers you the chance to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death, aiming ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. It’s a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafes are not for profit and have no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. Find out more at


Sunday 16 November 2014

1pm Independent publishing: Industry-leading indie publishers and writers talk and answer your questions on the power of the small press. We’re offering a rare and free chance to get advice about publishing your work: from the experts.

Kit Caless: co-director of Influx Press, publishing innovative and challenging site-specific fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond, that explores the idea of place. Titles include the Gordon Burn Prize-nominated Marshland by Gareth E Rees.

Sam Jordison: co-director of ‘old-fashioned publishers for the 21st Century’ Galley Beggar Press, publishers of the 2014 Baileys Prize-winning novel  A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride. Sam is also a Guardian journalist, writer of Sod That: 103 Things Not to Do Before You Die and co-editor of the Crap Towns series.

Meike Ziervogel: writer and founder of award-winning boutique Peirene Press, specialists for contemporary European novellas in English translation.
Meike’s first novel Magda was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker prize 2013 and voted one of the Books of the Year 2013 by the Observer and Irish Times.

2.30pm Letter Lounge Who doesn’t love receiving a hand-written letter from someone special? Here’s the space to write the letters you never have time for and enjoy a bit of a social. Letter Lounge bring cake, tea, coffee, paper, pens, and stamps. All you need to bring is the address of the person you’re writing to – and a sunny disposition. They’ll even post your letters for you.


4.00 pm Voices From History: East London Suffragettes One hundred years after the East London Federation of the Suffragettes was established in Bow, hear the story of this pioneering group of remarkable women.

Sarah Jackson, chair of the first East London Suffragette Festival, is co- author of Voices From History: East London Suffragettes with Rosemary Taylor. She’ll talk about an extraordinary time in local history and a courageous and creative group of forgotten East End rebels.

5pm Urban Legends of London These are our folk stories: from the bear loose on Hackney Marshes to the demons on 55 Cornhill to the legend and mystery of Jack the Ripper urban legends are a way for us to understand our surroundings and express our deepest fears and thoughts cloaked in stories.Fortean_London_urban_legends

In this talk and workshop Scott Wood will share some London stories with the audience, explain how and why legends form and invite the audience to share their own. The best way to learn about our folklore is to share it.

Scott is the author of ‘London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube’,  host of the London Fortean Society and writes irregular ‘Fortean London’ posts for Londonist.

2014 Writeidea Festival Fringe is curated by Festival volunteer, writer and East Londoner Karen Hart Karen_JK_Hart