What story might you write in response to a work of art? This is the question we asked a group of local Secondary School students before we took them on a tour of Open Studios N22 in November, at the Chocolate Factory. Here are a few of the stories written – congratulations girls!
We are very excited to reveal our Spring/Summer 2017 workshop programme! It features a new course for performance poetry, led by the fantastic Paul Lyalls. Also, by popular demand, we have on offer an extension to our Ways Into Novel Writing Course – ‘Next Steps in Novel Writing’ begins in May. Lots of choice for other writers – poets, life writers and short story writers. Click here for the full line-up.
“I would like to say that I have really enjoyed this course which went so quickly. I have learned a lot from doing this course and it is already helping me to progress in my writing. I would heartily recommend the course to others.” Dawn
Our workshops are going from strength to strength! We have a new tutor, novelist and short story writer Alba Arikha, taking a new course for us – Stories from Paintings. Giovanna Iozzi presents a new twist on the life writing tale – Turning Life into Fiction. And back by popular demand is our Introduction to Novel Writing course, from Sara Langham. More planned for 2017, with screen writing, poetry and next steps in novel writing, so watch this space! All details here.
We are proud to announce our new workshop programme for 2016, which now includes an introduction to screen writing, and a brand new course – Ways Into Novel Writing – as well as poetry, short fiction and life writing options. These 6 week courses, held at the wonderful Chocolate Factory N22, are welcoming, friendly and inspiring, and twice a year we have a celebration of work produced where students can read to an audience at Karamel.
“The course was fantastic; the structure and content were stimulating and challenging. We were all incredibly productive…” Alison
We’re excited to announce our Autumn programme of workshops! It’s all NEW NEW NEW! The courses are now 6 weeks, as opposed to our original 4 weeks, which has been requested by students! We have a fantastic new room in the wonderful, iconic Chocolate Factory 1 building! AND we have a new course, with a new tutor – Jo Tracy! Jo is a script editor and screen writer and will be teaching a 6 week Introduction to Screen Writing. So, go to our workshops page for all the information you need to sign up and get writing!
Our judge Robert Shearman has announced the winners of our 2014 N22 Open Studios Flash Fiction Competition! They are Adelaide Carter (Under 11s), Arthur Huntington (11-17), and Emily Devane (18 and over). Read more here!
Four new writing courses and and great new venue – the converted warehouse room Factory 21, at Chocolate Factory 2, Coburg Road, N22!
At the request of previous students, we have extended our courses from three weeks to five weeks – so you now have 5 linked workshop sessions making up your course, more time to get your teeth into the subject and make real progress.
Thursdays from January, 10am to 12.30pm. Features, poetry, short stories and life-writing all on offer. Full programme is here. Sign up SOON by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to announce that Robert Shearman is to be our judge for our N22 Open Studios Flash Fiction Competition! He will judge all entries anonymously, in three categories: under 11s, 11 to 17s, and over 18s. Entrants need to write complete short stories in 200 words or under, inspired by a piece of art they see in this year’s N22 Open Studios, 14th,15th, 16th November (free entry). It’s free to enter the competition! The closing date for entries is 20th December. Winners will be published on our website on 31st January 2015.
Robert Shearman has written four short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize and three British Fantasy Awards. His background is in the theatre, resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, and the Guinness Award in association with the Royal National Theatre. He regularly writes plays and short stories for BBC Radio, and he has won two Sony Awards for his interactive radio series, ‘The Chain Gang’. But he’s probably best known for reintroducing the Daleks to the BAFTA winning first season of the revived Doctor Who, in an episode that was a finalist for the Hugo Award.
Haringey Literature Live is proud to announce the winners of its Open Studios Flash Fiction Competition!
A big thank you to everyone who entered our first writing competition! And thanks also to the artists who allowed their work to be photographed so that writers could go home and create their amazing stories.
From November to January we were sent some fanastic 200-word pieces. The standard was very high across all the age categories and the entries consistently proved that whole stories can be told in just 200 words. The economy of the form focused the writing, making it incisive and exciting. People were inspired by all sorts of artworks from paintings to photography, ceramics, embroidery and jewellery.
The competition was judged anonymously, by poet and novelist Naomi Foyle, who very much enjoyed the task of choosing her favourites.
We publish here the winning entries, along with the pieces of artwork which inspired them. Information about our judge and about our fiction-inspiring artists can also be found
Naomi says: ‘The Enchanted Egg’ is a perfectly formed short story. Deftly twisting folkloric themes into the neatly evoked local setting, it’s told with vibrant language, memorable imagery, and a droll sense of humour that keeps ticking ’til the very end.
THE ENCHANTED EGG
Robert slouched round the Chocolate Factory Open Studios.
“Don’t touch!” warned his mum. Robert’s hand hovered over the tooled, leather book. Instead, he pocketed a gilded business card to join the others in his pocket. As he wandered down the corridor to Lucky’s pots, he felt like thumping a blob of clay. Robert ran a finger furtively over a row of huge, glossy eggs like a fussy charwoman checking for dust. The eggs were mottled, marbled and cold as trout. Wait. He touched a green, freckled egg again. This egg was hot.
Robert unwrapped the egg in his room — Mum’s gift for behaving all afternoon. He lay it gently down and fell asleep.
He was woken early by golden light filling the room. The egg was twitching, cracking, a claw stretched out, then a smooth head.
“The Phoenix at your service. I foretell fire.”
“But we live here!”
Robert tore open the curtains and scanned the horizon. The stark chimney of Edmonton waste disposal offered a solution. The Phoenix flew fast as an arrow. As it dropped inside, a finger of flame shot out, twice the height of the tower.
“Wow,” said Robert.
Under 18s category
Winner: Celia Bax
Artwork: Night’s Secrets, Lucky Rutland
Naomi says: ’Hope’ takes a still night seascape and endows it with human pain, drama and solace. A beautifully rendered piece of writing, its strong visual and emotional charge is thanks in large part to the writer’s command of telling detail.
It’s started again. The pointless shouting, the constant accusing. Every day it ends the same, mum sobbing, dad off on a long walk. Alone. Their fights are blind stabs in the dark because no-one can be blamed, can they?
My sister died at the age of 4, diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal cancer. Now all my parents do is row. We even moved to this village by the sea to get away from all the “traumatising memories”.
The ocean calms me. Even as they argue I can hear the steady beat of the waves crashing on the rocks at the end of the path. Tonight ocean and sky have merged into one — the same shades of deep navy and soft cornflower blue.
Two trees intertwine on the bank. An owl sits contently staring out to the ocean. I wish I were a bird. To spread my wings and fly away, sit on a sturdy branch with no worry it will crumble like my family. And then I see what the owl is gazing at. A slit of light in the darkness. And for a minute I feel a warm, bright feeling that makes the sound of arguing melt away. Hope.
Under 11s category
Winners: Ines Aberdeen and Liberty Reason (joint writers)
Artwork: Black & White Cow, Mark Entwisle
Naomi says: An apocalyptic fantasia morphing cow and game show outlaw, and bursting with Foucauldian insights into power and punishment, the hugely enjoyable ’Bloodthirsty’ is perhaps the world’s first ‘epic flash’. Writers to watch!
Ines Aberdeen and Liberty Reason
Flynt survived the War Games. But he’d got bloodthirsty. Within days, villages had disappeared. As he entered the War Games, Flynt’s favourite colour changed from green to red.
It was during late autumn that the police noticed Flynt’s change of behaviour. Soon after, he was enclosed in a white, claustrophobic corridor. First, came self-pity, next tears, and lastly, humid exasperation. Flynt mooed with hopelessness, as he carried on roaming. Slowly. Very Slowly. The mouthpiece that stopped Flynt biting was tight and made him feel more dangerous than he was. Turning around with a flicker of hope, he saw a white door. Finally. Freedom. But no. Suddenly, the one lonely gash of hope morphed into a flame of displeasure.
He should have realized the world would not take pity on him. After all, he had demolished most of the capitals, villages, towns, practically everything. If you hadn’t died, you would’ve been majorly wounded.
Flashbacks haunted Flynt throughout the bitter cold night, where he’d changed from being a power freak to a vunerable loner. It was like he was in a loner pod. Deserted. Abruptly, a pair of black eyes stabbed Flynt in the backside and he knew he wasn’t alone.
Our competition judge Naomi Foyle was born in London and grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Saskatchewan, and now lives in Brighton. Naomi is the author of several poetry collections, The Night Pavillion, a 2008 Poetry Society Recommendation, and The World Cup (2010) both from Waterloo Press. Her poetry readings include appearances at The Cuisle Festival in Limerick, and Tacheles Art House in Berlin. Librettist of the award-winning bouffon opera Hush (Theatre Passe Muraille,Toronto 1990), she is also the author of a short verse drama, The Strange Wife, produced by the Bush Theatre in 2011. Naomi’s first novel, Seoul Survivors, a cyber-thriller set in South Korea, will be published by Jo Fletcher Books in Februrary 2013. Naomi holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bangor University. Her topic, Venus Victrix: The Warrior Woman in Narrative Verse, propelled her into activism, and she now campaigns for a just peace in the Middle East. www.naomifoyle.com
Lucky Rutland is a New Zealander who has lived in London for 27 years. She has been an artist and teacher for 13 years. She loves to sculp in clay and also paints and makes ceramics. She works on commissions and has at least 5 exhibitions a year. The biggest influences on her work are mother nature and the human form. At her Chocolate Factory studio Lucky teaches adults and also children from 4 years of age. Her oldest student is 85 years old, and some of the children have been working with her for up to 12 years. She says she loves teaching children because their outlook is so fresh and they inspire her work as much as she inspires theirs. To find out about her wonderful classes email her at email@example.com.
Mark Entwisle was born in Amman, Jordan in 1961. At school, art was encouraged and appreciated and was always the thing that defined him. He graduated in 1984 from a degree in Illustration at Brighton, and got his first commissions from Penguin Books. Mostly book covers (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aldous Huxley and P.G.Wodehouse), theatre posters for the National Theatre and record covers. He worked as an illustrator for 15 years, but was also doing his own paintings and showing them at Beaux Arts, Bath and Long and Ryle, London. In 1999 he had his first portrait accepted into the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Another was accepted the following year and he was commended in 2002. Recently he has been teaching part time at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also had work exhibited at the RA Summer Show, Hunting Art Prize, Nat West Art Prize, Laing Art Prize, Royal Society of Watercolours, The Discerning Eye, The Threadneedle Prize and The Lynn Painters and Stainers Prize. www.markentwisle.co.uk