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By the Mark! Alison Wilding RA in conversation with Rosie Cooper

Delve into the creative process of one of Britain's most acclaimed living artists, Alison Wilding RA. In conversation with her will be Rosie Cooper, Director of the Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn.

Jem Poster and Sarah Burton in Conversation with Yvonne Battle-Felton

Thu 11 July

Zoom Video Conferencing

This is your chance to hear from people involved in every aspect of writing and the world of publishing. Our friendly, real-time Zoom meetings mean you can join from anywhere in the world and from any device. Pull up a chair and join this monthly, free get-together. If you’ve ever wondered what an agent does all day or what makes a “killer” proposal, our guests will do their best to answer your questions. Writers share their writing routines, their worst mistakes and what it feels like to see your work in print.


Eliza Mace: Uncovering the Truth

Stuck in a crumbling manor house in the Welsh borders, and battling for her independence in an age – the 1870s – when relatively few women were in a position to exercise influence in the wider world, Eliza Mace is thwarted by powers that conspire to protect, control and deceive her. But when her father goes missing in mysterious circumstances, her determination to uncover the truth is unstoppable...

Following on from the publication of their co-written novel Eliza Mace earlier this year, Jem and Sarah will discuss not only the novel itself but, more broadly, the two genres it represents – historical fiction and detective fiction – offering insights of interest to readers of both genres, as well as to aspiring writers.


Jem Poster is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University; with Sarah Burton he set up ICE’s MSt in Creative Writing. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001) and two novels, Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise (Sceptre, 2002 and 2006).

Sarah Burton, founder and former Director of ICE’s MSt in Creative Writing, is the author of Impostors (Penguin, 2000), A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (Penguin, 2003) and The Strange Adventures of H (Legend, 2020).

Jem and Sarah are also co-authors of a handbook for fiction writers, The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and a novel, Eliza Mace, published by Duckworth earlier this year.

Cost: Free

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Thu 11 July 7:00PM - 8:00PM


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