The experiences that inspire me

A Guest Blog by Eve Ainsworth.

I never planned to write for young adults. I just knew I wanted to write SOMETHING. Writing seems to run through my blood, it feeds me and keeps me warm – and for a long, long time I just wrote the odd ideas that popped into my head – often underdeveloped and not really thought through in detail. But they were ok and they fed my addiction.

Things changed when I started working in a local secondary school. Again, this was not on my list of plans. In fact, when I left the same school at eighteen, I swore that I would never EVER return. But after years of unfulfilling and uninspiring work, I needed something different – so I decided to take the leap and work with teens – and thank goodness I did.

My new job meant that I was working directly with young people and also witnessing some of the real issues they were facing. It was a job I absolutely loved. It soon became clear to me that I could utilise my work in my writing and create stories that represented some of the very real and very concerning problems that face teenagers today. And so 7 Days, a book about the realities of bullying, was written, shortly followed by Crush, a book about toxic and controlling relationships.

I am a true believer that life takes you down a particular path for a reason. Years ago, I would have never expected to be writing books for teens, but now it seems a very natural and enjoyable route for me. This is not to say that I think you should only write what you know – but having experience in certain areas can feed your passion and make the writing so much more authentic.

Above all you need to enjoy what you do. Always.

 

Eve has written two Young Adult novels – Seven Days and Crush – both published by Scholastic. Seven Days was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Eve is giving an author talk at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th, 1.30-2.30pm in the URC. Register now to save your seat! Suitable for ages 11+

Jill Lewis and Don’t Read This

Jill Lewis aka Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis will be running a workshop at Lindfield Arts Festival this year! A perfect addition to our wonderful line up of children’s authors, with something for a slightly younger audience.

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Jill and Alison have a 42 year friendship behind them– having met training to be nurses at the London Hospital. After going their separate ways, they both ended up teaching and have always had a deep desire to get non readers – reading. That led them into writing stories:

“Friday is our writing together day – either in Sussex or London or via Skype. We always start with a résumé of the week, jobs, family crises etc and then get down to work. We can of course multi task – so if one types – the other might be peeling potatoes or ironing a shirt – it has always been something we’ve had to fit in around the rest of life!.”

The hobby has become something more successful than they could have imagined and they have had a total of 8 books published to date including DON’T READ THIS BOOK! – a silly story which is now used in Year 2 classes around the country as part of the Literacy Evolve Project. We’re very excited to welcome Jill and Alison to the Festival!

Reading B is for Book – a workshop for parents

Jill Lewis aka Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis will be running a workshop at Lindfield Arts Festival this year! A perfect addition to our wonderful line up of children’s authors, with something for a slightly younger audience.

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Jill and Alison have a 42 year friendship behind them– having met training to be nurses at the London Hospital. After going their separate ways, they both ended up teaching and have always had a deep desire to get non readers – reading. That led them into writing stories:

“Friday is our writing together day – either in Sussex or London or via Skype. We always start with a résumé of the week, jobs, family crises etc and then get down to work. We can of course multi task – so if one types – the other might be peeling potatoes or ironing a shirt – it has always been something we’ve had to fit in around the rest of life!.”

The hobby has become something more successful than they could have imagined and they have had a total of 8 books published to date including DON’T READ THIS BOOK! – a silly story which is now used in Year 2 classes around the country as part of the Literacy Evolve Project. We’re very excited to welcome Jill and Alison to the Festival!

Eve Ainsworth – children’s author

18679049 CrushWhen: 17th September, time 1.30 – 2.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit www.eveainsworth.com.

Bring your imagination says Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis is actually two local authors – Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis ! They are bringing their wonderful stories to the festival and delighting audiences with a workshop full of fun. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Our latest book HOORAY FOR KNICKERS is another silly story about a grumpy king who will do anything to make Prince Jolly his new best friend. Our workshop/story session will probably be silly too – so bring your imaginations, your colouring crayons or felt tips and a sense of humour!”

What: Jill Lewis, picture book author workshop

When: 17 September, 11.00am – 12.00pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 5-8 years.

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Author and Publisher speak out

From Prologue to Prosecco. A preview reading by Rose McGinty, author of Electric Souk plus unique insights into the writing world with Rose and her publisher Matthew Smith, MD Urbane Publishing.

Including Q and A with audience.

Date & time – 17th Sept 2016, 13:00 – 14:30 hrs

Location – Bent Arms (upstairs)

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Matthew Smith, is the founder and director of Urbane Publications Limited. Urbane was born out of a fascination with the value of content, and a belief in the strength of collaboration. The company combines the skills and experience of a traditional publishing company with a thirst for a pioneering, innovative sand inclusive development approach to produce the most effective and commercially successful books. Every project is driven by the three core principles of Care, Content and Collaboration, with the emphasis on developing a collaborative partnership with the author to create the most valuable book possible.
Visit – http://urbanepublications.com to find out more.

In addition to publishing a quickly expanding frontlist, Urbane also offer consultancy across a number of areas, from developing winning proposals to book development and writing workshops. Matthew is a publishing professional with over 25 years of experience in book, digital and content development, and prior to founding Urbane worked at Waterstones, Routledge, Addison, Wesley Longman, Arcturus, Hodder, Pearson and Kogan Page.
Feel free to have a natter with Matthew at matthew@urbanepublications.com or follow on Twitter @urbanepub


Rose McGinty

Rose’s debut novel, Electric Souk, will be published in March 2017 by Urbane Publications. Electric Souk is a literary thriller about forbidden love, corruption and an encounter with evil in the desert, set in the Middle East as the Arab Spring erupts. Rose says of her story, ‘The parts of the story that are true, I probably wish were not; while the parts that are not, I probably wish were true.’
Rose is the winner of the Kent Life short story competition 2016 and flash fiction competitions by the Retreat West and Faber. She is an alumni of the Faber Academy, where she was mentored by writer and son of Lindfield, Richard Skinner. She has read at the London literary salon, Vanguard Readings, and the Margate Bookie.
Rose lives in Kent, works in community health services in London, and has worked internationally. She is now researching her second novel, which is taking her to some rather gothic hospital corridors!
To find out more or contact Rose see Htpp://rosemcginty.wordpress.com

Creative kids? Why not write your own festival story

Nicolette Sheehan – Author talk & Poetry workshop

When: 17th September, time tbc.

Where: URC Church

Who:  Children aged 9+ / 7+

Interactive talk for children aged 9+

If you could be an animal what would you be and why? And how might this help you to write an amazing story? Come and share your ideas, learn some amazing animal facts, try out a few metaphors and get the lowdown on how to write a book.

Poetry workshop for children aged 7+

Do you think it’s possible for a group of kids to write a poem TOGETHER in just 10 minutes? Come and find out, and while you’re there have a go at writing, performing and all types of poetic play!

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Bringing to life myths, legends and fairy-tales

When: 17th September, 10.00-11.00am and 3.00-4.00pm

Where: URC- Attic

Who: Children aged 4+

Registration essential. Max 40 children.

You are invited to come on an interactive storytelling adventure and enter the wonderful world of stories!

Bringing to life myths, legends and fairy-tales such as Goldilocks & the Three Bear’s, George & the Dragon and Jack & the Beanstalk, Mr Dilly will delight the audience, reminding everyone of the magic of stories.

Be prepared to join in the fun and enter Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder!

For more info about Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder please visit www.creativeeducationuk.com

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Family friendly events

Lindfield Arts Festival is delighted to announce five key activities for the benefit of families and children, especially those with special educational needs, people with physical difficulties and multiple disabilities.

1. Can control graffiti workshop 10.30-12.00pm and 2.00-3.30pm
Young participants will be schooled in the whole creative process of Graffiti art and have the opportunity to spray paint by themselves. If they wish, their completed artwork will be entered into a competition, awards given in age categories.

These workshops will aim to build self-esteem and encourage self-expression, build concentration and offer participants a positive alternative to their aspirations.

The cost of this workshop is £10 per person. However we have secured some funding for early registrations to make this accessible and inclusive. Please contact lynn@lindfieldartsfestival.com for more information.

2. Circus shows and workshops at different times during the day between 10.00am – 5.00pm

There are many benefits with regards to educational and physical benefits to circus activities, or community socialising aspects.

The circus activities are extremely beneficial for children and adults of all abilities, especially children with behaviour problems and disabilities as they cover such a wide range of physical and mental skills. It brings children and adults together on a common ground and is amazing for aiding concentration and motor skills.

Entertainment wise it’s fantastic for drawing crowds and gets a real community feel as everyone plays and tries out new skills together, with that real satisfaction feeling as a new skill is mastered.

The tightrope is specially made to both help the participants that find it more difficult as it covers a shorter space of rope, as well as being more challenging for people who are adept at balance as our instructor leads mid rope stops and shapes.

3. Discover and Be workshop for children from 6 months to 4 year olds 4.30-5.30pm

A multi-sensory play session packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative and expressive messy play

4. The Book Activist is bringing individual story telling sessions, author talks and creative writing workshops for children of all ages from 10.00am – 5.00pm

The benefits and importance of reading have never been more evident. The Book Activist aims to inspire, inform and engage children to encourage their development as independent and confident readers, who love reading for pleasure.

5. There are also some new and different dance workshops, namely popsteps, swoove mini and baby ballet.

These workshops are great for coordination, movement and musicality as well as building confidence. learning new skills and having fun.

Registration for these events and activities is through the website, www.lindfieldartsfestival.com/events and booking will open on 1st August 2016. Some of the activities have restricted numbers so early registration is advised.

In addition to the above activities, there will be performances, drama, music concerts including choirs, bands and singers, literary recitals, classic cars and of course, art, crafts and photography to see all day.

You can be completely entertained as Lindfield High Street will be closed to traffic all day and there will be fun and amusements from 10.00am till 5.00pm.

Budding authors

18679049 CrushWhen: 17th September, time 1.30 – 2.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who:  Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit www.eveainsworth.com.