Hone your own writing skills with Paul Houghton

  • Location The Sanderson Room Emma Bridgewater Pottery

Join Paul Houghton a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Staffordshire University for first hand advice on how to develop your writing skills.

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The session will focus on how to write engaging realistic dialogue and how to make the setting itself as characterful as the person in it.

A maximum of 15 places are available so please apply by email to info@stokeliteraryfestival.org to secure your place.

Full details of the Hot Air Literary Festival including the education programme can be found on the www.stokeliteraryfestival.org website.

Arnold Bennett: Pits, Pots and Poets.

  • Event location: Bridgewater pottery
  • Please note this event costs £6 – book online here

in partnership with Hot Air Festival, Staffordshire University senior lecturer, Catherine Burgass, discusses Stoke’s most famous literary son, Arnold Bennett, whose ‘Five Towns’ novels both glorify and demonise the Potteries.

photo of Arnold Bennett Anna of the Five Towns, for example, describes in lurid detail the conditions of pottery manufacture, as well as painting vivid pictures of Stoke’s industrial landscape. Catherine Burgass’s talk also focuses on other writers from the area who have taken their inspiration from Stoke’s industrial setting.hot air festival logo

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