Do you have a writer in your life? Then read on for fantastic gift ideas that will make you a literary hero...
The gift that reminds you of what writers have to overcome... and is also very chic!
Novelist and editor Laura Wilkinson has chosen a banned books bracelet from the Literary Gift Company... (£18) she says:
'Jewellery is a great conversation starter (certainly with women) and what better object to begin a bookish chat with than this gorgeous bracelet? I love that it’s banned books – many of which will surprise. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – who knew?
All the books featured on the stunning bracelet have been banned somewhere, at some time. To Kill a Mockingbird was temporarily banned in Minnesota due to the word "damn" being used in the novel (1977). The Color Purple was banned in one school district for being regarded as 'smut'. Also included are Go Ask Alice, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Howl, Annie on My Mind, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (which is banned in China because it assumes animals have the same intelligence as humans!).
And Laura will be teaching editing on our Writing Conference on March 12 - another great gift idea for the writer in your life...
The New Year is a great time to focus on your resolution to write a novel or screenplay, or to network with other writers, agents and publishers. We have the answer, with two special early bird rates on brand new 1-day courses being held in Brighton in January and March 2016: they're designed to be kickstarts for new and experienced writers.
Our 1-day TV & Radio Course will help you write that script in 2016. It's at the fabulously glam Hotel Pelirocco on Saturday January 23: our two tutors Sue Teddern and Hannah Vincent are experts in broadcast drama and comedy, and their great course is available for £85 till December 21. While our first Write by the Beach conference features best-selling authors and top agents offering 10+ sessions, plus a networking lunch, for £85 till January 24. That's in the beautiful Angel House, right by the sea. Both fabulous venues are within easy reach of Brighton Railway Station (less than 1 hour from London by train) so you could make a whole weekend of it!
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