You Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark: Catherine Smith and Rosie Chard in Conversation

As Bruce Springsteen so wisely observed – You can’t start a fire without a spark.

Writers and tutors Catherine Smith and Rosie Chard met for coffee and talked about the ‘thing’, that elusive spark which generates an idea and leads to a story. The spark can take many forms: an object, a memory, a fragment of overheard conversation, a smell, a newspaper cutting, but no creative project can start without it…

For this event, they will be reading excerpts from their short stories, poems and novels and discussing how, where and why those sparks were first lit.

You are warmly invited to join in their conversation.

Catherine Smith was included in Mslexia’s Top Ten New Women Poets and the Arts Council/PBS Next Generation – Twenty Most Exhilarating New Poets. Her poetry collections have been shortlisted for Forward Prizes and for the Aldeburgh Best First Collection. Some of her short stories have been anthologised and read on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Afternoon Story.’ Her radio play, Jellybelly, was broadcast in 2006. She is currently working on a novel and a narrative sequence of prose poems.

Rosie Chard is a novelist, creative writing tutor, editor, writing mentor and English language teacher. She has published three novels in Canada with NeWest Press: Seal Intestine Raincoat 2009 (winner of the Alberta Trade Fiction Book Award) The Insistent Garden 2014 (winner of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction) and The Eavesdroppers 2018. She is currently writing her fourth novel.

Books will be available for purchase. Cash or cheques only please.

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30 May 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

£5 (includes a drink)

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