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A Beach Hut, a Cup of Coffee, and … Well, Anyone, Really

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on July 30, 2014

Reblogged from my rather more unofficial main blog…

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Kirkcudbright Arts and Craft Trail writers in residenceOn Friday, I shall be fulfilling TWO long-held ambitions: to become a writer in residence and to have a beach hut. Sadly, both only last for an afternoon, which is not so much a residency as an afternoon visit, and the beach hut won’t actually be on the beach but in Kirkcudbright town centre, but hey, let’s not get picky here.

I know have to think about what to do with my short residency. Hopefully people will come and say hello because otherwise I’ll have to spend two hours maintaining my unthreatening and friendly but not in any way desperate writer’s expression as last practised during my one and only bookshop signing event. I will almost definitely have brought the means of making (or at least keeping hot) some coffee because it might just lure people in (cakes, while tempting, might smack of desperation). Does coffee with a writer sound…

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Popping up at WagTongues

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on November 28, 2013

Today and tomorrow I shall be at WagTongues – Dumfries’s latest popup bookshop, the brainchild of the Dumfries and Galloway Writers’ collective.  As well as manning the till, I shall be reading from my own novel, Out of a Clear Sky and also introducing just a few of the many writers who have featured in the Fankle.

preparing the sign for the window

Getting the popup shop ready last night

If the event in September in Wigtown is anything to go by, it should be a great occasion and a chance not just to browse and buy but to meet a great many local authors great and small.

books and comfy chairs

Looking good already

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Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 28, 2013

Just a quick note of yesterday’s Fankle workshop – from the Fankle site

The Fankle

We thought we were ready for anything at yesterday’s Burns Fankling workshop – but we hadn’t quite expected the Nith to be all but lapping at the venue’s door.

Fortunately it would take more than a little bit of flooding to stop the Big Burns Supper crew, and we were able to go ahead, with slightly diminished numbers. Mini Fankles, pens, pencils, scissors, glue and scraps of inspiration (courtesy of Luke and John McKay) were all quickly put to use, with soon the only sound in the room being the scratching of pens.

Pretty soon every participant, young and old, had struck some source of inspiration and it was all too quickly time to finish up, share what each other had done … and record it for posterity.

If you’d be interested in attending a Fankle workshop – or having one at an event of your own, then let us know.

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Meet me at Wigtown

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on October 5, 2012

Anyone who’s coming to the lovely Wigtown Festival this weekend should keep an eye on its growing fringe programme. We’re lucky in Dumfries and Galloway to have a wealth of writing talent for a rural area that’s so thinly spread. I, with others from the Dumfries Writers’ group will be launching our 2012 anthology, Stretch of Imagination, at 12 noon on Saturday 6th October, at the Quakers’ Meeting House. This will be followed by the launch of Mary Smith‘s latest poetry collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day as well as an afternoon of music and poetry and the launch of the latest Southlight. It will also be a chance to get your hands on the very latest copy of the Fankle.

If you come along, please do pop in to say hello and have a look at what is happening among the rolling hills of South West Scotland

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First Website Workshop

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 28, 2012

I’ve long thought it would be useful to others to have a workshop helping people set up websites or blogs. While many people find it easy to work out how something like WordPress works just by reading the help or trying things out, for others it can be a bit daunting and instead they end up paying a lot of money for a website which they then struggle to maintain. So, with the generous support of CABN (Creative Arts and Business Network) Dumfries & Galloway, who provided the training facility, I spent this afternoon helping four fellow local writers set up websites and blogs of their own.

They are:

Please go over and have a look – and encourage them to keep going! Some of them are quite new to the world of websites and blogs (and were looking a bit shellshocked by the end of the day) but I’m sure they’ll all get writing soon and it will definitely be worth hearing what they have to say.

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Join me for the Nithsdale Creative Hustings

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 23, 2012

On Wednesday, I appear to have allowed myself to be roped into chairing the Nithsdale Creative Arts Hustings in Dumfries. This is a chance for anyone interested in the arts in the area to ask their local politicians how they will support the arts.

The event starts at 7pm at the Brigend Theatre in Dumfries. Any suggestions for questions gratefully received!

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Celebrate World Book Day … in Stranraer

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 20, 2012

On Monday 23rd April I will be in Stranraer library to help celebrate World Book Night with a free party!

I’ll be introducing my book – Out of a Clear Sky – with a short reading and also explaining which is my favourite of the chosen World Book Night books. There will be book giveaways and refreshments – so I hope to see you there. The event runs from 10:30 til 12.

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Radio Interview up on Site

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on March 16, 2012

If you missed me on the Alive Radio broadcast this afternoon, never fear – it’s available as a podcast. I’d listen myself but I’m far too horrified at the sound of my own voice. I’m sure I can’t really sound like that…

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Don’t Forget – Edinburgh Event 19th August

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 15, 2009

Just a quick reminder to anyone who may be interested – I will be appearing alongside Thomas Legendre at Word Power Books in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 19th August – more details here.

Legendre’s book, The Burning is a thrilling tale about  ‘sex, economics, ecology, gambling, and astrophysics.’  While I’ll be reading from Out of A Clear Sky, a tale of love, obsession, birds and madness. I think you’ll find that that’s a winning combination.

Oh, and it’s free!

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writLOUD event 12th May – more details

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 25, 2008

I promised more details on the writLOUD event and here they are

Monday 12 May, 6.30-8.15 pm,
RADA Foyer Bar, Malet Street,
London WC1E 7JN

Readings and Q&A to celebrate the publication of books by three Birkbeck Creative Writing MA alumni: 29 Ways to Drown by Niki Aguirre, Out of a Clear Sky by Sally Hinchcliffe, and Estrella Damn by Matthew Loukes. Q&A facilitated by Julia Bell.

Admission is free of charge, but with a suggested donation to Oxfam of £3.50.

To reserve places in advance, please email to writloud@aol.co.uk.

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