FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2024

All timings and details subject to change

Thursday 10th October

5.30 pm 

Ivybridge Bookshop

Free

Anthology of Short Stories and Flash Fiction 'Launch'


Anne Thomson, John McKenna and Tony Rea met in 2023 at the Ivybridge Writers’ Group, where they first shared their short stories. They quickly realised their work complemented each other’s not least with a close connection to the West Country.

They decided to compile a collection of their creative work, which became Eclipse.

Eclipse is an anthology of short fiction where strange things happen. Beginning with Anne’s eponymous short story and ending with Tony’s Men they Couldn’t Hang, this collection of fiction  takes the reader from misty, tor-topped Dartmoor to the foaming, frothing, formidable seas below. From the dark depths of Cornish history and myth, as in John’s Jack Pendragon, to forecasts of the future.

Their stories entertain, surprise and startle at every twist.

Friday 11th October

1.30 – 2:10 pm 

Zoom link

Free

Online open mic for those unable to attend the festival in person

2.30 – 3:10 pm 

Zoom link

Free

Online open mic for those unable to attend the festival in person

2.30 – 4:30 pm 

Chapel Place

Free

Ivybridge Community Arts will be presenting “Women Talking” with a one act satirical play, “Just Fourteen” by Alice Gerstenberg and short readings from other well known playwrights.

 

Come and join them for an entertaining afternoon. 

Free tickets from Eventbrite

3.45 – 4.45 pm 

Ivybridge Library

Free entry

Children’s event: BRIAN THE BEAR with Mark Blackburn   suitable for ages 5 -7 year olds - children will bring their own bears along and we will try and make up little poems or VERY short stories up about their bears (with parental support). 

5.30 – 6.30 pm 


Ivybridge Bookshop

Free entry

Launch event: 

MEET THE AUTHORS

5-10 MINS READINGS from SHAN members’ new books released during 2024

Saturday 12th October

Morning 

9.30 am – 12.00  

Watermark Stowford Hall


Ticketed  

WRITERS ADVICE FAIR   Do you want to publish a book?

Experienced local authors will be here to give advice on: self-publishing, barcodes, ISBNs, hybrid publishing, marketing, planning writing, agents query letters, ACPS, PLR, British Library, etc. Find out more.

10 - 11 am

Watermark Beeson Suite


Ticketed  

BEGINNERS WRITING WORKSHOP with LOUISE SHARLAND

Introduction to the key elements of fiction writing

This one hour session will introduce writers to some key elements of fiction writing including finding and developing ideas, exploring characterisation, setting and genre. Fun, interactive and for people of any age and ability this is a great way to start your writing journey.

11 - 11:30 am

Break for advice fair


11:30 - 12:30

Watermark Beeson Suite


Ticketed  

DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING WORKSHOP with KEITH ROSSITER & JASON MANN

A WORLD OF YOUR OWN - how to create a world in your novel that captivates readers

Come fly with us … to a world beyond the world we all know. Writers need to build worlds that are believable and interesting for their readers. In this workshop we will help you to explore vital tools of the trade.

Saturday 12th October

Afternoon 

12.30 – 1pm


Watermark Stowford Hall


Free entry

Short story competition results announced


12.00 – 5 pm 


Watermark Stowford Hall


Free entry

Book fair open to the public. Free entry.       

Book trail around the stalls.  Find the character. Prize: book token (sponsored by SW Law).


1:15 – 2:15 pm


Watermark Beeson Suite


Ticketed

Genre: romance and historical fiction.

Two authors (Lily Style & Mary Georgina De Grey) will be interviewed about their work.  Questions taken from the audience as well.  The interviewer (Sharon Cook) will be in conversation with the authors about their lives, inspirations and their latest projects. There is also the opportunity to meet the authors and have books signed. 

Interviewer: Sharon Cook

2 – 3 pm


Ivybridge Bookshop

Free entry

Children’s event: PAUL ROBERTS     

Let’s write a book together

 

For ages 8 to 12 (parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers are welcome too)

 

An hour of fun thinking about how to write a story. Who should be in it and where would the danger, or fun, come from?

Having decided if there’s magic or aliens, dinosaurs or treasure, or even something more mysterious - how should the story turn out?

Every writer has to decide all these things and hundreds more… but no matter where you think a story is taking you… it still has a strange way of writing itself.

2:15 – 3 pm


Watermark Stowford Hall


Free entry

Break for book signings and book fair browsing, meet the authors, book trail

(book trail entries must be in by 3.30pm)


3:30 pm


Watermark Stowford Hall


Deadline for book trail entries


3 – 4 pm


Watermark Beeson Suite


Ticketed

Genre: crime fiction/thrillers.

Two authors (David Sharp & Elizabeth Ducie) will be interviewed about their work.  Questions taken from the audience as well.  The interviewer (Richard Handy) will be in conversation with the authors about their lives, inspirations and their latest projects. There is also the opportunity to meet the authors and have books signed.

Interviewer: Richard Handy

4:15 pm


Watermark Stowford Hall


Free entry

Book trail winner announced

4 5 pm


Watermark Stowford Hall


Free entry

Book signings and book fair browsing, meet the authors.

PRICES AT WATERMARK

MORNING

WORKSHOP 1 AND ADVICE FAIR: £4 plus 50p booking fee

WORKSHOP 2 AND ADVICE FAIR: £4 plus 50p booking fee

ADVICE FAIR ONLY: £2 plus 50p booking fee


AFTERNOON

TALK 1 AND BOOK FAIR: £4 plus 50p booking fee

TALK 2 AND BOOK FAIR: £4 plus 50p booking fee

BOOK FAIR ONLY: FREE

All tickets available from the Watermark box office/website

Sunday 13th October

Afternoon and evening

4.30 – 6.30 pm 

Imperial Inn


£1 per participant, on the night

Book, film & TV quiz, £1 per person for quiz entry. Optional snacks available at extra cost. Cash prize (sponsored by SW Law).

Suitable for families

Quiz mistress: Lily Style

7.30 – 9.30 pm 

Imperial Inn


Free entry

Poetry open mic