The Word 2013

Carol Birch Booker shortlistNovelist Carol Birch grew up in Manchester. After living in London for some years she moved to Ireland with her first husband, an artist. In her own words: ‘We bought a long-derelict cottage on the end of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, four walls and a lean-to, which we did up and lived in for the next eight years. This is where I got down to writing seriously, and where most of my first novel, Life in the Palace(1988), was completed. It was based on Campbell Buildings, the block of flats I used to live in in Waterloo, and the kinds of people I knew there.’

She’s received a number of awards and nominations including being long-listed for the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Jamrach’s Menagerie.

Zoe Lambert The WordManchester-based ZOE LAMBERT has an MA in Creative Writing at UEA and a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University. She lectures on the creative writing MA at the Universities of Bolton and Edge Hill.

Zoe was the founder of cult Manchester literature night Verberate, is a member of the board of the Northwest Short Story Network, and is an active campaigner for the rights of asylum seekers.

Her fiction has appeared in Lamport CourtBracket and The Independent on Sunday. A sequence of her stories first appeared in Ellipsis 2 (Comma, 2006). Her first full collection is The War Tour.

peter MooreIn Peter Moore‘s own words, he “decided to combine my two loves – travel and writing – to become a travel writer. Tossed in job, travelled around the Equator and wrote a book about it. The book was rejected by every publisher on the planet.

Continued to travel, had the odd travel article published and won a travel competition sponsored by the South Korean Tourist Board. Used the 1mb of web space that came with my dial-up account to create No Shitting in the Toilet, a light-hearted, perverse look at travel. Decided it would make a good book, presented the idea to publishers and was roundly rejected all over again. Eventually Shona Martyn at Transworld took pity on me and my first book was published.”

Ed ChristianoBlackpool-based designer (via USA) Ed Christiano of Deeper Blue Marketing & Design will discuss several approaches to laying out a book cover, some basic graphic design principles and a word or two about typography and image editing.

Some striking popular book covers will also be shown and their key design elements evaluated. The pros and cons of using library images, whether they be fee-based or royalty free, will also be discussed.

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