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#foundfiction writing festival

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#foundfiction writing festival

Saturday 11 May 10.00am – 4.00pm

Central Library

‘Smile, it might never happen.’
‘Live every day like it’s your last.’
‘Be true to yourself.’

Everyone has words to live by – particular phrases that define who we are and guide how we handle any curveballs life throws at us.

For #foundfiction it’s ‘the best stories you find are the ones that find you’. This is the idea that literature is about a reader taking the outstretched hand of a writer they’ll probably never meet, making a powerful bond through a story they didn’t know they were looking for.

The concept behind #foundfiction is simple. Writers send in their stories, which are printed out, folded up, put in envelopes marked ‘READ ME’, and left in public spaces for someone to find. To date, there have been over 4,000 envelopes distributed across the world – throughout the UK and Europe, and as far as the US, Canada, Australia, Africa and Japan.

#foundfiction has also printed stories in Polish and French – and it has plans to broaden the languages it publishes even further by working with translators and welcoming short story writers worldwide.

Where are the stories left? Anywhere they’re likely to be found and appreciated. Bookshops, cafés and train stations are where readers usually stumble upon these mysterious envelopes – but they’ve also turned up in the crevices of trees, at cash points and in mannequin hands in fashion stores. #foundfiction defines street literature.

Now, #foundfiction is welcoming Leeds writers to its growing global community. Aspiring novelists, poets and performers of all varieties are invited to the #foundfiction writing festival – an action-packed creative event at Leeds Central Library.

Hosted by #foundfiction founder and organiser Steve Clarkson, the event features panel discussions, writing workshops and literary stunts aimed at empowering writers with the vision, belief and skills needed to put pen to paper. It will feature these activities:


Panel Discussion with Otis Mensah, Laura Potts, Chris Nickson and Comma Press

Three prominent writers reveal their creative secrets, discussing their how they approach writing and find inspiration.

~ Otis Mensah is a hip hop artist and the Poet Laureate of Sheffield

~ Laura Potts is an award-winning poet and playwright for BBC Radio

~ Chris Nickson is a prolific crime novelist, journalist and biographer

Writing Workshops with Izzy Brittain and Lence

Learn how to sharpen your writing skills in a series of quick-fire, immersive workshops. Practise how to write to rhythm, build empathy with your readers and bring out stories within stories. In these creative exercises, you’ll get the chance to develop your writing and share your work with the rest of the group.

~ Izzy Brittain is a Yorkshire born and based performance poet, dance artist and yoga teacher

~ Lence is a prolific hip hop and grime artist who performs at spoken word events across Yorkshire, merging poetry and rap


Literary Stunts

There’ll be several interactive creative stunts taking place in between the discussions and workshops. This includes:

~ Writing Desk - where attendees will be invited to co-create a short story one line at a time. Let’s produce a masterpiece together.

~ Writing's on the Wall - an incomplete sentence displayed on the wall. Fill in the blanks with post its, and try to come up with the most interesting sentence of the day. Hosted by Leeds poets Ogun and Adekola.

~ Micro Stories - around the Library will be micro stories bringing everyday objects and locations to life through literature. Find the most and win a prize!

~ Lit Bots - artificial intelligence is now advanced enough to create fiction. It’s true! See how it works and programme it to write stories on your behalf. The future is now.

~ Tall Tales - write down your ideas for stories and hang them to a branch on a tree, inspired by Yoko Ono’s Wishing Tree. Hosted by Bradford poet Sharena Lee Satti, who will help you develop your ideas.

~ No Distractions - are distractions hampering your creativity? Clear your mind at the No Distractions Centre, where you can put on noise cancelling headphones and a blindfold to create stories without interference from the outside world. Hosted by Lence.

~ Stories for Social Media - want to get your hands on some #foundfiction stories to distribute in your community? Buy envelopes to take home as a souvenir - they’re for sale for a social media post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The event is going to be a carnival of creativity - with so many memorable and engaging activities that have never been staged before.


All ages and abilities welcome

In partnership with the British Library

Find out more at foundfiction.org

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