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#Homeby10 Festival is a new writing festival designed to help take your writing career to the next level.

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To celebrate its 10th birthday Dahlia Books presents #Homeby10 Fest, an online event taking place across 10 days in October.

Bringing various strands of our work together for the first time, #Homeby10 aims to support new and emerging writers by offering advice and inspiration through a series of talks and workshops.

Join us for a jam-packed programme designed to help you develop your writing talent and leave you ready to kick start the engine…

Featuring: Laura Besley, Susmita Bhattacharya, CG Menon, Rebecca Burns, Deepa Anappara, Divya Ghelani, Rishi Dastidar, Emma Smith-Barton, Laura Pearson, Vaseem Khan and Kia Abdullah alongside exciting new voices.

Our virtual festival bookshop will be run by independent bookseller Newham Bookshop. Attendees will have the option to purchase books at the time of booking their ticket by clicking on 'Book Stall'.

We're thrilled to include a series of pre-festival events and masterclasses on writing and developing short fiction which will be delivered as part of our annual Short Story September campaign.

Organised and programmed by Farhana Shaikh, Dahlia Publishing.

Made possible with generous support from ALCS.

For sponsorship enquiries please contact me via email on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk

#Homeby10 Fest

MAIN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Thursday 1 October National Poetry Day Event - Developing your practice, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

How can poets sustain their practice while developing their craft? As part of National Poetry Day and in association with The Asian Writer, poets Rishi Dastidar and Gita Ralleigh will discuss their poetic practice, routes to publication and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Friday 2 October In the Kitchen: Short stories book launch & Readings, 7.30 - 9 pm

Following last year's open call for short stories on the theme of kitchen, Dahlia Publishing will launch its first #ShortStorySeptember anthology live from the kitchen. Featuring a discussion with co-editors Susmita Bhattacharya and Farhana Shaikh as well as readings by new and established voices published in the collection. Our anthology featuring all 20 short stories will be launched on the day.

Saturday 3 October

11 am - 12 pm Middle Way Mentoring Showcase

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two-year professional development scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers based in the Midlands, funded by Arts Council England and led by Farhana Shaikh. Join us to celebrate exciting new voices as they launch their first publication - a collection of their work they have developed with their mentors and discuss how the scheme has transformed their writing life.

3-4 pm Writing and Publishing Commercial Fiction

What makes great commercial fiction and what do editors look for? In this session, run in partnership with Bookouture, author Shalini Boland will be joined by her editor Natasha Harding to discuss what makes commercial fiction work and how writers can make their manuscripts stand out.

Sunday 4 October Writers Spa Day + Coaching call with publisher Farhana Shaikh, 10 am til late

Welcome to our pop up Writers Spa, helping you to pamper your creativity and exercise your writing muscle. Perfect for anyone struggling to find the time or inspiration to write. Bring your work in progress along or kick start something new for this drop-in session. Spend glorious hours writing away without worry. A selection of virtual treatments will be available to indulge your inner artist. Ten writers will also receive a 10-minute coaching call as part of their session. Book your festival ticket and email f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk with 'Writers Spa Day Coaching call' in the subject heading to book your one-to-one.

11 am Twitter Q&A with Pete Stones, Arts Council England

2-3 pm SI Leeds Literary Prize Readings with Mahsuda Snaith

Novelist and former winner of SI Leeds Literary Prize, Mahsuda Snaith hosts the shortlist of this year's competition. Join us for a lively roundtable of discussions and readings. Mahsuda will be speaking to the authors about their books, experiences and the current publishing climate. Come along to hear some exciting new voices in literature. Featuring Nana Afua A Pierre, Aisha Phoenix, Wenyan Lu, Sumana Khan, L M Dillsworth and Huma Qureshi. In partnership with SI Leeds Literary Prize.

Monday 5th Lunchtime Book Club discussion with Deepa Anappara, Twitter takeover, 1-2 pm

Join us on The Asian Writer's Twitter acccount(@theasianwriter) where Deepa Anappara will takeover our account to discuss her debut novel and this year's festival bookclub read, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line. Attendees are encouraged to read the book in advance of the session.

Tuesday 6 October A Room of One's Own: Motherhood and Writing, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

Do mothers need a room of their own to write? What does it take to write about motherhood and should we as women bother to answer these type of questions? In this session, three writers who passionately celebrate motherhood in all its guises - Laura Besley, Laura Pearson and Lauren Hayhurst - discuss their own writing lives, motherhood and finding time for it all. This session is parent friendly. Children and babies in arms are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 7 October Talking Big in Children's/YA Fiction, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

Do writers have a responsibility to tackle taboo issues? In this session, writers Emma Smith-Barton, Savita Kalhan and Sufiya Ahmed will share their experiences of writing for children, tackling big themes in their writing from mental health, race to sexual violence and discuss whether any topic is ever off-limits. Featuring readings and discussion followed by a Q&A.

Thursday 8 October A Life of Crime - 7.30 - 8.30 pm

What makes great crime fiction? How do you know you’re on to a good idea and what holds readers' interest over a series? In this session, writers Vaseem Khan, Kia Abdullah and Abir Mukherjee will discuss their writing process and share tips on writing crime fiction. Featuring readings and discussion followed by a Q&A.

Friday 9 October Dahlia's 10th Birthday Party & Debut Showcase, 7.30 pm til late

Join us to celebrate Dahlia's 10th birthday. A virtual Zoom party with raffle prizes and a quiz. Featuring a showcase of debut authors. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday 10 October

11 am - 12 pm Writing in Transit: From short stories to novels with CG Menon and Roisin O'Donnell

How do writers transition from writing short stories to working on a novel? What skills do they develop in the process and what is it really like to work across forms? In this session, acclaimed writers Roisin O'Donnell and CG Menon share their experiences of starting their careers by writing short stories before turning their hand to novels. Featuring readings and discussion followed by a Q&A.

2-3pm Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Ceremony & Anthology launch

The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was set up in 2017 to encourage anyone to have a go at writing a short story. This event will showcase writers from across the country who have been long-listed in this year's short story competition.

Join us for a chance to hear from this year's exceptional long-list and be inspired to enter next year's competition. Our prize anthology featuring all 20 short stories will be launched on the day.

Events will be taking place across a number of platforms including Twitter, Crowdcast and Zoom. Access links will be sent to attendees 24 hours before the event. If you have any problems accessing an event please email f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk.

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