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The Write Chat: Creativity & Conflict

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Katie Hale talks to writers Manjeet Mann & Emma Smith-Barton, about how their books deal with conflict, and how this helps them to create.

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Join Katie Hale as she talks to novelists Manjeet Mann & Emma Smith-Barton for an in-depth chat about inspiration, the craft of writing, and the conflicts at the heart of their stories.

We all know what it's like to read a book so good it's impossible to put down. Where some central struggle draws us on and we're desperate to see how the characters will get out of the mess they're in, or whether it's going to overwhelm then. But how does a writer create that feeling on the page?

In this informal in-conversation event, Manjeet Mann & Emma Smith-Barton will discuss their writing processes, the internal & external conflicts experienced by their characters (as well as within their own creative lives), and how these drive their storytelling.

Whether you're a writer, a reader, or someone with a general interest in the creative process, we'd love to have you there. Don't forget to bring your own tipple of choice (coffee or cocktails - either works for us)!

Manjeet Mann is an actress and a writer. Her debut YA novel Run, Rebel has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and Longlisted for the Branford Boase and UKLA awards. She is the founder of Run The World, an organisation that works with women and girls from marginalised communities and seeks to empower them through sport and theatre. Her second YA novel, The Crossing is out in June.

Emma Smith-Barton was born in South Wales where she now lives with her young family. The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is her first novel. It has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award, the Branford Boase Award and the Romantic Novelist's Association Debut Romantic Novel Award. Emma's short stories have been published in magazines such as Mslexia and shortlisted for prizes such as the Bristol Short Story Prize. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick and a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University.

Katie Hale is a poet & novelist, based in Cumbria. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and has been translated into multiple languages, and she is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface and Assembly Instructions, which won the Munster Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and has completed a number of international residencies. She has also featured on national television and radio, including programmes such as Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row, and has created commissioned work for the National Trust, the Barbican Centre, and the BBC Contains Strong Language poetry festival.

Cost: £5

(For each talk, there are 3 free places available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Drop me a message if you'd like one of these places.)

The Write Chat is a series of monthly conversations with a series of writers, running online throughout 2021.

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