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Shoreham Writers’ Day: The Power of Research
September 29 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
11.45-1pm, The Ropetackle Mezzanine
Speakers: Umi Sinha, Amy Zamarripa Solis, Sue Walker
Uncovering personal histories and unexpected stories can provide exciting inspiration for writers. How do you go about carefully unearthing, researching and re-telling untold (hi)stories for your writing project?
Amy Zamarripa Solis is a producer, writer and artist. She is also Chair and founder of Writing Our Legacy. She has run various long-standing award-winning literary nights including Grit Lit, Flash Lit Fiction, and Countdown Social Club. Her fiction has been published in several anthologies. She is scriptwriter for La Llorona, the Myth of the Weeping Woman (2017). Her project No Place Like Home explores childhood home and its loss, starting with her own Mexican-American community in Austin, Texas.¡La Culture No Se Vende! (Our Culture Is Not For Sale)is her current short story collection and artist film in development. Amysolis.wordpress.com
Umi Sinha is a writer, tutor and oral storyteller. Her novel Belonging, set in India and Sussex during the British Raj, was published in 2015 by Myriad Editions and shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Reads Award. She has taught creative writing for twenty years, including at the universities of Sussex and Brighton, and now teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at New Writing South. She also co-runs an oral storytelling club for adults called The Guest House Storytellers. She is currently working on a new novel set in India and Italy during and after the Second World War.
Sue Walker is the author of The Reunion, The Reckoning, The Dead Pool, and The Burning, psychological thrillers set in Scotland, which are published by Penguin. Before becoming an author, Sue spent 20 years as an investigative television journalist, working for the BBC and across all the television networks. For ten years she specialized in crime programmes, examining miscarriages of justice and researching documentaries on serial killers Fred and Rosemary West. Sue is an experienced creative writing tutor and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brighton and Northbrook Metropolitan Colleges. She also works as a tutor on behalf of a number of media-related trades unions, including: The National Union of Journalists and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. www.sue-walker.com.