Write On! 18 is out today: Themed Literary Passions And Guilty Pleasures this issue features an exclusive interview with Lavie Tidhar, the multi-award winning, multi-genre phenomenon, on Sci-Fi and the power of ideas. The writerly shape-shifter speaks to Palak Tewary about his latest bestseller, ‘Circumference Of The World’ offering up a kaleidoscope of ideas alongside good solid writing practice. See below for a short extract:
With hope in mind, Lavie touches on the importance of positive storytelling in a world often dominated by dystopian narratives. Climate change and many of the catastrophic issues facing us are desperately important, and yet:
“If you say the Great Barrier Reef is dead, people will think it’s too late, that there’s nothing you can do. It’s far more powerful and more fun to focus on stories that offer hope for the future!”
Sponsored by The Margate Bookie, founder Andreas Loizou, tells Patricia Bidi why books are the key to community. And, focussing on our theme of ‘Literary Passions And Guilt Pleasures’ Michelle Sutton’s ‘Spotlight On Dangerous Books,’ looks at books that have been/are being banned; graced with a thought-provoking Danny Baxter comic strip.
Other magazine highlights include, Mary Walsh’s ‘Big Debate,’ exploring how and where Erotica sits in the modern literary world and ‘Our Story,’ an introduction to Pen to Print’s 2023 -2024 season. On this page, Lena Smith shares an overview of dates and events, including the upcoming ReadFest. The Showcase pages feature wonderful writing from you, drawn from the online Write On! Extra and podcast Write On! Audio.
This printed edition continues to be inspired by work featured in the online Write On! Extra and podcast Write On! Audio.
Write On! 19, themed Reality And Perspectives, features acclaimed actor and author Paterson Joseph. Sponsored by Dialogue Books, it will be out 12 December.
Launched in April 2019, Pen to Print’s Write On! continues to reach new readers as Barking & Dagenham’s Arts Council England Library NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) magazine. United by a desire to come together beyond boundaries of geography, culture and expectations, Write On! is created by and for writers. Write On! is available digitally and through Barking and Dagenham libraries and other libraries and centres in different parts of London, Devon, Manchester, Birmingham, Kent, Newcastle, the West Midlands and Essex. University distribution points include Christchurch, Sunderland and Goldsmiths. Increasingly, we are sharing the printed magazine with writers from across the UK who are asking for copies for their writing groups and local bookstores.
Pen to Print is part of Barking and Dagenham Libraries which means the ethos of the organisation is founded on promoting an inclusive community spirit. Due to the reach or our publications, which includes Write On! Audio and Write On! Extra in the digital sphere, we connect beyond Barking & Dagenham to create wider ripple effects. We are therefore delighted that this has encouraged nearly 160,000 users from 198 countries to respond to the ideals of engagement transparency, connection and inclusion.
A Call to Action:
In keeping with Pen to Print’s vision that everybody should have the chance to tell their story and so, inspire potential in others, we welcome new writing and ideas from London, the UK and internationally. From October to December the Write On! 19 Reality And Perspectives theme will inform content for the digital Write On! Extra (accessible through pentoprint.org) and podcast Write On! Audio (on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Just type Pen to Print into your browser. Alternatively, find us via our Spotify Podcast hosting site).
- For up-to-date editorial information, including how to submit to the Write On! suite of publications, including audio, see: The Editor’s Introduction.
- Partnerships: Write On! has already facilitated partnerships and co-operation with Hay Festival, Writers’ and Artists’, All Stories, Bloomsbury, Penguin, the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, Write Back UK, the Curtis Brown Agency, The Margate Bookie, University of Derby, Christ Church University Canterbury, The University Of Sunderland, The Romantic Novelist Association (RNA), the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast, The Turner Contemporary, Libraries Unlimited (Devon), The London Library, Becontree Broadcasting Station and the Barking and Dagenham Talking Newspaper (making Write On! available in a spoken form) many others are currently being explored. If you would like to discuss ideas, please do get in touch at: email@example.com
- To advertise online or in the next issue please see our newly launch Write On! Together magazine, with demographics, testimonials and lots of information as to how to get involved as a sponsor, advertiser, volunteer and creative.