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Pitching to an agent at CrimeFest by Merlin Goldman

Merlin Goldman read at January’s Writer’s Showcase. We asked him to blog about his experiences of pitching to a literary agent at CrimeFest I attended …

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Book review of Melanie Golding’s ‘Little Darlings’

Our guest book review is by Amanda Read. A creepy psychological thriller shot through with dark folklore. Lauren is convinced a strange woman is out …

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Novel Nights receives Arts Council Funding

Novel Nights is thrilled to announce that we have received Arts Council funding this year. This work will support writing masterclasses, expand our reach into …

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Review of Novel Night’s First Ever Open Mic

Reading in front of an audience can be nerve-wracking and most novelists never get a chance to do it unless they’ve been published. At Novel …

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Review of Book Blogging 101

Our talented guest speaker and blogger, Jackie Law headlined in February. Here’s part one of her blog about the event. Read Jackie’s review of the …

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How to Keep Writing Your Novel ©Martine McDonagh

How to Keep Writing Your Novel ©Martine McDonagh  I’m not one for offering tips, but as I struggle to reconvene working after a few weeks …

Guest Author, Lucy English

Novel Nights review by Dionne Hargreaves

Happy birthday Novel Nights – by Dionne Hargreaves Novels nights celebrated its fifth birthday in a way that it knows best. We were treated to …


Take Your Time by Dionne Hargreaves

Take your Time – by Dionne Hargreaves Nikesh Shukla advised writers to “Take your time” at Novel nights on 24th October, part of the Bristol …

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Photo gallery from Novel Nights and Bristol Festival of Lit event with Nikesh Shukla

Our annual event programmed as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature is always a pleasure. The volunteer-led festival has been running for eight years. I was …

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Write what you don’t know. Review of Emily Koch’s talk.

Blog by Dionne Hargreaves. The usual advice is to write what you know but author, Emily Koch suggested write about what you don’t know. Why? …

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Audacious concept, breath-taking delivery – Review of If I Die Before I Wake

Emily Koch’s If I Die Before I Wake is an audacious concept for any writer. Alex is in hospital after a climbing accident, kept alive via life-support …

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Review of How Far We Fall by Grace Palmer

A retelling of Macbeth. Jane Shemilt takes us inside the operating theatre and the animal lab, to Jura and to Hampstead Heath in this modern …