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Martin Hall Building, Loughborough University, LE11 3TS, Friday 28th June from 6.30pm (for Issue 8 Launch Party) followed by ‘The Write Place’ Development Day on Saturday 29th June from 9.30am - 5.00pm

From writing ‘place’ to placing your writing in the publishing industry, avoiding burnout and finding the time and place for your craft around other commitments, this event has everything yet is quite different to anything you might have attended before.


Including the OFFICIAL Launch of ‘Nightmares and Daydreams’

Friday 28th June 2019, 6.30pm arrival.

Refreshments and readings included.

Including the official launch and party for The Purple Breakfast Review, Issue 8: ‘Nightmares and Daydreams’ on the Friday evening, this is a weekend not to miss!

We want you to get the most out of this two-day event, and we believe that this means keeping our audience smaller and more intimate than at most writing conferences.

Because of this, places on the Saturday will be limited.

Tickets (and accommodation) will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

‘The Write Place’ event schedule may be subject to change as we are still inviting guest writers to be a part of the day.

registration NOW open

Early-bird offer until Saturday 8th June 2019



Brought to you by our poet, creative writing tutor and founder of Wordsmith_HQ, Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, this workshop will examine the different ways that nature can inspire us and our writing. From direct inspiration for poetry and prose about nature itself to writing that physically and geographically ‘maps’ its location in the natural world, there is plenty to sink your teeth into in this session.

Tuesday 4th June, 6.30pm at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Wednesday 5th June, 12.30pm at LU Arts Festival, Martin Hall, Loughborough University

writing poetry in the digital age

Harness the power of the digital world to create new and exciting poems. This workshop will focus on a range of interesting digital techniques that you can deploy in your writing for the purpose of producing new and original poetry and prose that is unique in its presentation and form.

With Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, Thursday 20th June, 6.30pm at Nottingham Writers’ Studio


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Launch of (Re-)Living History

In February, a group of local Leicestershire writers and members of the community came together at the 1620’s House and Gardens to celebrate the launch of Georgie Lorimer’s debut poetry pamphlet, (Re-)Living History.

Complete with tea and cake, we celebrated the lanes of the Appleby and the peaks of Derbyshire…

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Launch of Adversaries / Comrades

In March, we travelled to Dorchester (Dorset) to host and celebrate the launch of Gail Aldwin’s debut poetry pamphlet, adversaries / comrades.

Surrounded by books, we celebrated with wine, music from Magdalena Atkinson and readings from Gail herself.

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Launch of Three Degrees of Separation

In March, we travelled to London to celebrate the launch of Rachel Lewis’s debut poetry pamphlet, Three Degrees of Separation.

We filled The Poetry Cafe’s basement with wine, readings from Rachel and fellow poets, Phoebe and Eloise, and Rachel’s pamphlet has now OFFICIALLY sold out!

Thanks to all who bought one! x


Launch of Single Girl Lies Hidden

In May, we were back in Loughborough to celebrate and host the launch of Natalie Moore’s debut poetry pamphlet, Single Girl Lies Hidden (Winner of 2018 Overton Poetry Prize).

This event was particularly special to us as Nat and Sophie go way back from their days of study at the University, and Nat’s poetry really packs a punch with its important words on the #metoo movement and more!


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