Penned Up 2

Erlestoke Prison, March 2017

Following the success of what may have been the first ever literature festival in a prison at HMP Lewes in November 2015, LLL Productions is developing a second Penned Up festival at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire. As before, the festival willinvolve prisoners in a festival management committee and the programme will feature a combination of visiting authors, performances and creative writing workshops. Artists booked for the festival include Billy Bragg, Kit de Waal, Dreda Say Mitchell, Erwin James, Noel "Razor" Smith, Mr Gee and graphic novelist Ed Hillyer. The programme will include a performance of Diving into the Wreck, a multimedia production developed by poet Maggie Sawkins and LLL's Artistic Director Mark C. Hewitt in which addicts in recovery tell their own story.

Did YOU ever make mistakes in your 20s?

Creative Writing Workshop with Rachel Shorer

Sat 14 January, 11am-1pm

Drunken exploits, regrettable romances and embarassing outfits: there are a lot of ways to mess up in the first decade of adulthood. Whether your twenties are behind you or you’re still struggling your way through them, join poet Rachel Shorer to make the most of your mistakes by writing about them.

This workshop will playfully explore youthful mistakes in order to inspire you to write poetry, fiction or memoir. New and experienced writers welcome. 

Rachel will be performing her debut spoken word production, 10 Mistakes Every Girl Makes in Her Twenties, at The Writer’s Place, Brighton on Friday 25 November and Saturday 26 November at 8pm.

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Poetry Small Group Seminars

Led by Mimi Khalvati.

An extended course of holistic poetry seminars with the emphasis on continuity and developing work in progress.

Next sessions on Saturdays 1st October, 19th November and 10th December. These courses are aimed at experienced poets and are frequently oversubscribed; however, sometimes there are a couple of places available. Poets interested should contact LLL direct.

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a boxed set of original postcards

Following Lewes Live Lit's photographic installation at Eastbourne Station, the collection of 24 postcards that accompanied Lisa Barnard's large hanging portaits can now be bought online as a boxed set.

See the complete collection of cards by visiting Artistic Director Mark Hewitt's website: Home » Galleries » Polska by the Sea » postcards

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