The School Creative Centre

Press Release 17th March 2011

BAFTA Winner Launches New Writers' Hub

A new writers' hub is set to launch later this month, offering writers in Kent and East Sussex an opportunity to network, share ideas and explore development opportunities. Co-ordinated by BAFTA-winning writer Roy Apps, the Rye Hub of New Writing South, a creative writing organisation, will provide emerging and professional writers from all media with a focal point from which to organise networking and creative opportunities and discuss project ideas.

Following the successful launch of a similar initiative in Portsmouth, the Rye Hub will be launched at The School Creative Centre in Rye on Tuesday 29 March and will feature guest speaker Carole Hayman, a writer, producer and film-maker whose most recent novel, political satire Hard Choices, was shortlisted for the Silver Booker Prize.

The Rye Hub will go on to meet for lunch on the last Tuesday of each month. Each session will feature a guest speaker plus plenty of discussion on a range of issues affecting creative writers and their industry. Forthcoming topics include e-publishing, copyright and writing for soundscape.

Co-ordinator Roy Apps is the author of 58 children's books, and has written dozens of TV scripts. He is one of only four writers to have received a personal BAFTA Children's Film & Television Writers' Award.

Inaugural guest speaker Carole Hayman was born in Kent, which features in her trilogy of novels, The Warfleet Chronicles. Carole's work has featured on radio and television, for which she co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 and ITV series Ladies of Letters.

The first Rye Hub session is free, and will be held on Tuesday 29 March from 12noon to 2pm. Subsequent Hub meetings will be free to New Writing South members, and £5.00 to visitors.

For more details, please contact Roy Apps on ryehub@newwritingsouth.com or visit www.theschoolcreativecentre.co.uk

Notes to editors: The School Creative Centre is a creative and cultural hub and studio facility for professional artists and makers of outdoor work, offering a varied performance and live music programme and dynamic visual and performing arts workshops for children, young people and adults in Kent and East Sussex.

New Writing South works with all kinds of creative writers and new writing in the south east region: authors, playwrights, poets, screen writers, radio writers, journalists and more. They offer writers' development, encouragement, resources and opportunities to make new contacts. They also programme numerous events that aim to enhance skills, stretch creativity and broker partnerships with those who produce and publish work. Membership is open to everyone involved in creative writing in the south.

www.newwritingsouth.com/development/ryehub.php

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