Sitting here in December, I cannot quite believe what we’ve managed to organise and achieve since the first ‘proper’ meeting of The Next Page, when Elaine and I took a wander through Jesmond Dene, had tea with Sandy, then hit the town centre to investigate potential workshop venues, and other ideas to look into.
Over a very productive panini and pot of tea in Mark Toney’s (other food-serving venues are available, but are they as lovely?), we decided on the name, and what we wanted to achieve – a series of workshops, a reading event, and mentoring. Six months down the line, we’ve managed to get going with all three.
We have now hosted two workshops, in July and December, and two Pure Fiction events, in July and November, as well as Elaine having hosted numerous one-to-one mentoring sessions.
We’ve had great feedback on our events, and especially enjoyed introducing new writers and their work to you via Pure Fiction. Selfishly, I personally really enjoyed the opportunity to give my first ever reading back in July, and hearing from Sandy, Kitty, Lisa and Carol has been fantastic.
But we don’t intend to rest on our laurels!
We already have our workshop plans in place for 2017, Elaine’s mentoring sessions are being set up, and we are discussing future line-ups for Pure Fiction. There’ll be plenty to keep us busy, and you both inspired and entertained. So keep in touch, and keep popping over to our Facebook and TicketSource pages for the latest information, and to snap up those tickets when they become available.
We look forward to the next year with The Next Page!