Settle Down and Write for East Africa
On Saturday 17th September Newcastle-based Friction Magazine (http://www.frictionmagazine.co.uk) is running a day-long series of writing workshops to raise money for the East Africa famine. Held here at the Settle Down from 9am to 6pm, there are eight workshops throughout the day focusing on creative, imaginative and journalistic writing.
Some wonderful and generous writers are donating their time to run workshops, including: novelists Kitty Fitzgerald (author of Pigtopia) and Alex Pheby (Grace), poet Kathleen Kenny (Firesprung) and former Mslexia editor Daneet Steffens, with other big names from the region to be confirmed.
There will be a maximum of 15 people per workshop, all paying the criminally cheap price of £2 each, with all the money going to charity. Work produced from the day will form a special issue of Friction Magazine which will be sponsored to raise more money. The event is supported by both NCLA (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla) and the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland (http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/faculties/adm/).
The Settle Down Cafe is just around the corner from Central Station, on Thornton Street on the pedestrianised square. They will be serving breakfast, soup, sandwiches, salads, coffee, cake and cold drinks throughout the day.