How can writers stay visible?

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On Saturday 21 March I’m running a day school in Canterbury from 10am – 4pm called The Business of Writing 2: Now you see me – how writers can stay visible.  This may be of special interest to indie and self published writers.

With more opportunities than ever before for writers to get their work out to a public readership, how do you stay visible? Is an author also a brand? And what does this mean for a writer? How do you promote yourself?

On Saturday 21 March, Kent writers, especially self published and indie authors, can explore these topics, including author websites, book trailers, blogging and blog carnivals, social networking, book signings and launches, readings, interviews, visits, getting reviews, and ways to showcase your work. What is most effective?  We will also look at creating a personal promotion plan.

The venue is the North Holmes Road campus at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent
Cost is just £29.50 and there is FREE parking.  You can book via the link below.
https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/cae/day-schools/spring-2015/the-business-of-writing-2.aspx

Canterbury Anifest 2014 – Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014

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Japanese Animation Festival coming to Canterbury…

Anifest is back and bigger than ever! This year it will be hosting a week of Japanese Animation, to include everything from Manga to Cosplay to Anime. From Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014, Canterbury Anifest will be at Gulbenkian with an exciting series of talks, workshops, live performances, an exhibition, and films all inspired by Japan’s iconic style of animation.

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This exciting program has something for everyone; from “How to Draw Manga” workshops for a younger audience, to talks with industry stars such as Andy Frain. The festival will also host an exclusive week-long Studio Ghibli-inspired exhibition called 8-bit Ghibli, created by conceptual artist Richard Evans, alongside a captivating season of films including Akira, Patema Inverted, Perfect Blue, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Irina Richards Chibi Workshop

In partnership with Gulbenkian, Anifest aims to bring the unique and fascinating style of Japanese animation to both existing fanatics and newcomers alike for the first time. Whether your interest is practical, academic, or simply entertainment, Anifest is happy to provide you with the same kind of quality events that have come to be expected of the festival, as well as some new experiences, including Canterbury Anifest’s first live performance.

For information please visit www.canterburyanifest.com or call 01227 769075.

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Living Africa – A Talk with Steve Bloom – Saturday 5th April 2014 – Canterbury

 
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Join internationally acclaimed photographer, author and adventurer Steve Bloom as he takes you on an incredible visual journey across Africa. It is staggeringly comprehensive: dynamic wildlife and landscapes from desert to jungle; human cultures from remote village to teeming metropolis.
This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

A 365 fundraiser event, brought to you by Kent Creative Arts CIC

Tickets: Full £9 / Student £7.50

Saturday 5th April 2014
7.30pm
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, CT2 7NB

Book is now open! Book your tickets here:
http://365projects.co.uk/steve-bloom-living-africa/

#Digibury – Meet Up For Digital Types – July 11th 2012 at 7pm – Canterbury

Digibury is the meet-up event for digital types in Canterbury!

They meet up on Wednesday 2.0 (the second Wednesday in the month – oh hai!) for talks, demos, messing about with digital stuff and drinks.

Around 50 people show up every month and they have 2 or 3 speakers giving talks which are short, sweet and personal with plenty of time for questions and conversation.

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He’s going to talk about ‘ethical hacking’, ‘penetration testing’ and other exciting stuff in relation to hacking the mainframe, being a l33t h4x0r and his research on “the GIMP ScriptFu buffer overflow vulnerability.” Whatever that is when it’s at home.

The speakers are going to talk about how they took advice from previous Digibury speakers and knocked out a geo-fencing game in a couple of afternoons.

Daniel made a robot. Keith developed the neural network which made the robot afraid of the colour blue. They’re coming to Digibury as part of their community service.

The event takes place at 

The Farmhouse, 11 Dover Street, Town Centre, Canterbury CT1 3HD 

– it starts at 7pm and finishes at 9ish.

For more details please visit http://deeson-online.co.uk/digibury

Craft In Focus – Canterbury – 13th to 15th April 2012

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Kent based business, Craft In Focus, is staging one of their contemporary craft events in Canterbury from 13-15 April this year at Kent College.

Although exhibitors come from all over the UK, several local makers have been selected.  These include jewellers, Dave Kilford from Deal and Sabine Konig from Herne Bay, silversmith Edward Mahony from Faversham, artist Deborah Packebusch from Barming, ceramicists Helen Rondell from Wrotham Heath and Louise Hummerstone from Canterbury and stained glass artist Brenda Norrish from Ashford.  Visitors will also be pleased to learn that regular exhibitor, Tim Huckstepp from Ashford, will be attending once again with his ceramic ikebana dishes and.  The Kent Potters’ Association will also have a stand at the event selling original handmade ceramics for the home and garden.

Opening times are: 13-15 April, 12 noon – 5 pm Friday; 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for over 65s.  Accompanied under 14s free.  Free Parking.  For further information contact Craft in Focus on 01622 747 325 or visit their web site at www.craftinfocus.com

Venue address:  Kent College, Whitstable Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9DT

Area – South East