Bryony Doran and Isabel Palmer read their poetry on the theme of women left behind in contemporary war.
10.15 - 11.30, Sunday 13th November, The Old Library, Dulwich, SE21 7LD
To find out more please visit The Dulwich Literary Festival Registration Page
All I ever wanted to do as a writer, was to write and let my work speak for itself, but when I finally was published, I realised that if I wanted my work to be widely read, I would need to have some publicity, and to achieve this and write, I would have to walk a fine line between my writing and publicity.
Here are some of my Press Releases and Interviews.
Click on the link below to hear an interview on the Nano Novel, and how I extended my short story, 'Suppose I Was To Tell You ...' (from the 'Watch & Wait' Anthology) into a novel in one month.
King's English Poetry And… Series
Chapel King's Building Strand Campus
Poetry Reading, Public Talk
A series of poetry readings chaired and introduced by Ruth Padel, Poetry
Fellow in the Department of English
A fantastic opportunity to hear internationally renowned contemporary
poets for free.
Poetry And… Our War in Afghanistan with Andrew O’Hagan and Bryony
Andrew O'Hagan's latest novel, The Illuminations, is a meditation on
storytelling and war featuring Luke, a soldier returning from a tour of duty
to his native Scotland and the life he's left behind. Bryony Doran's poems
offer us a new angle on conflict, written from the perspective of a mother
whose son is serving overseas, with clear-sighted precision and movingly
Bill Allerton and Bryony Doran TWO authors dropped in at a book club.
The China Bird author Bryony Doran was joined by Bill Allerton, a writer and publisher, at Book Swap Durham’s meeting in West Rainton, County Durham, on Thursday (March 27).
The event was part of International Women’s Day and raised £170 for women’s rights charity Womankind Worldwide.
Organiser Annette Morris said: “We’re really pleased to have raised even more than we did last year to help women around the world who are much less fortunate than us here in the West.
“We’re very grateful to Bryony and Bill for joining us and making it very special – it’s not every day you get the chance to ask writers and publishers questions about their work.”
"As Bryony Doran prepares for the Sheffield launch next week of her first novel, The China Bird, it has already become an award winner.
Earlier this year it was chosen by bookgroups around the country to win the Hookline Award.
The book, which is set in Sheffield is a story of secrets, love and ultimate mutual understanding, it explores perceptions of beauty and abnormality."
Sheffield Telegraph Arts Page 01/05/2009
You can listen to the interview about my short story collection, 'The Sand Eggs' by clicking on the link
You can listen to the interview about my novel, 'The China Bird' by clicking on the link.
Alumni of the Month
Sheffield Hallam University
Alumni of the Month
Sheffield Hallam University
MA Writing, class of 2004
'After graduating in 2004 it took me four years, and several re-writes, to get my novel The China Bird published. Despite receiving positive responses from tutors, literary agents and editors, the replies I got tended to include comments such as ‘an interesting work, well written, but not commercial enough'.
Readers proved them wrong. I entered the Hookline Novel Competition which is open only to students and graduates of MA writing courses, and judged by book groups from around the UK. In November 2008, I learned that I had won. Not only would The China Bird be published, but the publication would coincide with the London Book Fair. It was a great event and I learned a great deal about the publishing industry. In May I had a Sheffield launch that was held at the HUBS.
'My dream had always been to write fiction and poetry professionally. I had been writing for years before joining Sheffield Hallam University and studying for an MA in Writing. In fact, writing The China Bird took ten years in total and was the novel I submitted for the MA dissertation. Studying for the MA helped me hone my writing skills and provided the structure and discipline to write a successful novel whilst still earning a living.
'Since the publication of The China Bird in April 2009 I have enjoyed lots of great feedback. Many people have been generous enough to give a review on Amazon or submit a review to put on my website. I have also received great reviews from committed bookbloggers such as Robaroundbooks and Bookbag.
To read the rest of the Hallam University article, please click the link below;
Time Out London Magazine
The short story,Billy, was first published in Matter in 2002
(Now published in The Sand Eggs).
What’s the Matter? It’s a new literary magazine associated with the MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, contributors being connected to the course. Each issue has guest writers. In issue 3 the guest authors are Michel Faber, Janice Galloway, A.E. Markham and Ali Smith.
Other highlights include guest author Ali Smith’s ‘The Universal Story,’ about the life of a second hand copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’.
Bryony Doran’s ‘Billy’ is a compassionate story about what happens when an old man has a fall on the way to the cemetery.
Time Out December 18 2002- January 1 2003
Sheffield author Bryony Doran has landed a top literature prize
for her latest novel, The China Bird.
Organisers of this year's Hookline Novel Competition described
the book as 'a beauty and the beast tale that explores the
relationship between a young female artist and a disabled
Sheffield Star Newspaper February 2009
In 1998, as part of a Yorkshire Arts Project, backed by lottery money, I won a place on a writing project called the Opening Line. Although I had written for many years, getting a place on the course gave me greater confidence and permission to write. The project involved weekly attendance at a tutor-lead workshop. Our tutor was Keith Jafrete, who is part of The Word Hoard, a fantastically innovative writing organisation based in Huddersfield. Every week we had to bring a piece of work to the class.
To read the full Lapidus Journal article re the Journey of The Novel Read the PDF