Cancellation of Fort Gorgast Festival 2015

It is with great regret that we announce we cancel the current programme for Fort Gorgast Festival 2015. One of our main organisers has suffered an an injury while abroad (she is OK!) and this has made it very difficult to handle the logistics of holding the festival in the Fort. We will be moving several events to Berlin to make the most of the wonderful acts we have already lined up for that weekend, but as the bulk of programming will not go ahead and the Fort will not be the official venue we are fully refunding all tickets bought so far. Thanks to everyone who supported the festival and sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

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Quick Sand

QuickSand_d4-03Words in a hurry. Our friends SAND Journal are running a flash fiction and non-fiction competition. Prizes include money, beer, prestige, and time spent with the ever charming and informative Finn Ballard Tours. Word limit 300. Deadline July 15. Entry €5. You can submit your entries here.

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Fort Gorgast Festival 2015…BOOM!

Fort GorgastWe’re going back in! Bigger, better, longer and with more friends on board…and there’s so much to tell you we’ve decided the festival needs its own website.

So, put the dates 23-26 July in your diaries, dig out your camping gear, dust off your dancing shoes and then scoot over to for the low-down.

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Jane’s Return

Jane FlettWe are pleased to announce the return of the ever popular Jane Flett, a BBC Radio short story author and one of Salt’s Best British poets. Over the summer she will be leading not one, not two, but three new courses! These will focus on getting your fiction up and running, and most importantly keeping it running. Starting June 17th and 18th. To reserve places on these courses please email

More information on the morning course here and the evening courses here

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Win a ticket to The Contemporary Journalist Workshop – May 30th!

KimBradleyFinally, we’ve pinned her down! Culture journalist, tutor and international woman of mystery, the fabulous Kimberly Bradley (ever wondered how Kim Bar got its name?) will be in town on May 30th and dishing all the journalistic dirt in a very special one-day workshop. If you’re a journalist or ever aspired to being one, this day is for you. More details here.

And on May 8th at 12pm, we’ll be giving one ticket worth 45 euros away! To enter, simply email with KIMBERLY BRADLEY in the subject line. The winner will be notified the same day.

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By popular demand…

clareWe’re delighted to announce that Faber author and BBC National Short Story Award winner Clare Wigfall is returning to offer another round of her hugely-popular 7-week Writing Workshop.

Beginning Monday May 4th in Prenzlauer Berg from 11:30am. All the details here.

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An Invitation from SAND Journal & The Reader

sandOn Saturday April 25th at 8:30pm at 1820BAR, the humanoids behind Berlin’s English literary journal SAND, along with fabulous author and publishing services co-host, The Reader Berlin, invite you to join us as we present SAND Issue 11. Our newest issue, featuring the winning story from The Reader’s short story competition, questions identity. How much are we defined by the city we live in? We’ll kick off the night with readings from four of our Issue 11 contributors, and The Reader’s Victoria Gosling will present the prizes for the competition winner and shortlisted writers. And then, what else would we do with all you smashing people together in one place?
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…a workshop for Memoir Writers with Kenny Fries

We’re thrilled to announce that on May 16th visiting tutor Kenny Fries will be hosting a very special one-day workshop. Originally hailing from the US/Canada, Kenny has been living in Germany while working on his fourth book and, after some to-ing and fro-ing, the Reader has persuaded him to come in and show us what’s he got. With over twenty years’ experience in the creative writing field and the recipient of much acclaim for his work as a memoirist and poet, his biography speaks for itself. We’re going to be there. You should be there. It’s going to be a blast.

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1-Day Workshop – April 25th

badgirl3Let’s go on a spree…

Join Victoria Gosling on April 25th from 11-5pm at Another Country, Kreuzberg for a rule-breaking workshop.

Click here for all the details.


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April 18th & 19th – Weekend Copenhagen Workshop

CopenhagenPoster2We’re delighted to be returning both to Copenhagen and ark books (second home? yes, please…!) in spring 2015 with THE ART OF PICTURE BOOK WRITING. This weekend workshop, led by author and illustrator Zack Rock, is perfect for anyone who is intrigued by the idea of creating their own picture book.

Whether you are an aspiring writer or your imagination is filled with images you’d like to share with the world (or just your children), Zack, proud creator of Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum and the forthcoming The Unexpected, will share his expertise, set creative exercises to get you going, provide feedback and take you through some of the greatest picture books ever created….more details here!

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