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Preview: Indie Writers’ Fest

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Looking to spend your dosh on a literary cause? Maybe you’d like to get some creative writing tips, or some advice from previous indie writers who’ve made it in the business? If so, this is the event you’ve been waiting for!

Indie Writers’ Fest is part of the Leeds cerebral equivalent of a rock festival, The Leeds Big Bookend. A relatively new phenomenon, the festival started in 2012, and it is now bigger and better than ever before. Last year, it received funding from the Arts Council and featured over 60 artists, poets, and performers, with illustrious author Alan Bennet as the headliner. Think Slipknot or Iron Maiden at Download. This is like that, but for writing.

Indie Writers’ Fest will be on Saturday 21st Feb at Leeds Trinity University, and will offer an array of workshops, talks, and panels for you to attend. There is also the chance to meet with writers, book-designers and publishers as they wander wistfully around the venue, and hopefully get some one-on-one guidance! There will also be a pop-up bookshop for all your indie literary needs, and some writing challenges and competitions for you to take part and kick ass in.

There is an impressive list of acclaimed writers attending the panels, there to inspire you with stories of their own journeys through the publishing process. This list includes Tricia Walker (now shooting her book as a feature film in Thailand), Ann Victoria Roberts (her first novel now published in the US, Australia, and Europe), and many, many more!

If you don’t have the time or are unable to attend the event in person, the team at Indie Writers’ Fest are offering you the chance to attend any of the featured talks through your computer! Virtual Conference tickets are available at only £15, and includes access to all online resources and The Big Bookend networking community.

Day passes at £45, and includes lunch, access to all material, workshops, and online resources.

Concession day passes at £30, extend to the retired, the unemployed and students!

If you would like the chance to showcase your own writing, sell your bookish babies, and host your own stall, you can! It’s only £10 for a Peddler’s License, and your book will be featured in the pop-up indie bookshop and online!

You can book all of these things online now.