How Storytelling Works — a free talk in Bexley

It’s always a pleasure to talk in a library. Next month you’ll find me doing that in Bexley, spelling out a few of my personal theories about the craft of storytelling.

It’s going to be an illustrated talk lasting and hour, and using my current books, The Savage Shore, Devil’s Fjord and Juliet and Romeo as examples of how very different stories share the same kind of architecture and structure. If you’re a reader wanting to see inside the mechanism of stories I hope you’d find it interesting. If you’re planning to write yourself it should give you an insight into how this business works for me.

I don’t believe writing is governed by rules. We all work differently. But it can be useful to listen to authors talk about their working methods then cherry pick the tips you feel might work for you.

There’s lots more going as part of the festival too, with appearances from Stella Duffy, Lindsey Davis, Mike Gayle, Jean Fullerton, Alison Weir, Charlie Connelly, Stuart Clark and Nick Barratt. The poet, Wendy Cope will also be coming along and there will also be workshops on creative writing, film-making and how to get published plus much more.

You’ll find me at the Central Library in Bexleyheath at 2.30 pm on Saturday February 23. The event is free but you do need to register in advance here.

You can find out more about the festival here too.