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Small Wonder

Friday, 23rd September 2011 (all day)

Location: Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

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This year's Small Wonder offers many exciting opportunities for aspiring writers to hone their craft and share their own stories in an inspiring creative environment.


Creative Writing Workshop for Aspiring Song & Lyric Writers, with Ben Watt
Ben Watt, lyric and music writing partner of Tracey Thorn in the alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl and author of the acclaimed memoir Patient, presents a special one day workshop for Small Wonder, offering a unique insight into the creative process involved in crafting the perfect song lyric. The workshop will examine the tools needed to write a new lyric, examining story-telling, authenticity, phrasing and musical context, encouraging the participants to draw sharply from their own experience and understand the listener. By the end of the day each participant should come away with a set of lyrics.  
This one-day workshop takes place on Saturday 24th and repeated on Sunday 25th September in the inspirational setting of Tilton House, just a short stroll from Charleston.  Further information is available here
Small Wonder Slam, with Damian Barr
Open mic: £100 prize
Itching to share a story? Shoreditch House literary salonierre Damian Barr hosts our annual open mic cabaret, where members of the audience have an opportunity take to the stage and compete for a £100 prize.  Come prepared with a 3-minute story to read aloud titled:  The Key.  Would-be competitors’ names are picked from a hat. Not brave enough to take up the challenge? Sit back with a drink and enjoy the buzz of the slam.
Tip:  Read Escalating Panic our commissioned (very) short story by Joe Dunthorne for inspiration.
8pm - 10pm, Friday 23 September.       
Tickets £8 (£7 students)
Combined Ticket Offer 
Why not make an evening of it, arrive early and avail yourself of a special combined ticket offer for the Slam and Readers' Digest, our 6pm event with John Crace and Tom Vowler. A perfect aperitif to the Slam, Readers' Digest is an inspiring celebration of brevity and clarity in storytelling, by two very different writers.
Crace's Digested Reads column in the Guardian has rightly acquired a cult following. As a development of this weekly series, his most recent book, Brideshead Abbreviated, is a collection of hilarious bite-sized pastiches of twentieth century classics, ranging from Mrs Dalloway to Trainspotting via Lolita and The Great Gatsby. Tom Vowler’s award-winning debut collection of short stories, The Method, has established his position as one of the most original and talented new writers to have emerged in recent years. Provocative, bold, brutal and tender, these tightly wrought stories will get under your skin.
6pm, Friday 23 September.     Tickets £8 (£7 students)
**Special Combined ticket for Readers’ Digest (6pm) and the Small Wonder Slam (8pm) -  £14/£12 (students)**

Visit for full programme including:

Robert Coover
Rachel Cusk
Joe Dunthorne
Geoff Dyer
Janice Galloway
Yiyun Li
 Tom Rachman
Polly Samson
Ali Smith
Sarah Waters

Tickets from Brighton Dome Ticket Office on 01273 709709 or fees apply)
Tickets for Ben Watt Lyric Workshop via Charleston on 01323 811626 or
Frequent trains to Lewes Station to and from all events. Shuttle Bus from Lewes train station to Charleston.

Tickets from Brighton Dome Ticket Office on 01273 709709 or (booking fees apply)

Tickets for Ben Watt Lyric Workshop via Charleston on 01323 811626 or

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