Four writing events/courses coming up at Derby QUAD in May

An Evening with M. R. Carey
Wednesday 3rd May, 7pm
QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS
Tickets £5 for Q+A (with discounted tickets available for screening) from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or from

One of 2016's finest thrillers, The Girl With All The Gifts was based on the 2014 novel of the same name and presented a unique and fascinating new take on the zombie story. Following a young girl, Melanie, who is held prisoner, educated and studied in a secure facility, the horrifying truth about her and her classmates will soon be revealed... The Girl With All The Gifts has found great acclaim for its originality, characterisation and emotional impact.

Both novel and script were penned by M. R. Carey, who was recently nominated for a Bafta for Most Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Carey will be on hand for this special event to discuss his work, take your questions and also give a first look at The Boy on The Bridge, the much-anticipated new novel set in the world of Girl, with pre-release copies on sale on the night.

Attendees to this event can see The Girl With All The Gifts on the same evening at 8:30pm at the bargain price of £3.50 per ticket. Contact the QUAD box office (01332 290606) to redeem this offer.


Romance Writing and Happy Endings! A Writing Workshop with Jane Linfoot
QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS
Thursday 11th May, 7pm-9pm

Bestselling local author Jane Linfoot will be delivering a workshop session on romance writing, share her own experiences as she learned to write in the field, chat about the publishing opportunities in this very popular genre and highlight the commercial hotspots you might target. 

With a mix of discussion and shared workshop exercises, you’ll discover ways to create characters that readers will enjoy and how to develop a storyline the market will love. You’ll also learn a way to make a confident start on your own novel if you’re just beginning, and gain tips on how to strengthen your work if you’ve already begun.

Tickets £8 from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or from


With Alex Davis
Saturday 13th May, 10am-4pm

With a huge range of booming literature festivals, book launches, writing workshops, conventions and much more besides, the writing event scene is livelier than ever. But how do you go about putting together a successful event yourself?

This workshop is aimed at aspiring event co-ordinators, whether you’re looking to start with smaller sessions or have ambitions to develop a festival of your own! We’ll talk through a range of practical tips as we explore the steps leading to a successful activity, including developing your concept, programming speakers, marketing and on the day delivery. Giving a unique insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a writing event, this session will give you all the tools you need to turn your plans into reality!

The session will be led by QUAD’s Literature Officer Alex Davis, who has been involved in running writing events for over a decade including Derby Book Festival, Derby Festival of Words, Nottingham’s Poetry In The City, Edge-Lit, Alt.Fiction and many more besides.

Tickets £30


Fantastic Tales and How To Write Them
QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS
Tuesdays from 16th May - 6th June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A concise four-week creative writing course with Tutor Ruth de Haas on how to plan, write and market speculative fiction. The emphasis is on fantasy but we’ll also cover horror and science-fiction. 

The course covers a wide range of topics including world building, plotting, characterisation, and the marketplace, with plenty of interactive exercises. Suitable for all levels of writing experience. Attendees can begin a new piece of writing or improve upon a work-in-progress.

Course Fees: £40, £30 Concessions & £25 QUAD Members

Tickets from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or online at

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