Join Richard Benson for this interactive talk aimed at new writers who are considering writing about their own lives. Richard will share his own experiences as an acclaimed memoirist, suggest how you can start to approach your own work, as well as talking you through a few simple exercises to get your writing started (bring a pen and paper along to this session!). Richard will be ready to answer your questions and you’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance, when you book.

This talk will take place on Zoom. You don’t need your own Zoom account to join us, just a computer, laptop or phone and an internet connection. Live captioning will be available.

Richard Benson’s memoir The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside, was the story of his family farm in Yorkshire and was shortlisted for the Guardian’s First Book Award and was chosen for Richard & Judy’s’ Book Club. His second, The Valley: 100 Years in the Life of a Family, won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, and the Portico Prize, and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. His new memoir, The Meadow, will be published in 2021.

Chaired by Rebecca Wilkie, New Writing North.

Tickets £5 + booking fee. Bursary tickets are available, see booking link.

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These sessions are supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).