AN ALMONDBURY woman is helping to put Huddersfield on the literary map.
Michelle Hodgson, of Almondbury, has organised a number of author and creative writing events which she hopes will stimulate interest among the town’s budding authors.
The latest event was a workshop entitled Writing Your Book From Start to Finish held at Cafe Society in Byram Street, Huddersfield town centre, recently.
The morning session was led by book doctor and former Little, Brown Book Group managing editor Andrew Wille who gave tips to delegates on how to find their voice and write a book.
During the afternoon Michael Stewart, winner of the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize for his debit novel King Crow and director of Huddersfield Literary Festival, gave a talk on his work. He was followed by Helen Stothard, an expert in internet and self-publishing.
Michelle worked as a publicist for a London publishers for 12 years, collaborating with novelists and celebrities including Iain Banks, Whoopie Goldberg and Damon Hill.
She now works as a copywriter and food magazine editor and is trying to raise the profile of creative writing in the town through her company Key Words and throughher membership of Huddersfield Creative Arts Network.
She said: “There are people doing some fantastic work to promote creative writing and authors in Huddersfield. and hopefully with my publishing background, I can also make a contribution.
“I hope to share my knowledge of how the publishing industry works and to encourage authors to visit the town to take part in events.
“Writing can be quite a solitary pursuit and the events give local people a chance to discuss their work with other aspiring writers.”
The workshop was followed by a creative writing coffee morning in aid of Kirkwood Hospice’s Capital Appeal.
At the free event, held at the Dalton Hospice, people dropped in for coffee and cakes and Michelle, a marketing committee volunteer for the appeal, gave a free talk on creative writing.
About 30 people of all ages attended, including an old lady who wanted to write her many stories but needed help with computers and a schoolboy who wanted to write for the film industry.
Michelle gave advice on how to get a book published and ran a couple of short writing exercises. Those who attended also had an opportunity to have a photograph taken with the Olympic torch.