Monday, 18 May 2015

Tripwire and Mike Carey by Joel Meadows

"Tripwire’s association with Mike Carey goes back to 2003 when he was writing Hellblazer, the series featuring John Constantine, supernatural go-
between for DC Comics’ adult imprint Vertigo, which was turned into the TV series Constantine this year. We first interviewed Mike in 2003 but we have also chatted to him while he was writing his book series Felix Castor, The Unwritten and Lucifer. We even got Mike along to celebrate Tripwire’s 21st anniversary at an event that took place in Foyles in May 2013 and editor-in-chief Joel Meadows shared a stage with him at one of the Big Green Bookshop’s bookswap events in April of 2014. Tripwire has existed as a magazine since 1992, covering comics, film, TV and related media with a particular focus on British creators. We have watched Mike Carey grow from a raw talent to the accomplished writer he is today. We have always tried to support and promote his work in Tripwire, which is now a website with the same remit as the magazine: covering comics, film and related media with a focus on a more intelligent and irreverent approach to the material."

TRIPWIRE MAGAZINE is the magazine of genre culture, examining comics, film, music and so much more. It was created by Joel Meadows, as an incidental fanzine and evolved into an comprehensive window into the things people love and consume.

TRIPWIRE published over fifty issues of the magazine that covered comics, film, TV, novels and related media. Tripwire interviewed everyone from Stan Lee to Mike Mignola, Alan Moore to Joss Whedon. In 2013 they decided to wrap up the physical publishing programme and switch to online/ digital.

Joel will be attending the Mike Carey The Girl with all the Gifts event as FLF photographer/journalist.

Mike Carey has worked extensively in the field of comic books, completing long and critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His ongoing comic book series for DC Vertigo, The Unwritten, has featured repeatedly in the New York Times’ graphic novel bestseller list. His superhero series Suicide Risk, published by BOOM! Studios, has been nominated for two Harvey awards. He is also the writer of the Felix Castor novels, and (along with his wife Linda and their daughter Louise) of two fantasy novels, The City Of Silk and Steel and The House Of War and Witness, published in the UK by Victor Gollancz. He writes mainstream thrillers as Adam Blake, and as M.R.Carey is the author of the bestselling novel The Girl With All the Gifts.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015

GW has been selected to be one of the 12 book clubs who will shadow the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. We'll be joining in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter @greenacrewriter and Google+.

We received a lovely box of goodies from Baileys and the book The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, should be arriving any day now. 

Below are the other book clubs and the books they'll be receiving. It should be a lively few weeks as the Prize has some exciting activities that we hope to join in with.

Catch us @GreenacreWriters and Baileys news via @ReadingAgency and the prize @BaileysPrize.

Bristol 24/7 Reads                        
Rachel Cusk Outline
Woodley library                            
Rachel Cusk Outline
Laline Paull The Bees
The Last Monday Book Club            
Laline Paull The Bees
Glos Lit Lovers & Yummy Scrummy  
Kamila Shamsie A God in Every Stone
Bee’s Bookshare                            
Kamila Shamsie A God in Every Stone
Wine Women and Words*                 
Ali Smith How to be Both
Ali Smith How to be Both
Much Ado About Books                  
Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread
Books and Bubbles                        
Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread
Greenacre Writers                          
Sarah Waters The Paying Guests
Telford Ladies                              
Sarah Waters The Paying Guests

*Another local group in Friern Barnet

Stop Press:
The books have arrived!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Finchley Literary Festival Workshops

Six stimulating workshops: 

Allen Ashley leads a poetry workshop, Sun, Moon and Planets, at Friern Barnet Community Library on Thursday 21st May 12.00-2.00pm. Contact Allen to book on 

Andi Michael facilitates a Writing for Wellbeing workshop at Friern Barnet Community Library on Friday 22nd May 6.00pm-8.00pm. This workshop is for beginners as well as more experienced writers.  Book here: Writing for Wellbeing.

Lindsay Bamfield gives a practical workshop on voice skills for writers who read their work aloud. Saturday 23rd May 10.30-12.30pm at North Finchley Library.  If you feel your vocal skills could be improved this is the workshop for you. Book here: Voice skills workshop.

Katie Alford runs a workshop on fantasy writing at Church End LibrarySaturday 23rd May 10.30-12.30pm. If you have considered writing fantasy this is a good place to start. No charge. Bookings:

Pearse and Black host an exciting creative writing workshop Murder in the Library on Saturday 23rd at North Finchley Library from 2.00-4.00pm. You may book directly using the link above. Please note: The only weapons you are allowed are pen and paper. (Or maybe a laptop/tablet.)

Rosie Canning leads The Walking Writer workshop. This is an informal session taking you on a gentle walk with stops to write inspired by nature. Short readings will also be given - after all who can pass the site of Spike Milligan's former home without a recitation? For more information  The Walking Writer The walk starts at 11.30am, Sunday 24th May. Meet at West Finchley tube station.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Feast for Readers and Writers

Not only does the Finchley Literary Festival support Barnet Libraries but it's very important to us that we also support local writers. To close this year's festival we have a very interesting event for readers and writers. Some writers from the North London Writers group - Lily Dunn, Tasha Kavanagh, Evie MillerZoe Gilbert - , as well as Irenosen Okojie and local poet, Dennis Evans, will be joining us to celebrate the wealth of talent in North London. The event takes place Sunday 24th May 3-5pm, afternoon tea time, and where better than Cafe Buzz in North Finchley, for a feast of not only fabulous readers but also delicious cakes and drinks. See more details here.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction nominee, Jemma Wayne, will also be joining us. Jemma graduated from Cambridge University. Working first as a reporter at The Jewish Chronicle and later as a columnist for The Jewish News, she is now a regularly featured blogger at The Huffington Post and continues to contribute to various publications including The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, Standard Issue and The Jewish Quarterly, amongst others.

Jemma’s first full-length work, Bare Necessities – a tongue-in-cheek guide to being a grownup – was published by Piatkus Books in 2004. Her play, Negative Space, ran at The New End Theatre, Hampstead, in September 2009 to critical acclaim. And her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Ether Books, 33 West by Limehouse Books, and Kerouac’s Dog Magazine.

Jemma’s first novel, After Before, was published by Legend Press in 2014. It was long-listed for the Guardian’s 2014 Not the Booker Prize and for the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

Find out more about Jemma here:

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Festival Tasters

Zombies Wanted for the Finchley Literary Festival:

An exciting event with author Mike Carey that features zombies in Finchley! Dramatization of scenes from Mike Carey's spectacular book The Girl With all the Gifts. 

The second half of this event sees J.P.O'Malley join us to interview Mike. 

No charge but we would appreciate donations to help keep the zombies under control. More details here.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Barnet Libraries Short Story Competition

Calling all competition enthusiasts - Barnet Libraries are becoming hubs of creativity (we think we may have influenced them a little) and they're hoping Greenacre peeps and other writing enthusiasts will enter the short story comp. Details below:

Cityread “Mysterious Metropolis” writing competition

Terms and Conditions
 This competition is organised by Barnet Libraries to complement our Cityread programme 2015 which features Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, so our competition is on the theme of “Mysterious Metropolis”, and your story should have a London setting.
 Stories must be no more than 2000 words.
 The competition is open to writers aged 16 or over.
 No entries can be received from Barnet Libraries staff or their relatives.  Entries must be an original piece of fiction and not an account of real events.
 Entries should be received between 16 March and 1st May.
 Entries should be emailed to or posted to

Cityread Writing Competition
Service Development Librarian Team
Building 4
Oakleigh Road South
N11 1NP

 Entrants must provide their name, address, email and/or phone number and age.
 Prizes will be awarded approx. 28 days after the closing date, and winners will be notified.
 The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
 Winner’s names will be featured on our social media @BarnetLibraries on twitter and Barnet Libraries on Facebook and our website.
 All winning entries will be published on our Ebook platform and on our facebook page.
 Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted in respect of their entry and no feedback on any entry will be provided.
 Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Finchley Literary Festival

This year Finchley Literary Festival runs from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th May 2015. 

We love our libraries and we are pleased that following on from last year's participation in FLF, our three Finchley libraries and our community-run Friern Barnet Library will host several events this year.

Each year we try to provide something a bit different while including the best of previous years' events. We think we've got something very different and exciting for 2015!

We are delighted that Mike Carey, a British writer of comic books, novels, films and author of The Girl With all the Gifts, will be taking part in this year's festival. If you've read the book you'll know that our local artsdepot is mentioned. Never mind that it features zombies in the same scene! We're not quite sure if there are going to be zombies running around Finchley at the end of May but it's quite possible.

Watch this space!

We also have some workshops confirmed, including a practical workshop for writers who read at literary events to make the best of their vocal skills. We have a literary walk, a panel and discussion evening, a Poetry and Music Palooza and some author readings. There are a number of other events under discussion and we'll update you as soon as we can.