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Maria Whatton

Workshop offer:

A writing workshop around the “Home town Tales” publication that I have coming out in June 2018.

My story is the Birmingham edition published by Orion.


Three thirteen year old boys find themselves caught up in the aftermath of the 1974 pub bombings. The city landscape is a character in its own right reflecting the complex and hopeful relationships in the story.  


I would like to do a reading of the story and talk about how I researched it, help participants identify the stories that surround them and act as inspiration for writing. I would like to run a writing session which allows participants to have a go at exercises looking at landscape description and development of characters.


My story which is called “Silver in the Quarter”, and the comedian Stewart Lee’s story ( about the Birmingham punk scene in 1978) are published together in one volume.