INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 01 Nov, 2009 07:30PM
Ok guys and ladies. We're on, the ride has started and it's all downhill from here. I know it looks
like uphill but it isn't. Get going and you will be amazed.
15.000 or 50.000 doesn't matter, whatever your target is the important thing is that you hit it.
Any questions, feel free to e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Daniel R 21 Oct, 2009 03:42PM
The BBC script writing project is coming soon. December 2009. Beware.
This project will be able to send your scripts to the BBC as an experiment to see wether old children and early teens will be able to break in to the world of main stream TV. And see wether grumpy old men are the only one's to be able to write a good script. If you want to find out more or sign up for it see Daniel Reid. 10G.
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 24 Jul, 2009 10:48AM
The past week has been quite interesting and it is exactly 7 days since Ms Marsom (of the Arts Department at the Hewett School for those of you who don't know her yet) came back saying she'd got a promise from Mr Antony and Mr Samain for £400 to print our book! Depending on the total amount of books we print, £400 is enough for 100 to 130 copies. We already have some money as you know so now the total is at £525 including £50 from the Workshop.
I have spoken to bookshops (Border's, W.H. Smith, Waterstone's etc) and all are interested in the project and said that they will definitively take a look at it and probably sell it here in Norwich.
And then... lot's of stuff really, everything is going well I think. We have circa 170 pages and people are writing on different sections and there are a lot of the stories from the blog that are not even incorporated yet so I think we'll end up with between 300 and 400 pages. And, with any luck, they will be quite good too! I also saw Anna McCarthy from the County Council and she is actively helping us now to make the most of the project and not just the book.
And yesterday I saw this on Alexander Gordon Smith's blog (see the real blog here
Last, but certainly not least, I got to do a very special show –
special because it took place in MY OLD SCHOOL!!! I was invited in by
the librarian, Leif Ahnland, who also runs the fantastic creative
writing club. It was so cool being able to go back to my old school,
the Hewett in Norwich. I was there for seven years, and it's really
where I started writing properly, so to visit again to talk about my
life as a writer, and my books, was just amazing! Although most of the
teachers I had have now left, I did see some familiar faces, and the
school itself looked the same as I remember it (although smaller).
started off with a talk at lunchtime, and it was great to see so many
people there – especially as it was a gloriously sunny day and they
could have been outside playing! They were a really chatty, responsive
and entertaining group, and many of them were writers, so I thoroughly
enjoyed the session. Then, after school, I did a horror writing
workshop with the creative writing club, which was a fascinating
experience. The members were all ages – from year seven right through
to upper sixth – and they were all positively bursting with ideas,
which was so good to see. And they were so much fun to work with. I
have absolutely no doubt that plenty of these students will have books
published in the future - some are already better writers than I am!
I'll look forward to getting signed copies of their books in years to
come. You can check out their brilliant writing on the creative writing
club's blog here. It's
definitely worth checking out as they're putting together a fascinating
anthology which is totally unique and looks like it might be a big deal!
was a great day, made even better by the fact that I didn't have to
travel across the country to get there and back - in fact it was a
two-minute walk away! But a huge thanks to Leif and all the students
for making it such fun, and the best of luck to you all with your
- Alexander Gordon Smith, 9 July 2009
Well from all of us, thank you Gordon for coming in! It was great having you there and we look forward to having you back. And that you like The Librarian's Revenge
project is really cool!
That's all for now, keep writing over the summer and remember that there is still lots of time(until end of September at least) to write things for OUR book The Librarian's Revenge
PS. Today I have two more news... I've got a dummy copy of how the book will look when it comes to dimensions from Seriously Responsible Print here in Norwich, the printer we're going to work with (and who have given us a good really price too because they like the project so much). The paper is 100% recycled and feels great, beautiful and very real book like... The second update is that maybe there is an interview with the EDP in the pipeline, a journalist apparently overheard me and Gordon yesterday and seems to want to do an article about us.
INFORMATIONPosted by Martin Oakshaft 13 Jul, 2009 09:06PM
Yeah.. been a bit lax in bringing forth "part three". as some of you may know, last week was utterly poo for me, so i couldnt focus much. im also uber-busy, but im hacking away slowly and will try to finish sooon!
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 08 Jul, 2009 01:12PM
Just an update from the Pseudocity Press Sales Department.
We sold another four books to a gentleman today. We now have £67.55, I think we need another couple of hundred to see it through. Oh yes, almost forgot, we also need a book to print so with not that much time left in the school and only a few more sessions we will have to sort some issues out with the narrative. I will talk to some people today; Seriously Responsible Print to see if and in that case how they could help us with printing and so forth and I will talk to Anna McCarthy who is the Arts Development Officer for Children's Services at the County Council. Both seem interested in the project so there are chances we have good structure within which to publish it. That means that you guys will be both published authors and
publishers at the same time. Which is kind of cool.
Hope you are well and I'll see you guys tomorrow. Remember to wear red!The Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 07 Jul, 2009 11:43PM
Today (Tuesday the 7th of July 2009) we did the first but hopefully not the last of The Librarian's Revenge events. There was dancing (not really) and singing (yes indeed) and merry making (very much so) and some other C.W. Hewett related shenanigans where we also got an entire audience (not that large but still) to do a creative writing exercise with us. And they wrote cool things! (Thanks Joe
for organising that and both your acts, good stuff.)
As far as we can tell this was a success on all levels and we have now, officially, sold 8 copies for £5 each and our funds total £47.55 which means we have £7.55 for promotional purposes etc. Ok, we realise this makes us sound a bit naïve but neither librarians nor english teachers are known for their business sense and we think this is great news. There is actually a waiting list for OUR book... How about that? (Speaking of the book, thank you very very much Michael
for some great poetry that needs to go in there, I would like to get them digitally.)
As a whole, the evening was a success on a much more important level and that was how much fun it was and that it ended up being something we think we will build on for the future. (Thanks Geoff
for your music and everything else.)
Finally, thanks so much everyone for making this happen, one step at a time... C.W. Hewett as in Collective or Creative Writing Hewett is a fantastic journey.The Librarian
and The Teacher
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 05 Jul, 2009 06:37PM
Good news dear Hewetteers. Today, in preparation for the Tuesday night event at the Workshop, me and Geoff went busking on London Street. It was a quiet day but modest funds were raised: we now have the first four pounds and fifty-five pence for our project.
[Thank you to the four gentlemen who kindly invested £2 for the benefit of our art.]
I will keep you updated on how we are doing on the financial side of things but this means, if my calculations are correct, that we have enough for the first copy. Which is a start.
Good work Geoff!The Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 23 Jun, 2009 06:29PM"A Creative Work of Collective Fiction - A collage/collective/creative text by students (11 to 18 years old) and staff of the Hewett School Library in Norwich, UK."
Or here we came. This Sunday (21st June) I uploaded a Pdf version of parts of C.W. Hewett's The Librarian's Revenge
to Roma Fake Factory 100quotes Competition
. It consisted of 69 pages and a lot of it is, I think, pretty good. It is already a mix of our different texts but also in the framework text where Geoffrey , Georgie, Ellis, Joe, Martin and Kirsty have already contributed directly and many others who have contributed with ideas etc. (forgive me if I forgot someone.)
Apart from a lot of spelling errors, typos and inconsistencies that can be found in the Pdf, there is very
much that is not finished or even begun yet but I think it can become a very, very, very interesting project. And, ultimately, a nicely printed book for us to bring home and say: "Hey guys, we did this..."
Here is a direct link
to the pdf I sent.
I hope you are all well, see you on Thursday!The Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 29 May, 2009 12:05PM
Ok everyone. Very quickly, just to say that I am still alive and that there is work going on during half-term. I have not been focusing on the blog because all the time has been put into developing the main text for The Librarian's Revenge
I'll be back before Sunday with a proper update and then we can talk about it in the library and during the club once school starts.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the last few days of half term!The Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Georgina Harris 30 Apr, 2009 10:17AM
Calling all followers of the work of C. W. Hewett...
Yesterday afternoon, Geoffrey, Georgie, Joe, Mr. Ahnland and Miss. Harris met at Horace Blue to discuss the life and times of the Librarian.
The questions we wanted to answer were...
1. Who is the Librarian?
2. What was the apocalyptic event which turned the Library into a sanctuary?
3. What and where is the Librarian's building?
4. How should our stories relate to/sit with each other?
After a long and interesting discussion about all of these things, the following proposals were made....
1. The Librarian might start reading younger texts such as Nursery Rhymes and move on to more complex and 'difficult' texts. We think the Librarian is quite poor at relating to other people and uses books to understand the world around him. He will probably fall in love at some point, so could read romantic fiction to deal with his emotions. Perhaps he will murder someone/ witness a murder, and turn to crime fiction to help him process this. We'd really like him to read a play, or Act of drama, some non-fiction and possibly even some self help!
2. We talked about the idea of a 'Perfect Storm' bringing about the downfall of present society. Many ideas were banded about questioning the current state of the world--is the Librarian in a world of severe drought? Flooding? Post-nuclear waste? This still needs some discussing. Miss. Harris is going to come up with a proposal, but ideas from everyone would be really helpful please!
3. We discussed the idea of the Librarian's building. The Hewett itself was talked about as a great place for a sanctuary, with its many facilities, sturdy structure and secure gates and fencing. There was also an idea of the Library being a second-hand bookshop, not unlike the one opposite the Cathedral, and perhaps even a boat! Geoff suggested that the Library might actually be several buildings or houses joined together, where the Librarian starts off occupying one room and expands into the block as a whole. Joe is going to have a bit more of a think about this.
Mr. Ahnland said that the story could be based around the people who enter the Library, the 'Library community.' Georgie and Miss. Harris had the idea of the Librarian as a cataloguer of events, perhaps the type of person who would modify and update maps according to the environmental situation outside.
4. Mr. Ahnland had the idea that as the Librarian goes about reading different genres of texts (see point 1 for more details!) perhaps each group member could 'take' one of these genres. Mr. Ahnland is going to come up with a list of genres for the group to look at.
The next 6th Form meeting will be next Wednesday, May 6th, 5pm at Frank's Bar*.
Come one and all for tea, biscuits and creative chatter!!!
*Thanks to Joe's organisational skills
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 29 Apr, 2009 11:25AM
For the moment, the idea is for C.W. Hewett's The Librarian's Revenge to introduce different genres of litterature and other kinds of texts using your writing. It seems everyone agrees on this so now we must decide on how to that. Below I have listed the "genres" I think could be relevant and an idea for the sequence in which they could appear.
Some of you have stories you want to include in The Librarian's Revenge and they will probably fit more or less in one or two of the following genres. Please "choose" what genre/s you are interested in exploring and write it in a comment to this post.
Fairy Tales/Children's books Books like Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll are advanced fairy tales rather than fantasy.
Young Fantasy The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling are aimed at a younger audience and take place in world that is parallel to the 'real'world. Terry Pratchett is also aiming at the slightly younger readers but is appreciated by adults as well.
"Pure"Fantasy J.R.R.Tolkien, Ursul K. LeGuin and others have written huge epics which are set in entirely fictional worlds.
Science fiction From the very gadget and space ship
Dystopic novels Technically almost Science Fiction, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 are all interesting and sharp
Horror fiction Edgar Allan Darren Shan
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 29 Apr, 2009 09:02AM
This week we will have to start defining certain things so that we can move forward with the full text of the The Librarian's Revenge.
The Librarian, his friends and enemies For example, we need to understand some fundamental aspects of the librarian's personality. In this post I started to propose an outline of the main character. But we also need to invent some more characters, central ones and side kicks etc.
The framework story also needs to be defined. What happens when and how and so forth. This is something that is already being developed but we have to agree on a strong backbone for the story.The vision now is to start in a present day kind of situation and move through a decline and fall of civilisation to a new kind of society. I think this is interesting because then we can turn the text into a reflection on life and our world and where it's heading.
Workshops Today and tomorrow we will do conduct some workshops on the above themes. For anyone who can't make it there will be plenty of time further on to influence these issues but we need to try and come up with
Printing and publishing I have taken the liberty to start contacting people who can help us print or even publish our book once it's finished but that is nothing we can count on even if there are some promising leads.
The amount of texts that have popped up only since last week is amazing and I think we are doing very well. There are a lot of qualitative texts on the blog already, proving that not only is there a talented and enthusiastic crowd working on the project but also that we have chosen a good way of working together.
Great job everyone!
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 25 Apr, 2009 11:27PM
Since the writing has really taken off since last Thursday, this might be the time to come with suggestions for how to post and read stuff. Since a blog offers the possibility to comment, a sort of dialogue can actually take place between reader and author. But, it can be a good idea to help the reader by explaining how a specific post should be understood/interpreted. Even more so here since we are using it as a tool for publishing and feedback.Exercises:
If it's an exercise there's nothing to it really, just describe the task and perhaps any rules (timelimits, wordcounts etc.) that are relevant to the reader. Check out how Georgie did it here
For your stories it might be important to instruct the reader what to look for. Or ignore. Perhaps you don't want them to come with feedback on the plot but only on the characters' physique and/or how you describe what they feed their pets. Maybe you are not interested in comments on grammar, spelling and vocabulary but then again maybe you are. If you have a clearly stated reading instruction as a first paragraph, in bold
, the comments you get might be more to the point, or at least help you with specific problems. Joe's instructions here
is one example and here
is another one.IF ANYONE HAS MORE IDEAS ABOUT THIS, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 24 Apr, 2009 10:57AM
Note: This is a drafted idea for who and what the protagonist of the librarian's revenge could be. There are also some ideas for timeline and setting. It is up for revision, please comment.
Character portait: The Librarian is so far the character that will provide, in a passive way, the narrative. He is a man, about thirty years old when the story begins. He does not yet have a name and possibly should remain nameless. He or The Librarian might do just fine. Right now his personality is pretty much undeveloped.
It is pretty obvious that he is sketched on something similar to myself, I apologise for that but it just started out that way. I am open to any objections or suggestions for alteration. For example, He could be a She which would obviously change things but I think it is a good thing that He is a He as school librarian's tend to be Shes. I will for now refer to the librarian as a he/she. (On the other hand, there should of course be more people working in the library so there is plenty of room for equally important, protagonist Shes.) As the story picks up speed, he/she will hopefully evolve into something interesting, developing a personality and idiosyncrasies of his/her own.
Setting: As you will have understood the setting is a library and surroundings. At the most the physical movement of the characters should be extended to the city. Many of your stories will be set abroad or even on other planets and in other dimensions so we should keep a low profile when it comes to C.W. Hewett's story.
Timeline: Because this project will function like... eh... a fruit? An onion? Something with layers anyway. A proposal for the external timeline if you follow me - the one including the editors - is this: C.W. Hewett finishes his/her manuscript in 1948 and it is 'posthumously' published in 2084. The dates are chosen because George Orwell published his classic dystopic 1984 in 1948. Tell me what you think. The 'internal timeline' - the one in C.W. Hewett's own text - starting with some undefined present day which should be realistic and similar to our times - i.e. climate change, hardships and wars and trouble. Gloom is good for stories. Perhaps somewhat absurd but believable. As it unfolds, time passes and could make the story function like a historically accurate account of the 21st century. I hope you like this idea.
Also, because of the scope and timeline of the story as it looks now, as it begins he/she is probably between 25-35, otherwise he/she won't last until when he/she finishes the book. Possibly he/she could be a very old man/woman by then and therefore older when the story start.
Perspective: At the moment - barring mistakes - the story is written in the third person perspective and past tense from the prologue onwards. Sometimes it might make sense to have the librarian write a letter or diary entry (or blogpost or similar) in the first person perspective. Since your stories will shift a lot in style and content and genre, it is probably a good idea to keep the librarian's story pretty steady and not too fragmented.
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 24 Apr, 2009 01:27AM
This goes out to everyone. It is a beautiful thing to see when something starts to grow; organically, exponentially, it really is. And this, Creative/collective Writing Hewett really does. I will comment on your work as soon as possible, the trick will be to manage to do it now that there are so many of you that have started to post your work so prolifically. Both the exercises section and the ones where you post your stories work wonders. Well done my friends.The Librarian
INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 20 Apr, 2009 05:20PM
This section is under construction and will include writing tips as well as explanations of the project.