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Avi Sirlin’s travels with Alfred Russel Wallace

Avi Sirlin author of the historical novel The Evolutionist about Alfred Russel Wallace has been speaking at Festivals in Bali and Singapore.

HF panel at UWRF Tory Amanda Isa (2)At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1, 2015) Avi took part in two panel discussions and gave a talk about Wallace. Pictured here with (from left to right) Isa Kumari (Singaporean writer), Amanda Curtin (Australian writer), Avi Sirlin, and Tory Louden (moderator).

Avi in Singapore

At the Singapore Writers Festival (Nov 6-8, 2015) Avi was paired with Dylan Jones in a panel deconstructing the cult of personality, and writing historical fiction. Avi also found time to visit the Singapore Science Centre to see the Alfred Wallace exhibit.

Study Day: The Suffragette Movement and the Arts – 21 November

Four of Aurora Metro’s authors are participating in a Study Day at Chichester Cinema at New Park as part of the UK-wide film project The Time is Now.

During the day six different speakers from the world of Academia, Performing Arts and the Media will present four different sessions, each adding to our knowledge of this struggle for equality and basic human rights for women.

Their talks will also celebrate the energy, special gifts and determination of inspirational women from all ages and countries who have made their mark in the struggle for the rights of the individual.

Tickets £14 (Friends/Students £10)

Following an introduction by Maureen Wright (University of Chichester) and Abha Thakor (Women’s Political Rights Research Project) on the Rise of the Suffragette form 1880-1918, Aurora Metro authors will be talking about women in the arts during and after this period.

Susan Croft,  co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, and editor of play collection Votes for Women will be talking on the involvement of actresses, playwrights, directors and other theatre personnel in producing theatre pieces in support of the movement.

Irene Cockroft, co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, will be talking about suffrage artist and art-enameller Ernestine Mills, and other artists of the period.

Melody Bridges, editor and contributor of forthcoming  Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, and Ellen Cheshire (contributor) will be sharing the stories of some of the women who were working in the early days of cinema.





Avi Sirlin speaking on Alfred Russel Wallace

Avi Sirlin is speaking at Ubud Writers Festival on his biographical novel published by Aurora Metro, The Evolutionist, about Alfred Russel Wallace.

He is participating in two panels, one on Indonesian travel and one on historical fiction plus a talk on Wallace on the 30 October and 1 November

Ubud has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event. It is being held October 28 – November 1, 2015, and this year is celebrating the theme of ‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’.  This year there will be more than 165 authors from over 25 different countries including Christina Lamb, Michael Chabon, Mpho Tutu, Raditya Dika, Ayu Utami, Teju Cole and Anuradha Roy.



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Last few days to enter The Virginia Prize for Fiction 2015

leipzig-affairkipling-trixpomegranate-skyLast few days to enter The Virginia Prize for Fiction 2015.

The prize is open to any woman (over 18) around the world, writing in English. The novel can be of any genre but cannot have been published or self-published before.

The closing date is 31 October 2015.

Previous winners

The Leipzig Affair by Fiona Rintoul
Kipling & Trix by Mary Hamer
Pomegranate Sky by Louise Soraya Black

Could you be next? For more information about the prize and to enter.

Just one week to submit your manuscript to Virginia Prize for Fiction

v woolfJust one week to submit your manuscript to our Virginia Prize for Fiction. Closing date 31 October.

The Prize is open to any woman, including non-UK residents, over 18 years of age, writing in English. The winner will receive £1,000 as well as a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Press.

Previous winners are:

The Leipzig Affair by Fiona Rintoul, which won in 2013, was dramatised for BBC R4’s Book at Bedtime. Read by Douglas Henshall and Indira Varma it was broadcast in March 2015.

Mary Hamer who won in 2011 with her novel Kipling & Trix is keeping busy in this Kipling anniversary year (150 years since his birth). As the current Chair of the Kipling Society she is giving a host of talks across the country about her novel and his life.

Louise Soraya Black who won the inaugural prize in 2009 for her novel Pomegranate Sky, which Fay Weldon described as “Vividly written, fresh and eloquent” has now given up her law career to pursue writing full-time.

Could you be next? For more information about the prize and to enter.

Life in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall

leipzig-affairOn Sunday 25 October Fiona Rintoul will be at the Farnham Speakers Festival paired with Roger Scruton. They will be both be talking about their books which draw on their experiences of life in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Fiona’s novel published by Aurora Metro The Leipzig Affair was winner of the 2013 Virginia Prize for Fiction and was dramatised for Radio 4 earlier this year. Roger’s latest book Notes from Underground (Beaufort Books, 2014) describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the system of the Czech communism.


First reviews of Counterculture UK -a celebration

Counterculture UK front 060715 (1)‘a wonderfully scholarly, readable and useful treat into on the perils of labelling culture’ Helen Lederer, Actress, Writer, Comedienne

‘Informative and entertaining, this provides a whipsmart and affectionate analysis of a subculture that stands at a critical point.’ Jonathan Hatfull, SciFi Now Magazine

‘Oughton delivers a thorough contemporary investigation into the cult movie-going scene… with the passion and knowledge of a genuine insider…’ Marcus Campbell Sinclair, theatre and film producer

‘Susan Murray’s insightful overview of the alternative comedy scene is both informative and illuminating, shining a bright light on one of the UK’s most important cultural movements in the late 20th Century.’ Bruce Dessau, British arts critic

For more information on the book  Counterculture UK – a celebration

Two of our authors talking at prestigious New York bookstore

tracks-racing-sun (Duplicate)the-rivers-songAuthor Talk in New York
18 October, 2pm

Two of our writers of Historical Fiction discuss the process of adapting fact to fiction at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York

SANDRO MARTINI lives in New York and is a seasoned sports journalist who has worked on three continents. He spent a decade researching his Aurora Metro novel, Tracks: Racing the Sun.
SUCHEN CHRISTINE LIM is one of Singapore’s most distinguished writers. Aurora Metro published her novel A River’s Song. She has won the Singapore Literature Prize and the South East Asia Write Award.

Find out about this and other author talks on our facebook or our Talks and Events page.

Mary Hamer at Wells Festival of Literature, Thursday 15 October

kipling-trixMary Hamer
Thursday 15 October, 4pm
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Festival of Literature

In the 150th anniversary year of Kipling’s birth, academic and journalist Mary Hamer fictionalises the childhood story of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, and his sister Trix. Both intend to be writers, both seek affection, but are hampered by a bitter legacy. Abandoned at the ages of six and three, when their parents returned to India, Rudyard and Trix were left with a strict and god-fearing foster family. In her award-winning first novel, Kipling & Trix, Hamer goes to the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother and his over-shadowed, troubled sister.

Mary Hamer will be talking about her novel and the Kipling siblings at the Wells Festival of Literature on Thursday 15 October. Find out more and book tickets here.

Rod Stewart reveals “I saw Jagger perform and thought ‘I could do that'” in our new documentary

Our documentary Rock n Roll Island had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival on Saturday 3 October 2015.  Check out the trailer here.

Rod-609669The documentary was made as part of a wider project celebrating Eel Pie Island and its importance as part of the British music scene and was nominated for Best Short Documentary Film at Raindance.   Read Rod Stewart’s recollections of Eel Pie Island, his first disastrous audition and seeing The Rolling Stones there.

You can buy the book that accompanies the film here The British Beat Explosion: Rock n Roll Island ed. J. Wheatley – voted best blues book 2014 by Blues Matters. brit-beat-explosion

Visit an exhibition on Eel Pie Island at Twickenham Library, on until 11 October.



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