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  • WRAP – Writing, Reading and Pleasure

    Our brand new Writing, Reading and Pleasure programme – WRAP – launches this autumn, bringing you writing workshops and book groups, meet ups, masterclasses and talks from readers and authors. If there’s an opportunity to celebrate words and voices, WRAP will be part of it. Find out how you can get involved.

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    If you're an NTU student, WRAP's a great opportunity to meet new friends, explore books and writing, or experiment with your own writing. Co-produced with WRAP student ambassadors, WRAP is about loving words, listening to new voices, reading for pleasure and having the freedom and confidence to speak out. Everyone is welcome to read and write along

    In partnership with our friends at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, WRAP includes a range of activities for students and staff, and a series of public events.

    Writing Hour

    The Writing Hour gives you a time and place to write. We'll give you a prompt and a time frame, the rest is up to you. Join fellow writers online and give yourself time to unwind, reflect and refocus.

    During October, our WRAP Writing Hour will be part of NTU's Black History Month 2020 celebrations.

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Wednesdays during term-time, starting 7 October 2020
    Time: 3 pm - 4 pm  
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Drop in any time – no need to book
    Cost: Free

    Reading Hour

    Our WRAP Reading Hour introduces plays, stories, novels, poems and non-fiction by lots of different writers. With online links to materials, we'll give you a blissful undisturbed time to read followed by a short discussions about what we liked – or didn't. Short, sweet and different every time.

    During October, our WRAP Reading Hour will be part of NTU's Black History Month 2020 celebrations.

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Wednesdays during term-time, starting 7 October 2020
    Time: 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm 
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Drop in any time – no need to book 
    Cost: Free

    Writing Workshops

    Our writing workshops are for anyone who wants to try writing, whether complete beginners, secret scribblers or workshop regulars. Join poet and lecturer Becky Cullen online for prompts and exercises to get you thinking and writing, finding out what words can do. We’ll be writing for pleasure with the very best scripts, novels, plays, stories and non-fiction to inspire us.

    During October, our WRAP Writing Workshops will be part of NTU's Black History Month 2020 celebrations.

    Evening Writing Workshop 

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Thursdays during term time, starting 8 October
    Time: 7.30 - 9 pm 
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Email wrap@ntu.ac.uk to tell us you're coming, or drop in if you're at a loose end
    Cost: Free

    Weekend Writing Workshop 

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Saturdays during term time, starting 10 October
    Time: 3 pm - 4.30 pm  
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Email wrap@ntu.ac.uk to tell us you're coming, or drop in if you're at a loose end
    Cost: Free

    Book Group

    The WRAP Currently Reading Book Group is a great way to get some Monday motivation. We get to know a different recommended book each term, exploring its themes and learning from its style.

    This term’s selection is That Reminds Me by writer, poet and podcaster Derek Owusu, published by Stormzy's Merky Books. This astonishing novel brings to life discussions about identity, race, sexuality, faith and family – and more. We’ll also be asking for your favourite books and reviews.

    On Monday 12 October, our WRAP Book Group will feature host writer and Nottingham Black Archive curator Panya Banjoko,for a special NTU edition of Read a Black Author #RaBA. This event is part of NTU's Black History Month 2020 celebrations.

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Mondays – 12 October 2020 / 16 November / 11 December / 15 February 2021 / 15 March / 10 May
    Time: 7 pm - 9.30 pm
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Email wrap@ntu.ac.uk to tell us you're coming, or drop in if you have a free evening
    Cost: Free

    Writer Mentoring

    WRAP Mentoring is an opportunity for you to receive one-to-one confidential feedback on your writing from an experience writer. Get another opinion, a fresh perspective, and ideas and techniques to improve your writing, including where to take it next.

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Various days – 9 November 2020 / 7 December / 8 February 2021 / 8 March / 7 May
    Time: 15 minute slots between 7.30 pm - 9 pm 
    Location: Online or face to face in a University venue
    Booking: Booking is essential to secure your slot – email wrap@ntu.ac.uk to book your place
    Cost: Free

    WRAP Café

    WRAP Café gives you a chance to meet up every month with a community of other writers and readers, to talk, listen to their work and maybe share your own.

    You can sign up beforehand for our Open Mic slots, five minutes to read your prose, poetry, plays – whatever you like – why not take along your work from the WRAP writing workshops? Make your voice heard like never before in this café for creatives.

    Open to: NTU students
    Date: Thursdays – 15 October 2020 / 19 November / 14 January 2021 / 18 February / 18 March / 13 May
    Time: 7 pm - 9.30 pm 
    Location: Virtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channel
    Booking: Email wrap@ntu.ac.uk if you'd like to book an open mic slot, otherwise just drop in
    Cost: Free

    Black History Month 2020 events

    For Black History Month 2020  – and beyond – WRAP will be celebrating Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers.

    From reading and discussing Derek Owusu's That Reminds Me, to writing workshops inspired by writers like Rupi Kaur, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Patience Agbabi, there's lots for NTU students to get involved in.

    All events are open to NTU students and completely free to attend. Find out more about Black History Month at NTU.

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    Black History Month, WRAP Writing Hour

    Give yourself time to ‘unwrap’ at our Reading Hour. Inspired by the phrase 'That Reminds Me', we’ll give you different prompts for writing, and time to
    write along with other students.
    Wednesday 7 October 3 - 4 pmVirtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channelDrop in any time – no need to book
    Wednesday 14 October
    Wednesday 21 October
    Wednesday 28 October
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    Black History Month, WRAP Reading Hour

    Join us online to read and discuss That Reminds Me, a novel by our first WRAP featured writer, Derek Owusu. Published by Stormzy's Merky Books, That Reminds Me is a web of dramatic insights into race, sexuality, mental health, masculinity, religion and trauma. Each week participants will read a section of the novel, followed by a short opt-in-opt-out discussion.

    Wednesday 7 October4.30 - 5.30 pmVirtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channelDrop in any time – no need to book
    Wednesday 14 October 
    Wednesday 21 October
    Wednesday 28 October
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    Black History Month, WRAP Writing Workshops

    Come along to explore ways to write, inspired by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers across time and space, including insta poets Rupi Kaur and Yrsa Daley-Ward, Will Harris, Bernadine Evaristo, Audre Lorde, Patience Agbabi, Afua Hirsh, Akala and Tsitsi Dangarembga – amongst others. Enjoy and experiment, with feedback from our experienced writers. Open to all NTU students, no experience necessary.

    Thursday 8 October7.30 - 9 pmVirtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channelEmail wrap@ntu.ac.uk to tell us you're coming, or drop in if you're at a loose end
    Saturday 10 October3 - 4.30 pm
    Thursday 22 October7.30 - 9 pm
    Saturday 24 October3 - 4.30 pm
    Thursday 29 October7.30 - 9 pm
    Saturday 31 October3 - 4.30 pm
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    Black History Month, WRAP Read a Black Author

    Our host writer and Nottingham Black Archive curator Panya Banjoko will be joining us for a special NTU edition of Read a Black Author #RaBA

    Come along to #RaBA as we raise the profile of black writers and help to promote diverse reading and diverse authors. Bring a book by a black author, read out your favourite passage or poem and share what your chosen book means to you. Or come along to listen and to add to your must reads.  
    Read A Black Author is an annual event which celebrates the best of black literature as well as highlighting new community voices. Started by writer and poet Panya Banjoko in 2015, #RaBA has taken place in multiple public spaces across the country, and this year debuts online.

    Monday 12 October7.30 - 9 pmVirtual Arts Centre (teams) on the WRAP channelDrop in any time – no need to book

    Contact us

    We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about our activities, or would like to suggest or collaborate on an event.

    Email wrap@ntu.ac.uk and the team will be in touch.

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