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Links Round-Up: Getting Out and Giving Away

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Long time readers will know of the special fascination this blog has with zombies.  Not only did we have Steve Best as a Guest Blogger (he is a film maker, not, we believe, a zombie, I hasten to add), but we have publicised opportunities to join in the filming, they are auditioning for Zombie Hood this Saturday.

If you don’t fancy acting, or you just want to be good and ready for Halloween, EM Media’s Talent Network is running a course Monster Make Up: the Nuts and Bolts of Make Up in Horror Films on 24 February in the late afternoon and evening.  Details and the application links for this £26 event are on their website

If our posts on zombies have tickled your fancy (or whatever zombies have to be tickled), you might like to create your own stories.  Writing East Midlands may just be the people to help you, with their Alt.Fiction

first residential writing weekend – an ideal opportunity for writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror to get away from it all [not sure about this bit, how far away do science fiction writers go? Jupiter?], meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy workshops and talks with established authors in the field. Offering workshops, feedback sessions and expert advice, these weekends are sure to both inform and inspire.

The weekend is the last of February, 25-27th, and because it is residential the price is £180.  To book your place, or for any enquiries, email

Finally, extending the book theme, have you got a creative idea for giving away books? Seriously good books that publishers will give you?  World Book Night, 5 March, aims to give away one million books that day.  If your application to be a giver is accepted (deadline 9am, Monday, 24 January), you will get sent 48 copies of the book you have chosen.  Yes, Cloud Atlas is on the list, yes Life of Pi, yes Northern Lights, yes…. oh go look for yourself there are 25 books, and they are all good.  And if you are successful in your application, tell us about it and how you plan to give them away!