Talks and Events
Many of our authors are available for talks, get in touch if you’d like book a speaker for an event.
Visit the popular touring exhibition HOW THE VOTE WAS WON and attend the launch of The Original Suffrage Cook Book as featured in The Guardian.
A talk on Vegetarianism and the Suffragettes will be given by Louise Quick, author and food historian.
Tickets £10.00/ £9.00 concs.
London Book Fair
10 – 12 April 2018
We’re going to be at the London Book Fair, sharing a stand with Central Books on the first floor, stand no. 4F40. Do stop by and say hello!
Plus Cheryl Robson of Aurora Metro, and Paul Russell Garrett translator of our recent YA translation of Erik and the Gods are taking part in this panel chaired by Daniel Hahn. Sanchita Basu De Sarkar owner of the Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill and Alex O’Connell, Arts Editor and Editor of The Saturday Review at The Times are also on the panel.
If you’re going to London Book Fair, do come to the Children’s Hub at 1pm on 10 April for what will be a fascinating hour of the importance of translated fiction for children.
Now more than ever it is essential that children and YA are exposed to stories from around the globe. But for publishers, this can be a costly and risky business. It can take years from finding the right book, through to raising the funding needed to make the translation happen; to editing numerous drafts of a translation to make a project come to fruition. Only to be often faced with a wall of disinterest from reviewers, booksellers and librarians whose eyes glaze over unless a book is by well-known author or is linked to a popular film or TV franchise.
Where and how can the publishing industry make a difference and encourage more adventurous reading in translation.
Sight/Unseen Drama Conference
The two -day conference at Goldsmiths College and Tara Arts in London will provide a unique opportunity for people to explore and celebrate the plays of writers from both Southeast Asia and from the British East Asian community. A pioneering event that will enable fresh discussion of the various issues affecting theatre-making in the UK and Southeast Asia with the aim of fostering greater mutual understanding and cross-cultural exchange. The speakers will be drawn from our collection Southeast Asian Drama and our forthcoming collection of British East Asian Plays.
Launch of Ashwin Singh’s ‘Durban Dialogues: Then and Now’
Durban Dialogues, Then and Now is a follow up anthology of three hard-hitting plays to Singh’s successful drama anthology Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice (2013) which is now studied internationally. The launch will feature presentations by Shantal Singh and Aurora Metro Books’ co-founder Cheryl Robson as well as a live performance by acclaimed South African playwright Ashwin Singh together with excerpts from some of his Durban Playhouse productions projected on screen.
- Entries can be made by women of any nationality from any country who are aged 18 and over.
- Entries should be in English (or English dialect) and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
- If more than 50% of a novel has been published elsewhere, the novel is not eligible. Self- published novels are not eligible.
- Please notify us if entries are under consideration in other fiction competitions at the time of submission.
- Entries should not be a translation of another author’s work.
- You have to identify as a woman to enter the competition.
- Your entry fee can be paid online or if required, by bank transfer.
- You can withdraw your entry at any time but the entry fee will not be refunded.
HOW TO ENTER
- You may enter online at www.aurorametro.com/VirginiaPrize. By entering the competition you agree to join the Aurora Metro mailing list.
- You may enter as any novels as you like to the competition, but each submission incurs a separate fee.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All entries must be received by 23:59 GMT on October 1st 2019. The organizer accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the organizer by the relevant closing date for any reason.
- Do include the TITLE but do not include your name or contact details on the entry as these are registered in the online process.
- Once submitted, no alterations may be made to your entry.
- Your entry will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
- Results are published on the Aurora Metro Books website.
- We will contact only the longlisted authors who will be announced in January 2020.
- Finalists will be invited to a special event in March 2020.
- Novels accepted for publication may be published in the following year or later, depending on the publisher’s schedule.
- The copyright of any entry remains with the author.
- The publisher Aurora Metro Books has the right to publish the entries by authors selected as finalists subject to negotiation of the contract.
- There is no cash prize but subject to negotiation an advance on royalties will be paid to published authors.
- Aurora Metro Books also has the unrestricted right to include author name and title of entry for publicity and marketing purposes related to the competition.
- In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organizer reserves the right in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the competition without notice.
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I want to enter more than one novel, what do I do?
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I’ve submitted online, do I need a cover sheet?
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Can I submit by post?
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