Cold and dull as it might be, January with Ringwood hasn’t been short of excitement for a single moment! What better way to kick off a new year than with so much to do and even more to look forward to? We are glad to present to you the first Ringwood newsletter of 2024 – check it out for a recap of our January events, a sneak peek of what’s to come, and much more!

Ringwood has been kept busy in the first month of the year – on the 15th, our bestselling author Tom Wood gave a memorable talk on the Ruxton murder trial, which inspired his novel Ruxton: The First Modern Murder; following the success of the ‘How to Get Published’ event series last year, Ringwood was delighted to bring forward a ‘How to Write Something Worth Publishing’ event on the 28th, joined by Rob McInroy, Maureen Cullen, Rebecca Brown, and Kirsten MacQuarrie, who gave the audience valuable advice on fiction writing.

In honor of Robert Burns Day, which was the 25th of January, two of the scholars at Ringwood, Rosie Hall and Margaret Mitchell, dedicated a well-researched essay on the history and the legacy of the Scots language to Burns, this great talent and gem of Scottish literature. You can read the full essay in our newsletter.

We also had the great pleasure to speak with Thomas Malloch, the winner of our 2023 Short Story Competition, on his insight into the fruition of his winning story, and with our senior volunteer Margaret Mitchell, who shared with us how she crossed paths with Ringwood and her connection with writing and publishing.

In the upcoming month, we are more than thrilled to launch our first novel of the year – The Hotel Hokusai by T. Y. Garner – which will take place on Sunday 18th February at 1pm in Hillhead Library! At the event, Garner will share with us his inspirations, the plot, and the writing process behind his debut work. You can find the official Facebook event page for the launch here. You can also preorder your signed copy of The Hotel Hokusai here to receive it one week before the official launch. Worry not if you’re going to miss the launch event – our intern Matilda Eker has spoken to Garner in an interview, where he talked about all you would want to know ‘behind the scenes’ of the book!

What’s more exciting, Ringwood is holding our first event in France! In February, Ringwood author L.A Kristiansen will travel to Rouen to speak about her historical fiction Raise Dragon, which is set in medieval Rouen. So keep an eye on more information to come!

Check out the full newsletter here.