Thursday, November 26, 2009
New for Alvor!
Monthly Writing Workshops in the western Algarve
Alvor – Magna Carta
Sat 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Writing Short Fiction (Feb 6, March 6)
Striving to tell the truth is one thing, but writing fiction is a legitimate form of making things up! Of course, it must be believable and in these workshops we will look at how to make fiction convincing, how to create three-dimensional characters, how to plot without it seeming contrived, the importance of research, how to use the senses in order to create a place the reader can visualise, and how to narrate. We will also consider sources of inspiration, starting points for writing, the importance of observing and listening, and practise narrative techniques such as ‘show’ not ‘tell’. In each workshop we will look at short extracts of fiction, do short writing exercises and discuss the craft of writing fiction. At the end of each workshop you will be welcome to submit up to 500 words for some feedback for the next time.
About the tutor:
Lisa Selvidge has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and has been teaching creative writing for thirteen years at both the Norwich School of Art & Design and the UEA. She currently teaches online courses for several universities in the UK. She has published the Writing Fiction Workbook and edited an anthology of writings called Summer Times in the Algarve, as well as fiction.
Writing Workshops are open to all nationalities but will be conducted in English. Please note that these are not courses as such and you are welcome to attend as many or as few workshops as you wish. To reserve a place, please contact Lisa email@example.com or 962887680. Minimum 5 people, maximum 8 .
( Cost €10 each workshop.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Jamina's aim is to help you "Now", in the Present, because that is where you can make your changes, so that you can influence your Future in a positive way.
If you need guidance and wish to become clearer about any issue that concerns you, maybe a reading is just what you need.
Jamina is an Intuitive Tarot Reader and Holistic Therapist since 2002. She has worked in the UK and now in Portugal.
35€: 1 hour by appointment only.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Price: 24euros (free p&p for Portugal)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
She takes us on her special journey in which adapting her diet, spring cleaning the clutter from her life and "awareness transformation" have all played their part.
Available to buy here at 15€
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Is there such thing as life changing books? We believe there are and we believe such books should be available for free for they are… priceless.
With this initiative it is our intention to offer free access to books that someone, for some reason, considered life changing. In the process we hope to help anyone, who may be going through personal challenges of any kind, to transform their own lives.
There is a box available at the bookshop where the books can be left and collected from.
If you have a book that changed your life please deposit it in our “BOOKS FOR FREE” basket, perhaps with a note explaining how important that book was to you. (If you’d like to hear from whoever takes your book home please include your contact details inside). It doesn’t matter if the book is about spirituality, health or a fiction book. Anything that helped YOU.
If for some reason a book you choose disappoints you please return it to the shop as it may be the right book for someone else.
In order to keep this going please pass the word round, so that life changing FREE books are available at all times for those who may require them. If you can’t get to the shop you may still donate your book by sending it to:
Magna Carta Bookshop
Urb. Quinta da Praia
Lote 4 – Loja 10
8500 – 013 Alvor
Thank you for your support.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Now, if I didn't read the book why would I go and see the movie? Well, one part of me cannot resist dogs, full stop. The other part told herself it'd be fine if I stopped watching when he gets old and all that. I did...I focused on this blue light on the cinema's floor, closed my eyes, sang a song in my head, swore when I heard snippets of what was being said, etc. My mum on the other hand said how silly of me not to want to watch the end, it was only a movie, death was part of life and all that. So I was a little surprised when I heard this sobbing by my side. Everyone in the cinema is getting up and she's sitting there sobbing blocking everyone's way for a few embarrassing moments.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is Bica, the Portuguese Water Dog, one of our bestseller books at the shop. This story, which young children will enjoy reading or having read to them, is about a Portuguese Water Dog who lives by the sea on the south coast of Portugal...
Available to buy here
Monday, February 16, 2009
Available to buy here
Friday, February 06, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Paperback edition of the book which sets out presidential Barack Obama's political vision for the future of America. With intimacy and self-deprecating humour, Obama describes his experiences as a politician, about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence, as he discusses the importance of empathy in politics, and how the ideals of democracy can be renewed. Click here to buy
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
On their journey, they meet a diverse group of people: new age eco-warriors, seed munching fruitarians, crystal swinging diviners and an octogenarian widow farming an acre of land unaided.
As well as immersing us in the comic side of daily life, the diary revelas a rapidly changing community who share a love and respect for the Portuguese countryside.
Price: 10€ (click here to buy)