Monday, April 26, 2010

Feeling very Magna Carta today. Fun.

Don't forget to look for Magna Carta on Facebook. Lots of friends there to chat about books.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The St. Petersburg Declaration by Dr. John Piper

Saturday, April 24, at 5pm Dr. John Piper will be at the Lagoa Library for the launch of his new book "The St. Petersburg Declaration". Books can be purchased and autographed at the venue.

Dr John Piper MB, BS, FRCS read Medicine at the University of London. Following postgraduate study in Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, he worked as a consultant surgeon in hospitals in England until 1977, when, disillusioned by what he saw happening in the NHS, he took the post of visiting professor of surgery at the University of Shiraz in Iran. Following that he worked in hospitals in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ladysmith Hospital, South Africa and in 1985 created a department of surgery in the new Manapo Hospital in the Black South African Homeland of Qwaqwa on the Lesotho border. He has published a previous novel, Motherkillers, with Book Guild Publishing. He now lives in Portugal with his wife, Odete.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010


According to Portugal Telecom our old phone number should be back on today!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Dear customers,

Due to change of telephone service and internet our telephone number is now 282 476624. I've been informed that I can request that the old number is re-established. In the meantime, while I attempt that, please use the new number.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Writing Workshops

New for Alvor!

Monthly Writing Workshops in the western Algarve

All welcome

Alvor – Magna Carta

Sat 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Writing Short Fiction (Feb 6, March 6)

Writing Fiction

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 or 962887680. Minimum 5 people, maximum 8 .

( Cost €10 each workshop.