I’ll be leading the Hospital Club Writing Salon on Monday on the subject of dystopian fiction.  I hope to see some of you there. Here’s the full blurb.

You know who I miss? Trevor McDonald.  I miss his “…and finally” segment on the news.  A little light-hearted relief at the end of 30 minutes of death, poverty and suffering.  Watching the news is tough going at the moment.  Hard yards that seem to get harder with each passing Oval Office tweet.

In December’s Writing Salon we discussed the social impact of art, and how art responds in dark times.  On Monday I’d like to discuss one particular aspect of this theme.  Dystopia.

Dystopian fiction is big business.  It’s a massive genre and some of our favourite novels fit squarely inside it.  It’s interesting to reflect that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have taken a huge leap in recent months as people struggle to make sense of a post-truth world.

So on Monday I’d like us to discuss your favourite examples from this genre, and by all means include 1984 if you wish.  I know many of you plunder this genre regularly so I’m hoping for a lively debate.  What are the tropes of dystopian fiction and what draws you to it?   Over the weekend, in between running or watching the marathon, please take a look at your bookshelves and Kindle library and come armed with the very best that the dystopian fiction genre has to offer.

There is no member submission this month so we’ll be able to devote more time to a practical written exercise.  Working in pairs I’ll be asking you to sketch the outline for a dystopian novel.  After that I’ll buy you a drink.  I guess we might need one.

Also, don’t forget there is still time to send me your draft blogs for the Hospital Club website on the subject of what Brexit means for the creative industry.  Now there’s a dystopian theme!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at 1930 on Monday 24th April in the Chalk Room.  Drop me a line if you have any questions.

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