Sessions 2017

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Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

It was extraordinary, beyond my expectations… What a wonderful celebration of this art form which we’re all so passionate about

Emily Lassalle, Screenwriter

Emily Lassalle, Screenwriter

Headline

The 2017 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2017 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And so we did! Now in our fourth year, join a roster of the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

The festival was full of clear, sensible and realistic advice – none of that wishy-washy stuff here!

Grace Dixon

Grace Dixon

Beyond the workshop

Get Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.

Script Chat

Script Chat

Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.

Script To Screen

Script To Screen

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers and producers at the festival.

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The Writers Room

The Writers Room

Join five other writers and a seasoned showrunner for a whole day on Thursday (the 1st September) to write a show for a long running TV series. Welcome to the pressure cooker that is the ‘Writers Room’ at LondonSWF.

I came away from the Script Surgery with clear suggestions on how to improve my screenplay plus practical tools to help me implement those ideas.

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around 7 or 8 pitches in during that time.

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

I got so fired up and enthused all I wanted to do was go away and write.

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following his packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones is back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Screenwriting for Film and Television

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

What was that written moment, what was that character action or specific turn of phrase that made our panel of renowned actors pick up the phone and tell their agent, ‘I’m In!’

This festival helped create some amazing friendships that I already know will last a lifetime

Clara Emanuel, Writer & Actor

Clara Emanuel, Writer & Actor

Screenwriters Talent Fast-track

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

It's so rare to have so many writers - some of the most intelligent, imaginative souls there are - in one place at the same time...

J Beltrame, Screenwriter

J Beltrame, Screenwriter

Script Labs

It was better than going on holiday! I came away buzzing with excitement - no holiday blues!’ I simply cannot wait for the next one!

David Buick, Writer & Director

David Buick, Writer & Director

Open and Close

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

NOTE THIS SESSION BEGINS AT 6.15pm SHARP AND IS JUST 15 MINS LONG. Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

It's so rare to have so many writers - some of the most intelligent, imaginative souls there are - in one place at the same time...

J Beltrame, Screenwriter

J Beltrame, Screenwriter

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street

I had the most awesome time at the festival, although I think my brain has almost melted!

Liz Bishop, Screenwriter

Liz Bishop, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th)

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining Hollywood pitch guru Pilar Alessandra who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Write a film that the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Write a film that the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Give yourself a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and seen in this OUTSTANDING one day workshop with Producer and Screenwriter Samantha Horley.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

I had a blast... Brilliantly run, great events, it's the best one I've been to...

Robert Popper - 'Peep Show', 'The IT Crowd', 'South Park'

Robert Popper -

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th to 17th 2017)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th to 17th 2017)

With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), LondonSWF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining Hollywood pitch guru Pilar Alessandra who will transform you pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Write a film the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Write a film the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Give yourself a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and seen in this OUTSTANDING one day workshop with Producer and Screenwriter Samantha Horley.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (August 5th 2017)

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (August 5th 2017)

With two months to go, get yourself LSF and Pitchfest ready spending a full day developing the skills you need to pitch your project to producers, agents, actors, and more with one of the best Pitch tutors in the world, Bob Schultz.

I'm finding it hard to get back down to earth after such an inspirational 3 days

Ron Middleton, Screenwriter

Ron Middleton, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'17

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 9am

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

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Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Friday 5:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 5:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 9am

Genius Tent Saturday 9am

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Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Sunday 2.00pm

Genius Tent Sunday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 9am

Genius Tent Sunday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

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Room 5 Friday 10:30am

Room 5 Friday 10:30am

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Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

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Room 6 Friday 10:30am

Room 6 Friday 10:30am

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Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 9am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 9am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 5pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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I'm writing a thriller and my mentor who I'm having regular sessions with wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn't get much better than that

Mark MacNicol

Mark MacNicol