National Conference - Plymouth

Conference 2019 is just around the corner!

Conference 2019 is being held in Plymouth between Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd June and I’m glad to inform you that it’s not too late to book!

A lot of the workshops sold out very quickly, so we have added extra events/ tickets. These events are also available to members who have already signed up to attend conference – see below for details of how to book additional workshops/ wraparound events.

Please note that you need to be booked to attend the main conference on SATURDAY in order to attend the workshops.

On Saturday there are now places available for:

“Chris Robinson - Changing Face of Plymouth”

Utilising images from the last 160 years Chris will take us on a Voyage of Discovery to experience the Changing Face of Plymouth Hoe and The Barbican.

Chris Robinson is a very popular local historian and 3rd generation Plymothian and is the author of numerous local history books charting the story of Plymouth from the Victorian era to the present day. His ‘Then and Now’ images are a particularly popular feature and Chris still writes for the Evening Herald and runs a studio workshop on the Barbican, Plymouth, selling prints of his original drawings.

“Fiction and Real Life: meeting NWR's patron”

Marion Molteno - NWR’s new patron - will talk about two of her prize-winning novels and how they grew out of the unusual breadth of her life experience.  

If you can walk, you can dance, which won a Commonwealth Writers Prize, is one of this year’s NWR Big Read books. It follows a young woman’s journey into exile and across borders and lifestyles and celebrates the power of music in everyday life.   

Uncertain Light, shortlisted for two international fiction prizes, begins when a humanitarian peace-keeper is taken hostage in a civil war in Central Asia, and follows those closest to him as they try to come to terms with his disappearance.  

Marion grew up in South Africa and left after being involved in student protests the apartheid regime. She has worked with minority communities in the UK, set up support groups for refugees, and travelled extensively in Asia and Africa for Save the Children.   

More information about her books, and her blog at

Why not make a weekend of it? In addition to our packed Saturday programme we also have wraparound events planned on Friday and Sunday.

Friday Wraparound events

Docklands Boat Trip – 12pm - A second trip has now been booked due to popular demand – only 13 spaces still available so book quickly to avoid disappointment!

Plymouth Gin Distillery (Tour 1 - 2:30-3:10pm) 5 spaces available (or should we call it “2 doubles and a single, with mixers?”)

Mayflower Museum (3pm - self guided) 5 spaces available

Saturday Wraparound events

Murder Mystery Dinner (7.30pm) - 22 spaces available

Haunted Plymouth Walk (7.30-9pm) - 6 spaces available

Sunday Wraparound events

Dartmoor Tour with Cream Tea (1.30-5pm) 5 spaces available

Plymouth Synagogue Tour (2.30-4.30pm) - 23 spaces available


To add/ alter your wraparound workshops/ events

Unfortunately, members cannot physically update/cancel workshop bookings without the full booking being cancelled, refunded and then re-booked. 

If you would like to see Marion Molteno’s session, we have created a code to use when booking to ensure that you can attend free of charge.

Scroll through the options and select Marion’s event only, complete your details and click “book tickets”. Your order summary will appear with a box marked “add discount code” - the code to use when purchasing is NWR19.

If you would like to book one of the other sessions proceed as usual.

We hope to see you next month in sunny Plymouth!

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