Trevor Norton is the first speaker in Literary Society’s new season

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On Wednesday, September 3, Trevor Norton will be the speaker at the first Isle of Man Literary Society meeting of the 2014/15 season.

Trevor was a professor of marine biology who transformed into a successful writer of literary non-fiction.

His five books are about eccentric people doing extraordinary things.

His humour and prose have drawn comparisons with Gerald Durrell and Bill Bryson. The intriguing title of his talk is ‘How to Seduce an Agent’.

According to a press statement from the Literary Society the audience, especially budding writers, ‘may learn a trick or two on how to break into publishing’.

The meetings of the society will be in a new venue this season. Waterstone’s book shop, Strand Street, Douglas has made its coffee lounge on the first floor of the shop available for meetings.

Meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 7.30pm, though Waterstone’s coffee lounge will be open for the purchase of light refreshments from 6pm.

Membership of the society is £10 a year and visitors are welcome to meetings for a £2 donation.

The society reminded writers that it was seeking entries for the Olive Lamming Memorial Writing Competition which the society administers on behalf of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

There are three categories: short story, poetry, short non fiction. A first prize of £100 is available in each category.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the internet – Google Olive Lamming Writing Competition. They are also available in hard copy from libraries and bookshops.

A new development this year is that all entries are to be published by dpdotcom digital publishing in paperback, Kindle and iPad format.

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