Open Call: Small Bells Ring – Writers Residencies

24th February 2022

“…Play with your ideas. Have fun with them. Don’t worry about being silly, outrageous or wrong. So much of writing is fun. It’s first letting your interests and your imagination take you anywhere at all. Once you’re able to do that, you’ll have more ideas than you can use. Then the real work of fashioning them into a story begins. Stay with it. Persist.” 

Octavia E. Butler in her essay Furor Scribendi, in the collection Blood Child & Other Stories’ (Steven Stories Press).

Small Bells Ring believe in the passion and fury of writing, so they are delighted to announce their one-day Writers Residencies onboard The RV Furor Scribendi during March, April, May and June. Professional writers, amateur writers, would be writers, note takers, list makers, jotters and journal keepers living near the Leeds & Liverpool Canal are invited take residence in the library housing the UK’s short story collection.

“We are particularly interested in people who live in Lancashire, so please get in touch via email at or DM/Voice message @smallbellsring on Instagram to tell us a little about yourself and why The RV Furor Scribendi calls out to you”.

If you are based outside of Lancashire, please still get in touch and they will add you to the waiting list for residencies later in the year. They are also actively looking, ferreting and digging about for those writers who may not know about their programme, so please come forward if you have someone in mind.

“We look forward to hearing from you. We will be reading and listening to your applications up until the 11th of April, so get in touch as soon as you can”.

“Warmest thanks to our commissioners: Super Slow Way & Coventry City of Culture in partnership with Lancashire Libraries and our funders: Arts Council England and The Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project, supported by the UK Government via the UK Community Renewal Fund”.