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First World War Writers’ Masterclass

Nicola Solomon

When: Mon 24 Feb 2014, 18.00-19.30

Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation

Price: £5, (£4 Over 60s) and £3

Sold out for 24 Feb 2014, 18.00-19.30

As part of the First World War Centenary, the British Library and the Society of Authors are co-hosting a masterclass for writers who want to use original source material relating to the Great War in their work. Historian Saul David and novelist Elizabeth Speller will be joined by experts in Intellectual Property and the British Library’s collections to discuss the opportunities and challenges in using and re-using collection materials.

Saul David 

Saul David - Photo credit: John Alex Maguire / Rex Features

Saul is a historian, broadcaster and the author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. His history books include Military Blunders, The Indian Mutiny: 1857, Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 and, most recently, All The King's Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket. He has also written two bestselling novels,Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire, and edited the war diaries and letters of a Great War subaltern, Mud & Bodies. His latest work of history - 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won - was published in September 2013. For more about Saul David, please see

Nicola Solomon 

Nicola Solomon

Nicola is Chief Executive of the Society of Authors and previously Consultant in Intellectual Property and Media Law at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, specialising in intellectual property and media law. Nicola has in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. For more about Nicola Solomon please see

Elizabeth Speller 

Elizabeth Speller

Elizabeth is the author of three novels and four non-fiction books. Her latest novel, At Break of Day, was published in November 2013 by Virago and simultaneously in the USA by Pegasus, under the title The First of July. It tells the story of four very different men, leading very different lives, who find themselves brought together at daybreak on July 1st 1916: the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. The end of that day saw 60,000 British casualties alone; it also, many believe, saw the end of the old world and its dreams. For more about Elizabeth Speller,please see

The event is being run in association with Europeana Collections 1914-1918, a major new EU-funded digital resource, which will make hundreds of thousands of newly digitised materials— from partners in eight European countries— relating to stories and events of the war available online for free.