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ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE 2021
JUNE – AUGUST

 

Essex Writers House pop-up is back for 2021!

 

In partnership with Essex Book Festival, we are bringing you a range of inspiring online and uplifting outdoor events and opportunities to raise the spirits and reconnect through writing and words.  Events for anyone interested in writing – from those who are just starting out, to established authors. Anchored to Metal’s HQ, the grade II listed Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park – Essex Writers’ House is an opportunity to meet new people, share ideas, get inspired and explore the power of creative writing on the road to recovery.

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PROGRAMME & OPPORTUNITIES

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CAFE VALISE

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 22 May – 29 August
12noon –  7pm
(Launches during Estuary 2021)

Enjoy a cuppa at Metal’s pop-up Cafe Valise on the veranda of the grade II listed Chalkwell Hall and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Chalkwell Park whilst you write your novel, do your homework or share your ideas. From Voltaire to Hemingway and Sue Townsend to JK Rowling writers have a long tradition of writing and observing life from cafés and bars.

 

 

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WRITERS HOT DESKS

Wednesday – Saturday, through July & August
10.30am – 5.30pm – Weekdays
11.30am – 6.30pm – Saturdays
FREE

Metal’s writers’ Hot Desks are back by popular demand and with additional slots and social distancing protocols.  Two FREE hot desks will be available from Weds – Sat, with inspiring Thames Estuary views, access to a kitchen and park on your doorstep. We have named these desks after two great Essex writers who were  inspired by the Essex landscapes – Beth Chatto and H.H Abbot.

The Writers Desks are available from
10.30am – 5.30pm Wed – Fri
11:30 – 6.30 Saturdays
If you’re a weekend writer, check out the 2pm Weekend Read.

BOOK YOUR FREE DESK HERE

(BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!)

Please note – we are restricting bookings to a maximum of two days per writer, to ensure that the opportunity is afforded to as many writers as possible!

 

 

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2PM ‘OPEN MIC’ PARK READS

Saturdays, through July & August
2pm – 2.30pm
FREE

There will be an opportunity at 2pm on Saturdays from our veranda at Cafe Valise for people to read, share and perform short works. Open to anyone who wants to try something out in an informal setting.

BOOK YOUR OPEN MIC  SLOT HERE

 

 

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NETPARK TOURS

Saturdays, through July & August
11am-12noon & 1.30-2.30pm
FREE

Have you missed the great outdoors?! Then join us for a free guided tour of site-specific digital artworks using our Netpark apps. You will be guided on our family friendly tour using our i-pads through the beautiful Chalkwell Park experiencing it in a whole new way. Let technology bring you closer to nature. 

All tours are free, family friendly and last up to an hour.

BOOK YOUR FREE NETPARK TOUR HERE

Discover more at www.Netpark.zone

 

 

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ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE REMOTE RESIDENCY

TIM BURROWS
Online Residency : Month of June 2021

Essex Writers’ House in partnership with English PEN (as part of their centenary celebrations) are delighted to announce writer and journalist Tim Burrows as the writer in residence for June. A recurring subject in Tim’s work is society, politics and Essex. In recent years he has written a Guardian long read discussing the invention of the Essex stereotype, an essay for the celebrated anthology Radical Essex, and a series of investigations into urban development and decline for the Guardian Cities desk.

Tim will use his writing residency to take a look at housing in Essex. Housing is one of the biggest issues facing the country today. Discussions around development feed into most of the hot-button issues of our day – immigration, climate change, mental health and so on. Essex is a key battleground for discussions around housing and development, and Tim will spend his time documenting different zones of resistance that have sprung up to combat new developments, protest movements that connect disparate parts of the county – from St Osyth to Rochford, Bradwell to Basildon – through a common cause.

Throughout their residency you can keep up to date with what Tim is doing over on social media platforms @metalsouthend #essexwritershouse

 

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ESTUARY 2021

22 May – 13 June 2021

Essex Writers House and Essex Book Festival are delighted to be partnering with Estuary 2021 on the following projects and events.

 

 

THAMES ESTUARY TRAIL
A WALK ROUND THE END OF THE WORLD

By Tom King

The estuary coastline as a continuous walk was originally described by writer and avid walker, Tom King, in his book Thames Estuary Trail: A walk round the end of the world in 2001.  The book celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.  

Estuary 2021 will publish the second edition of the book with a new introduction and additional chapters that extend and update the walk to create 107 miles of estuary landscape and adventures to discover.   Along the trail, the festival is presenting over 50 artworks and events, inviting audiences to explore new perspectives on well-known estuary landmarks and some of the lesser known estuary environments.

The book will be launched on Sunday 30 May, followed by a number of organised walks led by Tom King. 

For more information on dates and times, be sure to visit www.estuaryfestival.com 

 

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SUTTON MANOR : NEW WRITING ON HIDDEN HISTORY

Sutton Manor is one of the oldest houses in Southend. It sits, just out of reach behind a perimeter fence for the MOD and little is known about this architectural gem.  Estuary 2021 in partnership with Essex Book Festival, has commissioned four contemporary writers, Amina Atiq, Season Butler, Alison Moore and Martha Pailing to create new work in response to this intriguing estuary site and history.

 

The resulting works in poetry and prose, bring the house to life with metaphor and implied meaning.  Accompanied by text that shares the known facts written by historian Judith Williams (Shoeburyness: A History, 2006; Voices of Shoeburyness, 2010).

 

GET YOUR COPY

A FREE limited edition, printed booklet will be available during the festival from www.estuaryfestival.com with a small fee to cover postage and packing. 

 

MEET THE WRITERS

Friday 11 June
7.30pm – 9.30pm
FREE

Hosted by curator Gareth Evans, this online event brings together Amina Atiq,  Season Butler,  Alison Moore and Martha Pailing to read from their work, discuss their approaches to the commission and share their impressions of the distant and removed Sutton Manor.  It will be hosted from our Live Programme page on www.estuaryfestival.com 

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

 

 

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LAND OF THE FANNS : ONLINE BOOK EVENT

Tuesday 15 June
7pm – 8pm
FREE

Fens, Forests and Fields : In conversation with Ken Worpole

www.landofthefanns.org

Fens, Forests and Fields is an astonishing new book about a landscape in Essex that time forgot: the Land of the Fanns. In this talk, one of its authors, Ken Worpole, will discuss what he discovered on his journeys through ‘the Fanns’, exploring the ebb and flow between London and Essex that has created this liminal landscape. In such a complex border country there are still to be discovered secret gardens and enchanted forests to amaze and delight.

With words and photographs Ken will conjure up a hidden landscape which has much to offer those wanting to walk and cycle during lockdown – and into a different future.

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

 

 

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LAND OF THE FANNS : GUIDED BIKE RIDE

Thursday 17 June
10.30am
FREE

Fens, Forests and Fields : A cycle ride across ‘the Fanns’

Join Ken Worpole for a gentle cycle ride through the Land of the Fanns, exploring hidden gems and local stories that uncover the history of this unique landscape. Starting from Rainham we will cycle to Belhus Country Park and stop here for refreshments, then loop back to Rainham via Hornchurch Country Park along the cycle path next to the River Ingrebourne.

Cycling for a maximum of 12 miles, until approx 3pm. It’s a ride, not a race!

FIND OUT MORE & BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

(LIMITED AVAILABILITY DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS)
Weather: If it is subject to rain on the day, the cycle ride will be cancelled 12 hours prior to the meetup event

 

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HOME AS ARCHIVE : IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EMERGING WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA

Launched on Friday 18 June
Watch the sharings here.

 

This year Essex Writers’ House is delighted to be collaborating with Emerging Writers’ Festival, Australia. The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals developing, nurturing and promoting Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.

Hear from five writers working in Essex, and five writers from Australia as they perform dramatic readings about the wonderfully complex world we live in, and explore the notion of ‘home as archive’. Each writer will dive into their personal archive with their own words, uncovering histories and artefacts not mentioned in traditional history books.

Writers :

MG Boulter
Anne Odeke
Delaine Le Bas
Steve Lawes
Blown Fuse Theatre Company : Michelle Barrington & Eleanore Frances

 

 

 

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CREATIVE JOURNALING : ONLINE WORKSHOP

Thurs 1 July
6.30pm – 8.30pm
FREE

Inspired by the Estuary 2021 project, The Water Replies, which saw beautiful journals created by people living along both sides of the estuary during 2020, this workshop will take you on a journey exploring the art of journaling through creative wellbeing exercises and fast-paced poetry.

 

Led by art psychotherapist and Netpark Wellbeing facilitator Emma Mills and spoken word artist Simone Yasmin, this workshop is open to complete beginners and seasoned journalers, offering a fun, relaxed and supportive online session. With time for journal sharing and chatting too!

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

 

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BOOK SIGNING : THAMES ESTUARY TRAIL – A WALK ROUND THE END OF THE WORLD

Tom King, Adam Dant & Tim Burrows
Sat 3 July
3pm – 4pm
Park Inn Hotel
FREE

The estuary coastline as a continuous walk was originally described by writer and avid walker, Tom King, in his book Thames Estuary Trail: A walk round the end of the world in 2001. The book celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Estuary 2021 has published the second edition of the book with a new introduction and additional chapters that extend and update the walk to create 107 miles of estuary landscape and adventures to discover. Along the trail, the festival is presenting over 50 artworks and events, inviting audiences to explore new perspectives on well-known estuary landmarks and some of the lesser-known estuary environments.

The book is illustrated by renowned Artist and Cartographer, Adam Dant who has been commissioned with support from the Thames Estuary Growth Board to create a beautifully illustrated Thames Estuary map. The map illustrates the great stories, histories, pubs and landmarks to be found on the epic 107 mile walk around the Thames Estuary coastline.

Author, journalist and Essex Writers House Writer in Residence Tim Burrows will be in conversation with Tom & Adam at the iconic Park Inn Hotel and enjoy the wonderful estuary views that so inspired their work.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE.

 

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INVENTORY OF A LIFE MISLAID : ONLINE AUTHOR EVENT

Sat 3rd July
7pm – 8pm
£8 / £6 concession ticket

Writer Marina Warner will be ‘in-conversation’ with artist Sophie Herxheimer exploring her new book ‘Inventory of a Life Mislaid’. A luminous memoir of post-war childhood, adventure, loss, and the banks of the Nile. Inventory of a Life Mislaid follows Marina Warner’s beautiful, penniless young mother Ilia as she leaves southern Italy in 1945 to travel alone to London. Conversation chaired by Ros Green Director of Essex Book Festival. 


Marina Warner
 is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales https://www.marinawarner.com/

Sophie Herxheimer is an award winning artist and poet whose papercut vignettes are featured throughout INVENTORY OF A LIFE MISLAID. Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books 2017) was The Observer’s poetry book of the month. Her next collection is INDEX, 78 collage poems, published as a pack of prophetic playing cards by experimental press, zimZalla.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

 

 

 

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WALK, WADE, WRITE : IN PERSON SESSION

LITTLE ESTUARIES

Sunday 4 July
11am – 3pm
FREE

Join local writer Daniel Kramb for a walk by the beach and a paddle (for those who fancy it), followed by a poetry writing session in Chalkwell Park. ‘Little Estuaries’ are Haiku-like, but not quite; short estuary-shaped pieces of six lines each, rooted in the landscape and inspired by the coming and the going of the sea – but taking the writer wherever they want to go with it. Fancy making some your own?

Daniel Kramb is the author of the novels Central, From Here and Dark Times; and the poetry booklet Timid Takes. Look at Us is a play collaboration with JJ Bola. He lives in Westcliff-on-Sea.

www.danielkramb.com  

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

(LIMITED AVAILABILITY DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS)

 

 

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WRITE FOR WELLNESS 

IN CHALKWELL PARK

Friday 9 July
11am – 1pm

Would you like to explore your life and connection to the world through writing? Writing has many proven therapeutic benefits for body, mind, and soul, and this two hour session explores self through a series of gentle and stimulating writing exercises, guided by experienced tutor Maria Solecki.

No writing experience necessary – just an open mind, and pen and paper.  

Maria Solecki has been teaching creative writing since 2012, after completing an MA in Screenwriting at Leeds Metropolitan university.

She also developed a keen interest in mental well-being after working within mental health services for five years in a variety of roles.

An experienced group facilitator, Maria has regularly delivered both in person and online writing workshops and courses to a wide range of people. In 2021, after completing further training in Writing for Wellbeing with Cardiff University, she has merged her skillset and begun to deliver writing for wellbeing workshops.

Maria understands and respects that words have power, and can heal, transform, and change lives. She welcomes anyone who wants to explore their life and connection with the world and others through writing.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

(LIMITED AVAILABILITY DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS)
Weather: If it is subject to rain on the day, the workshop will take place online

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JACQSON DIEGO INTRODUCES…FABULOUS FRANKIE WITH SIMON JAMES GREEN AND GARRY PARSONS 

ONLINE AUTHOR EVENT

Tues 13 July
11am

A fun interactive virtual author and illustrator event for children aged 2-6 years and their families.

We are so excited to be joined by both award winning author Simon James Green and bestselling illustrator Garry Parsons for a fabulous event for all the family. Expect hilarity, storytelling, live drawing and bonkers banter between the two of them.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

Tickets include a signed copy of the wonderful new picture book Fabulous Frankie

 

 

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LIBRARY LOVE LETTERS : ONLINE EVENT

Thurs 15 July
7pm – 8pm
FREE

 

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library”  Albert Einstein

Do you love libraries? Do you feel they are an important community resource? Has the library been important in your life? Join this celebration and show your appreciation for the amazing people that run our libraries. Hear some amazing stories & anecdotes from our library teams and listen to people including Essex writers read love letters of gratitude to them.

This event is delivered in partnership with Southend, Thurrock and Essex Libraries.

Featured writers include:

 

Syd Moore is the author of the Essex Witch Museum Mysteries (Strange Magic, Strange Sight, Strange Fascination, Strange Tombs, The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas) featuring Rosie Strange, and two previous mystery books, The Drowning Pool and Witch Hunt. For nine years prior to writing Syd was a lecturer, worked extensively in the publishing industry and presented Channel 4’s book programme, Pulp.  She was the f co-creator of Superstrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes and the founder of The Essex Girls Liberation Front, which seeks to challenge the stereotype of the Essex Girl. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and currently teaches on the M.A. in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

 

Laura Mauro is an Essex based writer who likes Japanese wrestling, Finnish folklore and Russian space dogs. Her short story ‘Looking for Laika’ won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction in 2018, and ‘Sun Dogs’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award in the Novelette category. Her debut collection, ‘Sing Your Sadness Deep’ won the 2020 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection, and her short story ‘The Pain-Eater’s Daughter’ won the 2020 British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. She blogs sporadically at lauramauro.com

 

Charles McDonagh-White is a writer and poet based in Southend. His work has featured in print, online and in film. He completed a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and is currently working on his first novel.

 

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

 

 

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SITUATED PRACTICE : ONLINE WRITING COURSE

Sat 17 July
11am – 4pm
£25

Situated Practice: a one day creative writing course relating to place and our sense of space, hosted by celebrated Novelist Lee Rourke. The workshop will focus on writing techniques to help evoke an unmistakable sense of place, paying attention to people, atmosphere, soundscape and landscape.

 

Lee Rourke is the author of the short story collection EVERYDAY, the novels THE CANAL (winner of the Guardian‘s Not The Booker Prize), VULGAR THINGS (‘poignant and unsettling’ – Eimear McBride), and most recently GLITCH (‘a wise and tender novel’ – The Guardian), as well as the poetry collections VANTABLACK and VARROA DESTRUCTOR. He also contributed to the acclaimed KNOW YOUR PLACE essay anthology – a ground-breaking collection of essays about being Working-Class. He has also taught Creative Writing at Middlesex University and the University of East London. His debut novel The Canal is to be made into a film by StoryHouse Productions. He lives in Leigh-0n-Sea.

 

This course may revert to an in person workshop if conditions allow.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

 

 

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From our friends at Create98 :

CREATE98 WRITING SURGERIES

July – August

Would you benefit from some expert help in developing a piece of writing? Would you like some dedicated time with two professional writers? These surgeries, with Create 98’s resident screenwriter and award winning novelist Richard Kurti and historical fiction novelist Sam Lierens aka Lizzie Page, will be invaluable for anyone working on a specific writing project.  

Create98 invite you to send in your creative writing for honest feedback, honing and editing, ideas of how to improve the work and how and where to push it forwards. They welcome :

  • Screenplay – Screen or Radio – 10 pages (and outline/treatment if there is one)   
  • Novels -  6 pages (plus synopsis if there is one)

Create98 will arrange a one-hour, in-depth critiquing session with your two “surgeons” in the summer over Zoom or, lockdown permitting, at Metal, Chalkwell Hall. NB : We can help with non-fiction, stage play and experimental but please be aware, they’re not our specialties.

Costs are £50 for critiquing and the one to one feedback session 

TO BOOK PLEASE VISIT THE CREATE98 WEBSITE HERE

Book your place by 15 June 2021 

 

 

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CREATE98 BEGINNERS WRITING COURSE : ONLINE & IN PERSON

Sat 10 July (online)
OR
Sat 14 August (in person, in Chalkwell Park – weather permitting)
11am – 3pm
£20

A one day writing course.
Don’t know how to get started?

Getting going on that first writing project can be difficult, so Create98 resident screenwriter Richard Kurti and novelist Samantha Lierens are here to take you through the various ways to overcome the blank page. Are you a planner or a dreamer? Are you led by interesting characters or pulled in by a dynamic plot or compelling theme?  There are many different approaches to writing, we can help untangle them and find a way-in just right for you.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

 

 

 

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JACQSON DIEGO – INTRODUCES…

VAMPIRATES WITH JUSTIN SOMPER : ONLINE AUTHOR EVENT

Tues 10 August
4pm – 5pm
A virtual author event for 8 – 12 year olds and their families

Ticket Cost: £10 including a signed copy of Vampirates: Demon of the Seas
Ticket available to include all 6 Books in series : £42

 

The year is 2512. The oceans have risen. A new dawn of piracy has begun.

First published in 2005, the Vampirates books were instant international bestsellers. Now given a new drop of life by UCLan Publishing, with new content, artwork and a fresh sensitivity read, this white-knuckle series is ready for a new generation of young readers.

Filled with romance, action and drama Vampirates starts with twins Grace and Connor who become separated at sea and are rescued by two very different ships. But where Connor finds himself in the hands of pirates eager to train a new recruit, Grace finds herself aboard a ship with a very unusual crew, who are waiting for the sun to set before deciding her fate…

We are so excited to be joined by author Justin Somper for his thoughts on this exhilarating series of books, beloved by everyone who has read them.

“A swaggering tale of excitement and adventure that thrills from the very first sentence.” Cressida Cowell (Children’s Laureate and author of How to Train Your Dragon)

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

 

 

 

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ESSEX REBELS : EMERGING WRITERS’ LAB (ONLINE)

OPEN CALL for Essex based writers aged 18-25.
In partnership with English PEN
16 – 20 August

Fee : £200 for each young writer selected to attend the online LAB
Deadline: Friday 25 June 2021

 

In partnership with English PEN and as part of Essex Writers’ House 2021, 10 young writers are invited to join this week-long writing LAB inspired by protest & freedom of expression. 

This remote writing LAB is designed for emerging & early career writers aged 18 – 25 years based in Essex working in any genre. The online LAB is designed to provide a peer-to-peer environment for an intensive period of development of your writing practice. 

Exploring how freedom of expression, rebellion, protest and activism impact the work of writers you will have the opportunity to share ideas and hear from established writers to inspire your own work. 

The LAB will run online and will include: – 

  • inspiration from invited UK & international speakers
  • one-to-one advice from our facilitator for the week
  • support from the Metal creative team
  • time and space to write and develop specific aspects of a current project – or create a new piece of writing
  • opportunity to meet the English PEN  team and create links for the future
  • opportunity to take part in a public sharing online

Each successful participant receives a £200 fee

FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY HERE

 

Guest contributions from writers/poets/journalists including:

Simone Yasmin

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English PEN WRITER IN RESIDENCE :
ADANIA SHIBLI

Throughout August

As part of our partnership with English PEN for Common Currency we will be welcoming Palestinian writer Adania Shibli for the month of August. Adania Shibli has twice been awarded with the Qattan Young Writer’s Award-Palestine in 2001 for her novel Masaas and in 2003 for her novel Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub. Her latest novel is Tafsil Thanawi (Minor Detail, Beirut: Al-Adab,). Amongst her non-fiction books are, the art book Dispositions (Ramallah: Qattan), and an edited collection of essays A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialog with Edward Said, (Berlin: HKW). Alongside her writing, Shibli is engaged in academic research, and since 2013 she has been teaching part-time at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural studies, Birzeit University, Palestine.

This residency is made in collaboration with the British Council.

 

 

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