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August 15, 2022
Baby is a Thing Best Whispered - flash fiction collection by Keely O'Shaughnessy

Gloucestershire author, Keely O'Shaugnessy's flash fiction collection, Baby is a Thing Best Whispered, published by Alien Buddha Press, is now available to buy. In it Keely charts such themes as adolescence, trauma, the causal links between actions and generations, motherhood, and mending parental wounds. The book is available through Amazon here or through her website […]

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August 14, 2022
'Catching Up' - first novel by Cheltenham author, Mary Lay

Mary Lay is an independent author from Cheltenham, and has recently published her first novel, Catching Up, with the second in the series due for publication in September 2022. Catching Up is the story of a young woman in the 1920s Cotswolds who sets out to find herself. It is available through her website as […]

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August 10, 2022
How I wrote a dual narrative novel

Two years ago, I read a moving article about the decline of Alwine, a village in the country formerly known as East Germany. After the end of communist rule and the fall of the Berlin Wall, millions of people left for the west and many industries in the east ground to a halt. In Alwine, […]

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August 9, 2022
The Writers' and Directors' Workshop Courses

The Writers' and Directors' Workshop (part of the Natura Contemporary Theatre) based in Gloucestershire have a long established reputation for delivering high quality bespoke writing workshops for groups and organisations, as well as for individual writers requiring one-to-one feedback, and a dramaturgy service for scripts going into production. We cover scriptwriting for the theatre, radio, […]

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August 6, 2022
Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2022

Sole Judge:  Nigel McLoughlin who will read all entries Closing date for entries. Midnight, 27th August 2022. 1st prize-£600.          Runner-up- £300.   5 x commended-£50 each. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).  Nigel McLoughlin is a Northern Irish poet, editor, translator, and stylistician. His poetry has been published in international journals and anthologies, and his work […]

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August 6, 2022
New novel by Joanna Campbell - Instructions for the Working Day

Gloucestershire-based author Joanna Campbell’s upcoming novel Instructions for the Working Day  will be published on 31 August 2022. The novel is a page-turning read looking at betrayal and freedom against the backdrop of past and present East Germany.  It follows Neil Fischer who is determined to restore the village of Marschwald – his father’s former hometown, left […]

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August 6, 2022
Cheltenham Poetry Festival - discount for local supporters

To celebrate the return of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival to venues in Cheltenham this September, the Festival is offering a 50% discount to our local supporters.  2022 Festival highlights include a celebration of Michael, Frances and Adam Horovitz, a Dymock Poets talk, Fiona Sampson on Gloucestershire poets, 2 workshops, showcases for Gloucestershire poets inc. 5 open […]

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July 27, 2022
Peter Turnham - author

Peter Turnham came to writing during enforced rest after snapping his Achilles tendon.  In sheer desperation he decided he was going to write a novel, finding the challenge immensely rewarding and enjoyable with currently four novels to his name.  Though he now lives in the Cotswolds, his first novel in the 'None Stood Taller' series […]

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July 27, 2022
Montpellier Writers Group

Montpellier Writers Group was established in 2006 and founded by Liggy Webb. The group meets monthly at The Strand in Cheltenham High Street. We welcome anyone who would enjoy being part of an informal group that allows creative juices to flow and provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to write. For more information email liggy@liggywebb.com Meeting […]

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July 27, 2022
Alliance of Independent Authors

The group that used to meet at the Suffolk Anthology has had a change of name and now meets on Zoom on Tuesday afternoons once a month. You can sign up for the session via Meetup. The group is now administered by John Lynch. The meetings are especially useful for writers who’ve been working on […]

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July 27, 2022
New Bohemians Summer Party 19 August

The New Bohemians' summer party will feature the Cheltenham launch of Alison Brackenbury's new poetry collection 'Thorpeness' together with music from Johnny Copin and Geoff March Ticket £8 to include drinks and party fare. Time:  7.30 pm To reserve your seats please email su@deepspaceworks.co.uk Venue:  deepspaceworks, 11 Hamilton Street, Cheltenham, GL53 8HN Free parking:  by […]

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July 12, 2022
Buzzwords, Sunday 17 July

The next Buzzwords is Sunday 17th July, upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham Workshop lead by Frank McMahon 7pm Open mic and readings 8pm Guest poet Frank McMahon pay on the door, £5 waged, £3 unwaged. The Buzzwords Poetry competition is open, please spread the word.  More info here  

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