Cheltenham Poetry Festival Rescheduled to Autumn 2020

Cheltenham Poetry Festival is being rescheduled to Autumn 2020, in line with NHS and Government guidance on Coronavirus. The Festival Team will contact anyone who has already bought tickets for Festival events, to let them know options available. The Team will be working hard to ensure the rearranged Festival will continue to be a success.

Gloucestershire Poet, Alison Mace, to appear at London Spring Festival

Gloucestershire writer, Alison Mace, will be introducing her first poetry collection, Man at the Ice House, published December 2019 by The High Window Press, at the Spring Festival of The Second Light Network of Women Poets.

The Festival takes place at the Artworkers' Guild in London on 22nd and 23rd May; poets will introduce their work with short readings at the start of the open mic sessions that end each day.

Alison lives in the Forest of Dean and co-runs the NaCOT poetry-writing group, which meets near Cheptsow and is involved with PIPs (Poets in Progress) and Dean Writers' Circle. She has always written poetry, and last year was lucky enough to be offered publication of a first collection by The High Window Press.

Man at the Ice House has four sections: one, a sequence dealing with her early life and the loss of her mother; another, a novelistic sequence telling the story of her formidable American aunt and family; and two sections of general interest, including poetry of place and nature. Her book was launched in Chepstow in December and can be bought online from Amazon and from the publishers.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Now celebrating its 10th year... The 2020 Cheltenham Poetry Festival runs between 15th and 26th April, and features both locally-based  and nationally-known poets.

Tickets for some events and workshops are available now on the Festival website, including early booking discounts where stated.

Please visit the Festival Webs ite for detaila and tickets - we look forward to seeing you there.


Evesham Festival of Words 2020 - Main Weekend details

Friday  26 June10.45 –11.45 am

Illustrated talk: ‘Libraries of the World -More Than Just Books’ with Sue Ablett (Wallace House) (Tickets £6, inctea/coffee/home-made cake)Fri 26 June10.30 am –12 noonWorkshop: ‘Writing Psychological Suspense’with Amanda Reynolds(Evesham Hotel) (Tickets £15, inc tea/coffee)

Fri 26 June2 –3 pmAuthor talk: ‘Wrestling with an Octopus’ with Susanna Beard(Evesham Hotel) (Tickets £6)

Fri 26 June3.30 –4.30 pmAuthor talk: ‘The Real Sherlock Holmes’ with Angela Buckley(Evesham Hotel) (Tickets £6)Fri 26 June7pmFestival Opening Night:‘An evening with Vaseem Khan: Bad Day At the Vulture Club’followed by Short Story Competition presentations(Northwick Hotel) (Tickets £8, inc wine and nibbles)

Sat 27 June 10.30 –11.30 amAuthor Talk: ‘Nine Pints –A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood with Rose George(Friends Meeting House) (Tickets £6, inc tea/coffee/home-made cake)

Sat 27 June 12.00 –1.00 pmAuthor Talk: ‘Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck with JS Bach’ with Horatio Clare(Friends Meeting House) (Tickets £6, inc tea/coffee/home made-cake)

Sat 27 June1.30 –3.30 pmWorkshop: ‘Crime Writing’ with Alice Castle(Friends Meeting House) (Tickets £15, incl tea/coffee/home-made cake)Sat 27 June1.30 –2.30 pm‘Talk and Tour: Evesham Abbey Site –the Vision and the Reality’ with Barrie Baldelli(Meet The Almonry) FREE EVENT

Sat 27 June 3.00 -4.00 pmHousman Society Lecture: ‘Bredon and Other Hills’ with Peter Parker(All Saints Church) (Tickets £6, inc tea/home-made cake) (Free to Housman Society members)

Sat 27 June7.30 pm‘Once Upon a Song’ with EODS(Bengeworth Church) (Tickets £10, inc wine/nibbles)

Sun 28 June10.30am -1.00pmWorkshop: ‘Travel Writing’ with Solange Hando(Hampton Community Hall) (Tickets £15 inc tea/coffee/home-made cake)

Sun 28 June10.30 am-12.30 pmWorkshop:‘Writing Poetry’ with Anna Saunders (Council Chamber, Town Hall) (Tickets £15, inc tea/coffee/home-made cake)

Sun 28 June1.00 –2.30 pm‘Poetry Picnic’ with Suz Winspear(Friends Meeting House) FREE EVENT (Bring your own picnic)

Sun 28 June3.00 –4.00 pm‘The Reduced Literature Degree’ with Shirley Halse (Friends Meeting House) (Tickets £6, inc tea/coffee/home-made cake)

Sun 28 June7.00 pmPlay: ‘Miss Potter’s Tailor’s Tale’ with Brandywine Theatre Company


Tickets for all 2020 events are now available and can be booked via me - email:, or tel: 0787 1285606; via our Festival website ( with payment by Paypal, or through the Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01386 446944). Note workshop tickets are not available through the Almonry.

Show tickets and writing opportunity ;)

Dear Gloucester Writers,
I am excited to share with you information about 'There's Nothing There', which comes to The Cotswold Playhouse on Saturday 7th December following a successful run in Bath earlier this month. The new horror-comedy from Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre received rave audience reviews at its opening, with Bath Scum praising its "Horror, folklore, surprisingly funny and the chemistry between the actors made for a mesmerising performance."
More details on tickets and pricing are available at or through the Cotswold Playhouse website at Please see the attached PR information for more about the show itself and the creatives involved.
We are offering 2 x complimentary press tickets to anyone interested in reviewing the show. If you would like tickets or have any other questions, please get in touch with myself, Black Dog Productions, or our Producer Emily Malloy (copied in). We look forward to hearing form you!
Best wishes,
Charlotte Turner-McMullan
Creative Director
Apricity Theatre
For information on upcoming projects please visit:

From little acorns.....

From little acorns.....
Report on the GWN event on 6 October by Sharon Webster

It is Sunday evening at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Autumn is doing its best to beguile with its blustery rays and scattered bronzes and in the ‘Nook’ we are listening to the winners of the GWN Competition recite their poems and short stories. It is a warm, friendly atmosphere eager to be pleased and it is not difficult for the pieces are read with clarity and expression, striking in the diversity of their interpretation of the theme ‘numbers’ and hugely enjoyable. We are for a moment guests in lives touched by the routine, the tragic, the misjudged and, in the nature of these things, left to reflect, ponder, giggle.

We are not done. It is the turn of the poetry judge, Stephen Daniels, and prose judge, Amanda Reynolds to throw exerts of their collections and most recent work into the ring and to inspire with a flavour of their literary journeys.

The GWN is all about promoting writing in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire and so it is also gratifying to note the different writing groups represented in the audience, the increased number of entrants to the competition and the various levels of experience and geographical spread of those who have been successful.
We start to make our way home. Outside it is dark now and chill, the day is ending. For some though this event will achieve what is intended, it will be a beginning.

For more photos of the event, take a look at our Competition page.

Stroud Short Stories Competition.

Stroud Short Stories is currently open for your submissions but closes at the end of Sunday 29 September. Ten stories will be chosen for the Sunday 10 November event at the lovely 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud for what will be the 19th SSS event.
It's free to submit as always, and it's an open theme so any subject matter or style is welcome. SSS accepts both unpublished and previously published stories.
This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.
Tickets, priced at £8, will go on sale on Friday 11 October on the Cotswold Playhouse website - by which time the ten stories and their authors will be announced.
SSS Organiser John Holland has a new co-judge this time - brilliant short story author Chloe Turner.
All the information you need is on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.

News from our friends in Evesham ;)

Here is a summary of new events from our friends in Evesham. Their Year long festival and details from their main event in June


Friday 24th May, 7pm, 'Outside the Box' (A live show about death), Friends Meeting House.This is one of those must see events - a unique one woman show about death, written, directed and performed by Liz Rothschild.  Totally unique and original, Outside the Box asks its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life.  This one hour performance will be followed by an interval and then an optional half hour discussion session about some of the issues raised.  This is always a very powerful part of the evening.  Tickets £10 to include soft drinks and nibbles.  This event is in support of St Richard's Hospice.


From 1st June for a whole month.  'It's all there in black and white', Regal Cinema, Circle Bar. An exhibition of black and white photographs showcasing a world of black and white cinematography by members of Birlingham Photography Club.  Come along, treat yourself to a pre-film drink, enjoy the exhibition and cast a vote for your favourite photo.


Wednesday 5th June, 7.30 pm, 'An Evening with Simon Brett', Ecgwin's Club, Evesham.  Simon Brett has written over 100 books.  His writing also includes comedy in radio and television series.  Simon is a wonderfully entertaining speaker, so come along and hear more about his career in radio, television, and the world of books.  We will have copies of his latest book very hot off the press, and Simon will be delighted to sign books purchased on the nnight.


In the run up to the main Festival weekend, we have our very popular Bookworms Quiz Night, on Wednesday 26th June.  We have 10 teams entered already but can squeeze in a couple more.  Pre-booking essential.  The Quiz Night is followed by a new event - Crime Panel on Thursday 27th June, with Debbie Young compering a panel of three very different crime writers.


We have a change of venue for two of our events: the Calligraphy Workshop on Sunday 30th June, and 84 Charing Cross Road on Saturday 5th October.  Both will now be held in Hampton Community Hall, next to the Church on Pershore Road.  The Calligraphy Workshop is fully booked with 10 participants but the new venue does mean we can take a couple more people.  Contact me if you wish to do that workshop.


Meanwhile, apart from organising events, the Festival Team have been busy supporting two villages which have turned their old red phone boxes into a Book Exchange - Sedgeberrow and Church Lench.  This is a great initiative and we are delighted to be involved.  We are also supporting a Spelling Bee to be held at De Montfort School in late June.


Tickets for all events can be booked via me - email:, or tel: 0787 1285606; via our Festival website ( with payment by Paypal, or through the Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01386 446944).  We have already had some sell-out events.  We will include information on the website to indicate numbers of tickets remaining where these are low.  The secret is book early to avoid disappointment!  And if you've already got your tickets, please spread the word.


Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words

Julia Donaldson at SBF 2019!


The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are overjoyed to announce that the one-and-only Julia Donaldson will be joining us at Stroud Book Festival 2019, for a very special family event on the morning of Saturday 9 November.


Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s extraordinary canon of work, which includes THE GRUFFALO, STICK MAN, ROOM ON THE BROOM and ZOG, has catapulted her to the very top of the bestseller charts, with over 17 million copies of her cherished classics published worldwide.


Stroud Book Festival’s Children’s Artistic Director Jane Churchill says: ‘I have worked with Julia since the early days of her career and I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have the chance to welcome her to Stroud this year for what promises to be a truly fantastic event.’

Tickets for Julia Donaldson’s event will go on sale this summer via the Subscription Rooms box office, full details to be announced.  This year’s Stroud Book Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019 at venues around Stroud and the full Festival line-up will be revealed in the coming months.


Stroud, 9 May 2019

 For all enquiries please contact:

Louise Brice (mob) 07734 106034


GWN Competition - pass it on ;)

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, is now open for submissions ...

In line with the Festival - the theme this year is


… This can be interpreted widely and creatively.

For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section.


Pass it on ... we have an enthusiastic team to help market and advertise the competition - and your help in getting the word out is always helpful ..;)

Please see our Competition Section for more details and ideas on how to get started..


We look forward to receiving your entries – will you be this year’s winner?

Keep Writing - and Good Luck

Kathryn, Penny & Chris