GWN Calendar

The team at GWN continue to grow and develop the website as a Hub for all local writers.

As part of our ongoing process of improvement, we  have recently upgraded the Events Calendar Section.

This is a good time for those of you running or sponsoring an event to check out the latest calendar, and make sure you are happy with the content and how this is displayed.

Content wise, we usually publish the copy you have provided but things do change - guests, dates, times etc.

Now is a good a time as any to take a fresh look at the web site and let us know if there are any tweaks or changes to be made.

Please email info to Guy      admin@gloswriters.org.uk

Thank you

 


BBC RADIO GWN Competition launch

Please follow the link to hear the Radio launch of our 2019 Competition
GWN Chair Kathryn Alderman and Prose Judge Amanda Reynolds join Dominic Cotter of BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
You can hear about GWN and what this years judges are looking for  ;)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071zj4m (interview at 1:16:10 to 1:40:00)
Photo - Radio Presenter Dominic Cotter and Amanda Reynolds.

GWN Competition Launch 2019

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, has been launched today.

2019 COMPETITION THEME

The festival theme of ‘7 at 70′ pays homage to it’s 70th anniversary but we have simplified our writing competition theme to –

‘NUMBERS’

… This can be interpreted widely and creatively. For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section

We are also delighted to announce this year’s judges, who we think will be superb. Not only are they are both excellent at their own crafts and wonderful readers but lovely individuals whose expertise will be invaluable to those more experienced or new to writing.

 Prose Judge: Amanda Reynolds
https://www.amandareynoldsauthor.com/   

 

Poetry Judge: Stephen Daniels 
https://stephenkirkdaniels.com/

 

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?

Good luck all!
GWN Team

 


IAN McEWAN TO HEADLINE STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019. It will be headlined by Booker-winning author (and Stroud Book Festival patron) Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation about “Machines Like Me”, his subversive and entertaining new novel about artificial intelligence, which poses fundamental questions about what makes us human.

 

The full Stroud Book Festival line-up will be revealed this summer and will aim to build on the success of the 2018 Festival, which finished its 5-day run with record ticket sales, sell-out events and a line-up widely praised both for its variety and broad appeal.  The Festival programme will once again include a Schools Day, writing competitions, Stroud Short Stories and much more besides.

 

Stroud Book Festival’s Artistic Director Caroline Sanderson says ‘We’re delighted that Ian McEwan has agreed to appear at this year’s Festival, and look forward to announcing more exciting events in the coming weeks. Children’s Artistic Director, Jane Churchill and I are already hard at work to bring a host of authors to Stroud who will animate, educate and entertain our audiences this coming November.’

 

Festival Director Paul McLaughlin says: ‘We are hugely grateful for the support we received from the local business community in 2018 and look forward to partnering again with so many brilliant Stroud companies and organisations. We are also very excited by the prospect of working closely with the new team at the Subscription Rooms as both venue and box office.’

 

For all enquiries please contact:

Louise Brice louise@stroudbookfestival.org.uk (mob) 07734 106034

www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk


Stroud Short Stories + Competition Launch

Stroud Short Stories - New dates, new theme, new venue!
The next Stroud Short Stories event will be held on Sunday 19 May 2019 at a new venue, The Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud.
SSS opens for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers for this event on I February and closes on 31 March.
The theme is 'Incendiary!' so we are looking for stories, both literally and metaphorically about fire, heat, passion, rebellion, incineration, inflamed feelings, subversion etc.
As always it's free to submit, and we accept both published and unpublished stories.
Ten stories will be chosen by co-judges novelist/short story author, Ali Bacon, and SSS organiser, John Holland. On the night the authors will read their stories to an audience of up to 150 short story lovers.
All the info you need is on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
Why not subscribe for SSS newsletters so you don't miss a thing? http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

Festival news from our friends in Evesham...

Dear all
... there is plenty going on with Festival planning for 2019
See below for Festival outline
Our Short Story Competition was launched 1st November, with a closing date of midnight on Friday 22nd March.  Competition Rules are on the Festival website.  There are categories for adults and juniors (8-11 and 12-15) so do think about submitting an entry, and maybe encouraging children or grandchildren to enter.  If you have a contact with a school, please pass on details.
Christmas is coming and you may like to while away an hour or two with our 2018 Christmas Quiz (copy attached and also available to download from the website/Programme).  As last year it has a bookish/wordy theme.  There is a chance to win a £10 book token.  Closing date Saturday 5th January.
Lastly, the programme for 2019 is looking fantastic - both the year-long fringe and the main Festival weekend (28th - 30th June 2019).  Details of events are slowly being added to our website.  The Festival Brochure will be out end of March/beginning of April.  In the meantime, the attached Outline Programme will give you an indication of what's coming up, when, and details of venue and tickets.  The Programme can also be downloaded from our website/Programme.
Reminder that some of our events sold out very quickly this year, so do book early.  Full details of 2019 events are gradually being added to the website.  Tickets can be ordered directly through me (by email or phone - 0787 1285606); via our Festival website, with payment via Paypal; or, from January, from the Almonry Museum (tel: 01386 446944).
Enjoy the Quiz, think about entering the Short Story Competition and, most importantly, save some dates for 2019 events!
Best wishes and a merry Christmas.
Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words
Evesham Christmas Quiz Dec 2018
Evesham outline Programme as at 1 Dec 2018 (1)

5 Star Review...

Congratulations to Sue Cross who has received a 5 start review on Amazon for her collection 'Stories To Go'

Available now and also on order from your local bookseller .. ;)

Five star Amazon review:
'Sue Cross has won awards for her short stories and many of these are very relatable to most of us. "Stories to Go" are just that: easy to dip into while waiting at the doctor's, the dentist's or the bus. Sue Cross's cosmopolitan and much-travelled background comes through in her stories and there's always an interesting twist in the end. As a British expat living in the US, I had no problem relating to some geographical references and English idioms such as pinny for apron. Each one of the ninety-three short stories is unique and I find it difficult to single my favourites but I did find "Mother's Word of Wisdom". "Head Banging", "On the Rocks", "A Moving Experience", really entertaining. There is something for everybody in this book and I certainly recommend it.'