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As always it's free to submit, and we accept both published and unpublished stories.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/
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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.'


Stroud Book Festival - Forthcoming Highlights:

Festival highlights hand-picked for Glos Writers:

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Thursday 8th November Award winning Poet Daljit Nagra https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/daljit-nagra/
Thursday 8th November Open Mic Night  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/open-mic-night/
Friday 9th November A Problem Shared, AJ Pearce & Bel Mooney  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/a-j-pearce-bel-mooney/
Friday 9th November Literary Page-Turners (chaired by the Editor of Booker Prize winner Anna Burns) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/kirsty-gunn-tony-white/
Friday 9th November Poetry Night https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/poetry-night/
Friday 9th November Something Nasty in the Living Room / Domestic Noir (Elisa Lodato and Amanda Reynolds)  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/lodato-reynolds/
Saturday 10th November Houses of Intrigue (Susan Fletcher, Kate Riordan)  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/houses-of-intrigue/
Saturday 10th November Healing https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/sally-bayley-and-alice-jolly/
Saturday 10th November Family Life in Fiction (Patrick Gale, Jane Bailey) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/patrick-gale-jane-bailey/
Sunday 11th November Workshop (Jane Bailey, Kate Riordan) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/hatching-a-work-of-fiction/
Sunday 11th November Contemporary Sci-Fi https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/contemporary-sci-fi/

 


Stroud Book Festival - tickets now on sale ;)

We are delighted to share the news that tickets for Stroud Book Festival 2018 are now on sale!

This year’s line-up includes Prue Leith, Oz Clarke, Mary Portas, Will McCallum of Greenpeace and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Now in its third year, Stroud Book Festival offers over 40 eclectic and entertaining events over 5 days (7-11 November 2018), designed to enthral, inform and delight!

We’ve invited award-winning authors, illustrious illustrators, poets, performers and politicians, entrepreneurs, environmentalists and experts to this year’s festival. They’ll be sharing their experiences of life and everything in it: food & drink, environment & ecology, working better & living better, music & memoir, family & friendships – in other words, the lifeblood that connects us all. We’ll also be screening On Chesil Beach with Lansdown Film Club and Stroud Film Festival, as well as hosting live poetry events, Stroud Short Stories and workshops aplenty.  Full line-up here: www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk

 

 

For a younger audience, we have four-legged friends and bees seeking roses, cats, ants, a platypus, and pigs up noses; dinosaurs, Romans, cuddly toys, and a chance just to come and make lots of noise!  We also have an entire day dedicated to local primary schools.  Find out more here: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/schools-day/

 

 

Stroud Book Festival 7-11 November 2018

@BookStroud

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Review - GWN Winner's event by Sharon Webster

Gloucestershire writers’ network event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

 

An increasing interest in everything writing, a discovery of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network, and a toe dipped in the water of their competition, finds me in the audience at this event looking forward to hearing the successful

Conceived originally by the Literature Festival, Gloucestershire Writers’ Network was set up to encourage local authors and to inform and unite the various writing groups and this is the show piece of their competition. Although the festival does provide the opportunity of a bigger platform for the winners to air their talents, there is a certain home-grown feeling to the audience and I get the impression there are more than a few local supporters.

It is a warm atmosphere and there is an expectation of enjoyment as the winners and runners up read their prose and poetry pieces, all conforming in some way to the theme “East Meets West”. The breadth of the interpretations is wider, more unusual than I had anticipated, the readings unselfconscious and engaging. I particularly enjoy the prize winning prose piece, “ The Locals ” by Emma Kernahan because it rings true and makes me laugh, and “ Public school - Private Hell “ a poem by  Marilyn Timms,  for the strength of its delivery.  In fact the whole is summed up quite nicely by my neighbour’s comment,

“The standard is much higher than I expected.”

It is as I scan the anthology that I realise the authors have all had some success previously and are not quite the amateurs I thought they were.  **

In the second half we are treated to recitals from the judges themselves, Kim fleet reads extracts from her most recent crime novel “Holy Blood” and Anna Saunders a selection of her poetry, with particular focus on her latest book “Ghosting for Beginners”.

The 50: 50 mix  of poetry and prose makes  the evening varied and entertaining and I will put it on my wish list next year.

As I leave I have a conversation with a stranger about the Ghosts we have seen, it is a good way to end the day thanks to Anna!

 

** Admin Reminder
Please note that the competition is open to all, regardless of experience.  Over the years both experienced and new writers have been represented in the winning line-up.