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 SSS accepts both unpublished and previously published stories.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

Big Book Weekend - Tetbury

Introducing Tetbury's New festival - 'Big Book Weekend'

3rd  - 6th May 2019

4 days of authors, artists, academics and craftspeople talking about and celebrating their latest books

Follow the link for full details and booking information

BBW Flier 4 (2)

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

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  ;) (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.


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


… 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   


Poetry Judge: Stephen Daniels


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



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 (mob) 07734 106034