Cheltenham Radio - new podcast

Cheltenham Radio is a local podcast radio station for news, events and more, started 3 months ago.  A new feature is a monthly podcast called Cheltenham Radio Book Club with the aim of reading mostly authors from the South West and inviting them to a Q & A session about the book which has been discussed.

If you are interested in the book club, you can join here

 


Read our June 2021 newsletter here

The GWN News June 2021

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Writing Competition 2021

Supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

There is still time to enter our competition.

Theme: Signposts

Closing Date: 30th June

Prose Judge: Debbie Young. Entries up to 750 words.

Poetry Judge: Carrie Etter. Entries up to 50 lines

Full details http:// www.gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writing Places, Writing Faces

Has your writing group started to meet up again? Have you had a change of venue? Let us know and we can put it in our newsletter and on the website so that other writers can find you.

publicity@gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writer’s News and Successes 

1.Erbacce Pamphlet Competition

Frank McMahon from Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester has just received a Highly Commended recognition in this year's event.
He was one of 100 from a total entry field in excess of 12,500.
His poems will be published in Journal 68 of Erbacce.

 

2.The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam

Open to young poets, aged 18-25. An opportunity to showcase your talent in front of a live audience and to win a cash prize.

Apply: Poetry Slam Call Out

 

3.The Phare Writing Competition.

Theme - COAST. Short fiction up to 2,000 words, or creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words. Submissions window June 1st to July 25th.

 

  1. Evesham Festival of Words Limerick Competition

Opens for entries on 1stJune. Light-hearted and fun, silly or even nonsensical, entries from anyone over the age of 12 are welcomed. For more details of their programme go to their website-www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org

 

  1. GWN need a new webmaster

We are looking for a webmaster. If anyone has an interest or expertise in this area and would like to help out, please get in touch at info@gloswriters.org.uk. The role involves posting information in the Calendar and News and Reviews sections of the website while Livvy Howarth continues as website administrator. Training is available if needed.

 

6.OH Crumbs 'evening of letters' Thurs 3rd June

Oh Crumbs 'an evening of letters'

'K' or an invite - a declaration of love

a recipe, directions.....Zoom letter box 603 854 102 pw 018454

please pass it on....

 

Useful information

The Society of Authors have set up an Authors’ Emergency Fund to provide grant assistance for writers in financial difficulty.  Details at

www.societyofauthors.org/Grants/Grants-for-writers-in-need

 

🔊Call out to all our readers

As we return to some normality over the next few months, please can you make sure the information we have for your groups, including contact details, is up to date and let us know when we can begin to post your live events on our calendar.

We would love to hear more about what you are writing, where you are writing, who you write with, what inspires you, your successes and failures or if you have an amusing tale to tell. Send it to info@gloswriters.org.uk

 

To Contact Us

For general enquiries about the GWN and if you wish to be put on our mailing list please contact: info@gloswriters.org.uk

If you would like information to be posted on the website about a relevant event, article, workshop etc. please send it toadmin@gloswriters.org.uk (the deadline is the 28th of each month for inclusion in the next newsletter)

 

Our Facebook Group (GWN -- Gloucestershire Writers’ Network) and our Twitter account (@GWNgloswriters).

 

And Finally

A picture can speak a thousand words, but a thousand words can paint you a thousand pictures. Evy Michaels

Enjoy your “painting”

Sharon (for GWN).

 

If you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe to the newsletter let us know @info@gloswriters.co.uk

 


Stroud Short Stories 10th Birthday Event

Formed in 2011, Stroud Short Stories is celebrating its 10th Birthday with a new event entitled 'Sharp Stars And Old Magic and Other Stories'. The event is free and unticketed and will be available on the SSS YouTube channel via links on the SSS website (stroudshortstories.blogspot.com) from 7.30 on Sunday 9 May.
90 Gloucestershire writers submitted 125 stories for the event. Co-judges Chloe Turner and John Holland chose ten writers to read their brilliant stories - Nimue Brown, Cheryl Burman, David Goodland, Mhairi Gray, Diana Humphrey, Jason Jackson, Sally Jenkinson, Kate Keogan, Nastasya Parker and Sean W. Quigley.


OH Crumbs live in the Forest of Dean Spring Festival April 8-10th 2021

'Oh Crumbs'  "a lively accessible spoken word event" continues to offer live space for poets, story tellers and performers. With a Thursday evening spot every 2 weeks from 8pm they have welcomed performances from many places: live stories from Iran, Donegal, Cardiff, rants from London, tales from Ruardean, Salford, poems from Bream, Gloucester,

Usually, a special guest on alternate weeks and open-mic every time. This week, they are running a Spring Festival with Scots-born story teller Rona Barbour this Thursday 8th from 8pm.

The Zoom detail for these regular Thursday sessions are: 603 854 102 and password 018454.

 

Saturday 10th April from 10am

A day of workshops and 'Oh Crumbs goes Cuckoo' Cabaret-

Workshop leaders include award winning poet Tess Biddington, Story teller Jane Springham, and London-based performance poet Janine Booth.

Hybrid shepherd/minstrel Darren Hoskins will introduce his 'Crankies' shadows , shapes and stories.

From 5pm, the cuckoo cabaret including guests, regulars and open-mic.

There are a limited number of tickets for the whole day only £10.

All welcome

For further information please email: ohcrumbs@coalway.f9.co.uk

Or visit: www.thecolefordhub.info

 

 


Jennie Farley's Latest Features

Jennie Farley’s poems from her new collection-in-progress have recently featured in:

The Sunday Tribune (The Museum of Dreams)

Raceme (The Worry Doll)

Poetry Wales (Bones, The Summer Ghost)

Dear Reader (The Lonely Glove, Annabel, Judy’s Hand)


Kathryn Southworth’s New Poetry Pamphlet

Kathryn Southworth’s poetry pamphlet on the death of Virginia Woolf with line drawings by Charles Perrett was published by the letterpress Paekakariki in March.

Limited edition copies available from Paekakariki or from Kathryn priced £10.

Click here to purchase your copy of A Pure Bead.


Cheryl Burman's New Novel 'Keepers'

Cheryl Burman's new women's historical fiction novel, 'Keepers' was released in early April and is attracting five star reviews.

Click here for more information.


Call for Short Story Writers

Submissions are open for the 2021 edition of Superlative!

 

The theme this year is 'Scapes

From landscapes and seascapes, to cityscapes and escapes, please interpret the theme however you choose, but the more intriguing, imaginative and well-crafted your stories are, the better.

 

Superlative publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. They work closely with developing writers so that, when they publish their work, it is of the highest standard.

 

The journal is published annually, and Superlative provide free editing services. They ask for contributors to please read back issues of the journal before submitting, to get a feel for the types of pieces they publish.

 

Please click here for information about purchasing or submitting to the journal.


Somewhere Else Writers Group - Cirencester

Now online every Wednesday afternoon the Somewhere Else Writers Group covers poetry, novels, short stories, drama, including radio plays on Corinium Radio, and commissioned plays.

They created and produced for local radio six episodes of The Inn on the Green, very loosely modelled on The Archers.

Their writers have been successful in having work published, including podcasts with Ragged Foils Productions, and in winning prizes for their work.

Their ethos is to encourage and support and offer honest, constructive critiquing, and they are now open to applications to join...

Visit their website here.

 


Jan Turk Petrie's New Novel, 'Running Behind Time'

There’s a wrinkle in time on the 15:15 train from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa...

Jan Turk Petrie is delighted to announce that her new novel, Running Behind Time, has been published in paperback and on Kindle, available from Amazon.

It is free to read if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, and the paperback will soon be available to order in bookshops.

Order your copy here.

 

A fast-paced, time slip novel, the story is set partly in the Cotswolds. It's just been awarded a 5 star medallion  by reviewers for Readers’ Favorite (USA) To quote:

“An entertaining, thrilling book – don’t miss it!”

“For a bit of fantasy and suspension of reality in these tough times, with a story that is topical for today, this is a winner.”