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.”


Barry Faulkner's New Releases

The first two books in Barry Faulkner's DCS Palmer and the Serial murder Squad series will be offered as a single volume FREE ebook as a taster on Amazon between 5th-9th March.

 

First in new series 'Ben Nevis and the Gold Digger' thrillers is out on March 5th - pre-order now, ebook for only £1.99:

London private eye Ben Nevis, ex SAS/OCS/N14 gets a peculiar request from a new lady client, 'kill my husband'. A few days later the husband appears in Ben's London office with the request 'kill my wife'. Ben has his partner the Gold Digger take a good look into the pair and some illegal international arms dealing is exposed with missiles going from the UK through Cyprus and Turkey to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and on to terrorist cells in the Middle East. After a surprise visit from Ben's old boss at MI6 Ben finds himself enrolled in a mission to stop the trade with help of the British SBS based in Cyprus who are to get him into Turkey to blow up the arms and then get him out again. But things don't go to plan. It is a full action novel set in the present day with twists and turns bringing it to the final explosive conclusion.

 

Click here to visit Barry Faulkner's new website, with a Readers Club for lots of freebies!


Free half-term Puppetry Performance

🗓 Mon 15th - Fri 19th February
💻Online (via YouTube)
🎟 Free (no booking required)

⭐️ Written and performed by Jonny Fluffypunk.

🔥 Co-presented by Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Libraries and The Pound.

At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does: catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach.

Then who should wash into his life but a homeless mermaid with a spiky attitude and a story to tell! And things aren’t going to be the same again… Can kindness lead to great things? Can a bit less litter make a difference? Can the world’s first human/mermaid rock ‘n’ roll band make big waves?

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW


Workshop with Dialect Writers

Workshops - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm 

Are you looking for a space to share work and get feedback?

Dialect writers have four spots available on their monthly Tuesday evening workshops.

In the first hour, there are some themed writing prompts, and in the second hour they feedback on work that has been shared before the meeting.

Suitable for all levels. Pay what you can. Next meeting 23rd February.

Email dialectwriters@gmail.com for more information!