Writing space available at Snowshill Manor

In 2020 Snowshill Manor and Garden is offering a space for creative workshops and courses on Saturdays and Sundays at a low day rate which includes entry to the gardens and manor house for course leaders and participants for inspiration…

The offer lends itself particularly well to writing courses as Charles Wade, who bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust, was himself a keen poet and welcomed a number of notable writers to Snowshill during his time here. Further details about Charles Wade and Snowshill Manor can be found on our website at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor-and-garden/features/who-was-charles-wade

I would be grateful if you could please pass this information on to your members. I would be happy to respond to any questions or queries about this opportunity.

Best wishes

Rachel Leach

Rachel Leach

Business Support Coordinator

 

National Trust

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Snowshill, near Broadway, WR12 7JU

01386 842810

rachel.leach@nationaltrust.org.uk

 


Happy Christmas from GWN

Seasons Greetings from the team at GWN.

It has a been a fantastic year for Gloucestershire writers and it's been our pleasure to keep you updated on all Literary events and successes during 2019.

Let's hope the succes of local writers continues to bloom in the New Year.

We look forward to hearing about all local events and more success stories in 2020.

Please continue to send us details of events and competitions etc. and we will do our best to communicate these through our web site and regular monthly newsletters.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Keep Writing!

 

Our best wishes from GWN

Penny

Chris

Rod

Judith

Jennie

Sharon and Guy


'There's Nothing There' - Review

I'm not visiting the Black Forest now!

A review

I blame “There's Nothing There,“ a play by Black Dog Productions in collaboration with Apricity Theatre. Although there is some humour, it is scary, the plot angry, the finish extreme, shocking and  unexpected. I am left scared of the beast in the woods and the unknown, dismayed by insincerity and the disastrous consequences of a liberal amount of alcohol on the stew of mistrust, jealousy and vivid imaginations. The company use improvisation on the road to their final script. Perhaps it is this which makes the performance fresher and quite different from others I have seen or maybe it  is the emotional investment. Russell Eccleston (Jessie) , Emily Malloy (Alina) and Charlotte Turner-McMullan (Grace) wrote it and Russell Eccleston and Tiffany Rhodes (Cassie) are also among the co-founders of Black Dog.  The cast do not restrict themselves to acting, they are  writers, dancers, singers, directors. Between them there was a lot of energy and it was very enjoyable.  If I had to criticize anything it would be the excess of swearing which did not always add to the performance for me but maybe that  was just my age. It did however inspire an hilarious commentary from the elderly couple seated behind us which contributed nicely to the evening.

“There's Nothing There “

a Black Dog  Apricity Theatre  Production

at The Cotswold Playhouse

For other performances and venues check out the company website at:

blackdogproductions.uk


Annual Glosink event

GLOSINK AT PEPPERS
invites you to our annual reading of prose and poetry at Peppers Cafe in Gloucester
on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 18.30 to 20.30 with a half-hour interval.
Entry is free. Food and drink are available to purchase from the cafe during the event.
We look forward to seeing you there to share the art and craft of writing in a relaxed setting.

Writers and Performers News - Congratulations.

Writers and Performers News - Congratulations all !

  • Chloe Jacquet has been longlisted for the Flash 500 Novel Competition- good luck Chloe !
  • David Clarke’s poem “England, I loved You” has been included in “Collateral” magazine.
  • Abdul-Ahad Patel has published his short story “The Ghost of Shaolin” via ebook on Amazon, and his short story “Mafu” is published in issue 4 of The TOKEN magazine.
  • Anna Saunders’ poem “Phaeton’s Carriage Burns up the World” is being published by Envoi Magazine.  The poem is from Anna’s next collection “Feverfew”, published next Spring by Indigo Dreams.
  • Chris Hemingway’s poem “Pulse” is being published on Fresh Air Poetry later this month.
  • Belinda Rimmer’s Poem “Calendar”is being published in the latest edition of Allegro magazine.

Show tickets and writing opportunity ;)

Dear Gloucester Writers,
I am excited to share with you information about 'There's Nothing There', which comes to The Cotswold Playhouse on Saturday 7th December following a successful run in Bath earlier this month. The new horror-comedy from Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre received rave audience reviews at its opening, with Bath Scum praising its "Horror, folklore, surprisingly funny and the chemistry between the actors made for a mesmerising performance."
More details on tickets and pricing are available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/stroud/cotswold-playhouse/theres-nothing-there/e-qkoxom or through the Cotswold Playhouse website at www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/. Please see the attached PR information for more about the show itself and the creatives involved.
We are offering 2 x complimentary press tickets to anyone interested in reviewing the show. If you would like tickets or have any other questions, please get in touch with myself, Black Dog Productions, or our Producer Emily Malloy (copied in). We look forward to hearing form you!
Best wishes,
Charlotte Turner-McMullan
Creative Director
Apricity Theatre
For information on upcoming projects please visit:
@ApricityTheatre

Maria Stadnicka - 'Somnia' Book launch

My next poetry collection, SOMNIA is published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, editor Alec Newman, with cover artwork by painter Mark Mawer.

 The launch will be at The Museum in the ParkStroud, Thursday 5th December 2019, at 7.30pm and it will feature guests Uta Baldauf, performer, and poets David Clarke, Adam Horovitz and Philip Rush.

 About SOMNIA: 

Writer Ian Seed (author of New York Hotel, a TSL Book of the Year) wrote: ‘one of the best books of poetry I've read this year is Maria Stadnicka's extraordinarily vivid collection, Somnia.' 
 
'Stadnicka’s poetics is one of craftmanship, wherein she carefully walks the tightrope of surreal poetic metaphor and the gritty realism of investigative journalism and broadcasting.’ (Briony Hughes, writer and critic, Stride Magazine, October 2019)
 
‘Somnia is consistently alluring and enigmatic in its poetic voice. What compels it’s Stadnicka’s calm creativity in conveying the horrors and/or abstractions of these – her poetic voice completely comfortable in its suggestiveness: inventive, provoking, highly visual.' (Mike Ferguson, writer and critic, International Times, September 2019)
'Create dangerously.'
 
Maria Stadnicka

Welcome to our new Co-Chair

With the departure of Kathryn for a well earned GWN sabatical, we are delighted to welcome Rod Griffiths (CBE) to the GWN team.  Rod brings a wealth of experience to the team, joining Penny and Chris as Co-Chair.

Here is a potted bio of Rod  - Welcome on board ;)

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I was professor of public health at the university of Birmingham and regional director of public health from 1992 until 2004. After that I was elected president of the national professional body for public health— the Faculty of Public Health, part of the Royal College of Physicians.  I got a CBE in 2000 for services to public health.

In those roles I did a lot of media work, both writing in academic and popular journals as well as radio and TV interviews.

I've always been interested in writing and communication. Despite dyslexia running quite strongly in our family I was good at English, particularly the creative writing side— rather less good at spelling.

Before I retired I went on a couple of creative writing courses as part of my annual holidays and started writing fiction seriously during the last few years before I retired. I had an agent for a short while but it seemed clear to me that I was unlikely to get much priority from her because she had more famous clients who were younger. The crude fact is that an agent needs clients who will make money for at least a few years if they are to regain their initial investment in the client. I was past 60, so in some ways lot a long term prospect. We parted company in a few months and I went down the self publishing route.

I have published three novels and two collections of short stories.

Two friends of mine in the Worcester Writer's Circle and myself got fed up with advising members on how to self publish and after some careful research we set up a small publishing Company— Black Pear Press (www.blackpear.net).  So far we have published over fifty books, by about twenty different authors; mostly collections of poetry and short stories with some novels, both for YA and all ages as well as a few children's books. We are still in business. Although it might be fair to say it is more of a self funding hobby ;)

My own writing is somewhat eclectic in style and genre— it is unlikely that I will ever sell a book that brings in as much as my pension, so I really don't worry too much about trying to sell lots of books or to build a following by sticking to a small pallette of characters in one genre.

Who knows how much longer I'll be doing this, but for now I still appear to be healthy and having fun with most aspects of writing.  That's probably enough about me for you to be able to answer anyone who says 'Who is this person?'

I look forward to joining the GWN team and helping to shape and develop this further.

 


Success Stories...

Writers and Performers News - Congratulations all !

  • Ziggy Dicks has been chosen as Gloucestershire’s next Poet Laureate.
  • Howard and Marilyn Timms’ poetry collaboration “Deciphering the Maze” will be published by Indigo Dreams Press during 2020.
  • Robin Gilbert’s poem “Dee” was commended in the 2019 Buzzwords Poetry Competition.
  • David Hale won the Gloucestershire prize in the Buzzwords competition, for his poem “On Nashchokinsky Street”, Anya Maltsberger was runner up, with “Kilvicheon Church, Mull”
  • Barry Faulkner’s 9th DCS Palmer book made the top 100 medical thrillers list on Amazon in the first three days after publication.
  • Christine Griffin’s poem “Pandora’s Husband’s Phone was published in the October edition of Snakeskin.
  • Belinda Rimmer and Judith van Dijkhuizen have had poems accepted for the November edition of Snakeskin