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Submission Opportunity for Dear Dylan
Calling all  fans - we would love you to submit to our forthcoming collection of poems/letters inspired by the bardic boy. We will be looking for your poems about, and letter to, the wonderful Dylan Thomas.
Read more and submit here !

Local Success Stories...

Writers and Performers News- Congratulations one and all !

  • Chloe Jacquet reached the semi-finals of the Hammer  & Tongue National Poetry Slam
    Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 1st of June and finished 6th overall.
  • Nigel Messenger’s third book “From Eden to Babylon “ has been published by Austin
    Macauley
  • Val Ormrod won the Ware Poets International Poetry Competition with her
    poem “Footsteps”.
  • Christine Griffin’s story ‘Curtains ‘ has been placed 3rd in the Evesham Festival
    of Words short story competition
  • Helen Dewberry’s film featuring David Clarke’s poem “Let Me Be Very Clear” showed on
    30 June at Festival of Young Literature in Weimar.
  • Chris Hemingway’s poem “Mr Green” was published in the July edition of “Strix”, and

Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers

The creative writing incubator Paper Nations has launched a new digital writing commission to support writers in the South West (Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire). Please find some brief information below and more detailed info attached.
Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers
Beyond the Book is a new scheme to develop innovative models for writing and publication, promoting dialogue between writers, technologists and publishers. We will support three writers with a connection to Somerset, Gloucestershire, or Wiltshire over six months to experiment with the possibilities of telling stories using a smartphone.
We’ll offer £5000 and support to develop text-based digital projects and the opportunity to reach local, national, and international audiences.
Beyond the Book is led by writer, Professor Kate Pullinger, and delivered by Paper Nations. Based at Bath Spa University, the Paper Nations team has partnered with a panel of experts who want to see work that is innovative, experimental, and shows a curiosity about the potential of smartphones.
The deadline for applications is 1st September 2019.

When Jane Austen came to town...

Jane Austen and the Cheltonians

Presented by Natura Contemporary Theatre

What really happened when Jane Austen visited Cheltenham in May 1816?

In this sparklingly witty and intelligent new comedy the truth is revealed. Emboldened by the success of her latest novel Jane conjures-up her literary muse Emma Woodhouse to help her write her next novel The Cheltonians - in which surely nothing can go wrong? However when Emma's friend Eloisa Fairweather arrives the temptation to start matchmaking again proves irresistible. Delicious complications follow, as love letters go astray, French émigrés arrive and Emma finds herself the attention of a young army officer. A timeless comment on marriage, morals and love.

Dates for you to save in your diaries are 6th, 7th & 8th February 2020, as Jane Austen & The Cheltonians comes to the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham's Irving Studio as part of its 2020 tour. Here is the link and please do watch the trailer:
Then of course book at your leisure, as Jane Austen herself would have recommended.
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Book Launch - Abdul-Ahad Patel

I am holding a book launch at The Wilson in Cheltenham on 31/08/2019 at 2PM.
The event is invite only for 50 limited edition copies of my short-story ‘The Ghost of Shaolin’. All books have been handmade by myself and graphic design artist Adam Taie.
The event will consist of an opening with Qu’ran recitation and translation from my cousin and singer Ishaq Patel. A talk from my father and artist Abdul-Rasheed Patel regarding his illustration contribution to the book. Poetry and awareness of oppression currently happening in China by Flo Poet Annotate (Liam Spencer). To close the event I will be talking about the book and the making of. With the last section a chance for attendees to purchase a copy.
If you would like to attend - please contact Abdul-Ahad through his web site.
Abdul-Ahad Patel.

Cheltenham Writers' Circle

Did you know?  Cheltenham Writers’ Circle has a new Chair and a new venue.

Our new chair is Howard Smith and our new venue is The Tivoli in Suffolk Street,  close to our old venue at Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace.  Details are on our website, https://cheltenhamwriterscircle.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/new-chair-new-venue/

The site also lists our meetings over the coming six months.  All welcome

Thanks

Edward James


Dean Writer's Circle - New Website

Dean Writers Circle has recently launched its new website where you can find out about their meetings and various upcoming events.
On Wednesday 31st July they are hosting author and poet Belinda Rimmer and short story writer Chloe Turner at The Dog House micro-pub in Coleford, with open mic too.
The event will also launch the Circle's Forest Leaves Festival to be held on Saturday 31 August.
Check out the GWN Calendar and the DWC website for more details. http://deanwriterscircle.com/

Stroud Book Festival - Competition

Hello!

 

I’m thrilled to send on the details of the Stroud Book Festival writing competitions for 2019.

 

I attach the press releases, and also the competition entry form.

 

You can find full details on our website here https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk where you’ll also find the rules and entry guidelines, as well as an electronic version of the entry form.

 

Following on from the success of 2018, we are running three competitions this year: Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction.

 

We are delighted to announce our three category judges:  Jo Bell (Poetry judge), Tania Hershman (Flash Fiction judge) and Alice Jolly (Mainstream Fiction judge).

 

The Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions are open to international applicants. The Mainstream Fiction Prize is only open to Gloucestershire writers.

 

Prizes will be awarded at a special event at the Stroud Book festival, which this year runs from 6-10 November. Headline events include Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson.

 

We are also very grateful to Adam Horovitz, who agreed to announce the competitions here on Facebook and here on twitter

 

We would so grateful if you could help spread the word!

 

Many thanks, all best wishes and Good Luck !

 

Louise

Louise Brice

Stroud Book Festival 6-10 November 2019

@BookStroud

https://www.facebook.com/stroudbookfestival/

 


Mishka Shubaly hits town...!

Mishka Shubaly

BESTSELLING AUTHOR, CULT SONGWRITER, STORYTELLER, SMARTASS

Brace yourselves...  On 22nd June - Mishka Shubaly hits town.

This is part of his  'SOME OF THIS WILL BE FUNNY' UK TOUR

Catch him while you can...

Tickets on sale now via the web site:  www.mishkashubaly.com

" A VOICE THAT IS ONE PART RUSTY-NAIL-STUDDED TARMAC TO ONE PART ENGINE-OIL-STAINED SANDPAPER" - THE GUARDIAN


Don't miss the boat!

Entries have started to arrive for this year's Competition - have you started yet??

To mark the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 70th anniversary, poems and prose pieces are invited on the theme of:

Numbers

  • How many entries will you submit?   1? 2? 3?
  • You have an extra 1 day weekend this Bank holiday to write a winning entry - give it your best shot
  • What can you pack into a poem of 50 lines (max)
  • Maybe you have a 14 line sonnet in mind.
  • Can you tell a story in 750 words?
  • We'll have 2 judges 1 venue and 8 winning entries to listen to
  • You have only have 52 days to go  - and counting  ;))

 

  • What are your chances? - you do the sums !

You may interpret the theme as imaginatively as you’d like. Look at our How to Get Started page for more inspiration. 

We look forward to receiving your entries

 

Happy Writing

Kathryn, Penny & Chris