Launch of Stroud Book Festival 2018

We are delighted to update you on plans for the Stroud Book Festival 2018, which this year will be held 7 – 11 November - a new note for your diaries.

 

Website:   STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL

The festival organisers have also announced three new appointments: Paul McLaughlin as the new Festival Director, Caroline Sanderson as the Artistic Director and Jane Churchill as the Children’s Artistic Director.

The full Festival programme will be revealed this summer, and will include a special event for the prize-winners of the inaugural Stroud Book Festival writing competitions.  There are 3 writing prizes with a deadline for submissions of 31 July 2018.

Full information on the writing competitions can be found here:       

STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS

Please also/download see press releases for more information....

Stroud Book Festival 2018

SBF 2018 new appointments


Videos of Stroud Short Stories...

Videos of the authors reading at the 20th May - Stroud Short Stories event 'On Pulling Newts from Ponds & Other Stories'

 

The Second Stroud Short Stories Anthology, covering the stories from the six events from November 2015 up to, and including, the 20 May event, will be published in the late summer/early autumn.

 

 


Anna Saunders Launch Party - Ghosting for Beginners

Announcing the launch party for Anna Saunders' new collection 'Ghosting for Beginners'

plus guests:  David Clark and Jonny Fluffy Punk !

Please see flyer and events section for details


Stroud Book Festival and Competiton launch

Some new dates for your diary...  The 2018 Stroud Book Festival brings the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond.

Festival dates:       Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th November 2018

You are invited to visit their web site, sign up for more news and competition details -

CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE

 

Competitions:

There are 3 writing prizes with a deadline for submissions of 31 July 2018:

 

Mainstream Fiction Prize (open to writers living in Gloucestershire)

Judged by author Katie Fforde

First prize £100 and 5-day writing retreat at Hawkwood College

Entry requirement: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words

 

Flash Fiction Prize (open to International entries)

Judged by author Sue Limb

First prize £500

Maximum length: 500 words

 

Poetry Prize (open to international entries)

Judged by poet Adam Horovitz

First prize £500

Maximum length: 40 lines

 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE


Don't miss the deadline! Graffiti Short Story and Poetry Competitions

The Closing date for Graffiti Magazine short story and poetry competitions is 30th May 2018. 

See below for detail of both competitions and good luck !

Graffiti Magazine Short Story Competition Rules

 TALES AFTER DARK

(What goes on out there when the sun goes down?)

 1.  Closing date 30 May 2018. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition.

2.  Maximum length 1,500 words.

3.  Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s).

4.  The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper.

5.  The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided.

6.  Entries are only accepted by post. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

7.  The fee is £3 per story. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:  Catchword Writing Group

8.  All entries that arrive on time will be considered by the adjudicator, whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

9.  Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’ or provide an email address.

Send entries to:

Graffiti Magazine Short Story Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze

Avening

Glos

GL8 8PB

Prize: £100  The winning entry and short listed stories will be

published in Graffiti.

 

Graffiti Magazine Poetry Competition Rules

 

Poems on the theme of DARKNESS

 

1.  Closing date 30 May 2018. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition.

2.  Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s) and no more than 50 lines long.

3.  The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper.

4.  The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided.

5.  Entries are only accepted by post. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

6.  The fee is £3 per poem. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:  Catchword Writing Group

7.  All entries that arrive on time will be considered by the adjudicator, whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

8.  Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’ or provide an email address.

Send entries to: Graffiti Magazine Poetry Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze

Avening

Glos

GL8 8PB

Prize: £50  The winning entry and short listed poems will be

published in Graffiti.


Congratulations Christine...

.... Congratulations to Christine Griffin who has won first prize in the Write Space short story competition with

her story called 'Living Proof' :)

Christine's book 'The Road Ahead' is now available via Amazon as an e-book or hard copy:  The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead by [Griffin, Christine]

 

 

 

 

 


A Carer’s Chaos by Julie Wiltshire – an insight into her experience as a carer

Julie Wiltshire

Julie and her husband presenting the cheque at the Edward Jenner Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Julie Wiltshire’s book describes her experiences of caring for her husband as he has struggled with cancer. From the sales of the book Julie has been able to donate £500 to LINC (The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund) which will go towards a new chair for the Chemotherapy Room.

Career's Choice Cover

A Carer’s Chaos is an important new book by Julie Wiltshire.

It offers a valuable and unique insight into the problems and struggles that carers must face every single day of their lives.

The book tells the story of how Julie Wiltshire coped and managed when her husband David was diagnosed with cancer, not once, but twice.

Julie records the details of their long journey from the diagnoses, the treatments and their daily lives as they battled to survive.

It’s an honest and open account and tells of periods of love and of hate, anger, feelings of loneliness and the utter terror of having to face the fact that your loved one is seriously ill and could even succumb to this disease.

It takes the reader through the terrible trials and tribulations of the carer as they attempt to help and support their ill spouse or family member without breaking under the strain of the situation that is not of the making of themselves or the victim of cancer.

This book is a must have for every doctor’s surgery, every oncology unit, every hospice and every psychological counsellor who has to help carers cope with their unwanted role and every library in the land.

It is published by Matador at £9.99 and is available to purchase here.


Interview with Rona Laycock on Corinium Radio 22 April 2018

Clare Finnimore and Gill Garrett interview Rona Laycock about her writing life and influences. The programme, ‘In Focus’, is available below, on the Corinium Radio website and here.

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Call for Submissions for the Locally Sourced Events at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 5 – 14 October 2018

If you are interested in presenting your work in the series of Locally Sourced Events at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival please follow this link.


BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Jon Smith Interviews Frances March 2017 Poetry Winner and Kathryn Alderman GWN Co-Chair

GWN Co-Chair Kathryn Alderman and the 2017 Poetry Winner Frances March were interviewed on Jon Smith’s BBC Radio Gloucestershire programme at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 May.
Click here to listen to the interview which begins about 35 minutes in.

GWN BBC Interview
GWN BBC Interview