SSS - Tickets now available

Stroud Short Stories Ticket Information
Tickets are now available for the 18th Stroud Short Stories event Incendiary! to be held on Sunday 19 May at 8pm at a new venue, the comfortable and spacious Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW.
A record 89 Gloucestershire authors submitted their stories about fire, heat, passion, anger and rebellion for the event.
The ten to read are:
Robin Booth (Stroud),
Joanna Campbell (Bisley)
Louise Elliman (Cirencester)
Michael Hurst (Cheltenham)
Jason Jackson (Kingswood)
Emma Kernahan (Stroud)
Geoff Mead (Kingscote)
Chloe Turner (Minchinhampton)
Steve Wheeler (Sheepscombe)
Alwin Wiederhold (Gloucester)
Tickets, priced as usual at £8, are available now from the Cotswold Playhouse website -
More info on the SSS website -

GWN Calendar

The team at GWN continue to grow and develop the website as a Hub for all local writers.

As part of our ongoing process of improvement, we  have recently upgraded the Events Calendar Section.

This is a good time for those of you running or sponsoring an event to check out the latest calendar, and make sure you are happy with the content and how this is displayed.

Content wise, we usually publish the copy you have provided but things do change - guests, dates, times etc.

Now is a good a time as any to take a fresh look at the web site and let us know if there are any tweaks or changes to be made.

Please email info to Guy

Thank you


Writer's Success Stories...

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers:
  • Belinda Rimmer’s collection “Touching Sharks in Monaco” was chosen as the winner of Indigo Dreams’ first pamphlet competition, and will be published later this year.
  • Val Ormrod’s story “The Last Train” has been highly commended in the 2018 Ink Tears Short Story competition
  • Marilyn Timms’ collection “Deciphering the Maze” and Sharon Larkin’s “Sol Y Sombra” were both commended in The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize (run by Indigo Dreams)
  • Howard Timms’ collection “Castaway” was shortlisted in Indigo Dreams’ first collection competition
  • Frances March’s collection “Muddy Waters” was shortlisted in Indigo Dreams’ first pamphlet collection.
  • Christine Griffin's poem Sloe Gin is to be published by The Dawntreader magazine.
  • Jola Malin has recently launched her book 'Carry a Whisper' at The Museum in the Park, Stroud.  Her book includes poetry and art work, and is available from Yew Tree Press or Stroud Book Shop.


Congratulations all !

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs


Mishka Shubaly hits Cheltenham!

Mishka Shubaly


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:


BBC RADIO GWN Competition launch

Please follow the link to hear the Radio launch of our 2019 Competition
GWN Chair Kathryn Alderman and Prose Judge Amanda Reynolds join Dominic Cotter of BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
You can hear about GWN and what this years judges are looking for  ;) (interview at 1:16:10 to 1:40:00)
Photo - Radio Presenter Dominic Cotter and Amanda Reynolds.

GWN Competition Launch 2019

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, has been launched today.


The festival theme of ‘7 at 70′ pays homage to it’s 70th anniversary but we have simplified our writing competition theme to –


… This can be interpreted widely and creatively. For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section

We are also delighted to announce this year’s judges, who we think will be superb. Not only are they are both excellent at their own crafts and wonderful readers but lovely individuals whose expertise will be invaluable to those more experienced or new to writing.

 Prose Judge: Amanda Reynolds   


Poetry Judge: Stephen Daniels


Please see our Competition Section for more details and ideas on how to get started..

We look forward to receiving your entries – will you be this year’s winner?

Good luck all!
GWN Team


Spring Photo Competition WInner

Thank you for your entries to our inaugural photo Competition.  We received an amazing 32 photographs!

Kathryn and Penny had the pleasure of looking at your beautiful images and from a short list of 3 decided the winner for Spring 2019 is Sophie E Tallis.

Congratulations to Sophie.  Her work captures the simple essence of the season  - thank you for your entry.

Sophie's photograph will be displayed our main page from the beginning of Spring.

I hope you all enjoy this image and maybe it will inspire some of you to write a few lines on the subject.


Sophie lives and works in the Cotswolds - She is an artist, poet and writer..

You can find her Website and Blog here and via our links page.

Thank you to every one who entered this competition.

We hope to repeat the event another time.


Please look out on-line and in our newsletters for new challenges and ideas in the year ahead.


Happy Writing


Kathryn, Penny and Chris

News from Stanza

Sharon Larkin has recently been appointed as Gloucestershire Representative of The Poetry Society (London)

Stanza reps will be meeting at The Poetry Society in London on 28 March. The occasion will include an exchange of news from each of the (County) Stanzas represented.
As the Glos Stanza has not been active up until now, Sharon will attend in a mostly 'receive mode' to learn what activities and events the other Stanzas offer their respective counties and communities, and especially to looking for ideas to bring back to Gloucestershire.

Sharon is keen to spot any ‘gaps’ and ‘opportunities’ for Gloucestershire poets, and will specifically be finding out more about regular Stanza competitions, and how Glos. poets who are actual or prospective members of The Poetry Society (London),  can take better advantage of what is on offer to them.

She will be feeding back from the London Meeting 7 pm on Tuesday 9 April in the Bache Room, Parmoor House, 13 Lypiatt Terrace, in Cheltenham.  There is a new GloStanza group on Facebook to advertise the event and to share information.

You are cordially invited to come to the feedback event. Sharon will give a short presentation on learning and is keen to collect views and ideas what poetry activities Glos Stanza might look to offer

If any gaps in the Gloucestershire Poetry offer are identified, it is hoped a steering group will form from those interested in taking the Stanza forward.  One area may be in giving greater exposure to the Stanza Poetry Competitions open to members of The Poetry Society (London). There may also be opportunities for collaborative activities with existing groups locally.

If you are interested to know more, or discuss possibilities, ahead of 9 April, you are invited to contact Sharon direct, via the GloStanza Facebook Group or the GloStanza Twitter account.

Best regards

Sharon Larkin

TPS Stanza Representative for Gloucestershire
Chair, Cheltenham Arts Council
Chair, Cheltenham Poetry Society
Organizer, Poetry Café Refreshed


The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019. It will be headlined by Booker-winning author (and Stroud Book Festival patron) Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation about “Machines Like Me”, his subversive and entertaining new novel about artificial intelligence, which poses fundamental questions about what makes us human.


The full Stroud Book Festival line-up will be revealed this summer and will aim to build on the success of the 2018 Festival, which finished its 5-day run with record ticket sales, sell-out events and a line-up widely praised both for its variety and broad appeal.  The Festival programme will once again include a Schools Day, writing competitions, Stroud Short Stories and much more besides.


Stroud Book Festival’s Artistic Director Caroline Sanderson says ‘We’re delighted that Ian McEwan has agreed to appear at this year’s Festival, and look forward to announcing more exciting events in the coming weeks. Children’s Artistic Director, Jane Churchill and I are already hard at work to bring a host of authors to Stroud who will animate, educate and entertain our audiences this coming November.’


Festival Director Paul McLaughlin says: ‘We are hugely grateful for the support we received from the local business community in 2018 and look forward to partnering again with so many brilliant Stroud companies and organisations. We are also very excited by the prospect of working closely with the new team at the Subscription Rooms as both venue and box office.’


For all enquiries please contact:

Louise Brice (mob) 07734 106034

GWN Competition

GWN Competition


We hope to announce details of the 2019 GWN Writing Competition very soon (both on the website and a dedicated mail-out to our mailing list).  We are looking to maximise publicity for the competition and would welcome volunteers to help us get flyers and posters displayed and available across the County, including South Gloucestershire.

If you’re interested in getting involved please email us at We’re also very keen to find more places to publicise the competition, so if you have contacts for listings publications in the County or surrounding area, please also let us know.