Write Here… online novel-writing course - discounted places

Write Here online novel-writing courses have contacted us with the following offer.  If you would like to know more please email them - courses@writehereuk.com
You can let them know you have found out about the offer on the GWN website.  We don't have any experience of the course but hopefully it will be worth you having a look at.

We're very aware that with just six people allowed to meet indoors at the moment, all writing groups have been severely affected by the Covid outbreak, so – in order to keep Gloucestershire Writers' Network writing – we'd like to offer you a discounted place on the forthcoming Write Here… Online novel-writing course, which you can take from the comfort of your own home, if you sign up by midnight on Monday 31 May.

Write Here… Online is an eight-week course, taught by expert editor and Two Piers Agency literary agent Rufus Purdy, which takes writers from those tentative early planning stages right through to submitting their finished manuscript to literary agents and publishers. Featuring masterclasses on plot, characterisation, dialogue and all the other essential aspects of novel-writing, the course also involves all-important sessions on editing and pitching your novel. The final week will also involve a Q&A session in which Rufus directly answers students’ questions directly.

You can see all the information on the course and sign up for the discounted fee of £89.10 (rather than the full price of £99) via the link below…


Write Here… has also just launched a dedicated How To Write Fantasy or Speculative Fiction course, which costs just £79 for six weeks…


If you have any questions, please email courses@writehereuk.com

The Write Here… team

Tony Domaille - writing for the theatre

Tony Domaille lives in Thornbury and has over twenty scripts published by Lazy Bee Scripts, Pint Sized Plays, and Ilkley Playhouse. His work has been produced on BBC Radio and on stage in eighteen countries, including famous locations like Theatre 80 in New York. Many of his plays have been nominated for and received awards. Successes in 2020 include, ‘Me & You’ winning the Avon One Act Play Festival competition, ‘Apocalypse Then’ being a winner in the Ilkley Playhouse Festival competition, and ‘My Hero’ winning the international Pint-Sized Plays Script Slam competition.

His second full length comedy, ‘Angel’ is due to be published soon and he is keen to reach people involved in amateur dramatics who are looking for their next production. His award winning scripts can be read on line here


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.”

Call for Writers

Clare Roberts, a postgraduate student at the University of Gloucestershire, is putting out a call for writers to help with her ‘Personalised Poetry and Flash Fiction’ research project.

The project is a website for people to commission poems or short stories for friends and loved ones on birthdays and anniversaries, etc.

She is researching the idea for her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire and would like to hear from poets and short story writers who would be willing to write brief pieces based on clients’ answers to a questionnaire, a few photos, and perhaps a short phone call.

She is currently trialing the idea, so would also be grateful for feedback from writers.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Clare Roberts on cefroberts@icloud.com or 07946 703729.