Maria Stadnicka - 'Somina' 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

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

 


Pamphlet Competition

Frosted Fire Firsts

Judges: Dr Angela France, David Clarke, and 2019 competition winner Janet Lees.

The 2020 competition offers two prizes of publication of a 32-page pamphlet for poets who have not previously had a poetry collection published. Each winner will receive 50 free copies of their pamphlet, and marketing support to launch it. Both poets will also be offered a headline poet event at Cheltenham Poetry Festival, after their pamphlet is published.

A shortlist will be published by the end of March 2020, and the shortlisted poets will be invited to read a poem at the 2020 Cheltenham Poetry Festival, at an event in which the winners will be announced.

Rules and entry to Frosted Fire Firsts competition


Wild! Competition from CPF...

In keeping with the Wild! theme of our 2020 festival, we are holding a contest for a poem inspired by that theme. Your poem(s) can be as unruly and untamed as you like in your take on the theme.

The winning poet will receive £200, the second £75 and the third £25.

Prizes will be awarded at a special Competition event at next year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival (or posted to any winner who can’t attend.) Shortlisted poets will be given a complimentary ticket to the event in April 2020, and invited to read their successful poems. The winners will then be announced.

Judges: Poet Ben Ray* and Festival Founder and CEO Anna Saunders, who will read all entries anonymously.

Our sponsors for this competition are two wonderful independent shops in Cheltenham.

 

Click here for full details and how to enter

wild-poem-competition


Corinium Radio needs you!

If you would like the opportunity to record your work for radio - tere are a nmber of opportunities on Corinium Radion in 2020 for you to consider...
The following dates are available for the first 3 months of 2020 and I hope you can find one that suits you. As usual, please let Rona Laycock know as soon as possible if you want to take part.
rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk

Jan 16th, 23rd, 30th

Feb 6th, 13th, 20th

Mar 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 

Writers Room

We meet in the foyer of Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester GL7 2PZ  at 11am on the day of recording.

The library is situated at the back of Bingham House and can be reached via the little alleyway that runs down the side of TSB in the market place. Once the alleyway opens out into a road you will find the library on the right.

Work that is to be read on community radio has to be acceptable to a wide range of listeners so we ask that there is no explicit violence or sex and not too much swearing - certainly not the stronger swear words.

I will chat to you about what inspires you or what sort of writing you like to do etc.  If you have a website or have published a book you can publicise that as well. The programme is approximately 26 minutes long so we have plenty of time for readings as well as the interview.

The sessions are recorded so that any mistakes we make can be edited out.  If you make a mistake just stop and go back a couple of sentences and the programme producer will sort it all out during the editing.

The programme is now available to be sent out as an audio file via email so you don’t have to wait until it is broadcast to hear your performance!

It also features on the ‘Listen Again’ page of Corinium Radio’s website.


Be the next Poet Laureate...

The Hunt is on! Searching for Gloucestershire’s Next Poet Laureate.

Nominations are open from now until the closing date on Friday 27th September 2019 at 5pm

The Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

The Gloucestershire Poet laureate will be a poet, resident of the county. A page poet, performance poet, or spoken word artist that will have been nominated by people living in Gloucestershire.

The Role of the Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

The role of the Poet Laureate will be to champion poetry across the county in a range of settings providing an opportunity for the people of Gloucestershire to experience poetry in its many forms. They will support events and enable and encourage participation for all, including the most marginalised and socially excluded across the county.

Nominations and closing date

Nominations are open from now till 27th September 2019 where nominees will get a chance to share their poetry at an event on 12th October at The Olympus Theatre!

Judging who will be The Next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

Judges from Gloucestershire’s poetry community will select the winner and nominees will be invited back to the Olympus Theatre where the current Poet Laureate, Brenda Read-Brown, will share her work and announce the new Poet Laureate.

How can I nominate a Gloucestershire poet?

If you live in Gloucestershire and would like to nominate a Gloucestershire poet: Send in an A4 attachment ( Word or PDF ) of no less than 400 words, detailing why your nominated poet should become the next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate. By email to:

nominations@gloucestershirepoetlaureate.co.uk

I’m a Gloucestershire poet and want to nominate myself

If you are a poet living in Gloucestershire and would like to nominate yourself: Send in an A4 attachment ( Word or PDF ) of no less than 400 words, detailing why you would like to be the next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate. By email to:

nominations@gloucestershirepoetlaureate.co.uk

 


Countdown... 4

Hello Writers

Here is your 4 week reminder!
Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 4 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

We haven't seen too many Clerihews come our way yet!

Still, never mind...  only 4 weeks to have a go at a new form to grab the judges attention - and here are a few more 4's to whet your appetite :)

  • Dodoitsu. 4-line Japanese form.
  • Bref Double. French quatorzain.
  • Byr a Thoddaid Poems. Welsh quatrain
  • Quatrain
  • Imayo. 4-line Japanese poem with a pause in the middle of each line.

Happy Writing!


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


Spotlight on... Glosink.

Every so often we feature a GWN member group:  To introduce them to a wider audience and hopefully attract new members.

If you would like to feature your writing group  please send email to Guy:  admin@gloswriters.org.uk

Glosink:

Following a creative writing course led by the writer, artist and musician Avril Staple at the Gloucester Guild Hall in 2012, Avril and her students decided to meet at Robert Raikes’ House, Southgate Street Gloucester, for workshop sessions and to critique each other’s work. The following year Avril coined the name ‘GlosInk’ for the cover of a printed collection of the group’s poems, stories and flash fiction. It was entitled ‘The Plan’, and the pamphlet was launched to coincide with the group’s first spoken word event, held at Peppers Café in Bull Lane.

Since that time, GlosInk has continued to meet at Robert Raikes’ House at 7.30 pm every Monday evening except on Bank Holidays.  It’s a friendly group who believe that sharing their work is important, because gaining feedback is the only way to make good writing even better. Those who have brought some prose or a poem distribute copies and read the piece, while the others listen and make notes. The group members take it in turns to make constructive comments, saying what they especially like and suggesting possible improvements. Each author has an opportunity to reply. Comments can be helpful in modifying their writing or be ignored – after all, it’s the writer’s own work!

The process sounds formal, but really it isn’t! Everyone has a lot of fun sharing what they’ve written, and having benefitted from the group’s feedback, some members have gone on to publish their work. But beginners needn’t be put off – newcomers are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Anyone interested in joining should contact Cedric Pickin, email: cedric_pickin@hotmail.com

 **Please check the GWN calendar for dates plus additional Glosink events through out the year **