Stroud Short Stories 10th Birthday Event

Formed in 2011, Stroud Short Stories is celebrating its 10th Birthday with a new event entitled 'Sharp Stars And Old Magic and Other Stories'. The event is free and unticketed and will be available on the SSS YouTube channel via links on the SSS website (stroudshortstories.blogspot.com) from 7.30 on Sunday 9 May.
90 Gloucestershire writers submitted 125 stories for the event. Co-judges Chloe Turner and John Holland chose ten writers to read their brilliant stories - Nimue Brown, Cheryl Burman, David Goodland, Mhairi Gray, Diana Humphrey, Jason Jackson, Sally Jenkinson, Kate Keogan, Nastasya Parker and Sean W. Quigley.


Evesham Festival of Words - Latest News

Here is the latest news from our friends in Evesham

Festival Programme:

The updated programme for 2021 is available through the website https://eveshamfestivalofwords.org/. There are two exciting new zoom events coming up. Saturday 12th June, a half day event 'Focus on Wellbeing' with three tremendous contributors: Alice May, who some of you heard recently talking about her house that sat down; Rachel Kelly, a nationally renowned mental health campaigner, who was last with us in Evesham in 2017; and Cat Weatherill delivering a great workshop 'Pilates for the Pen'.  Charge is £10 to cover all three events. Book via the website. Do pass on details to anyone you know who may benefit from a really uplifting and inspiring morning.

Another new zoom event is Meandering the Orkneys with Paul Gillingham on 6th July. Paul is a great speaker and this is a fascinating talk.

Coming up in May, a great zoom poetry event 'Home and Away', with readings from Anna Saunders, Ben Ray and Zoe Brookes, followed by an Open Mic session. Free event but you need to email me to register - all open mic slots are now taken.

Note that our Photography Exhibition 'Music in Monochrome' originally due to be held in the Regal Cinema in June has been moved back to September.

Those of you who have joined us for zoom events will appreciate that up to now we have not made any charge, though there is inevitably a cost to the Festival. From August we will still be running some zoom events and will be making a charge of £5 per event - given the quality of the zoom events we've put on so far, I'm sure you'll all agree its excellent value for money.

And then later in May, Wednesday 26th, our first live Festival event of 2021, when we will meet up with TV producer, David Parker in the village of Slad for a guided walk/talk In the Footsteps of Laurie Lee. David is a firm festival favourite and this is an entirely outdoor event. Tickets £12 via Festival website.

Competitions:

1st May sees the launch of our very popular Six Word Story Competition. Rules are on the website, and the Competition runs to the end of May. See what gems you can come up with!

In the Spotlight:
In the Spotlight this month is Philip Douch, Stroud based short-story writer and performer. See the website - enjoy!


Graffiti prose and poetry competition now open - £100 prize for the winner in each category

Prose Competition Rules

Theme: Secrets and Lies

1.   Closing date 31 August 2021. 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 on a separate page.

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

6.   Postal entries are accepted as well as via email. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

7.   The fee is £4 per story. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:

Catchword Writing Group

Please ensure you enclose your full details AND the title of your entry with the cheque.

8.   All entries that arrive on time will be considered. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

9.   Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should provide an email address or enclose a SAE.

Send entries to:

Graffiti Magazine Secrets and Lies Prose Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB

Or : rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk with ‘Graffiti entry’ in the subject line.

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

published in Graffiti.

 

Graffiti Magazine Poetry Competition Rules

No specific theme for this competition

1.  Closing date 31 August 2021. 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). Maximum length of poem 50 lines.

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

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

5.  Postal entries are accepted as well as via email. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

6.  The fee is £4 per poem. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:

Catchword Writing Group

Please ensure you enclose your full details AND the title of your entry with the cheque.

7.  All entries that arrive on time will be considered. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

8.  Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should provide an email address or enclose a SAE.

Send entries to:

Graffiti Magazine Open Poetry Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB

Or : rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk with ‘Graffiti entry’ in the subject line.

Prize: £100      The winning entry and short listed entries will be published in Graffiti.

 


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.


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.

 


Michael Newman's Latest Poetry Book

Michael Newman's latest poetry book Seasoned with Nostalgia has been published by KT Publications.

Copies available from the author at 18 Courtiers Drive, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8NU for £5 including postage.


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.


University of Gloucestershire 2021 New Writing Anthology

VOICES

As a society we all have VOICES.

As individuals we use our voices to communicate, inspire and more. This can be reflected in our storytelling – a way of using our unique voices to communicate with the world. Now is the time to share these stories. The University of Gloucestershire are looking for uplifting and powerful prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues from all UoG students, staff and alumni. However you interpret the theme VOICES, they want to see your work!
Submissions open now!

Click here to visit the UoG Voices Anthology Wesbite for further information and full submission details.

UoG are delighted to be supporting GL Communities with their anthology this year. GL Communities recognises and supports the gifts, skills and talents of the communities it works with. It facilitates the connecting of residents, local businesses and local services and works towards a community that is thriving and aspiring.
GL Communities key themes are Advice and Advocacy, Employability and Education, Community and Economic Development and Social Inclusion and Well Being.