Julia Donaldson at SBF 2019!

 JULIA DONALDSON TO HEADLINE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME AT STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are overjoyed to announce that the one-and-only Julia Donaldson will be joining us at Stroud Book Festival 2019, for a very special family event on the morning of Saturday 9 November.

 

Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s extraordinary canon of work, which includes THE GRUFFALO, STICK MAN, ROOM ON THE BROOM and ZOG, has catapulted her to the very top of the bestseller charts, with over 17 million copies of her cherished classics published worldwide.

 

Stroud Book Festival’s Children’s Artistic Director Jane Churchill says: ‘I have worked with Julia since the early days of her career and I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have the chance to welcome her to Stroud this year for what promises to be a truly fantastic event.’

Tickets for Julia Donaldson’s event will go on sale this summer via the Subscription Rooms box office, full details to be announced.  This year’s Stroud Book Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019 at venues around Stroud and the full Festival line-up will be revealed in the coming months.

 

Stroud, 9 May 2019

 For all enquiries please contact:

Louise Brice louise@stroudbookfestival.org.uk (mob) 07734 106034

www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk

 


SSS - news and updates

STROUD SHORT STORIES SOLD OUT
Stroud Short Stories has sold out its new venue, the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, for its 18th event Incendiary! on 19 May - even though their new venue has twice the capacity of their former one. This is the thirteenth SSS event in succession to sell out.
STROUD SHORT STORIES PODCASTS
Most of the six new SSS podcasts are now available - either via the SSS website (http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/podcasts.htmlor via your normal podcast provider (iTunes, Spotify etc) by searching for 'Stroud Short Stories'. The podcasts feature new recordings of stories from the last couple of years of SSS events read by their authors - Melanie Golding, Katie Witcombe, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Chloe Turner and Nastaya Parker.

GWN Competition - pass it on ;)

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, is now open for submissions ...

In line with the Festival - the theme this year is

‘NUMBERS’

… This can be interpreted widely and creatively.

For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section.

 

Pass it on ... we have an enthusiastic team to help market and advertise the competition - and your help in getting the word out is always helpful ..;)

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?

Keep Writing - and Good Luck

Kathryn, Penny & Chris


Writing for Peace


Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers...

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers:

Jean Cooper Moran's play 'The Good Daughter' has been shortlisted for the 2018 Kenneth Branagh Drama Award.

http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Chris Hemingway's poem 'Newton' was published in April's - 'Eye Flash' magazine

https://eyeflashpoetry.co.uk

 

 

Congratulations all !

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs


Video Poem - Matryoshka

Following her attendance at a 'Surreal Poetry Workshop' - Poet. Iris Lewis has collaborated with filmmaker Helen Dewsberry to develop a film of her work '
We are pleased to include a link to her work here for you to enjoy.

Call for Submissions...

We are about to open for submissions for our next Writers Unchained Story Sunday event in Bristol.
Our next Story Sunday has a theme of UNREAL, our first venture into fantasy, altered reality, speculative fiction or the surreal. Maximum 1500 words, complete stories only, no extracts.

As ever we’ll choose around ten of you – and us – to read on the night.  We love to be shocked, stunned, terrified, amused or just plain bowled over by your writing talent. Any interpretation or genre is acceptable as long as there’s a bit of unreality in there somewhere!

We’ll be open for your submissions from April 22nd until midnight May 26th     
Please only submit if you can read on Sunday June 9th 2019 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

the audience entry fee of only £5 cash on the door.
We look forward to reading your entries..
Sincerely

Ali Bacon
In the Blink of an Eye, Linen Press 2018
e-book/ paperback https://www.linen-press.com/shop/in-the-blink-of-an-eye/ 

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 - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/638976
More info on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/

Mishka Shubaly hits Cheltenham!

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


Haiku at Slimbridge

Booking is now open for Haiku at Slimbridge; a visit to the famous wildlife sanctuary in Gloucestershire, in the south west of England, where Call of the Page (Alan Summers and Karen Hoy) will be holding a haiku poetry workshop on April 6th 2019. More information here.

Alan Summers and Karen Hoy are running the Haiku at Slimbridge event. This is a visit to the famous wildlife sanctuary, where Call of the Page will be holding a haiku poetry walk, and workshop, known as a "ginko" on April 6th 2019.

Call of the Page (formerly With Words) is a small creative writing, literature and literacy organisation with an international outlook, based in Wiltshire in the South West of England.

 

We love the power of words, from single words, to three-thousand verse community poems, and this is reflected in the past events of With Words and its colleagues.

 

The courses, events and activities we run are largely coloured by our enthusiasm for Asian poetry forms, particularly the Japanese forms haiku and tanka.  Other forms that interest us are haibun, sonnets, renga, and longform poetry.

Our mission is to help people to make the most of words - whether that's through advanced creative writing or discovering the meaning and power in just one word.

We have the pleasure of working with some really talented writers, but it's also very rewarding for us to help advance verbal and written literacy in those who are currently under-served through educational circumstance, or are under confident in the literacy they already have.

We currently operate under the "sole trader" status of Alan Summers. Our medium-term plan is to establish official not-for-profit status as a Community Interest Company.

We hope you enjoy exploring the Call of the Page website.

You can also find us on our new Call of the Page Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/CallOfThePage