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

 

 


Poetry by Iris Anne Lewis

Three poems by Iris Anne Lewis have been published in the Winter 2020 issue of The High Window. The poems ‘Autumn Migration’, ’November’ and, ‘Carol’ all have seasonal themes, and may be read here. Click on Iris’s name in the list of poets.

Iris was also November's feature poet in the Silver Branch series of Black Bough Poetry, further information available here, and is also included in the playlist accompanying Black Bough Poetry’s Christmas and Winter edition (available free online at the Black Bough Poetry website or for purchase via Amazon).
Listen to the playlist here.


GWN 2020 Winners' Event

On Sunday 4th October we celebrated the successful entries to our poetry and prose competition, on the theme of “My World,” at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. It was the first time that we were live streamed, that we had to hear the judges’ comments and enjoy samples of their writing on pre-recorded videos rather than live, and that more of the winning pieces were read on behalf of, as opposed to by, their author. But we were there!

In a year when nobody could have envisaged the havoc a microscopic organism could wreak on our existence, we were lucky to have two amazing judges, Tyler Keevil for prose and Sarah James/ Leavesley for poetry, who still spent their time deliberating over the submissions, we are informed by them, of a very high standard, before they declared the winners. We were also very fortunate to have the support and professionalism of the team at the Festival who made the event, not only possible, but fun.

Of course, some things were the same. We came to be entertained by the poems and the stories and we were.

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Timms read her winning poem “Final Gig at the Motorway Services”

 

 

 

 

 

Iris Anne Lewis was a runner up with her poem “Earthrise “and her prose piece “Two Dark Shadows”

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Griffin was a runner up with her poem “Old Times.”

 

And although the other entries were read by members of the GWN team they held the “voices” of their authors.

Strands by Robin Darrock, the prose winner.

The Wall by Tony Domaille, prose runner up.

Unchartered by Derek Healy, poetry runner up.

Cage in the Sky by Joanna Campbell, prose runner up.

 

Whilst some aspects of this year we would gladly leave behind, we loved the inspiration it gave to our entrants, the determination and enthusiasm of those we encountered and the fact that we were able to share the event with a wider audience. Those things we will be more than glad to take forward.

With best wishes

The GWN Team

The GWN anthology is available from Black Pear.
Books published by the judges are available at Waterstones.


Oh Crumbs!

Oh Crumbs, the regular spoken word/story telling/performance event based in the Forest of Dean, continues its online live version with an open mic session on Thursday 21st May from 3pm.

Open mic sessions with featured guest performances every two weeks via Zoom.

Click here for more information about Coleford Hub,
and here for more information about Yarn Whispering


Cheltenham Poetry Festival Summer School

Beginning May: free readings, writing triggers, open mics and workshops.

Tutors include Angela France, David Clarke, Roy Mcfarlane, and more!

Click here for more information.


April Buzzwords Cancelled

In the interest of social distancing and helping to keep everyone safe, the April 5th Buzzwords session has been cancelled.

We will keep everyone informed about future events as the situation changes.


Gloucestershire Poet, Alison Mace, to appear at London Spring Festival

Gloucestershire writer, Alison Mace, will be introducing her first poetry collection, Man at the Ice House, published December 2019 by The High Window Press, at the Spring Festival of The Second Light Network of Women Poets.

The Festival takes place at the Artworkers' Guild in London on 22nd and 23rd May; poets will introduce their work with short readings at the start of the open mic sessions that end each day.

Alison lives in the Forest of Dean and co-runs the NaCOT poetry-writing group, which meets near Cheptsow and is involved with PIPs (Poets in Progress) and Dean Writers' Circle. She has always written poetry, and last year was lucky enough to be offered publication of a first collection by The High Window Press.

Man at the Ice House has four sections: one, a sequence dealing with her early life and the loss of her mother; another, a novelistic sequence telling the story of her formidable American aunt and family; and two sections of general interest, including poetry of place and nature. Her book was launched in Chepstow in December and can be bought online from Amazon and from the publishers.


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.