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.

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/