Follow the Sun Literature and Writing Conference 28-30th Jan

On 28th-30th January, an exciting new online literature and writing conference, Follow the Sun, will take place across the globe. The event is run by Paper Nations, Transnational Literature, and the research center for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE). 

Follow the Sun is a literary festival-meets-conference, a summit of citizens from around the world embarking on a creative and thought-provoking journey through transnational literature, writing, and performance. Follow the Sun is ideal for anyone who is in need of creative renewal. The event will culminate on Saturday 30th January with a masterclass (9am-2pm UK time only) on performance poetry in the online world. Led by renowned writer, Zena Edwards, the masterclass is a unique opportunity to meet others, be inspired, and hone your public speaking and performance skills.

Christine Griffin's 'Once Upon a Time'

Christine Griffin's story, 'Once Upon a Time', was runner-up in Writing Magazine's short story competition.


Click here to view the winners and shortlist, and to read stories.

Waymarks by Gill Garrett

Gill Garrett, a previous GWN committee member and winner of the GWN poetry prize in 2013 and 2016, has a new collection out with Graffiti Books.

Waymarks is available directly from Gill for £7.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing.

Please contact her at

Resilience 2020 Anthology

The 2020 prose and poetry anthology, 'Resilience', has been published by Dean Writers Circle. Featuring prose writers and poets who either live in or have a close connection with the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, they know first hand the long history of resilience of the people, the flora and fauna, and the landscape. The contributions are from writers with all levels of experience. What brings them together is their passion for this unique corner of the world, and their belief in its continuing resilience in these extraordinary times.

Click here for more information, and to purchase your copy of the anthology.

Proceeds from the sale of this anthology are being donated to Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED), a charity which facilitates adult literacy.

Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Winter Photo Competition

Can you capture the essence of this time of year in a photograph?


We are running a fun competition to celebrate all that is beautiful, intriguing, interesting, quirky or unusual about our county at this time of year.

If you feel you have a winner, send it to us by 31st December 2020, and the top 3, as judged by the GWN committee, will be featured on our website.

There is no entry fee, the prize is to share your talent and image with a wider audience.

The rules:
1. Photographs must be taken by the entrant.
2. Your entry will be published on our website with your name, subject to your permission.
3. Email your entries to
4. Don’t forget to include your contact details.
5. Your photo must have been taken in Gloucestershire in the 2020 winter season.

Going Up Camborne Hill by Selwyn Morgan

Selwyn Morgan of Somewhere Else Writers has recently published the novel Going up Camborne Hill. The novel, an extended family saga, spans several centuries and continents. Selwyn hopes in future to run seminars about the self-publishing experience

Click here for more information and to purchase the novel.

Covid-inspired Poetry Anthology

Frank McMahon from Cirencester has had three poems published in a Covid-inspired anthology entitled, Can you hear the people sing?, published by Palewell Press.

The anthology has writers from round the world and the UK and is available to purchase here.

Gloucestershire Writers and Performers

Frances March’s poetry was specially commended in Freedom from Torture’s recent 'Resilience' competition.

Belinda Rimmer is a runner-up in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition.

Chole Jacquet’s first poetry collection Take it by the Line has recently been released by Black Eyes Publishing.

GWN Team member Penny Howarth, who also writes as Penny Ayres, has had poetry published by Ink, Sweat and Tears’ 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' feature, starting 21st December.

Frank Macmahon has had three poems published in Palewell Press’s Covid-inspired anthology, Can You Hear the People Sing?

If you would like a mention of any recent writing successes, (and a link if you like!) on the website or in our newsletter, please do contact us on

'Take It By The Line' by Chloë Jacquet

Black Eyes Publishing UK have recently released Chloë Jacquet's first poetry collection, entitled 'Take It By The Line', which includes some of her performance slam poems, as well as some lesser known materials.

Click here for more information, or for signed copies.
Her social media handle is @ChloeJPoetry.

Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 - 2019 (W. E. Holloway)

Shurdington-based writer, Bill Holloway, has recently published Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019.

The book is a mixture of light and not-so-light verse written to entertain – to make you laugh, cry, think, feel, and encourage others to write their own and share it. Many pieces have appeared in print and online magazines such as Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Cornwall and The Oldie. At 82, Bill says he has outlived some of those magazines but wanted to give “his darlings” another outing.

Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019 can be purchased through Amazon, through YPD books, and from The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham.