Call for writers / Corinium Radio Writers' Room

Dates available for recording in the Writers’ Room in August, September, October 2019.

Please let me know if and when you would like to come in.

Dates fill up very quickly so the sooner you can let me know your preference the better.

August 1st. 8th, 22nd, 29th.

September 12th, 19th, 26th.

October 3rd, 10th, 31st.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Rona Laycock

Writers Room

General Information

The studio has moved; please do not enter via Bingham House anymore.

We meet in the foyer of Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester GL7 2PZ  at 11am on the day of recording.

The library is situated at the back of Bingham House and can be reached via the little alleyway that runs down the side of TSB in the market place. Once the alleyway opens out into a road you will find the library on the right.

Work that is to be read on the radio has to be acceptable to a wide range of listeners so we ask that there is no explicit violence or sex and not too much swearing - certainly not the stronger swear words.

I will chat to you about what inspires you or what sort of writing you like to do etc.  If you have a website or have published a book you can publicise that as well. The programme is approximately 26 minutes long so we have plenty of time for readings as well as the interview.

The sessions are recorded so that any mistakes we make can be edited out.  If you make a mistake just stop and go back a couple of sentences and the programme producer will sort it all out during the editing.

The programme is now available to be sent out as an audio file via email so you don’t have to wait until it is broadcast to hear your performance!

It also features on the ‘Listen Again’ page of Corinium Radio’s website.


News from Stanza

Sharon Larkin has recently been appointed as Gloucestershire Representative of The Poetry Society (London)

Stanza reps will be meeting at The Poetry Society in London on 28 March. The occasion will include an exchange of news from each of the (County) Stanzas represented.
As the Glos Stanza has not been active up until now, Sharon will attend in a mostly 'receive mode' to learn what activities and events the other Stanzas offer their respective counties and communities, and especially to looking for ideas to bring back to Gloucestershire.

Sharon is keen to spot any ‘gaps’ and ‘opportunities’ for Gloucestershire poets, and will specifically be finding out more about regular Stanza competitions, and how Glos. poets who are actual or prospective members of The Poetry Society (London),  can take better advantage of what is on offer to them.

She will be feeding back from the London Meeting 7 pm on Tuesday 9 April in the Bache Room, Parmoor House, 13 Lypiatt Terrace, in Cheltenham.  There is a new GloStanza group on Facebook to advertise the event and to share information.

You are cordially invited to come to the feedback event. Sharon will give a short presentation on learning and is keen to collect views and ideas what poetry activities Glos Stanza might look to offer

If any gaps in the Gloucestershire Poetry offer are identified, it is hoped a steering group will form from those interested in taking the Stanza forward.  One area may be in giving greater exposure to the Stanza Poetry Competitions open to members of The Poetry Society (London). There may also be opportunities for collaborative activities with existing groups locally.

If you are interested to know more, or discuss possibilities, ahead of 9 April, you are invited to contact Sharon direct, via the GloStanza Facebook Group or the GloStanza Twitter account.

Best regards

Sharon Larkin

TPS Stanza Representative for Gloucestershire
Chair, Cheltenham Arts Council
Chair, Cheltenham Poetry Society
Organizer, Poetry Café Refreshed


IAN McEWAN TO HEADLINE STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019. It will be headlined by Booker-winning author (and Stroud Book Festival patron) Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation about “Machines Like Me”, his subversive and entertaining new novel about artificial intelligence, which poses fundamental questions about what makes us human.

 

The full Stroud Book Festival line-up will be revealed this summer and will aim to build on the success of the 2018 Festival, which finished its 5-day run with record ticket sales, sell-out events and a line-up widely praised both for its variety and broad appeal.  The Festival programme will once again include a Schools Day, writing competitions, Stroud Short Stories and much more besides.

 

Stroud Book Festival’s Artistic Director Caroline Sanderson says ‘We’re delighted that Ian McEwan has agreed to appear at this year’s Festival, and look forward to announcing more exciting events in the coming weeks. Children’s Artistic Director, Jane Churchill and I are already hard at work to bring a host of authors to Stroud who will animate, educate and entertain our audiences this coming November.’

 

Festival Director Paul McLaughlin says: ‘We are hugely grateful for the support we received from the local business community in 2018 and look forward to partnering again with so many brilliant Stroud companies and organisations. We are also very excited by the prospect of working closely with the new team at the Subscription Rooms as both venue and box office.’

 

For all enquiries please contact:

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

www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk


Carolyn Shanti - Book Launch

‘Trap, Prey, Lust' by Carolyn Shanti

 

Carolyn Shanti is a Cheltenham writer whose book ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’ concerns

the hidden sexual crimes of the rich and famous.  The book will be launched by her publisher on 26th February in London.

Although the book is a novel about sexual crimes against women and children it is based on the author’s own story of ritual abuse that she experienced as a child.

The book is already up on worldwide Amazon. Pre-orders can be made on Amazon, Waterstones and Carolyn's own website for the book.

www.carolynshanti.com


Stroud Short Stories + Competition Launch

Stroud Short Stories - New dates, new theme, new venue!
The next Stroud Short Stories event will be held on Sunday 19 May 2019 at a new venue, The Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud.
SSS opens for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers for this event on I February and closes on 31 March.
The theme is 'Incendiary!' so we are looking for stories, both literally and metaphorically about fire, heat, passion, rebellion, incineration, inflamed feelings, subversion etc.
As always it's free to submit, and we accept both published and unpublished stories.
Ten stories will be chosen by co-judges novelist/short story author, Ali Bacon, and SSS organiser, John Holland. On the night the authors will read their stories to an audience of up to 150 short story lovers.
All the info you need is on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
Why not subscribe for SSS newsletters so you don't miss a thing? http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

5 Star Review...

Congratulations to Sue Cross who has received a 5 start review on Amazon for her collection 'Stories To Go'

Available now and also on order from your local bookseller .. ;)

Five star Amazon review:
'Sue Cross has won awards for her short stories and many of these are very relatable to most of us. "Stories to Go" are just that: easy to dip into while waiting at the doctor's, the dentist's or the bus. Sue Cross's cosmopolitan and much-travelled background comes through in her stories and there's always an interesting twist in the end. As a British expat living in the US, I had no problem relating to some geographical references and English idioms such as pinny for apron. Each one of the ninety-three short stories is unique and I find it difficult to single my favourites but I did find "Mother's Word of Wisdom". "Head Banging", "On the Rocks", "A Moving Experience", really entertaining. There is something for everybody in this book and I certainly recommend it.'


Cheltenham Poetry Festival - Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Cheltenham Poetry Festival are delighted to announce the launch of their Poetry Pamphlet Competition,
This is a fantastic (and rare) opportunity to get your work into print with the Prize of 50 copies of a 32-page pamphlet
plus a publishing contract for  the winner
Cheltenham Poetry Festival will also provide marketing support, including a headline poet event for the winning poet.
           Closing date: 15 January 2019.
Please click through to full details of how to enter:    Frosted Fire Firsts
Good luck everyone !

Pushcart Prize Nomination for Miki Byrne

Miki's poem 'City' is being nominated for this years Pushcart Prize!.

''Many thanks for Editor Darren at Stepaway Magazine for having enough faith in my work to nominate it''

The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honours the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured.

Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. It is supported and staffed by volunteers.