Playwriting Workshops for Schools

Papatango Theatre Company are offering free playwriting workshops to schools in the south west, with slots slots available for Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020.

Papatango are a multi-award winning new writing company. Our GoWrite programme provides a playwriting project, culminating in a performance by professional actors and publication of a play written by students, in state schools across London, the North West and the South West. It is completely free to schools.

Papatango’s team of experienced workshop leaders/professional theatre-makers come in and run two workshops with a group of up to 30 students from Key Stages 3 or 4. In the first, students work together in small theatre companies to write/improvise a one-act play. In the second, professional actors come in to rehearse and stage the plays. Even more excitingly, the plays will be published in book format, with a free copy for each student and free copies for the school library. 

The workshops aim to give students a taste of both playwriting and professional theatre making. They not only complement the curriculum – English and Drama – but also encourage team-working and help students to develop confidence in writing, creative thinking and expressing their ideas. To help prepare the workshops, teachers will receive a comprehensive toolkit. 

“The Papatango workshop has provided an invaluable experience for our students and raised their confidence, not only of how to approach writing a play, but also how to analyse the way in which plays are structured and characters are developed. The quality of the work developed by the students was of a very high standard. It was interesting for them to see a ‘rehearsed reading’, as many of them had only seen professional actors perform in polished performances. Many have developed an interest in watching ‘scratch’ nights. Gaining access to arts in the curriculum is absolutely invaluable to a child’s development. Having a workshop of this standard in our school has been fantastic. The preparation pack was excellent.”

We have a limited number of spaces still available for workshops in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you are interested in your school taking part, or would like to find out more, please email Sarah Parkes, Assistant Producer, at sarah@papatango.co.uk


Be the next Poet Laureate...

The Hunt is on! Searching for Gloucestershire’s Next Poet Laureate.

Nominations are open from now until the closing date on Friday 27th September 2019 at 5pm

The Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

The Gloucestershire Poet laureate will be a poet, resident of the county. A page poet, performance poet, or spoken word artist that will have been nominated by people living in Gloucestershire.

The Role of the Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

The role of the Poet Laureate will be to champion poetry across the county in a range of settings providing an opportunity for the people of Gloucestershire to experience poetry in its many forms. They will support events and enable and encourage participation for all, including the most marginalised and socially excluded across the county.

Nominations and closing date

Nominations are open from now till 27th September 2019 where nominees will get a chance to share their poetry at an event on 12th October at The Olympus Theatre!

Judging who will be The Next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate

Judges from Gloucestershire’s poetry community will select the winner and nominees will be invited back to the Olympus Theatre where the current Poet Laureate, Brenda Read-Brown, will share her work and announce the new Poet Laureate.

How can I nominate a Gloucestershire poet?

If you live in Gloucestershire and would like to nominate a Gloucestershire poet: Send in an A4 attachment ( Word or PDF ) of no less than 400 words, detailing why your nominated poet should become the next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate. By email to:

nominations@gloucestershirepoetlaureate.co.uk

I’m a Gloucestershire poet and want to nominate myself

If you are a poet living in Gloucestershire and would like to nominate yourself: Send in an A4 attachment ( Word or PDF ) of no less than 400 words, detailing why you would like to be the next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate. By email to:

nominations@gloucestershirepoetlaureate.co.uk

 


Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers

The creative writing incubator Paper Nations has launched a new digital writing commission to support writers in the South West (Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire). Please find some brief information below and more detailed info attached.
Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers
Beyond the Book is a new scheme to develop innovative models for writing and publication, promoting dialogue between writers, technologists and publishers. We will support three writers with a connection to Somerset, Gloucestershire, or Wiltshire over six months to experiment with the possibilities of telling stories using a smartphone.
We’ll offer £5000 and support to develop text-based digital projects and the opportunity to reach local, national, and international audiences.
Beyond the Book is led by writer, Professor Kate Pullinger, and delivered by Paper Nations. Based at Bath Spa University, the Paper Nations team has partnered with a panel of experts who want to see work that is innovative, experimental, and shows a curiosity about the potential of smartphones.
The deadline for applications is 1st September 2019.

When Jane Austen came to town...

Jane Austen and the Cheltonians

Presented by Natura Contemporary Theatre

What really happened when Jane Austen visited Cheltenham in May 1816?

In this sparklingly witty and intelligent new comedy the truth is revealed. Emboldened by the success of her latest novel Jane conjures-up her literary muse Emma Woodhouse to help her write her next novel The Cheltonians - in which surely nothing can go wrong? However when Emma's friend Eloisa Fairweather arrives the temptation to start matchmaking again proves irresistible. Delicious complications follow, as love letters go astray, French émigrés arrive and Emma finds herself the attention of a young army officer. A timeless comment on marriage, morals and love.

Dates for you to save in your diaries are 6th, 7th & 8th February 2020, as Jane Austen & The Cheltonians comes to the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham's Irving Studio as part of its 2020 tour. Here is the link and please do watch the trailer:
Then of course book at your leisure, as Jane Austen herself would have recommended.
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Book Launch - Abdul-Ahad Patel

I am holding a book launch at The Wilson in Cheltenham on 31/08/2019 at 2PM.
The event is invite only for 50 limited edition copies of my short-story ‘The Ghost of Shaolin’. All books have been handmade by myself and graphic design artist Adam Taie.
The event will consist of an opening with Qu’ran recitation and translation from my cousin and singer Ishaq Patel. A talk from my father and artist Abdul-Rasheed Patel regarding his illustration contribution to the book. Poetry and awareness of oppression currently happening in China by Flo Poet Annotate (Liam Spencer). To close the event I will be talking about the book and the making of. With the last section a chance for attendees to purchase a copy.
If you would like to attend - please contact Abdul-Ahad through his web site.
Abdul-Ahad Patel.

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