K. Lorraine Kiidumae - 'River of Forgiveness'

Lorraine is a Canadian writer who will be coming to study in the UK this autumn with the University of Gloucestershire MA Program in Creative Writing.
In late June, her first novel entitled 'River of Forgiveness', was released by Saguaro Books, LLC, PTP Book Division, a small publisher in the USA and was in the top 100 Bestsellers in the Coming of Age Novels on Amazon.ca for the last month. It is available as an e-book here
You can find out more about Lorraine and her writing here
The Gloucestershire Writers' Network wish Lorraine a happy and fulfilling time for her studies in our beautiful county.

The Curse of The Sapphire Blade, a Black Dog Production at The Cotswold Playhouse Stroud, Saturday July 10th - Review by Sharon Webster

Described as a “light-hearted, fantasy romp”, this play written by Russell Eccleston, the actor who plays Rivac, and a co-founder of Black Dog Productions, had us laughing and chuckling within a few minutes and continued to do so all the way through. We were carried along in a hugely imaginative tale of bravery, fun, morals, love and friendship through the eyes of the five very individual and amusing characters involved. To their credit, the actors held our attention happily in this surreal place without the need for a scene change or a break. Of particular note for me was the amazing choreography of the fight scenes and the good taste it all left in your mouth, a welcome feel-good factor in these unusual times

It can be seen at:

The Rondo Theatre, Bath on July 14th 0333 666 3366 www.rondotheatre.co.uk

The Alma Tavern And Theatre, Bristol on July 16th & 17th

0117 973 5171 www.almatavernandtheatre.co.uk/theatre


‘When this is all over . . .’ – a Covid anthology, ed Jan Moran Neil and Adrian Spalding

Writers from all over the world have contributed work to this anthology about the pandemic, including Gloucestershire writers Sheila Johnson, Susannah White and Liz Carew.

It costs around £8.00 to buy. Money raised through sales will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care. More details here




All They Will Call You

GARAS volunteer, Ian Parker-Dodd, has written a collection of poetry entitled All They Will Call You. Ian says, “this book was inspired in the time that I spent helping teach unaccompanied migrant children at GARAS for the four years leading up to the pandemic.” As well as the thought-provoking, and at times provocative, poems, there are additional prose contributions from others connected to GARAS.

The stunning front cover is a Derek Robertson painting, Children of the Clouds, and the book has been thoughtfully and beautifully produced. Adele Owen, Director of GARAS, says “this is an inspirational book. As I read some of the poems, I was transported afresh into the world and experience of others. We are delighted and privileged to have worked alongside Ian over the years, and for this book to be one of the positive results of his work with us.”

All They Will Call You is available to buy from GARAS, at a cost of £10 per copy, with a voluntary donation of £1 to cover p&p. All proceeds will go towards the work of GARAS. If you would like to purchase a copy, please email admin@garas.org.uk

Bryony Pearce - novelist and short story writer

Bryony lives in the Forest of Dean, having moved there from Cheshire six years ago.

Bryony has sold eleven books to publishers and has had nine Young Adult titles published (mainly dark thrillers and horror).  Her adult debut 'The Girl on the Platform' is a domestic noir thriller and came out in April (with Avon HarperCollins).  The next comes out in Spring 2022. She also write short stories for science fiction anthologies.

To find out more about Bryony and her work, please visit her website here or follow her on Twitter or Instagram @BryonyPearce

Her books can be bought from Amazon, or ordered from all bookshops.

To Dads- with love, ed Aurelien Thomas

To Dads- with Love is a poetical journey celebrating fathers and fatherhood.

Congratulations to all the poets, especially those from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire whose work is featured including Angela France, Susannah White, Sharon Larkin, Michael Newman, Catherine Baker, Frances March and Christine Griffin.

To Dads- with Love is available in paperback from Amazon.  Details here


Read our June 2021 newsletter here

The GWN News June 2021

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Writing Competition 2021

Supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

There is still time to enter our competition.

Theme: Signposts

Closing Date: 30th June

Prose Judge: Debbie Young. Entries up to 750 words.

Poetry Judge: Carrie Etter. Entries up to 50 lines

Full details http:// www.gloswriters.org.uk


Writing Places, Writing Faces

Has your writing group started to meet up again? Have you had a change of venue? Let us know and we can put it in our newsletter and on the website so that other writers can find you.



Writer’s News and Successes 

1.Erbacce Pamphlet Competition

Frank McMahon from Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester has just received a Highly Commended recognition in this year's event.
He was one of 100 from a total entry field in excess of 12,500.
His poems will be published in Journal 68 of Erbacce.


2.The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam

Open to young poets, aged 18-25. An opportunity to showcase your talent in front of a live audience and to win a cash prize.

Apply: Poetry Slam Call Out


3.The Phare Writing Competition.

Theme - COAST. Short fiction up to 2,000 words, or creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words. Submissions window June 1st to July 25th.


  1. Evesham Festival of Words Limerick Competition

Opens for entries on 1stJune. Light-hearted and fun, silly or even nonsensical, entries from anyone over the age of 12 are welcomed. For more details of their programme go to their website-www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org


  1. GWN need a new webmaster

We are looking for a webmaster. If anyone has an interest or expertise in this area and would like to help out, please get in touch at info@gloswriters.org.uk. The role involves posting information in the Calendar and News and Reviews sections of the website while Livvy Howarth continues as website administrator. Training is available if needed.


6.OH Crumbs 'evening of letters' Thurs 3rd June

Oh Crumbs 'an evening of letters'

'K' or an invite - a declaration of love

a recipe, directions.....Zoom letter box 603 854 102 pw 018454

please pass it on....


Useful information

The Society of Authors have set up an Authors’ Emergency Fund to provide grant assistance for writers in financial difficulty.  Details at



🔊Call out to all our readers

As we return to some normality over the next few months, please can you make sure the information we have for your groups, including contact details, is up to date and let us know when we can begin to post your live events on our calendar.

We would love to hear more about what you are writing, where you are writing, who you write with, what inspires you, your successes and failures or if you have an amusing tale to tell. Send it to info@gloswriters.org.uk


To Contact Us

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And Finally

A picture can speak a thousand words, but a thousand words can paint you a thousand pictures. Evy Michaels

Enjoy your “painting”

Sharon (for GWN).


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Oh Crumbs sourced from the Forest of Dean, no. 35, Thursday 20th May (appears every 2 weeks)

It is an evening of words tossed above and propelled from lungs.

There will be poems, stories, songs, performances from many different places

and many different people.

Last time we featured the powerful words of award-winning poet Tess Biddington.

In the future we will share the moving songs of acclaimed Irish folk singer Tommy Sands.

This week Thursday 20th May from 8pm we open the gates for all comers.

It is one of our lively, unexpected OPEN MIKE concoctions including -

regulars storyteller shepherd Darren (still lambing after all these weeks) Hoskins, Forest bard (new book out very soon) Maggie Clutterbuck

Charlie Markwick - the French connection and stir it up with Leonard Custard ....

Zoomed from screens far and near (603 854 102 pw 018454)

You are welcome to speak your piece or slouch in the corner sipping the brew ....

Barry Faulkner's latest book in The Gold Digger series

The second book in the Ben Nevis and The Gold Digger series NATIONAL TREASURE hits the shelves and Amazon on May 7th. This time Ben is mixed up in European drug gangs and a kidnapped actress. The paperback is in 'easy-read' 14 point font'.  For more information about Barry's work see here


Stroud Short Stories 10th Birthday Event

Formed in 2011, Stroud Short Stories is celebrating its 10th Birthday with a new event entitled 'Sharp Stars And Old Magic and Other Stories'. The event is free and unticketed and will be available on the SSS YouTube channel via links on the SSS website (stroudshortstories.blogspot.com) from 7.30 on Sunday 9 May.
90 Gloucestershire writers submitted 125 stories for the event. Co-judges Chloe Turner and John Holland chose ten writers to read their brilliant stories - Nimue Brown, Cheryl Burman, David Goodland, Mhairi Gray, Diana Humphrey, Jason Jackson, Sally Jenkinson, Kate Keogan, Nastasya Parker and Sean W. Quigley.