OH Crumbs live in the Forest of Dean Spring Festival April 8-10th 2021

'Oh Crumbs'  "a lively accessible spoken word event" continues to offer live space for poets, story tellers and performers. With a Thursday evening spot every 2 weeks from 8pm they have welcomed performances from many places: live stories from Iran, Donegal, Cardiff, rants from London, tales from Ruardean, Salford, poems from Bream, Gloucester,

Usually, a special guest on alternate weeks and open-mic every time. This week, they are running a Spring Festival with Scots-born story teller Rona Barbour this Thursday 8th from 8pm.

The Zoom detail for these regular Thursday sessions are: 603 854 102 and password 018454.

 

Saturday 10th April from 10am

A day of workshops and 'Oh Crumbs goes Cuckoo' Cabaret-

Workshop leaders include award winning poet Tess Biddington, Story teller Jane Springham, and London-based performance poet Janine Booth.

Hybrid shepherd/minstrel Darren Hoskins will introduce his 'Crankies' shadows , shapes and stories.

From 5pm, the cuckoo cabaret including guests, regulars and open-mic.

There are a limited number of tickets for the whole day only £10.

All welcome

For further information please email: ohcrumbs@coalway.f9.co.uk

Or visit: www.thecolefordhub.info

 

 


Jennie Farley's Latest Features

Jennie Farley’s poems from her new collection-in-progress have recently featured in:

The Sunday Tribune (The Museum of Dreams)

Raceme (The Worry Doll)

Poetry Wales (Bones, The Summer Ghost)

Dear Reader (The Lonely Glove, Annabel, Judy’s Hand)


Kathryn Southworth’s New Poetry Pamphlet

Kathryn Southworth’s poetry pamphlet on the death of Virginia Woolf with line drawings by Charles Perrett was published by the letterpress Paekakariki in March.

Limited edition copies available from Paekakariki or from Kathryn priced £10.

Click here to purchase your copy of A Pure Bead.


Cheryl Burman's New Novel 'Keepers'

Cheryl Burman's new women's historical fiction novel, 'Keepers' was released in early April and is attracting five star reviews.

Click here for more information.


Jan Turk Petrie's New Novel, 'Running Behind Time'

There’s a wrinkle in time on the 15:15 train from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa...

Jan Turk Petrie is delighted to announce that her new novel, Running Behind Time, has been published in paperback and on Kindle, available from Amazon.

It is free to read if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, and the paperback will soon be available to order in bookshops.

Order your copy here.

 

A fast-paced, time slip novel, the story is set partly in the Cotswolds. It's just been awarded a 5 star medallion  by reviewers for Readers’ Favorite (USA) To quote:

“An entertaining, thrilling book – don’t miss it!”

“For a bit of fantasy and suspension of reality in these tough times, with a story that is topical for today, this is a winner.”


Michael Newman's Latest Poetry Book

Michael Newman's latest poetry book Seasoned with Nostalgia has been published by KT Publications.

Copies available from the author at 18 Courtiers Drive, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8NU for £5 including postage.


Barry Faulkner's New Releases

The first two books in Barry Faulkner's DCS Palmer and the Serial murder Squad series will be offered as a single volume FREE ebook as a taster on Amazon between 5th-9th March.

 

First in new series 'Ben Nevis and the Gold Digger' thrillers is out on March 5th - pre-order now, ebook for only £1.99:

London private eye Ben Nevis, ex SAS/OCS/N14 gets a peculiar request from a new lady client, 'kill my husband'. A few days later the husband appears in Ben's London office with the request 'kill my wife'. Ben has his partner the Gold Digger take a good look into the pair and some illegal international arms dealing is exposed with missiles going from the UK through Cyprus and Turkey to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and on to terrorist cells in the Middle East. After a surprise visit from Ben's old boss at MI6 Ben finds himself enrolled in a mission to stop the trade with help of the British SBS based in Cyprus who are to get him into Turkey to blow up the arms and then get him out again. But things don't go to plan. It is a full action novel set in the present day with twists and turns bringing it to the final explosive conclusion.

 

Click here to visit Barry Faulkner's new website, with a Readers Club for lots of freebies!


Steel Jackdaw Submissions Open

Steel Jackdaw is a new arts magazine, which celebrates creative expression and promotes positive environmental and social change.

The first edition is raising 100% of its profits to charity, ClientEarth, and international environmental charity and local charity The Nelson Trust.

Edition 2 is now open for submission by creatives and artists of any discipline, including poetry, flash fiction and storytelling.

Please visit Steel Jackdaw's website to find out more about the new magazine and to submit.

The submission window for edition two closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of April.


Creative Opportunities

For anybody scouring the web for unique creative opportunities, here are a few places that might aid your search.

Literature works, who's mission is to nurture the creative use of stories, words and writing by and for individuals and communities of all kinds in our region - Click here for more information about Literature Works.

Retreat West's Online Creative Writing School - Click here for more information about Retreat West.

Writer's HQ, 'stop f**king about & start writing' - Click here for more information about Writer's HQ.

Paper Nations, who want to make writing part of our national life - Click here for more information about Paper Nations.

Dialect Writers, a new and inclusive platform designed to help rural writers develop their talent - Click here for more information about Dialect Writers.

Ink, Sweat & Tears, now offering 3 month paid internships, focusing on the BAME community -  Click here for more information about Ink, Sweat & Tears.

 


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.