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 gillgarrettbooks@gmail.com


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.


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 info@gloswriters.org.uk.


'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.


GWN 2020 Winners' Event

On Sunday 4th October we celebrated the successful entries to our poetry and prose competition, on the theme of “My World,” at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. It was the first time that we were live streamed, that we had to hear the judges’ comments and enjoy samples of their writing on pre-recorded videos rather than live, and that more of the winning pieces were read on behalf of, as opposed to by, their author. But we were there!

In a year when nobody could have envisaged the havoc a microscopic organism could wreak on our existence, we were lucky to have two amazing judges, Tyler Keevil for prose and Sarah James/ Leavesley for poetry, who still spent their time deliberating over the submissions, we are informed by them, of a very high standard, before they declared the winners. We were also very fortunate to have the support and professionalism of the team at the Festival who made the event, not only possible, but fun.

Of course, some things were the same. We came to be entertained by the poems and the stories and we were.

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Timms read her winning poem “Final Gig at the Motorway Services”

 

 

 

 

 

Iris Anne Lewis was a runner up with her poem “Earthrise “and her prose piece “Two Dark Shadows”

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Griffin was a runner up with her poem “Old Times.”

 

And although the other entries were read by members of the GWN team they held the “voices” of their authors.

Strands by Robin Darrock, the prose winner.

The Wall by Tony Domaille, prose runner up.

Unchartered by Derek Healy, poetry runner up.

Cage in the Sky by Joanna Campbell, prose runner up.

 

Whilst some aspects of this year we would gladly leave behind, we loved the inspiration it gave to our entrants, the determination and enthusiasm of those we encountered and the fact that we were able to share the event with a wider audience. Those things we will be more than glad to take forward.

With best wishes

The GWN Team

The GWN anthology is available from Black Pear.
Books published by the judges are available at Waterstones.


Superlative

The Gloucestershire-based literary journal, Superlative, has selected its winners and contributors for its 2020 'New Beginnings' short story competition and journal.

Competition Winners

'Birdsong' by Lui Sit (Winner)
'Mockingbirds' by Faraaz Mahomed (Runner-up)
'Seven' by Richard Hooton (Runner-up)

 

Journal Contributors

'Born Standing' by Ed James
'And the Stone Rolls On' by Alex Blank
'Did I do Something Wrong?' by Harrison Lake
'Crow Overlooking' by M.M. Mancey
'Circular Breathing' by Becca Edwards
'I'll Never Leave You' by Asha Sutton
'Saving Skyler' by William Falo
'The Perpetually Dying Woman' by Mr Uku

Competition winners are published online here.

Back issues of the journal can be purchased here, and subscriptions can be purchased here.


'In Search of You', by Patsy Freeman

A local author from Nailsworth, Patsy Freeman, has recently published In Search of You - letters to a daughter, described as: 'Heart-felt, courageous and a compelling page turner, this memoir is a beacon for those in grief'.

 

Patsy's website also contains many resources to help those dealing with grief and bereavement.

Click here for more information.