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.


Iris Anne Lewis - Poet

Iris Anne Lewis has had poems published in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 24 ("Signet Ring") and Black Bough’s Deep Time Anthology Volume 1 ("Swan Song in the Geissenklösterle Cave").

 

Three of her poems will also be published in the forthcoming winter issue of The High Window.

 


Superlative Short Story Literary Journal

Superlative is an annual short story literary magazine: the 2020 submission deadline is Monday 31st August.

£100 cash prize and publication in the journal.

'We publish quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. We work closely with developing writers so that, when we publish their work, it is well-crafted.
By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations.
Our journal is published annually, available each year from November.'

 

Click here for journal submission details.
Click here for competition submission details.


Ten Short and Tall Stories from Glocuester

Recently published on Kindle by Steve White, Ten Short and Tall Stories from Gloucester is available for purchase on kindle.

'...funny, sad, horrific and just a bit odd. Some are from the 1970s and highlight what an interesting place Gloucester was to grow up in during a turbulent period. Other stories cover different aspects of life in Gloucester and the surrounding areas. Ideal for people with a background in the City and for those who do not a captivating introduction to the delights of Gloucester.'

Click here for more information.


Lockdown Exploits

When lockdown began, my husband Peter and I knew we had a chance to put a long-held ambition into practice; to draw together all the tools and techniques we had delivered as leadership trainers and taken onboard as individuals committed to personal development. The result is a self-help book called Finding Happiness after Covid 19. Why the name? A lot of people are questioning whether the way we led our lives really did support our needs for happiness and fulfilment. It’s designed to help people explore what they understand by happiness, draw up an action plan and finally a section on how to understand some of the obstacles which often sabotage our attempts to make life changes.

The book is available on Amazon for £2.43 and has been designed as an ebook with plenty of colour diagrams and links to useful websites to make it as user friendly as possible. We hope to have a free promotion in August some time.


New Poetry Collection by Derek Healy

Gloucestershire poet Derek Healy (recently exiled to the Malverns) has just had his second full length collection published. Called "Home", it is produced by Graffiti Books, costs £7, and is available to buy here or from Derek by email: dch.derekhealy@gmail.com

"Derek Healy writes beautifully. Lyrically rich, vividly imagistic, poignant and moving, these poems stay with you long after their reading." Anna Saunders

"His skilful use of form, as well as free verse, is a joy." Rona Laycock

"... ranges through lyrical reflection and wry, self-deprecatory humour to the raw honesty of his evocative musings on man's insignificance in the grand scheme of things.". Marilyn Timms


Cheryl Burman's Free Fantasy Trilogy

Cheryl is a Gloucestershire-based writer who has recently re-launched her fantasy trilogy, Guardians of the Forest.

It is free to download on kindle 22nd May - 23rd June.

Click here for more information.