Resilience Anthology for the Dean and Wye Valley community

Resilience, ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’.

Your chance to be published!

Deadline is 31st July 2020.

Dean Writers Circle is working with Dean Scribblers to publish an anthology on the theme of Resilience, with an introduction by Forest-based best-selling author Andrew Taylor. The Forest is renowned for its resilience in the face of crisis, with the current pandemic the latest in a list including the 2001 foot and mouth tragedy, the 2007 floods and events far back in history. Now we are looking for widely and imaginative interpreted short stories and poems from those who live in or have close connections with the Dean and Wye Valley community.

Submissions from adults, young people and - in recognition of our lockdown - collaborative family efforts, are all welcome.

Proceeds from sales will raise funds for local charities.

Click here for more details and for submission details.


Have your short fiction published

Based in Gloucestershire, Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, publishes 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 and polished. By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations.

Take advantage of time spent indoors by getting your stories published!

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Click here for journal submission guidelines.
Click here for competition submission guidelines.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival Summer School

Beginning May: free readings, writing triggers, open mics and workshops.

Tutors include Angela France, David Clarke, Roy Mcfarlane, and more!

Click here for more information.


Gloucestershire Poet, Alison Mace, to appear at London Spring Festival

Gloucestershire writer, Alison Mace, will be introducing her first poetry collection, Man at the Ice House, published December 2019 by The High Window Press, at the Spring Festival of The Second Light Network of Women Poets.

The Festival takes place at the Artworkers' Guild in London on 22nd and 23rd May; poets will introduce their work with short readings at the start of the open mic sessions that end each day.

Alison lives in the Forest of Dean and co-runs the NaCOT poetry-writing group, which meets near Cheptsow and is involved with PIPs (Poets in Progress) and Dean Writers' Circle. She has always written poetry, and last year was lucky enough to be offered publication of a first collection by The High Window Press.

Man at the Ice House has four sections: one, a sequence dealing with her early life and the loss of her mother; another, a novelistic sequence telling the story of her formidable American aunt and family; and two sections of general interest, including poetry of place and nature. Her book was launched in Chepstow in December and can be bought online from Amazon and from the publishers.


"A Place for Writing"

Some news from our neighbours in Oxfordshire..

 

"A Place for Writing"  One-day Writing Course

Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU

 

Tuesday 9th June 2020  9.30am – 5.00pm   £ 90.00   Course fee includes buffet lunch

More details & Booking  http://www.buscotconcerts.co.uk/writing.htm

 

This is a one-day professionally-led course in the idyllic surroundings of Buscot Park, Oxfordshire.  The insights offered on this one-day course will enhance your understanding of writing and help you develop your writing skills.. A combination of writing exercises, text analysis, and group debate will form the basis of the day.  The emphasis throughout is upon developing an individual voice and a confident style while working in a wholly supportive environment.  Students will be encouraged to share and discuss their writing. As such, they will gain creative and critical skills which will bring a fresh perspective to the writing experience. Absolute beginners and practicing writers are equally welcome.

Designed by two professional writers with long experience of teaching at university level, the programme will address the writer’s art and craft in ways both practical and thought-provoking, involving both writing and the discussion of writing.

The programme’s focus will be broad, making it useful to writers of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction.

 

*The tutors

 

Professor Jem Poster and Dr. Sarah Burton have led Creative Writing courses at the Universties of Oxford and Cambridge and developed and ran the Master's course at Cambridge until 2017. They continue to teach for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education, [ICE], Guardian Masterclasses and the Oxford Literary Festival.  Between them they have written novels, non-fiction, children's fiction, plays and poetry. Their tried-and-tested supportive and informal but focused approach is designed to provide stimulation and ideas for writers of all levels of experience.

 

Dr. Sarah Burton:

Sarah currently teaches on weekend courses, day schools, online courses and the International Summer Programme. Until 2017 she was Course Director of ICE’s Master’s programme in Creative Writing; she now convenes ICE’s Writers’ Retreats. She teaches fiction, non-fiction, writing for performance and writing for children and also writes in all these genres.

Sarah's publications are diverse, including two critically acclaimed biographies, Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar (2000; translated into Korean, Japanese, Czech and Spanish) and A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (2003; shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year award); a children’s book, The Miracle in Bethlehem: A Storyteller’s Tale (2008), a page-to-stage guide, How to Put on a Community Play (2011) and a spoof, The Complete and Utter History of the World By Samuel Stewart, Aged 9 (2013). Sarah has also written and produced seven community plays.

Emeritus Professor Jem Poster:

Jem Poster worked as an archaeologist, surveying and excavating a range of sites on behalf of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments, before taking up an administrative post with Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education in 1987. From 1993 to 2003 he was University Lecturer in Literature with Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education and a fellow of Kellogg College. From 2003 to 2012 he was Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and is now Emeritus Professor. He is the author of two novels, Courting Shadows (Sceptre, 2002) and Rifling Paradise (Sceptre, 2006), as well as a collection of poetry, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001), and editor of a volume in the six-volume Oxford University Press Edward Thomas: Prose Writings (OUP, 2018). He has won prizes in major poetry competitions including first prize in both the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1995 and the Peterloo Poets Open Poetry Competition in 2001. He has been Chair of the editorial board of Wales’s leading literary journal, New Welsh Review, and Programme Advisor to the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education’s MSt in Creative Writing; he is currently Director of its International Summer Programme in Creative Writing, and is an Affiliated Lecturer of the Institute. He is also Director of Academic Programmes for the Financial Times Oxford Literary Festival.

 


News from our friends in Evesham

Reminder, our 2020 Short Story Competition is now open.

Coming soon: Workshops: Stepping into Social Media Workshop with Ellie Stevenson - Monday 10th Feb, 10.30 am - 1.00 pm, and Developing Your Novel (Editing) with Alison May - Saturday 7th March, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Still places available for these two workshops. Cost £15 and £25 respectively)

Monday 2nd March, Tony Conder will be talking about Gloucestershire's Chosen Trio (Poets Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells and FW Harvey). Tony's talk is at Holland House, Cropthorne, and follows a 2-course lunch. Arrive 12.30 for lunch at 1.00 pm. Tickets £18 direct from Holland House (tel: 01386 860330).

Since the last update we have added in two new events: Alice May will be talking about The House That Sat Down. Tuesday 23rd June, 2.30 pm, at a new venue for the Festival - Cavendish Park Care Home, Offenham Road. Its a fabulous venue, and Alice's talk will be followed by afternoon tea. Saturday 3rd October, 7.30 pm, we have Words and Music of The Vale with local singer/songwriter, Colin Pitts and friends. Venue: Unitarian Chapel, Oat Street.

Details of all events can be found on our Festival website. We are currently working on the Festival Brochure, which should be in print by end of March.

Our new Evesham Festival of Words Book Club was launched in January. It was a fantastic evening, much enjoyed by all who came, with so much lively and friendly discussion. Contact Helen Yendall if you are interested in finding out more (email: helenyendall@yahoo.co.uk).

Tickets for all 2020 events are now available and can be booked via me - email: info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org, or tel: 0787 1285606; via our Festival website (www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org) with payment by Paypal, or through the Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01386 446944). Note workshop tickets are not available through the Almonry.

We have a great line up for 2020 and no shortage of ideas. We would like a couple more people on the Steering Group. If you are interested, then do get in touch. Note that I will be abroad on holiday from 8th - 20th February with email but no phone access.

Meanwhile, look forward to seeing you at some of our great line up of events.

Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words


Annual Glosink event

GLOSINK AT PEPPERS
invites you to our annual reading of prose and poetry at Peppers Cafe in Gloucester
on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 18.30 to 20.30 with a half-hour interval.
Entry is free. Food and drink are available to purchase from the cafe during the event.
We look forward to seeing you there to share the art and craft of writing in a relaxed setting.