5 Star Review...

Congratulations to Sue Cross who has received a 5 start review on Amazon for her collection 'Stories To Go'

Available now and also on order from your local bookseller .. ;)

Five star Amazon review:
'Sue Cross has won awards for her short stories and many of these are very relatable to most of us. "Stories to Go" are just that: easy to dip into while waiting at the doctor's, the dentist's or the bus. Sue Cross's cosmopolitan and much-travelled background comes through in her stories and there's always an interesting twist in the end. As a British expat living in the US, I had no problem relating to some geographical references and English idioms such as pinny for apron. Each one of the ninety-three short stories is unique and I find it difficult to single my favourites but I did find "Mother's Word of Wisdom". "Head Banging", "On the Rocks", "A Moving Experience", really entertaining. There is something for everybody in this book and I certainly recommend it.'

Cheltenham Poetry Festival - Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Cheltenham Poetry Festival are delighted to announce the launch of their Poetry Pamphlet Competition,
This is a fantastic (and rare) opportunity to get your work into print with the Prize of 50 copies of a 32-page pamphlet
plus a publishing contract for  the winner
Cheltenham Poetry Festival will also provide marketing support, including a headline poet event for the winning poet.
           Closing date: 15 January 2019.
Please click through to full details of how to enter:    Frosted Fire Firsts
Good luck everyone !

Pushcart Prize Nomination for Miki Byrne

Miki's poem 'City' is being nominated for this years Pushcart Prize!.

''Many thanks for Editor Darren at Stepaway Magazine for having enough faith in my work to nominate it''

The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honours the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured.

Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. It is supported and staffed by volunteers.

Jan Turk Petrie celebrates second book launch...

Following the successful launch of her Nordic near future thriller ‘Until the Ice Cracks, Pintail Press have just published the second book in Jan's Eldísvík trilogy: ‘No God for a Warrior.’
Jan was interviewed about the first books on Corinium Radio’s Writer’s Room and you can hear this on the link below).
Jan will be recording a follow up interview about the new book and this will be broadcast shortly.

Celebrating Miki Byrne's 500th Publication











Today we’d like to share some very special news about a very special Glos Writer, Miki Byrne, who’s just had published her 500th piece of writing – a poem titled River Rising.

She is one of GWN's longest serving members and has both won and been placed in the GWN competition several times over the years and is an inspiration to us all.

Miki is the author of poetry collections ‘Nice bits & Hissy-fits’ ‘Flying Through Houses’ and Mackerel Sky’. She has had work included in over 200 poetry magazines/anthologies, including the Raving Beauties Anthology published by Bloodaxe, Wraith Infirmity Muses Inaugural issue and D/deaf/Disabled Poetry Anthology by Nine Arches Press. Other poems have been included in Popshot, Obsessed with Pipework, Acumen and Tears in the Fence.  Miki has read on Carlton TV and BBC TV and on numerous radio stations. Venues she has read in include The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Tewkesbury Medieval Fayre.  Miki was a finalist for Gloucestershire Poet Laureate.  Her poems have been in Poems in the Waiting Room, a joint NHS/Arts Council initiative.  She has also had a number of articles published. Miki founded and ran In Your Own Words poetry group at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury.  Miki began reading her work in a Bikers Club in Birmingham.  She is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire UK.

She says ' ... I began writing in the year 2000. The poem 'River Rising' is my 500th poem to be included in a magazine or anthology. I would not have achieved this, or written the poems that have not yet been accepted somewhere, if it was not for the help of fellow poets, workshops and poetry books already available. Being disabled I don't see many of you. Knowing you are all out there helps a lot. ...'

We're sure you'll all join in with us in wishing Miki many more years of successful publishing and we are pleased to share with you her 500th published work! Enjoy.

River  Rising. 


River creeps, tumbles, rages.

Works up a frenzy of force.

Sucks bones of buildings bare.

Tears out roots of lives.

Hurls possessions with the abandon

of a party drunk who cares nought

for destruction.

Water spreads like infection

through a town where tears

add to its increase and a woman

screams at nature.

Falls howling to her knees in turgid water.

Sullen skies deposit misery

in rain-fuelled surges, the foetid rise

of drains.

Homes are consumed, sliced away

from foundations, slurped down

into wet maws of sunken roads.

Dragged in the violent sweep

of muscular currents.

Pumps roar, sandbag lines snake

into futile barricades.

Red boats stutter through the flood

as life attempts to progress.

Yellow clad men ease a disabled boy

over his bedroom windowsill.


Accepted ( by courtesy of Editor Marie Lightman) by the Writer’s Café theme ‘Elements’.  October 2018.


Stroud Book Festival - Forthcoming Highlights:

Festival highlights hand-picked for Glos Writers:

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Thursday 8th November Award winning Poet Daljit Nagra https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/daljit-nagra/
Thursday 8th November Open Mic Night  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/open-mic-night/
Friday 9th November A Problem Shared, AJ Pearce & Bel Mooney  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/a-j-pearce-bel-mooney/
Friday 9th November Literary Page-Turners (chaired by the Editor of Booker Prize winner Anna Burns) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/kirsty-gunn-tony-white/
Friday 9th November Poetry Night https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/poetry-night/
Friday 9th November Something Nasty in the Living Room / Domestic Noir (Elisa Lodato and Amanda Reynolds)  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/lodato-reynolds/
Saturday 10th November Houses of Intrigue (Susan Fletcher, Kate Riordan)  https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/houses-of-intrigue/
Saturday 10th November Healing https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/sally-bayley-and-alice-jolly/
Saturday 10th November Family Life in Fiction (Patrick Gale, Jane Bailey) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/patrick-gale-jane-bailey/
Sunday 11th November Workshop (Jane Bailey, Kate Riordan) https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/hatching-a-work-of-fiction/
Sunday 11th November Contemporary Sci-Fi https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/event/contemporary-sci-fi/


Book Launch - Historic England: Cheltenham

Historic England: Cheltenham

David Elder will be signing copies of his new book on Cheltenham (part of the Historic England series published by Amberley) at the Suffolk Anthology (17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham GL50 2AE) on 26th October at 6:45-8:00pm

This illustrated history provides a nostalgic look at Cheltenham’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present.

Historic England: Cheltenham shows the town as it once was, from its grand streets and squares to its famous tree-lined promenades and gardens surrounding its spas. Once the ‘most complete Regency town in Britain’, Cheltenham became the most fashionable resort in England following George III’s visit and has enjoyed centuries of prosperity based on the discovery of its natural mineral springs. But the town has not rested on its laurels and is now a vibrant centre of festivals and fashionable shops, a Mecca for horse racing, international music, cricket and world-renowned schools and colleges. Cheltenham is one of the country’s most visited towns and this book will help you discover its colourful and fascinating history.

Stroud Book Festival - tickets now on sale ;)

We are delighted to share the news that tickets for Stroud Book Festival 2018 are now on sale!

This year’s line-up includes Prue Leith, Oz Clarke, Mary Portas, Will McCallum of Greenpeace and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Now in its third year, Stroud Book Festival offers over 40 eclectic and entertaining events over 5 days (7-11 November 2018), designed to enthral, inform and delight!

We’ve invited award-winning authors, illustrious illustrators, poets, performers and politicians, entrepreneurs, environmentalists and experts to this year’s festival. They’ll be sharing their experiences of life and everything in it: food & drink, environment & ecology, working better & living better, music & memoir, family & friendships – in other words, the lifeblood that connects us all. We’ll also be screening On Chesil Beach with Lansdown Film Club and Stroud Film Festival, as well as hosting live poetry events, Stroud Short Stories and workshops aplenty.  Full line-up here: www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk



For a younger audience, we have four-legged friends and bees seeking roses, cats, ants, a platypus, and pigs up noses; dinosaurs, Romans, cuddly toys, and a chance just to come and make lots of noise!  We also have an entire day dedicated to local primary schools.  Find out more here: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/schools-day/



Stroud Book Festival 7-11 November 2018