Book Launch - Jan Turk Petrie

Sheepscombe author Jan Turk Petrie is supporting Oxfam with the launch of her first novel this month. Jan will be signing copies of her new book, Until the Ice Cracks, in the Oxfam Cirencester Books and Music shop on October 27. She is donating a sizeable share of her sales on the day to the charity.‘I’m a big supporter of Oxfam and was delighted when they asked me to do a book signing. The shop is such a good resource for readers and writers.’

Until the Ice Cracks is the first volume of Jan’s trilogy of Eldisvik novels, set in a dark, cold Nordic city of the near future where heat is power, foxes are deadly and the line between the criminal underworld and the police is as thin as a crack in the ice – Nordic noir meets Blade Runner.

Volume Two of the trilogy ’No God fro a Warrior' will also be published by Pintail Press next month and Jan is hard at work on the final volume right now.

A successful short story writer, this is Jan’s first published novel. She is a former English teacher with an MA in creative writing from the University of Gloucestershire. Jan also finds time to paint and exhibit semi-abstract oil paintings and has a studio space in the Painswick Centre.

Jan will be in the Oxfam shop at 7 West Market Place, Cirencester from 10 am to 12 noon on October 27. If you aren’t able to call in, her book can now be borrowed from Painswick Library and is also available from Amazon as a paperback or in Kindle format.

Congratulations to John Holland

John Holland wins the To Hull And Back Short Story Competition
Stroud Short Stories organiser, John Holland, has won the 2018 £1,000 First Prize in the To Hull And Back Short Story Competition (for humorous stories) with his story 'Lips'. John, who also won the Dorset Fiction Award in July, will have the pleasure of journeying to Hull, having his mugshot on the front cover of the printed anthology and reading his story at the launch on 8 December.
Here is how the announcement was made ;)

Lo, verily and yay, here be the most splendid, original, pioneering and prodigious stories entered into the 2018 contest. These stories scored well consistently across a variety of reading tastes.

Congratulations to all the winners – you have each penned a fable of mirth and legend that will be revered for eternity in the To Hull And Back archive.

1st Prize

Lips, by John Holland

All info -

New Book from Gloucester based writer Abdul-Ahad Patel

Now living and writing in Gloucester, Abdul-Ahad Patel is self-publishing his debut novel 'Native' in October.

Please see his web site for more information:  Abdul- Ahad Patel


Stroud Short Stories Launches New Anthology

The new Stroud Short Stories Anthology 2015-2018 is being launched on Friday 28 September. The anthology covers three years, six events and 57 stories by 45 Gloucestershire authors in 254 pages.

The launch is at the Ale House, John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA on Friday 28 September from 7.00 to 10.00pm. Organiser and anthology editor John Holland will say a few words at 7.30 when Mark Graham will then read his story 'Wayland Smith: Warrior of the Milky Way' from the anthology.

The 45 authors in the anthology include four GWN prose winners - Emma Kernahan, Alex Clark, Nastasya Parker and Philip Douch - plus former GWN judge Lania Knight, as well as favourites like Rick Vick, Joanna Campbell, Chloe Turner, Steve Wheeler, Melanie Golding, Simon Piney, Kate O'Grady, Ali Bacon, Jason Jackson, Jan Petrie and Andrew Stevenson.

The event is free and unticketed. Why come along and join us? The anthology, priced at £10.00, provides an eclectic mix of brilliant stories.

To reserve a copy, please email John Holland on

For more information including a full list of all 45 authors being published in the anthology please click here

New Poetry Workshop starts 04.09.18


A new CPS poetry workshop series starts in Cheltenham in September – in a new venue:

7pm-10pm Tuesday 4 September, upstairs at Moss Books, Henrietta St, GL50 4AA.  

Led by Claire Thelwell, the workshops are open to everyone who wants to experiment with their writing in an encouraging environment.

The aims of the workshops are to:

- explore new techniques
- aid the imagination
- generate ideas

For this first in the series, Claire will be using material from the Answering Back anthology edited by Carole Ann Duffy. No need to buy or read the book beforehand! Everything you need will be provided. Just bring your usual writing materials/method ... and £4.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be included.

NEW Courses starting at WEA

WEA announce the launch of new courses for Creative Writing starting this Autumn

Creative Story Writing: drafting, feedback & redrafting skills.  C3529635


Creative Writing C3529636

These will be held at: The Roots Coffee & Community Centre, Alvin Street, Gloucester. GL1 3EH

5 or 6 fortnightly sessions, starting : 24th September and 4th October

Please see our events pages for more details and how to sign up or visit their web site here:

GWN Competition Results

Hello Writers
We have great pleasure in announcing the winners of the 2018 GWN Writers' Network Poetry and Prose Competition.
They are as follows:
FOR PROSE - Judged by Dr Kim Fleet
Emma Kernahan, Stroud - 'The Locals'
Lynda Fowke, Gloucester - 'The Shawl'
Iris Anne Lewis, Kempsford - 'Call me Shada, Mura, Nasima'
Marilyn Timms, Cheltenham - 'Bride Price'
Ali Bacon, Emersons Green - 'In Loco Parentis'
Joanna Campbell, Bisley - 'Zugswang, 1963'
Kathy O'Grady, Stroud - 'Freewheeling'
FOR POETRY - Judged by Anna Saunders
David Hale, Horsley - 'Cranes Flying'
Catherine Baker, Tewkesbury - 'Waiting for the Boat'
Derek Healy, Lower Swell - 'Love's Convergence'
Marilyn Timms, Cheltenham - 'Public School - Private Hell'
Frances March, Stroud - 'Dancing on the Equator'
Sam Pearce, Newent - 'Checkmate'
Johnny Porter, Cheltenham - 'The Taste of Bear'
We offer sincere congratulations to all who've been placed and to all who entered and made it such a great contest. We thank our wonderful judges, who've worked extremely hard.
  • You can hear our winners, runners-up and judges read at GWN's prizewinning event (L088) at The Times and The Sunday Times Literature Festival - 6.30pm - 7.45pm in The Nook on Sunday 7th October.
    Last year we sold out three weeks in advance, so make sure that you book ahead here:
    You can read the winning entries and judges' comments in the 2018 Prizewinners' Anthology for sale at the event and online.
We thank our kind hosts and sponsors, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Liggy Webb, Cheltenham Arts Council and The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop.
You can continue to keep abreast of writing events across Gloucestershire or let us advertise them for you via our website:
and follow us on Twitter @GWNgloswriters and on Facebook at
Well done all and Happy Writing!
GWN Team

Launch of Writers in the Goods Shed - Tetbury.

For the inaugural 'Writers at The Goods Shed' event here in Tetbury, on Wed 12th September, 2018,
I'm delighted to say that our guest will be none other than Simon Armitage! Details are already on The Goods Shed website.…/an-evening-with-simon-armitage/

A massive thank you to The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop Bookshop for their help and involvement, too, especially since they're also offering a discount on books to Society of Authors members on the evening!!

We're expecting this to sell out pretty quickly, so if you're interested, get clicking...:)

We look forward to welcoming to this new and exciting venture

See also the GWN Events Calendar for more events throughout the year

Deadline for Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

This is the last week to polish your entries and send them off to Buzzwords.

1st prize-£600.   Runner-up- £300.    5 x commended-£50 each.

Sole Judge:  Graham Burchell - who will read all entries

Closing date for entriesMidnight, 25th August 2018.

The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).

Please see the Buzzwords Website HERE for more information and entry details

Good Luck to everyone

Congratulations to Christine Griffin

Gloucester Writer Christine Griffin is celebrating second place in the


For her story 'Doing my Best'

We think the story title is quite fitting - well done Christine ;)