Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words

Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words 2018 'Ten' themed writing competition
The winners as judged by Forest of Dean resident and author Andrew Taylor, were announced on Saturday 7 July by Baroness Jan Royall at an event as part of the Tenth Coleford Festival of Words.

Congratulations to Julia Bohanna, winner,  Toni Wilde (2nd) and Rebecca Klassen (3rd). Thank you also to Chepstow Bookshop and Dean Writers' Circle for the 1st and 2nd prizes.

Read the ten shortlisted entries in the Festival's online anthology,  which can be found here: Coleford Festival Anthology

Coleford Festival of Words 2018

John Holland wins Dorset Fiction Prize

Congratulations to John Holland.

Stroud Short Stories organiser and former GWN prose prize runner-up John Holland has won the Dorset Fiction Award £500 First Prize for his story 'Cows'.

The Dorset Award is for works under 1,000 words.

Read his story here :

Chris Hemingway - poetry collection launch party

On 12th July , Chris Hemingway will be launching his new poetry collection

‘Party in the Diaryhouse’

Please see our EVENTS CALENDAR for full details – and make a note for your own diary…

Congratulations Chris!

New book from Amanda Reynolds

We are pleased to tell you about a forthcoming book launch by Cotswolds Writer Amanda Reynolds.

This is Amanda's second book following the success of her debut novel - a psychological drama called 'Close to

Please RSVP to Amanda if you would like to attend.


GWN Prizewinners event

Dear writers - we now have news of the time and date for our prizewinners event at The Times and The Sunday Times Literature Festival - it's scheduled for 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 7 October 2018.

Please make a note in your diaries to come and support GWN and hear this year's winning entries - you could even take a starring role!

We look forward to receiving more of your prose and poetry entries on the theme of 'East Meets West', closing date 31 July 2018.

See our Competitions page for more information...

New Book from Leon Matthews-Doorman

Gloucestershire writer Leon Matthews-Doorman publishes his latest book on the 7th August.  

It is called Silent Story and discusses depression and domestic abuse from a male perspective.


Read a synopsis of his story here.... Silent Story synopsis (1)

Coleford Festival of Words

Coleford Festival of Words 2 – 8 July 

The Coleford Festival of Words programme is now available.  Open the link below and you will be able to download and print a copy:


See also our events section for more details...

Launch of Stroud Book Festival 2018

We are delighted to update you on plans for the Stroud Book Festival 2018, which this year will be held 7 – 11 November - a new note for your diaries.



The festival organisers have also announced three new appointments: Paul McLaughlin as the new Festival Director, Caroline Sanderson as the Artistic Director and Jane Churchill as the Children’s Artistic Director.

The full Festival programme will be revealed this summer, and will include a special event for the prize-winners of the inaugural Stroud Book Festival writing competitions.  There are 3 writing prizes with a deadline for submissions of 31 July 2018.

Full information on the writing competitions can be found here:       


Please also/download see press releases for more information....

Stroud Book Festival 2018

SBF 2018 new appointments

Anna Saunders Launch Party - Ghosting for Beginners

Announcing the launch party for Anna Saunders' new collection 'Ghosting for Beginners'

plus guests:  David Clark and Jonny Fluffy Punk !

Please see flyer and events section for details

Congratulations Christine...

.... Congratulations to Christine Griffin who has won first prize in the Write Space short story competition with

her story called 'Living Proof' :)

Christine's book 'The Road Ahead' is now available via Amazon as an e-book or hard copy:  The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead by [Griffin, Christine]