Cheryl Burman's New Novel 'Keepers'

Cheryl Burman's new women's historical fiction novel, 'Keepers' was released in early April and is attracting five star reviews.

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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.


Kathryn Alderman Reviews 'Hex' by Jennie Farley

Kathryn Alderman reviews Hex by Jennie Farley in Ink Sweat and Tears, the poetry and prose webzine, exploring poetry that takes the reader on a 'magic carpet ride'.
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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.

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'There's Nothing There' - Review

I'm not visiting the Black Forest now!

A review

I blame “There's Nothing There,“ a play by Black Dog Productions in collaboration with Apricity Theatre. Although there is some humour, it is scary, the plot angry, the finish extreme, shocking and  unexpected. I am left scared of the beast in the woods and the unknown, dismayed by insincerity and the disastrous consequences of a liberal amount of alcohol on the stew of mistrust, jealousy and vivid imaginations. The company use improvisation on the road to their final script. Perhaps it is this which makes the performance fresher and quite different from others I have seen or maybe it  is the emotional investment. Russell Eccleston (Jessie) , Emily Malloy (Alina) and Charlotte Turner-McMullan (Grace) wrote it and Russell Eccleston and Tiffany Rhodes (Cassie) are also among the co-founders of Black Dog.  The cast do not restrict themselves to acting, they are  writers, dancers, singers, directors. Between them there was a lot of energy and it was very enjoyable.  If I had to criticize anything it would be the excess of swearing which did not always add to the performance for me but maybe that  was just my age. It did however inspire an hilarious commentary from the elderly couple seated behind us which contributed nicely to the evening.

“There's Nothing There “

a Black Dog  Apricity Theatre  Production

at The Cotswold Playhouse

For other performances and venues check out the company website at:

blackdogproductions.uk