Editor wanted

Local Author Abdul Patel asks
'Do you know of any editors of fiction that could possibly help me with my novella I plan on publishing next year?
Please see articles on Abdul's work in our news section.
Contact: abdul.p@hotmail.co.uk
Thank you

Writers' Room - Recording Sessions

The following dates are available for writers to come into the Writers' Room of Corinium Radio, Cirencester to talk about and share their work.

Everyone is welcome - prose writers, poets, fiction, non-fiction etc.

Pick a date and email me

Oct 31st,

Nov 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

Dec 5th

Please email me on ronacorinium@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to take part.

This is an opportunity to give your books, pamphlets, readings, workshops, events, writing group etc a bit of a plug as well as talking about you and your writing.

You can listen to previous recordings online at Corinium Radio 'Listen Again'.


Perspectives magazine - Download

Dear Member of Cheltenham Arts Council,
Attached is your copy of the latest edition of Perspectives magazine from Cheltenham Arts Council, covering Oct 2019 to Jan 2020.
A copy is also available to read online or download using this link:
http://www.cheltenhamartscouncil.co.uk/2019/09/18/winter-2019-issue-now-ready-to-download/
For the next issue (Jan - April 2020), you can submit articles to me (rachel.tedd@yahoo.com), preferably by the end of November, and listings to Alice on perspectives.listings@gmail.com.  Both Alice and I will send out reminder emails in due course.
Kind regards,
Rachel Tedd
Perspectives editor & Hon Sec, CAC

Ways to Peace - Review and Pictures

Ways to Peace anthology launch - by Val Ormond

Monday 23rd September saw the launch of the Ways to Peace anthology at Tintern Abbey with a packed house and many wonderful readings.

The anthology follows on from the Writing for Peace event that took place at the abbey as part of the Ways to Peace Festival 2018, held to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and commemorate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. The event was organised by the abbey’s curator, Pascal Bidois and local authors and poets were invited to submit their writing on the various themes of peace: peace between nations and cultures, peace with nature and inner peace. Many of those who sent in their work also came to read at the Writing for Peace event, despite torrential rain!

During 2019, other writers were also invited to submit and two local schools ran projects to encourage their students to write about the various topics. 172 contributions were received in total, including 54 from schools, and the difficult task began to choose those which most closely reflected the themes for publication in the anthology. The final result reflects the high standard of writing received and represents, amongst others, the following Gloucestershire writers:

 

 

 

Kathy Alderman

Guy Hunter

Alison Brackenbury

David Clarke

Alison Mace

Val Ormrod

Cheryl Burman

Carol Sheppard

Felicity Edwards

Toni Wilde

Jude Buik

Deborah Gregory

Catherine Baker

Jane Spray

Julie Wiltshire

Rebecca Harvey

John Homewood

Judith Gunn

Vicky Hampton

Zack Dicks

(Possibly also some of these as I don’t know where they live)

Alissar Amali,  Ann Morgan,  Catherine Brennan,  Chris Willis,  Fay Jenkins,  Gill Garrett,  James Young,  Lucy Williams,  Ross Cogan,  Sue Johnson,  Susannah White

Copies of the anthology will be available in local bookshops shortly but if anyone would like a copy sooner, please email tinternwaystopeace@gmail.com and state number of copies required to obtain a cost for posting.

All proceeds to UNICEF

 

 

 


Tickets selling fast !!

Only 20% of tickets left for our landmark event  - dont miss out ;))
Booking details for the GWN Event (and all of the Festival events) can be found at the link below;
 https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/grid/

Gloucestershire writers and poets will read their work at the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition annual prize-winners’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival this October.

The competition judges, Stephen Daniels and Amanda Reynolds will also read their own work.

Tickets are on sale via  the festival website and in the Festival Box Office which is now located in John Lewis

PROSE
1st Prize – Coping By Numbers by Julie Carthy  (The Pludds – Forest)

Runner Up – Numbers Not Required by Mandy Robotham (Whiteshill)

Runner Up – Private Number by Catherine Brennan (Winchcombe)

Runner Up – The Weigh In by Liz Carew (Cirencester)

POETRY
1st Prize – Vestry by Sarah Hemings  (Oldland Common – S. Glos)

Runner-up – Gathering by Phil Kirby (Tetbury)

Runner-up – Safety in Numbers by David Hale (Horsley)

Runner-up – Five Minutes– by David Hale (Horsley)

 

Tickets on sale now:
What: ‘Gloucestershire Writers Network’
Event Code: L092
When: 7.30 – 8.45 9pm on Sunday 6th October 2019
Where: ‘The Nook’, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham


GWN EVENT 2019

Gloucestershire writers and poets will read their work at the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition annual prize-winners’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival this October.
The competition judges, Stephen Daniels and Amanda Reynolds will also read their own work.
Tickets are on sale via  the festival website and in the Festival Box Office which is now located in John Lewis
 PROSE
1st Prize – Coping By Numbers by Julie Carthy  (The Pludds - Forest)
Runner Up – Numbers Not Required by Mandy Robotham (Whiteshill)
Runner Up – Private Number by Catherine Brennan (Winchcombe)
Runner Up – The Weigh In by Liz Carew (Cirencester)
POETRY
1st Prize - Vestry by Sarah Hemings  (Oldland Common - S. Glos)
 Runner-up - Gathering by Phil Kirby (Tetbury)
Runner-up - Safety in Numbers by David Hale (Horsley)
Runner-up - Five Minutes- by David Hale (Horsley) 
 Booking details for the GWN Event (and all of the Festival events) can be found at the link below;
 https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/grid/
Tickets on sale now:
What: ‘Gloucestershire Writers Network’
Event Code: L092
When: 7.30 – 8.45 9pm on Sunday 6th October 2019
Where: ‘The Nook’, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

GWN event reviewer required

Hello

Are you attending this year's GWN Competition presentation on the 6th October?

We'd love to hear fom you if you'd like to write a review piece for the web site.

Copyright remains with the writer - we require only your permission to publish your article on line - and launch your name in lights;))

Thank you - I'm sure there are one or two writers out there ;))

 

GWN team

 


Review: Abdul-Ahad Patel

A Bit More Than A Book Launch,

Abdul-Ahad Patel introduces his book

“The Ghost of Shaolin”

 at The Wilson, Cheltenham, 31st August 2019

This was a very personal introduction to the writer, an “opening” to his journey and that of his book with all its blood, sweat and tears. It was a warm acknowledgement of family, friends and helpful critiques, and a celebration of the artistic talent of all those involved in bringing it to publication.

To whet our appetites, there were examples of the illustrations drawn by Abdul-Rasheed Patel, his father, and an extract of the fictional father and son as they set off on their voyage  but it was the discovery that the books were made by the author and graphic design artist Adam Taie themselves, that made us realise we should not anticipate an ordinary read.

The fifty handmade, limited edition copies, like this artist, defy stereotype. They have already sold out, but those of us not lucky enough to have procured one, were encouraged, at least,  to hear mention of a possible online version by the end of the year.

 

 


Anna Saunders - private coaching

Would you like to work with a writing mentor, a coach who will give you one-to-one guidance and feedback on your work, AND offer advice on where to submit your poems/how to get published?

I am a creative writing tutor with 15 years’ experience and a Masters in Creative Writing.

I have five books in print and my sixth is forthcoming from Indigo Dreams in 2020

I have had poems published in journals and anthologies, which include Ambit, The North, New Walk Magazine, Amaryllis, Iota, Caduceus, Envoi, The Wenlock Anthology, Eyeflash, and The Museum of Light.

I have been described as ‘a poet who surely can do anything’ by The North and ‘a poet of quite remarkable gifts’ by Bernard O’Donoghue.

I can help you edit and develop your work and find homes for your poems when they are ready.

I can work with you face to face, or by email/telephone.

You can book a series of sessions or a single one to one. (To look at 3 poems).

If you’d like to hear more about how I can help you please email me at cheltpoetryfest@gmail.com

I offer standard and concessionary rates for the unwaged.

You can read more about my work here -

https://annasaunderswriter.co.uk/

Kind regards,

Anna.


Competition Results 2019

Competition 2019 Results

We are delighted to announce the results of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition 2019 on the theme of ‘Numbers’ to chime with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival’s theme of ‘7 at 70’.  The judges had a hard time selecting the winners out of nearly 230 entries.

We would like to thank our judges, Amanda Reynolds and Stephen Daniels, and all those who entered the competition for their support of the GWN.

Our congratulations to the winners, runners up, and those commended.  Winners and runners up will be reading their work at the GWN Festival event in The Nook at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday 6 October 2019 and their work will be published in our 2019 pamphlet.

 

Winning Prose Piece

 

‘Coping by Numbers’ by Julie Carthy, The Pludds, Forest of Dean

 

Prose Runners-up ‘Numbers not required’ by Mandy Robotham, Whiteshill

‘Private Number’ by Catherine Brennan, Winchcombe

‘The Weigh-In’ by Liz Carew, Cirencester

 

Prose Commended ‘Countdown to the Kiss’ by Sophie Flynn, Moreton-in-Marsh

‘The Perfect 10’ by Tom Ware, Cheltenham

‘Winter Starlings’ by Joanna Campbell, Bisley

 

   
Winning Poem ‘Vestry’ by Sarah Hemings, Oldland Common (S Glos)
 

Poetry Runners-up

 

‘Gathering’ by Phil Kirby, Tetbury

‘Safety in Numbers’ by David Hale, Horsley

‘Five Minutes’ by David Hale, Horsley

   
Poetry Commended ‘Playing the Game’ by Michael Newman, Bishops Cleeve

‘Scanner’ by Phil Kirby, Tetbury

‘The Golden Ratio’ by Roger Hale, Gorsley, Herefordshire

(works in Gloucestershire)

 

For details of the GWN Festival event L092 go to: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2019/gloucestershire-writers-network/

With many thanks to our sponsors Liggy Webb and The Suffolk Anthology and to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival for their support of our event.