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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

I offer standard and concessionary rates for the unwaged.

You can read more about my work here -

Kind regards,


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:

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.

CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND - 'Writing for Magazines’

A Weekend Writing Course... (6 - 8 September 2019

I am organising a weekend writing course on the 6th September in Cirencester and wondered if any of your members would be interested in coming.
The course fee is all inclusive of accommodation and meals, workshops and discussions, running Friday to Sunday.
The course suits all levels, and is informal  and fun. Members can attend as Residential members or Day Visitors.


 Ideas – where to find them?

  • Magazine analysis – who are a publication’s readers, and what are they looking for?
  • Article structure – what’s the right structure for your article idea?
  • Beginning and Endings – how to grab your reader’s attention, and round off your piece satisfactorily.
  • Factfiles, Boxouts and Photos – all those extras that editors love.
  • Rights, Secondary Rights, and Money – all the important stuff.
  • Pitching – Sell your article before you write it.
Simon Whaley is a popular Author, Writer, Photographer and Course Leader. Published world wide, he is one of Writing Magazine correspondents and member of NAWG.
This course introduces you to a wide range of opportunities to publish your work. It includes the writing market, publishing, and exercises and how to approach editors.
Notes are handed out at all workshops.
I attach a poster and booking form.
Members can pay by instalments if they book early.
With best wishes
Lois Bird-Maddox
'Relax & Write' Weekend Courses Organiser
Tel. 01454 773579
'Relax & Write'
9 (D) Langthorn Close
Frampton Cotterell
Bristol BS36 2JH
South Glos.

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers

  • Annie Ellis’ poem “Dear Anne Boleyn” and Sharon Larkin’s poem “Scaredy Cats” was published by Snakeskin (May 2019).
  • Kathryn Southworth has a new pamphlet published on June 10th by Dempsey and Windle. Wavelengths is a dialogue sequence of poems with Belinda Singleton, riffing on the subject of light and sound
  • Val Ormrod won the Magic Oxygen International Poetry Prize with her poem "The Gathering". Every entry into the competition resulted in a tree being planted in Bore, Kenya. A tree will also be planted for every copy sold of the forthcoming MOLP Anthology which will feature all the winning and shortlisted poems and stories.
  • Another of Val’s poems, "Blackout" was published in the April edition of Eye Flash Poetry


Congratulations all !

Have you won any competitions lately or been placed? or having any poetry or prose published this month ?

Please let us know what you have been up to and we'd be delighted to share your good news.

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs

Mishka Shubaly hits town...!

Mishka Shubaly


Brace yourselves...  On 22nd June - Mishka Shubaly hits town.

This is part of his  'SOME OF THIS WILL BE FUNNY' UK TOUR

Catch him while you can...

Tickets on sale now via the web site:


Kathryn Southworth - Book Launch


You are invited to the Gloucestershire  launch of:

 Someone was here (Indigo Dreams), the first collection 

by Kathryn Southworth at the Suffolk Anthology bookshop

In Cheltenham at 6.30 on Friday January 25th. Come and have a glass of wine and hear Kathryn read from the book and from her recent  poems inspired by the Cotswolds.

Admission is free but please phone ahead t let us know you would like to attend  - you'd be very welcome

Phone01242 361362

Buzzwords 2019

2019 Programme

Buzzwords meets on the first Sunday of each month (except for August) upstairs at the Exmouth Arms in Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Finish time is 10pm.

Guest poets for 2019

January 6th – David Calcutt
February 3rd - Robin Houghton 
March 3rd – Nigel Hutchinson & Lucy Anderson
April 7th - Bob Walton & Elizabeth Parker
May 12th Kate North
June 2nd – Pam Zimmerman Hope
July 14th – Rennie Parker
September 1st  – Jean Atkin
October 6th – Brenda Read Brown and Rachael Clyne
November 3rd – Alasdair Paterson
December 1st  – Martin Figura and Helen Ivory

SSS - Submissions please !

Stroud Short Stories is Open for Your Submissions

Stroud Short Stories is now open for submissions for its 17th event - to be held on Sunday 11 November 2018. It closes at the end of Sunday 14 October. 

There is no theme this time, so any style, any subject, any genre or no genre. As long as it's a short work of fiction, of course!

As ever it's free to submit and SSS accepts both published and unpublished stories from Gloucestershire and South Gloucs writers. 

Ten authors will read their work to a capacity audience of 70 short story lovers at 8pm on Sunday 11 November at the SVA in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.

If you want an idea of what kind of stories they like (and they do like lots of different styles) listen to the authors reading their work at previous SSS events here

SSS Organiser John Holland is judging with the author and publishing guru Debbie Young. Check out more info about the judges here

Stroud Short Stories guarantees that all stories are read by both judges.

All the info you need is on the Stroud Short Stories website -
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