Success Stories...

Writers and Performers News - Congratulations all !

  • Ziggy Dicks has been chosen as Gloucestershire’s next Poet Laureate.
  • Howard and Marilyn Timms’ poetry collaboration “Deciphering the Maze” will be published by Indigo Dreams Press during 2020.
  • Robin Gilbert’s poem “Dee” was commended in the 2019 Buzzwords Poetry Competition.
  • David Hale won the Gloucestershire prize in the Buzzwords competition, for his poem “On Nashchokinsky Street”, Anya Maltsberger was runner up, with “Kilvicheon Church, Mull”
  • Barry Faulkner’s 9th DCS Palmer book made the top 100 medical thrillers list on Amazon in the first three days after publication.
  • Christine Griffin’s poem “Pandora’s Husband’s Phone was published in the October edition of Snakeskin.
  • Belinda Rimmer and Judith van Dijkhuizen have had poems accepted for the November edition of Snakeskin

 


Corinium Radio needs you!

If you would like the opportunity to record your work for radio - tere are a nmber of opportunities on Corinium Radion in 2020 for you to consider...
The following dates are available for the first 3 months of 2020 and I hope you can find one that suits you. As usual, please let Rona Laycock know as soon as possible if you want to take part.
rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk

Jan 16th, 23rd, 30th

Feb 6th, 13th, 20th

Mar 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 

Writers Room

We meet in the foyer of Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester GL7 2PZ  at 11am on the day of recording.

The library is situated at the back of Bingham House and can be reached via the little alleyway that runs down the side of TSB in the market place. Once the alleyway opens out into a road you will find the library on the right.

Work that is to be read on community radio has to be acceptable to a wide range of listeners so we ask that there is no explicit violence or sex and not too much swearing - certainly not the stronger swear words.

I will chat to you about what inspires you or what sort of writing you like to do etc.  If you have a website or have published a book you can publicise that as well. The programme is approximately 26 minutes long so we have plenty of time for readings as well as the interview.

The sessions are recorded so that any mistakes we make can be edited out.  If you make a mistake just stop and go back a couple of sentences and the programme producer will sort it all out during the editing.

The programme is now available to be sent out as an audio file via email so you don’t have to wait until it is broadcast to hear your performance!

It also features on the ‘Listen Again’ page of Corinium Radio’s website.


Stroud Short Stories Competition.

STROUD SHORT STORIES CLOSES ON 29 SEPTEMBER
Stroud Short Stories is currently open for your submissions but closes at the end of Sunday 29 September. Ten stories will be chosen for the Sunday 10 November event at the lovely 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud for what will be the 19th SSS event.
It's free to submit as always, and it's an open theme so any subject matter or style is welcome. SSS accepts both unpublished and previously published stories.
This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.
Tickets, priced at £8, will go on sale on Friday 11 October on the Cotswold Playhouse website - by which time the ten stories and their authors will be announced.
SSS Organiser John Holland has a new co-judge this time - brilliant short story author Chloe Turner.
All the information you need is on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.

Playwriting Workshops for Schools

Papatango Theatre Company are offering free playwriting workshops to schools in the south west, with slots slots available for Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020.

Papatango are a multi-award winning new writing company. Our GoWrite programme provides a playwriting project, culminating in a performance by professional actors and publication of a play written by students, in state schools across London, the North West and the South West. It is completely free to schools.

Papatango’s team of experienced workshop leaders/professional theatre-makers come in and run two workshops with a group of up to 30 students from Key Stages 3 or 4. In the first, students work together in small theatre companies to write/improvise a one-act play. In the second, professional actors come in to rehearse and stage the plays. Even more excitingly, the plays will be published in book format, with a free copy for each student and free copies for the school library. 

The workshops aim to give students a taste of both playwriting and professional theatre making. They not only complement the curriculum – English and Drama – but also encourage team-working and help students to develop confidence in writing, creative thinking and expressing their ideas. To help prepare the workshops, teachers will receive a comprehensive toolkit. 

“The Papatango workshop has provided an invaluable experience for our students and raised their confidence, not only of how to approach writing a play, but also how to analyse the way in which plays are structured and characters are developed. The quality of the work developed by the students was of a very high standard. It was interesting for them to see a ‘rehearsed reading’, as many of them had only seen professional actors perform in polished performances. Many have developed an interest in watching ‘scratch’ nights. Gaining access to arts in the curriculum is absolutely invaluable to a child’s development. Having a workshop of this standard in our school has been fantastic. The preparation pack was excellent.”

We have a limited number of spaces still available for workshops in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you are interested in your school taking part, or would like to find out more, please email Sarah Parkes, Assistant Producer, at sarah@papatango.co.uk


Submissions open...

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Submission Opportunity for Dear Dylan
Calling all  fans - we would love you to submit to our forthcoming collection of poems/letters inspired by the bardic boy. We will be looking for your poems about, and letter to, the wonderful Dylan Thomas.
Read more and submit here !

Local Success Stories...

Writers and Performers News- Congratulations one and all !

  • Chloe Jacquet reached the semi-finals of the Hammer  & Tongue National Poetry Slam
    Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 1st of June and finished 6th overall.
  • Nigel Messenger’s third book “From Eden to Babylon “ has been published by Austin
    Macauley
  • Val Ormrod won the Ware Poets International Poetry Competition with her
    poem “Footsteps”.
  • Christine Griffin’s story ‘Curtains ‘ has been placed 3rd in the Evesham Festival
    of Words short story competition
  • Helen Dewberry’s film featuring David Clarke’s poem “Let Me Be Very Clear” showed on
    30 June at Festival of Young Literature in Weimar.
  • Chris Hemingway’s poem “Mr Green” was published in the July edition of “Strix”, and

Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers

The creative writing incubator Paper Nations has launched a new digital writing commission to support writers in the South West (Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire). Please find some brief information below and more detailed info attached.
Beyond the Book: Calling Digital Writers
Beyond the Book is a new scheme to develop innovative models for writing and publication, promoting dialogue between writers, technologists and publishers. We will support three writers with a connection to Somerset, Gloucestershire, or Wiltshire over six months to experiment with the possibilities of telling stories using a smartphone.
We’ll offer £5000 and support to develop text-based digital projects and the opportunity to reach local, national, and international audiences.
Beyond the Book is led by writer, Professor Kate Pullinger, and delivered by Paper Nations. Based at Bath Spa University, the Paper Nations team has partnered with a panel of experts who want to see work that is innovative, experimental, and shows a curiosity about the potential of smartphones.
The deadline for applications is 1st September 2019.

SSS - Advance Notice

STROUD SHORT STORIES
Stroud Short Stories will open for submissions to its 10 November event on Sunday 18 August. Submissions will close on Sunday 29 September.
It's an open theme this time so send them a story on any subject. Let your imagination be your guide.
As always its free to submit and they accept both unpublished and published pieces.
All the information you need about the rules and how to submit is on their website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
Organiser John Holland has a new co-judge this time - Chloe Turner, who has read on four occasions at SSS and has just published her first collection of short stories, Witches Sail in Eggshells.
This event will be part of the Stroud Book Festival and will take place at the spacious 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, which SSS sold out in May.
Why not subscribe to SSS newsletters so you don't miss a thing - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/contact.html
Thank you

Book Launch - Abdul-Ahad Patel

I am holding a book launch at The Wilson in Cheltenham on 31/08/2019 at 2PM.
The event is invite only for 50 limited edition copies of my short-story ‘The Ghost of Shaolin’. All books have been handmade by myself and graphic design artist Adam Taie.
The event will consist of an opening with Qu’ran recitation and translation from my cousin and singer Ishaq Patel. A talk from my father and artist Abdul-Rasheed Patel regarding his illustration contribution to the book. Poetry and awareness of oppression currently happening in China by Flo Poet Annotate (Liam Spencer). To close the event I will be talking about the book and the making of. With the last section a chance for attendees to purchase a copy.
If you would like to attend - please contact Abdul-Ahad through his web site.
Abdul-Ahad Patel.

Cheltenham Writers' Circle

Did you know?  Cheltenham Writers’ Circle has a new Chair and a new venue.

Our new chair is Howard Smith and our new venue is The Tivoli in Suffolk Street,  close to our old venue at Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace.  Details are on our website, https://cheltenhamwriterscircle.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/new-chair-new-venue/

The site also lists our meetings over the coming six months.  All welcome

Thanks

Edward James