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


Dean Writer's Circle - New Website

Dean Writers Circle has recently launched its new website where you can find out about their meetings and various upcoming events.
On Wednesday 31st July they are hosting author and poet Belinda Rimmer and short story writer Chloe Turner at The Dog House micro-pub in Coleford, with open mic too.
The event will also launch the Circle's Forest Leaves Festival to be held on Saturday 31 August.
Check out the GWN Calendar and the DWC website for more details. http://deanwriterscircle.com/

Countdown... 4

Hello Writers

Here is your 4 week reminder!
Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 4 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

We haven't seen too many Clerihews come our way yet!

Still, never mind...  only 4 weeks to have a go at a new form to grab the judges attention - and here are a few more 4's to whet your appetite :)

  • Dodoitsu. 4-line Japanese form.
  • Bref Double. French quatorzain.
  • Byr a Thoddaid Poems. Welsh quatrain
  • Quatrain
  • Imayo. 4-line Japanese poem with a pause in the middle of each line.

Happy Writing!


Stroud Book Festival - Competition

Hello!

 

I’m thrilled to send on the details of the Stroud Book Festival writing competitions for 2019.

 

I attach the press releases, and also the competition entry form.

 

You can find full details on our website here https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk where you’ll also find the rules and entry guidelines, as well as an electronic version of the entry form.

 

Following on from the success of 2018, we are running three competitions this year: Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction.

 

We are delighted to announce our three category judges:  Jo Bell (Poetry judge), Tania Hershman (Flash Fiction judge) and Alice Jolly (Mainstream Fiction judge).

 

The Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions are open to international applicants. The Mainstream Fiction Prize is only open to Gloucestershire writers.

 

Prizes will be awarded at a special event at the Stroud Book festival, which this year runs from 6-10 November. Headline events include Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson.

 

We are also very grateful to Adam Horovitz, who agreed to announce the competitions here on Facebook and here on twitter

 

We would so grateful if you could help spread the word!

 

Many thanks, all best wishes and Good Luck !

 

Louise

Louise Brice

Stroud Book Festival 6-10 November 2019

@BookStroud

https://www.facebook.com/stroudbookfestival/