Resilience 2020 Anthology

The 2020 prose and poetry anthology, 'Resilience', has been published by Dean Writers Circle. Featuring prose writers and poets who either live in or have a close connection with the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, they know first hand the long history of resilience of the people, the flora and fauna, and the landscape. The contributions are from writers with all levels of experience. What brings them together is their passion for this unique corner of the world, and their belief in its continuing resilience in these extraordinary times.

Click here for more information, and to purchase your copy of the anthology.

Proceeds from the sale of this anthology are being donated to Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED), a charity which facilitates adult literacy.

Going Up Camborne Hill by Selwyn Morgan

Selwyn Morgan of Somewhere Else Writers has recently published the novel Going up Camborne Hill. The novel, an extended family saga, spans several centuries and continents. Selwyn hopes in future to run seminars about the self-publishing experience

Click here for more information and to purchase the novel.

Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 - 2019 (W. E. Holloway)

Shurdington-based writer, Bill Holloway, has recently published Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019.

The book is a mixture of light and not-so-light verse written to entertain – to make you laugh, cry, think, feel, and encourage others to write their own and share it. Many pieces have appeared in print and online magazines such as Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Cornwall and The Oldie. At 82, Bill says he has outlived some of those magazines but wanted to give “his darlings” another outing.

Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019 can be purchased through Amazon, through YPD books, and from The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham.

Dialect Autumn Workshops

This November, we are delighted to be welcoming award-winning writers Liz Berry, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Alice Jolly and Fiona Benson to bring you workshops on a range of topics from editing your work in progress to
mapping rural landscapes in poetry. Working in association with Stroud Book Festival there is also a free taster workshop on offer from Dialect's own J.L.M. Morton to kickstart your creativity.

As we continue to live through these interesting times, all workshops will be held online to keep everyone safe and of course, this means anyone can join us, wherever they are.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can-afford on a sliding scale £5 -£30.





Creative Kickstart
Been thinking about writing but not sure where to start? Stuck for a while and need to jump back on the word wagon? Join this light-hearted, collaborative online workshop designed to ignite fresh ideas and generate new and exciting work. JLM Morton will lead you gently through a series of
writing activities and share some great resources to help you keep the momentum going long after the Zoom room fun is done. FREE Taster workshop for writers at any level looking for a kickstart to get back on the page or simply enrich your existing practice.
When: Wednesday 4th November 9.30 – 11.30 Cost: FREE




Treasuring your Word Hoard - Writing Dialect Poetry
Hinny, goosegog, ginnel, clarty - the music of vernacular language can make your poems sing! Join award-winning poet Liz Berry for a friendly, playful workshop exploring how to use dialect in your poetry. You'll read some wonderful contemporary dialect poems and take part in short, lively writing exercises designed to spark new work. Suitable for writers of all stages who want to seize this fabulous opportunity to work with Liz, a poet ‘ablaze with energy and full of the rich dialect of the West Midlands,’ an ‘incandescent,’ poet of dazzling talent and verve (Guardian).
When: Wednesday 4th November, 4pm – 6pm Cost: £5 - £30 +




Exploring diverse voices in rural spaces
Historically, our literature has been loud with the silences of those who’ve been excluded. Join Louisa Adjoa Parker, a writer of extraordinary skill, warmth and courage for an interactive workshop exploring the rich diversity of rural writing with its varied voices. Taking inspiration from working class, ethnically diverse and women writers who write through experience at the margins of this ‘green and pleasant land,’ you’ll work with prompts and exercises to come away with new work and a different take on what it means to write the rural today. All writers are welcome, wherever you live and whatever your experience / background or genre.
When: Friday 6th November 4pm - 6pm Cost: £5 - £30 +




Words that glitter: re-writing and editing
So you have got a first draft of your novel or short story but you know that it doesn’t quite work. How do you make it sharper, brighter, more engaging? How do you polish the writing and tighten the structure? This workshop with novelist, playwright and memoirist Alice Jolly will enable you to work on a hands-on editing and re-writing exercise which will show you how to turn an average piece of writing into a story that glitters. This workshop is relevant to beginners, improvers and those who are ready to send out work. Come with your editing pencil sharpened and ready to work with a writer of exceptional clarity and lyricism.
When: Saturday 7th November 10am-12pm Cost: £5 - £30 +




Mapping Rural Worlds with Words
Join Fiona Benson on a foray into poems that seek to capture the realities of rural dwelling. We will work toward poems for our own personal ‘Book of Days’ by mapping out our rural territories. Exploring the overlay of the rhythms of rural life and the interplay of the seasons with our own inner lives, we’ll write poems that journey through these landscapes. You will need the largest piece of plain paper you can find, and some colouring pens / pencils / crayons, as well as your notebook and pen. The uncompromising beauty of Fiona Benson's poetry has won her many awards and the admiration of readers, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the best poets at work in the UK today.
When: Sunday 8th November 10am- 12pm Cost: £5 - £30 +


The Gloucestershire-based literary journal, Superlative, has selected its winners and contributors for its 2020 'New Beginnings' short story competition and journal.

Competition Winners

'Birdsong' by Lui Sit (Winner)
'Mockingbirds' by Faraaz Mahomed (Runner-up)
'Seven' by Richard Hooton (Runner-up)


Journal Contributors

'Born Standing' by Ed James
'And the Stone Rolls On' by Alex Blank
'Did I do Something Wrong?' by Harrison Lake
'Crow Overlooking' by M.M. Mancey
'Circular Breathing' by Becca Edwards
'I'll Never Leave You' by Asha Sutton
'Saving Skyler' by William Falo
'The Perpetually Dying Woman' by Mr Uku

Competition winners are published online here.

Back issues of the journal can be purchased here, and subscriptions can be purchased here.

Christine Griffin

Christine Griffin's poem, 'Naming Words', was published in the September edition of Snakeskin.

Click here to view it.

New Stroud Writing Group

Are you writing a work of fiction, or maybe a novel or collection of short stories? Would you like to be part of a weekly online writing group - one that is task focused, using workshop activities and structured peer review? The intention is to use these short sessions as a way of ‘sketch-booking’ our writing and developing ideas in our own time.

The group uses topic based (e.g. character, POV, description etc) activities as a way of looking at our own writing. Each writing activity takes about 15 minutes, following which we share our writing/notes/thoughts and discuss what works, and ways that things could be done differently.

We currently meet on Thursdays for one hour, 6.30-7.30pm.

We would love to welcome new members to add wider perspectives/experience to the group. As we meet online, it doesn’t matter where you live. You need to have a video and microphone, and to be able to upload documents to the chat for others to read. Currently we meet on Skype but will be moving to Zoom so that we can do breakout rooms for feedback.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Cheryl on for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Free Zoom Writing Workshops in September

Isolation restrictions are easing in many places, but not in others. So, isolated or not, The Roses Theatre Feel Good Festival are running a 2 free creative writing workshops in September.

The first will be on Monday 14th: click here for more information.
The second will be on Thursday 17th: click here for more information.

Somewhere Else Writers (Cirencester)

Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester have recommenced weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons.


Enquiries about membership to:

Paper Nations Call for Contributions

Paper Nations is launching a new call out for contributions to its Writing for All Greenbook. We want to learn more about the UK’s offline and online writing community, to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities to help us to create a more inclusive environment for all writers.  We also want to know how resources – particularly new online resources developed in response to the pandemic – are being used by the writing community. The results will appear on our Dare To Write? Atlas and in our Writing for All Greenbook.

You can submit up to 250 words about your work via our website, by completing the online form or downloading the Word Document version.

Click here for more information.

Please submit your entry by Tuesday 1st September at 5pm. For more information and queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with researcher Christina Sanders on