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As always its free to submit and they accept both unpublished and published pieces.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/

 


Don't miss the boat!

Entries have started to arrive for this year's Competition - have you started yet??

To mark the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 70th anniversary, poems and prose pieces are invited on the theme of:

Numbers

  • How many entries will you submit?   1? 2? 3?
  • You have an extra 1 day weekend this Bank holiday to write a winning entry - give it your best shot
  • What can you pack into a poem of 50 lines (max)
  • Maybe you have a 14 line sonnet in mind.
  • Can you tell a story in 750 words?
  • We'll have 2 judges 1 venue and 8 winning entries to listen to
  • You have only have 52 days to go  - and counting  ;))

 

  • What are your chances? - you do the sums !

You may interpret the theme as imaginatively as you’d like. Look at our How to Get Started page for more inspiration. 

We look forward to receiving your entries

 

Happy Writing

Kathryn, Penny & Chris


Spotlight on... Glosink.

Every so often we feature a GWN member group:  To introduce them to a wider audience and hopefully attract new members.

If you would like to feature your writing group  please send email to Guy:  admin@gloswriters.org.uk

Glosink:

Following a creative writing course led by the writer, artist and musician Avril Staple at the Gloucester Guild Hall in 2012, Avril and her students decided to meet at Robert Raikes’ House, Southgate Street Gloucester, for workshop sessions and to critique each other’s work. The following year Avril coined the name ‘GlosInk’ for the cover of a printed collection of the group’s poems, stories and flash fiction. It was entitled ‘The Plan’, and the pamphlet was launched to coincide with the group’s first spoken word event, held at Peppers Café in Bull Lane.

Since that time, GlosInk has continued to meet at Robert Raikes’ House at 7.30 pm every Monday evening except on Bank Holidays.  It’s a friendly group who believe that sharing their work is important, because gaining feedback is the only way to make good writing even better. Those who have brought some prose or a poem distribute copies and read the piece, while the others listen and make notes. The group members take it in turns to make constructive comments, saying what they especially like and suggesting possible improvements. Each author has an opportunity to reply. Comments can be helpful in modifying their writing or be ignored – after all, it’s the writer’s own work!

The process sounds formal, but really it isn’t! Everyone has a lot of fun sharing what they’ve written, and having benefitted from the group’s feedback, some members have gone on to publish their work. But beginners needn’t be put off – newcomers are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Anyone interested in joining should contact Cedric Pickin, email: cedric_pickin@hotmail.com

 **Please check the GWN calendar for dates plus additional Glosink events through out the year **