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 **

SSS - news and updates

STROUD SHORT STORIES SOLD OUT
Stroud Short Stories has sold out its new venue, the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, for its 18th event Incendiary! on 19 May - even though their new venue has twice the capacity of their former one. This is the thirteenth SSS event in succession to sell out.
STROUD SHORT STORIES PODCASTS
Most of the six new SSS podcasts are now available - either via the SSS website (http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/podcasts.htmlor via your normal podcast provider (iTunes, Spotify etc) by searching for 'Stroud Short Stories'. The podcasts feature new recordings of stories from the last couple of years of SSS events read by their authors - Melanie Golding, Katie Witcombe, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Chloe Turner and Nastaya Parker.

GWN Competition - pass it on ;)

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, is now open for submissions ...

In line with the Festival - the theme this year is

‘NUMBERS’

… This can be interpreted widely and creatively.

For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section.

 

Pass it on ... we have an enthusiastic team to help market and advertise the competition - and your help in getting the word out is always helpful ..;)

Please see our Competition Section for more details and ideas on how to get started..

 

We look forward to receiving your entries – will you be this year’s winner?

Keep Writing - and Good Luck

Kathryn, Penny & Chris


Writing for Peace


Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers...

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers:

Jean Cooper Moran's play 'The Good Daughter' has been shortlisted for the 2018 Kenneth Branagh Drama Award.

http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Chris Hemingway's poem 'Newton' was published in April's - 'Eye Flash' magazine

https://eyeflashpoetry.co.uk

 

 

Congratulations all !

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs


Call for Submissions...

We are about to open for submissions for our next Writers Unchained Story Sunday event in Bristol.
Our next Story Sunday has a theme of UNREAL, our first venture into fantasy, altered reality, speculative fiction or the surreal. Maximum 1500 words, complete stories only, no extracts.

As ever we’ll choose around ten of you – and us – to read on the night.  We love to be shocked, stunned, terrified, amused or just plain bowled over by your writing talent. Any interpretation or genre is acceptable as long as there’s a bit of unreality in there somewhere!

We’ll be open for your submissions from April 22nd until midnight May 26th     
Please only submit if you can read on Sunday June 9th 2019 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

the audience entry fee of only £5 cash on the door.
We look forward to reading your entries..
Sincerely

Ali Bacon
In the Blink of an Eye, Linen Press 2018
e-book/ paperback https://www.linen-press.com/shop/in-the-blink-of-an-eye/ 

SSS - Tickets now available

Stroud Short Stories Ticket Information
Tickets are now available for the 18th Stroud Short Stories event Incendiary! to be held on Sunday 19 May at 8pm at a new venue, the comfortable and spacious Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW.
A record 89 Gloucestershire authors submitted their stories about fire, heat, passion, anger and rebellion for the event.
The ten to read are:
Robin Booth (Stroud),
Joanna Campbell (Bisley)
Louise Elliman (Cirencester)
Michael Hurst (Cheltenham)
Jason Jackson (Kingswood)
Emma Kernahan (Stroud)
Geoff Mead (Kingscote)
Chloe Turner (Minchinhampton)
Steve Wheeler (Sheepscombe)
Alwin Wiederhold (Gloucester)
Tickets, priced as usual at £8, are available now from the Cotswold Playhouse website - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/638976
More info on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/

Call for writers / Corinium Radio Writers' Room

Dates available for recording in the Writers’ Room in August, September, October 2019.

Please let me know if and when you would like to come in.

Dates fill up very quickly so the sooner you can let me know your preference the better.

August 1st. 8th, 22nd, 29th.

September 12th, 19th, 26th.

October 3rd, 10th, 31st.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Rona Laycock

Writers Room

General Information

The studio has moved; please do not enter via Bingham House anymore.

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 the 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.


IAN McEWAN TO HEADLINE STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Directors of the Stroud Book Festival are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will be held from 6 - 10 November 2019. It will be headlined by Booker-winning author (and Stroud Book Festival patron) Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation about “Machines Like Me”, his subversive and entertaining new novel about artificial intelligence, which poses fundamental questions about what makes us human.

 

The full Stroud Book Festival line-up will be revealed this summer and will aim to build on the success of the 2018 Festival, which finished its 5-day run with record ticket sales, sell-out events and a line-up widely praised both for its variety and broad appeal.  The Festival programme will once again include a Schools Day, writing competitions, Stroud Short Stories and much more besides.

 

Stroud Book Festival’s Artistic Director Caroline Sanderson says ‘We’re delighted that Ian McEwan has agreed to appear at this year’s Festival, and look forward to announcing more exciting events in the coming weeks. Children’s Artistic Director, Jane Churchill and I are already hard at work to bring a host of authors to Stroud who will animate, educate and entertain our audiences this coming November.’

 

Festival Director Paul McLaughlin says: ‘We are hugely grateful for the support we received from the local business community in 2018 and look forward to partnering again with so many brilliant Stroud companies and organisations. We are also very excited by the prospect of working closely with the new team at the Subscription Rooms as both venue and box office.’

 

For all enquiries please contact:

Louise Brice louise@stroudbookfestival.org.uk (mob) 07734 106034

www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk