Cheltenham Radio - new podcast

Cheltenham Radio is a local podcast radio station for news, events and more, started 3 months ago.  A new feature is a monthly podcast called Cheltenham Radio Book Club with the aim of reading mostly authors from the South West and inviting them to a Q & A session about the book which has been discussed.

If you are interested in the book club, you can join here

 


Bryony Pearce - novelist and short story writer

Bryony lives in the Forest of Dean, having moved there from Cheshire six years ago.

Bryony has sold eleven books to publishers and has had nine Young Adult titles published (mainly dark thrillers and horror).  Her adult debut 'The Girl on the Platform' is a domestic noir thriller and came out in April (with Avon HarperCollins).  The next comes out in Spring 2022. She also write short stories for science fiction anthologies.

To find out more about Bryony and her work, please visit her website here or follow her on Twitter or Instagram @BryonyPearce

Her books can be bought from Amazon, or ordered from all bookshops.


Read our June 2021 newsletter here

The GWN News June 2021

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Writing Competition 2021

Supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

There is still time to enter our competition.

Theme: Signposts

Closing Date: 30th June

Prose Judge: Debbie Young. Entries up to 750 words.

Poetry Judge: Carrie Etter. Entries up to 50 lines

Full details http:// www.gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writing Places, Writing Faces

Has your writing group started to meet up again? Have you had a change of venue? Let us know and we can put it in our newsletter and on the website so that other writers can find you.

publicity@gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writer’s News and Successes 

1.Erbacce Pamphlet Competition

Frank McMahon from Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester has just received a Highly Commended recognition in this year's event.
He was one of 100 from a total entry field in excess of 12,500.
His poems will be published in Journal 68 of Erbacce.

 

2.The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam

Open to young poets, aged 18-25. An opportunity to showcase your talent in front of a live audience and to win a cash prize.

Apply: Poetry Slam Call Out

 

3.The Phare Writing Competition.

Theme - COAST. Short fiction up to 2,000 words, or creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words. Submissions window June 1st to July 25th.

 

  1. Evesham Festival of Words Limerick Competition

Opens for entries on 1stJune. Light-hearted and fun, silly or even nonsensical, entries from anyone over the age of 12 are welcomed. For more details of their programme go to their website-www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org

 

  1. GWN need a new webmaster

We are looking for a webmaster. If anyone has an interest or expertise in this area and would like to help out, please get in touch at info@gloswriters.org.uk. The role involves posting information in the Calendar and News and Reviews sections of the website while Livvy Howarth continues as website administrator. Training is available if needed.

 

6.OH Crumbs 'evening of letters' Thurs 3rd June

Oh Crumbs 'an evening of letters'

'K' or an invite - a declaration of love

a recipe, directions.....Zoom letter box 603 854 102 pw 018454

please pass it on....

 

Useful information

The Society of Authors have set up an Authors’ Emergency Fund to provide grant assistance for writers in financial difficulty.  Details at

www.societyofauthors.org/Grants/Grants-for-writers-in-need

 

🔊Call out to all our readers

As we return to some normality over the next few months, please can you make sure the information we have for your groups, including contact details, is up to date and let us know when we can begin to post your live events on our calendar.

We would love to hear more about what you are writing, where you are writing, who you write with, what inspires you, your successes and failures or if you have an amusing tale to tell. Send it to info@gloswriters.org.uk

 

To Contact Us

For general enquiries about the GWN and if you wish to be put on our mailing list please contact: info@gloswriters.org.uk

If you would like information to be posted on the website about a relevant event, article, workshop etc. please send it toadmin@gloswriters.org.uk (the deadline is the 28th of each month for inclusion in the next newsletter)

 

Our Facebook Group (GWN -- Gloucestershire Writers’ Network) and our Twitter account (@GWNgloswriters).

 

And Finally

A picture can speak a thousand words, but a thousand words can paint you a thousand pictures. Evy Michaels

Enjoy your “painting”

Sharon (for GWN).

 

If you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe to the newsletter let us know @info@gloswriters.co.uk

 


Oh Crumbs sourced from the Forest of Dean, no. 35, Thursday 20th May (appears every 2 weeks)

It is an evening of words tossed above and propelled from lungs.

There will be poems, stories, songs, performances from many different places

and many different people.

Last time we featured the powerful words of award-winning poet Tess Biddington.

In the future we will share the moving songs of acclaimed Irish folk singer Tommy Sands.

This week Thursday 20th May from 8pm we open the gates for all comers.

It is one of our lively, unexpected OPEN MIKE concoctions including -

regulars storyteller shepherd Darren (still lambing after all these weeks) Hoskins, Forest bard (new book out very soon) Maggie Clutterbuck

Charlie Markwick - the French connection and stir it up with Leonard Custard ....

Zoomed from screens far and near (603 854 102 pw 018454)

You are welcome to speak your piece or slouch in the corner sipping the brew ....


Write Here… online novel-writing course - discounted places

Write Here online novel-writing courses have contacted us with the following offer.  If you would like to know more please email them - courses@writehereuk.com
You can let them know you have found out about the offer on the GWN website.  We don't have any experience of the course but hopefully it will be worth you having a look at.

We're very aware that with just six people allowed to meet indoors at the moment, all writing groups have been severely affected by the Covid outbreak, so – in order to keep Gloucestershire Writers' Network writing – we'd like to offer you a discounted place on the forthcoming Write Here… Online novel-writing course, which you can take from the comfort of your own home, if you sign up by midnight on Monday 31 May.

Write Here… Online is an eight-week course, taught by expert editor and Two Piers Agency literary agent Rufus Purdy, which takes writers from those tentative early planning stages right through to submitting their finished manuscript to literary agents and publishers. Featuring masterclasses on plot, characterisation, dialogue and all the other essential aspects of novel-writing, the course also involves all-important sessions on editing and pitching your novel. The final week will also involve a Q&A session in which Rufus directly answers students’ questions directly.

You can see all the information on the course and sign up for the discounted fee of £89.10 (rather than the full price of £99) via the link below…

http://www.writehereuk.com/affordable-writing-courses-and-professional-book-editing/creative-writing-courses/write-here-online-novel-writing-course-1120/

Write Here… has also just launched a dedicated How To Write Fantasy or Speculative Fiction course, which costs just £79 for six weeks…

http://www.writehereuk.com/affordable-writing-courses-and-professional-book-editing/creative-writing-courses/fantasy-writing-course/

If you have any questions, please email courses@writehereuk.com

The Write Here… team

Stroud Short Stories 10th Birthday Event

Formed in 2011, Stroud Short Stories is celebrating its 10th Birthday with a new event entitled 'Sharp Stars And Old Magic and Other Stories'. The event is free and unticketed and will be available on the SSS YouTube channel via links on the SSS website (stroudshortstories.blogspot.com) from 7.30 on Sunday 9 May.
90 Gloucestershire writers submitted 125 stories for the event. Co-judges Chloe Turner and John Holland chose ten writers to read their brilliant stories - Nimue Brown, Cheryl Burman, David Goodland, Mhairi Gray, Diana Humphrey, Jason Jackson, Sally Jenkinson, Kate Keogan, Nastasya Parker and Sean W. Quigley.


Graffiti prose and poetry competition now open - £100 prize for the winner in each category

Prose Competition Rules

Theme: Secrets and Lies

1.   Closing date 31 August 2021. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition.

2.   Maximum length 1,500 words.

3.   Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s).

4.   The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be on a separate page.

5.   The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided.

6.   Postal entries are accepted as well as via email. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

7.   The fee is £4 per story. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:

Catchword Writing Group

Please ensure you enclose your full details AND the title of your entry with the cheque.

8.   All entries that arrive on time will be considered. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

9.   Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should provide an email address or enclose a SAE.

Send entries to:

Graffiti Magazine Secrets and Lies Prose Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB

Or : rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk with ‘Graffiti entry’ in the subject line.

Prize: £100      The winning entry and short listed entries will be

published in Graffiti.

 

Graffiti Magazine Poetry Competition Rules

No specific theme for this competition

1.  Closing date 31 August 2021. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition.

2.  Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s). Maximum length of poem 50 lines.

3.  The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate page.

4.  The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided.

5.  Postal entries are accepted as well as via email. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.

6.  The fee is £4 per poem. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:

Catchword Writing Group

Please ensure you enclose your full details AND the title of your entry with the cheque.

7.  All entries that arrive on time will be considered. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.

8.  Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should provide an email address or enclose a SAE.

Send entries to:

Graffiti Magazine Open Poetry Competition

C/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB

Or : rona_laycock@yahoo.co.uk with ‘Graffiti entry’ in the subject line.

Prize: £100      The winning entry and short listed entries will be published in Graffiti.

 


Call for Short Story Writers

Submissions are open for the 2021 edition of Superlative!

 

The theme this year is 'Scapes

From landscapes and seascapes, to cityscapes and escapes, please interpret the theme however you choose, but the more intriguing, imaginative and well-crafted your stories are, the better.

 

Superlative publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. They work closely with developing writers so that, when they publish their work, it is of the highest standard.

 

The journal is published annually, and Superlative provide free editing services. They ask for contributors to please read back issues of the journal before submitting, to get a feel for the types of pieces they publish.

 

Please click here for information about purchasing or submitting to the journal.


Somewhere Else Writers Group - Cirencester

Now online every Wednesday afternoon the Somewhere Else Writers Group covers poetry, novels, short stories, drama, including radio plays on Corinium Radio, and commissioned plays.

They created and produced for local radio six episodes of The Inn on the Green, very loosely modelled on The Archers.

Their writers have been successful in having work published, including podcasts with Ragged Foils Productions, and in winning prizes for their work.

Their ethos is to encourage and support and offer honest, constructive critiquing, and they are now open to applications to join...

Visit their website here.

 


Call for Writers

Clare Roberts, a postgraduate student at the University of Gloucestershire, is putting out a call for writers to help with her ‘Personalised Poetry and Flash Fiction’ research project.

The project is a website for people to commission poems or short stories for friends and loved ones on birthdays and anniversaries, etc.

She is researching the idea for her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire and would like to hear from poets and short story writers who would be willing to write brief pieces based on clients’ answers to a questionnaire, a few photos, and perhaps a short phone call.

She is currently trialing the idea, so would also be grateful for feedback from writers.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Clare Roberts on cefroberts@icloud.com or 07946 703729.