Online Writing ResourcesHere you can find information about online resources, groups, projects and exercises to keep you engaged with writing during this period of isolation. Please email admin@gloswriters.org.uk if you have anything you’d like us to add to this page. Please see our News and Reviews page for other updates.

Tony Domaille – writing for the theatre

Tony Domaille lives in Thornbury and has over twenty scripts published by Lazy Bee Scripts, Pint Sized Plays, and Ilkley Playhouse. His work has been produced on BBC Radio and on stage in eighteen countries, including famous locations like Theatre 80 in New York. Many of his plays have been nominated for and received awards. Successes in 2020 include, ‘Me & You’ winning the Avon One Act Play Festival competition, ‘Apocalypse Then’ being a winner in the Ilkley Playhouse Festival competition, and ‘My Hero’ winning the international Pint-Sized Plays Script Slam competition. His second full length comedy, ‘Angel’ is due to be published soon and he is keen to reach people involved in amateur dramatics who are looking for their next production. His award winning scripts can be read on line here  

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OH Crumbs live in the Forest of Dean Spring Festival April 8-10th 2021

'Oh Crumbs'  "a lively accessible spoken word event" continues to offer live space for poets, story tellers and performers. With a Thursday evening spot every 2 weeks from 8pm they have welcomed performances from many places: live stories from Iran, Donegal, Cardiff, rants from London, tales from Ruardean, Salford, poems from Bream, Gloucester, Usually, a special guest on alternate weeks and open-mic every time. This week, they are running a Spring Festival with Scots-born story teller Rona Barbour this Thursday 8th from 8pm. The Zoom detail for these regular Thursday sessions are: 603 854 102 and password 018454.   Saturday 10th April from 10am A day of workshops and 'Oh Crumbs goes Cuckoo' Cabaret- Workshop leaders include award winning poet Tess Biddington, Story teller Jane Springham, and London-based performance poet Janine Booth. Hybrid shepherd/minstrel Darren Hoskins will introduce his 'Crankies' shadows , shapes and stories. From 5pm, the cuckoo cabaret including…

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Jennie Farley’s Latest Features

Jennie Farley’s poems from her new collection-in-progress have recently featured in: The Sunday Tribune (The Museum of Dreams) Raceme (The Worry Doll) Poetry Wales (Bones, The Summer Ghost) Dear Reader (The Lonely Glove, Annabel, Judy’s Hand)

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Kathryn Southworth’s New Poetry Pamphlet

Kathryn Southworth’s poetry pamphlet on the death of Virginia Woolf with line drawings by Charles Perrett was published by the letterpress Paekakariki in March. Limited edition copies available from Paekakariki or from Kathryn priced £10. Click here to purchase your copy of A Pure Bead.

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Cheryl Burman’s New Novel ‘Keepers’

Cheryl Burman's new women's historical fiction novel, 'Keepers' was released in early April and is attracting five star reviews. Click here for more information.

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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.

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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.  

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Jan Turk Petrie’s New Novel, ‘Running Behind Time’

There’s a wrinkle in time on the 15:15 train from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa... Jan Turk Petrie is delighted to announce that her new novel, Running Behind Time, has been published in paperback and on Kindle, available from Amazon. It is free to read if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, and the paperback will soon be available to order in bookshops. Order your copy here.   A fast-paced, time slip novel, the story is set partly in the Cotswolds. It's just been awarded a 5 star medallion  by reviewers for Readers’ Favorite (USA) To quote: “An entertaining, thrilling book – don’t miss it!” “For a bit of fantasy and suspension of reality in these tough times, with a story that is topical for today, this is a winner.”

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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.

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Free Creative Writing Workshops and Courses with Amy Scott

Amy Scott is a writer and editor, working with new writers setting out with their first novels, and offering free creative writing courses and workshops. For more information about creative writing courses and workshops, or to get in touch with Amy about writing or editing, click here to visit her website or click here to visit her facebook page

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Barry Faulkner’s New Releases

The first two books in Barry Faulkner's DCS Palmer and the Serial murder Squad series will be offered as a single volume FREE ebook as a taster on Amazon between 5th-9th March.   First in new series 'Ben Nevis and the Gold Digger' thrillers is out on March 5th - pre-order now, ebook for only £1.99: London private eye Ben Nevis, ex SAS/OCS/N14 gets a peculiar request from a new lady client, 'kill my husband'. A few days later the husband appears in Ben's London office with the request 'kill my wife'. Ben has his partner the Gold Digger take a good look into the pair and some illegal international arms dealing is exposed with missiles going from the UK through Cyprus and Turkey to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and on to terrorist cells in the Middle East. After a surprise visit from Ben's old boss at MI6 Ben finds himself enrolled in a mission to stop the trade with help of the British SBS based in Cyprus who are to get him into Turkey to blow up the arms and then get him out…

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University of Gloucestershire 2021 New Writing Anthology

VOICES As a society we all have VOICES. As individuals we use our voices to communicate, inspire and more. This can be reflected in our storytelling – a way of using our unique voices to communicate with the world. Now is the time to share these stories. The University of Gloucestershire are looking for uplifting and powerful prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues from all UoG students, staff and alumni. However you interpret the theme VOICES, they want to see your work! Submissions open now! Click here to visit the UoG Voices Anthology Wesbite for further information and full submission details. UoG are delighted to be supporting GL Communities with their anthology this year. GL Communities recognises and supports the gifts, skills and talents of the communities it works with. It facilitates the connecting of residents, local businesses and local services and works towards a community that is thriving and aspiring. GL Communities key themes are Advice and Advocacy, Employability and…

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Free half-term Puppetry Performance

🗓 Mon 15th - Fri 19th February 💻Online (via YouTube) 🎟 Free (no booking required) ⭐️ Written and performed by Jonny Fluffypunk. 🔥 Co-presented by Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Libraries and The Pound. At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does: catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach. Then who should wash into his life but a homeless mermaid with a spiky attitude and a story to tell! And things aren’t going to be the same again… Can kindness lead to great things? Can a bit less litter make a difference? Can the world’s first human/mermaid rock ‘n’ roll band make big waves? CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW

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Workshop with Dialect Writers

Workshops - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm  Are you looking for a space to share work and get feedback? Dialect writers have four spots available on their monthly Tuesday evening workshops. In the first hour, there are some themed writing prompts, and in the second hour they feedback on work that has been shared before the meeting. Suitable for all levels. Pay what you can. Next meeting 23rd February. Email dialectwriters@gmail.com for more information!

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Steel Jackdaw Submissions Open

Steel Jackdaw is a new arts magazine, which celebrates creative expression and promotes positive environmental and social change. The first edition is raising 100% of its profits to charity, ClientEarth, and international environmental charity and local charity The Nelson Trust. Edition 2 is now open for submission by creatives and artists of any discipline, including poetry, flash fiction and storytelling. Please visit Steel Jackdaw's website to find out more about the new magazine and to submit. The submission window for edition two closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of April.

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Superlative Literary Journal Accepting Submissions

Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, 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. Superlative are currently accepting submissions for the journal, and for their short story, flash fiction, and mini saga competitions. If you would like your work published in a print journal for the first time, please head over to their website www.superlativelitjournal.com for more information!  

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Stroud Short Stories Open for Submissions

STROUD SHORT STORIES OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS Stroud Short Stories, this year celebrating its 10th birthday, is open for submissions from Gloucs & South Gloucs writers from 29 Jan to 21 March. Ten stories will be chosen for their authors to read at our event, which will either be on YouTube or at the Cotswold Playhouse, and will take place on 9 May. It's free, as always, to submit and it's an open theme this time. John Holland's co-judge this time is Saboteur Award winning short story author, Chloe Turner. Click here for all Stroud Stories Info

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Mentoring with Dialect Writers

Dialect Writers have announced a mentoring scheme that aims to give a boost to those who are working towards their first novel / short story collection / poetry pamphlet / poetry collection. 4 emerging writers will be matched with one of 4 mentors (Fiona Benson, Mahsuda Snaith, Melanie Golding and Pascale Petit) to work intensively together for three to four months. The deadline for applications is the 7th February, so get yours in now! Click here for more details about Dialect's Mentoring Opportunity.  

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Creative Opportunities

For anybody scouring the web for unique creative opportunities, here are a few places that might aid your search. Literature works, who's mission is to nurture the creative use of stories, words and writing by and for individuals and communities of all kinds in our region - Click here for more information about Literature Works. Retreat West's Online Creative Writing School - Click here for more information about Retreat West. Writer's HQ, 'stop f**king about & start writing' - Click here for more information about Writer's HQ. Paper Nations, who want to make writing part of our national life - Click here for more information about Paper Nations. Dialect Writers, a new and inclusive platform designed to help rural writers develop their talent - Click here for more information about Dialect Writers. Ink, Sweat & Tears, now offering 3 month paid internships, focusing on the BAME community -  Click here for more information about Ink, Sweat & Tears.  

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Follow the Sun Literature and Writing Conference 28-30th Jan

On 28th-30th January, an exciting new online literature and writing conference, Follow the Sun, will take place across the globe. The event is run by Paper Nations, Transnational Literature, and the research center for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE).  Follow the Sun is a literary festival-meets-conference, a summit of citizens from around the world embarking on a creative and thought-provoking journey through transnational literature, writing, and performance. Follow the Sun is ideal for anyone who is in need of creative renewal. The event will culminate on Saturday 30th January with a masterclass (9am-2pm UK time only) on performance poetry in the online world. Led by renowned writer, Zena Edwards, the masterclass is a unique opportunity to meet others, be inspired, and hone your public speaking and performance skills.

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Christine Griffin’s ‘Once Upon a Time’

Christine Griffin's story, 'Once Upon a Time', was runner-up in Writing Magazine's short story competition.   Click here to view the winners and shortlist, and to read stories.

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Waymarks by Gill Garrett

Gill Garrett, a previous GWN committee member and winner of the GWN poetry prize in 2013 and 2016, has a new collection out with Graffiti Books. Waymarks is available directly from Gill for £7.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing. Please contact her at gillgarrettbooks@gmail.com

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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.

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Photo Competition Winners!

Congratulations to our seasonal photography competition winners: Four Winter Trees at Eventide (Caroline Summerfield)   Four Winter Trees at Eventide (Caroline Summerfield)   Caroline is the author of the Gloucestershire-inspired play, 'The Tree Charter Tapestry', which celebrates our ancient woodlands and forests, and the deep connection which we all share with Nature. The recording of the production, at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, is available to listen to as a podcast on: https://anchor.fm/caroline-rose-summerfield For further information about other plays going into production and touring, in 2021, please refer to the Natura Contemporary Theatre's website: https://writersanddirectorsworkshop.com/natura-contemporary-theatre Gift-wrapped (Robin Barker)   Gift-wrapped by Robin Barker   'Photography is a hobby for me along with writing and travelling. I enjoy taking pictures…. it is a distraction from daily life, especially at the moment with the pandemic. I…

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Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Winter Photo Competition

Can you capture the essence of this time of year in a photograph?   We are running a fun competition to celebrate all that is beautiful, intriguing, interesting, quirky or unusual about our county at this time of year. If you feel you have a winner, send it to us by 31st December 2020, and the top 3, as judged by the GWN committee, will be featured on our website. There is no entry fee, the prize is to share your talent and image with a wider audience. The rules: 1. Photographs must be taken by the entrant. 2. Your entry will be published on our website with your name, subject to your permission. 3. Email your entries to pennygwn@gmail.com. 4. Don’t forget to include your contact details. 5. Your photo must have been taken in Gloucestershire in the 2020 winter season.

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Poetry by Iris Anne Lewis

Three poems by Iris Anne Lewis have been published in the Winter 2020 issue of The High Window. The poems ‘Autumn Migration’, ’November’ and, ‘Carol’ all have seasonal themes, and may be read here. Click on Iris’s name in the list of poets. Iris was also November's feature poet in the Silver Branch series of Black Bough Poetry, further information available here, and is also included in the playlist accompanying Black Bough Poetry’s Christmas and Winter edition (available free online at the Black Bough Poetry website or for purchase via Amazon). Listen to the playlist here.

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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.

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Covid-inspired Poetry Anthology

Frank McMahon from Cirencester has had three poems published in a Covid-inspired anthology entitled, Can you hear the people sing?, published by Palewell Press. The anthology has writers from round the world and the UK and is available to purchase here.

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Gloucestershire Writers and Performers

Frances March’s poetry was specially commended in Freedom from Torture’s recent 'Resilience' competition. Belinda Rimmer is a runner-up in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition. Chole Jacquet’s first poetry collection Take it by the Line has recently been released by Black Eyes Publishing. GWN Team member Penny Howarth, who also writes as Penny Ayres, has had poetry published by Ink, Sweat and Tears’ 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' feature, starting 21st December. Frank Macmahon has had three poems published in Palewell Press’s Covid-inspired anthology, Can You Hear the People Sing? If you would like a mention of any recent writing successes, (and a link if you like!) on the website or in our newsletter, please do contact us on info@gloswriters.org.uk.

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‘Take It By The Line’ by Chloë Jacquet

Black Eyes Publishing UK have recently released Chloë Jacquet's first poetry collection, entitled 'Take It By The Line', which includes some of her performance slam poems, as well as some lesser known materials. Click here for more information, or for signed copies. Her social media handle is @ChloeJPoetry.

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