Anthology Launch Party

12 Nov

Join us to celebrate the launch of our brilliant new Creative Writing student anthology, Singularity. The event takes place at the Francis Close Hall SU Bar on Friday 23rd November at 7:30pm. Join us for readings, drinks, fun, and the chance to purchase copies. It’s free and everyone is welcome. See you there!

launch poster


Submission opportunity: Flash Fiction Magazine

14 Oct

Flash Fiction MagazineIt’s always great to hear what our alumni are up to, and former student Keely O’Shaughnessy has been in touch to share with current students a submission opportunity from the magazine she’s now working for. Flash Fiction Magazine is accepting submissions of 300-1000 word stories in any genre. There’s no payment for stories published on the website; however, they pay $40 per story accepted for their anthologies. You can submit here.

It’s free to submit, they respond in 1-4 weeks, and the best story of the month wins $100. You can check out their website, follow them on Twitter @flashficmag, and find them on Facebook.

Good luck!


Student Successes 2017/18

13 Jul

UoG creative writing students have been doing great things this year and have achieved publications and prizes in all three strands. Congratulations to everyone (and if I have missed any successes, please let me know).

Please note – some of you have told me about acceptance for the UoG anthology Singularity. I haven’t included them here as I’d like to get a full list – watch this space!



MA student Jim Pownall  has published two short stories in magazines: ‘The Imposter ‘(Fake, Wilson Arts Collective Zine) and ‘The Pilgrimage’ (Duet, Pittville Press).

Claire Harrison (2nd year BA) had a short story published in Fresh Leaves, an anthology of short stories by new writers in 2018; she won an award for being the author of one of the top three stories chosen by the editor/publisher Vine Leaves Publishing. Claire was also winner of 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Story competition.

Carol Hilton (2nd year BA) also had two stories published in Fresh Leaves; ‘Honey Cake’ and ‘Henry’s Seagull’. ‘Honey Cake’ won the first prize of a £75 Amazon voucher.

Amelia Wreford (MA) has a short story ‘Worm’ – for December issue of  BFS Horizons, which is the official periodical for the British Fantasy Society.

Caroline Juskus (1st year BA) had a story ‘Ill Winds’ selected for a themed Mslexia issue – a very tough market!

Chloe Forester (3rd year BA) published a story ‘Isa’ in Novelty magazine.

Daniel Paton (2nd year BA) was a winner in the Waterloo Festival short story competition. The collection is available as an eBook on Amazon –

Sophie Lay (3rd year BA) had a  short story ‘Cultivate’ published in Popshot Magazine’s Summer Issue. Sophie also let me know about a group publication in the Lampeter Review later this year. The piece is titled ‘Staying Grounded: Twelve Eyewitness Accounts of the Event’. The students (and staff) included are: Libby Brown, Oli Cowmeadow, Becky Charnock, Chloe Hodgkinson, Tyler Keevil, Sophie Lay, Kerry McDonnell, Holly Naylor, Laurie Parrett, Shannon Storm, Kate Whinnett, and Amy Wright.

Joyce Grant, who is one of our Humber College MA students, published a middle-grade baseball novel, Sliding Home, in April 2018 (publisher: Lorimer Kids & Teens, Canada).

A late addition: Reece McCormack has a story, ‘Something with Miles on it’ accepted for publication by the New England Review; it will feature in either the September or December issue.





Ziggy Dicks (MA) has had poetry on the Outlaw Poetry website, contributed to Further into Darkness and Light Anthology (profits for Mind charity), contributed to a forthcoming anthology by Fallen Angel Poetry, and launched Gloucester Poetry Society’s first anthology.

Asha Sutton (1st year BA) had a poem, ‘We Breathe’ on the webzine I am not a silent poet

Caroline Juskus (1st year BA) also had a poem on I am not a silent poet and is awaiting results of other submissions.

Molly Burnell (1st year BA)had a poem , ‘A Drop of Darkness’,  published in the January 2018 issue of a print magazine The Dawntreader and a second poem accepted for a later issue.

Jemma O’Donovan (2nd year BA) had a poem,  ‘Prisoner’, on I am not a silent poet and another poem ‘Glenfiddich’ in Bindweed magazine.

Carol Hilton (2nd year BA) a poem ‘Empty Nest’ in Snakeskin Poetry Webzine – June/July 2018.

Ross Turner (1st year BA) has done very well with a group of four poems featured in Sarasvati magazine ( Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd) and a poem in Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, December 2017.

Bea Hughes (2nd year BA) had a poem,  ‘Oilseed’, on I am not a silent poet and won the May competition, and publication, at Creative Writing Ink journal with a poem ‘Christmas Morning’.


Dramatic Writing

Domenic Edwards (3rd year BA) and Daniel Paton (2nd year BA) will both have plays produced and performed at Stroud Theatre Festival with Smash The Glass theatre company.


It is fantastic to see students doing so well in all three strands – keep sending the work out, we are proud of you!

UoG students launch the 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival in style

21 Apr

Bar room bards 1Creative Writers at the University of Gloucestershire last week kicked off the 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival with two great events in Cheltenham bars. Scores of people attended Bar Room Bards at the Railway Inn, hearing performances of classic bar-themed poems, including readings from a disheveled Bukowski, an elegant Yeats, and a mustachioed Rudyard Kipling whose rendition of “Gentlemen Rankers” involved a mass sing along.

bar room bards 2There were several competitions on the night, and congratulations to the winners who have now been contacted by email. See the bottom of this post for the answers.

The evening also produced a poem, based on “things you only say or do after you’ve been drinking”:


I say I love you, I love you, I love you
I say let’s go to Cotswold Kebab
I say I’m totally straight
I say let’s make plans to do that thing
I chat breeze, flossin
I say let’s get cocktails
I fall over, like, 17 times
I talk to you about Dumbledore
And I am crying!
I’m doing the Lounge dance
I hug people
I say Tinos and don’t even know what it means
I say I’m totally straight
I say I want egg fried rice
I say Regina Spektor broke my foot
And I say I love you
I say I love you
I say let’s get cocktails
I say, I’ll message you in the morning

Oh, and there was this collectively written… poem:

One night I went to the Railway Inn
And I heard the most terrible din
It used to be a famous sausage kitchen
Alrig’ me loven!
You’ve got a lush ass, oh wow!
When I see it, my mind goes pow.
And stops, sees, minds – gazes
Gosh. I haven’t felt like this in ages
Felt as if my stomach imploded
My heart melting, or my intestines exploded
Hair is brown, eyes are blue,
I wonder how much of this is true?
Order me a Maker’s Mark and coke
Get over ‘ere cuz u is woke
One day I saw her clear as night
And stepped up close to hold her tight
She gave a laugh. She gave a cry.
She said, I’ll never say goodbye
But I knew that was a bluff
You know that fake beer? Duff
She said, Sometimes I follow through
If you get too near it’ll be on you
Then the barrel of Skinner’s gun kissed my cheek
And he told me my Duff was [illegible]
I said, “You really missed the meme there.”
And he: “Eh, what do I care?”
“I love democracy, I love the republic,” said I.
“Have you ever played Devil may cry?”
Cells dovetail in strange cravings,
And leave us cracked in love’s crazy pavings.


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story slam 1Then, on Thursday night, attention turned to the inaugural Cheltenham Story Slam (above), where a number of UoG stars competed for the prizes. It was a splendid evening, hosted excellently by performance poet Chloe Jacquet. We were well represented with Rod Griffiths, Hannah Stubbs, Elliot Dallow, Eleanor Winterbottom, Isabella Gartside, Asha Sutton, and Claire Harrison all performing superbly. Eleanor Winterbottom qualified for the final, and special congratulations to Isabella Gartside, who was overall runner up, and to Claire Harrison, who won the whole competition!

slam 2Thanks to everyone who attended and supported these events. There are still loads of great events to come at the Poetry Festival, so do check out the full programme. Two UoG lecturers are in action soon: Lania Knight will be reading at 7pm on Sunday 22nd, and Angela France presents her multimedia poetry show, The Hill, at 7pm on Wednesday 25th. Both events are at the Cheltenham Playhouse.

Here are the competition answers:

The correct last lines for Emily Dickinson’s “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed” are:

To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the – sun!

The correct last lines for James Thomson’s “The Wine of Love: are:

He reeleth with his own heart,
That great rich vine.

The missing words from William Aytoun’s “The Empty Bottle” were:

A: bottle
B: beer
C: gush
D: shell
E: temple

The missing words from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Tavern” were:

A: crest
B: chill
C: traveller
D: tend
E: good

Congratulations to all the prize winners who have been contacted by email this morning.

Lania Launches REMNANT: Thursday 12th, St Andrew’s Montpellier, 7:30pm

9 Apr
They told her she would become the queen.
The world lies in ruins. For years, only one part of Illinois has remained alive and thriving: the Compound and its territories. In a farmhouse beside an orchard, a young girl grows up, waiting to take her place as the ruler and protector of this land. 
She will discover, however, that the old queen, a scientist who extends her own life by stealing the bodies of the young, has no intention of giving up power. Indeed, the entire Compound is locked in a decaying cycle of cloning, repetition, and murder…

You are cordially invited to the UK launch of Lania’s second book, REMNANT – a spectacular piece of dystopian fiction set in the American Midwest after an agricultural collapse. Come and join Lania, in conversation with un certain M. Randall, as she reads from her work and reflects on her inspirations for the novel and the writing process.


THE TIME: Thursday 12th


THE VENUE: St Andrew’s Church, Montpellier


TICKETS: £3 on the door and include a glass of fizz


BOOKS: will be available for purchase + signing on the night

Tyler Keevil and his No Good Brother are coming to Cheltenham

7 Apr

Local legend Tyler Keevil, until recently the Course Leader for our BA in Creative Writing, is returning to Cheltenham to promote his new book, No Good Brother. Tyler will be at The Suffolk Anthology in Cheltenham on Saturday April 14th at 6pm. The event is free, and he’d love to see you there.

He’ll be teaming up with his brother Jonathan Keevil, a musician and filmmaker who composed the soundtrack for Bellflower. Together, they’re delivering a unique combination of music, dramatized readings, and discussion of the book’s creation, in a not-to-be-missed rollicking literary road show. Saddle up!


Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2018

4 Apr

Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2018

18 – 19 April, venues throughout the town


This year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival has been sponsored by The University of Gloucestershire and the empowering programme features performances by staff and students.

The Festival, which has been described as ‘ A poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy’ by the Guardian offers a jam packed programme of readings, performances, cinema, music and socially conscious workshops on the theme of ‘power’.

jacob polley

Jacob Polley


On offer this year is a workshop with poet Peter Raynard called Fight the Power and plus David Punter, Professor of Poetry at the University of Bristol talks about anarchy, capitalism and political poetry.


Highlights of 2018 include BBC Radio 6Music’s Poet in Residence Murray Lachlan Young – ‘A rock ‘n’ roll poet of our time’ (Chrissie Hynde),‘Chap hop’s leading exponent’ (The Wall Street JournalProfessor Elemental, Salford rising star JB Barrington, hip hop artist TrueMendous,  ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’ (Irish TimesVinny Peculiar, internationally acclaimed writer Amir Darwish, ex judo champ turned poet Owen Lowery and TS Eliot Prize winner Jacob Polley.



Roz smiling

Roz Goddard



As ever the Festival welcomes some of the UK’s most important contemporary poets to the Festival. They include Jonathan Davidson, Martyn CrucefixSam Willets, Costa- Prize winner Jonathan Edwards, Rishi Dastidar, Pat Borthwick, Gill McEvoy, Peter Raynard, Tom Sastry, Wayne Holloway Smith,  Cora GreenhillAdam Horovitz, Jane Commane, Chrys Salt, Rachael Allen, Patrick Mackie and Ben Wilkinson to name just a few!

Also on offer are poetry film showcases from Elephants Footprint, a screening of the critically acclaimed film Love Somehow – a poetic re- telling of Caitlin’s Relationship with Dylan Thomas (staring Griff Rhys Jones as the voice of Dylan), Scarestories – a multi-media dystopian vision of the western word featuring poetry from David Clarke.

Students from the University will appear in Bar Room Bars on the opening day of the festival and will compete in the Flash Fiction Slam – an exciting live literature event in which new writers from the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing Course perform micro fiction in front of a judging panel and the Festival audieANGELA FRANCEnce.

University of Gloucestershire staff also appear at the festival with a multi media poetry cinema event (April 25th) featuring Angela France’s collection The Hill – a remarkable sequence of poems that leads us up the winding footpaths of Leckhampton Hill near Cheltenham and a reading from Lania Knight from her new novel Remnant – a science fiction novel set in the American Midwest.( April 22).

To read more about all these events please visit


Be part of the 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival!

27 Mar

Bukowski-1.jpgThe 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival is nearly upon us, and UoG students will be leading the way. We’re proud to be kicking off the Festival with two great events.

On Wednesday 18th April, we’re bringing the Bar Room Bards to the Railway and the Bottle of Sauce. From 8pm-10pm, we’ll have a bawdy bevy of bards performing pub-related poems from writers including Bukowksi, Ben Jonson, and Baudelaire. There will be drinking games, dressing up, and a sing along. We’re still looking for performers, so to get involved please email to find out more – the only qualification you need is enthusiasm.

The following night, Thursday 19th April, is the inaugural Cheltenham Poetry Festival Story Slam, taking place at Copa from 7pm. We’ve auditioned some of UoG’s finest to compete against other local authors for the chance to be crowned flash fiction champion. We have a few wild card entry spots still available, so if you missed out on the auditions but are interested in performing your flash fiction in front of the Festival audience, please contact me at for more information.

And whether you’re performing or not, don’t forget to come along and cheer for your friends.

UoG anthology 2018

19 Feb

Singularity Submissions Open Banner

Submissions are closed and the team are busy reading your work. Watch this space!

See you on the other side.

The Singularity Team

Open Mics are back for 2018!

21 Jan

The Creative Writing Society have released the first dates for open mic nights this year!  If you missed the launch party on Thursday 18th January at the Frog & Fiddle, don’t worry there will be one each month @ Smokey Joe’s Cafe, beginning on

Monday 5th February

and continuing in March with a joint Open Mic night and Magazine Launch Party on

Thursday 8th March.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to take the plunge practice reading out your own work in public in a friendly and supportive (and often inebriated!) atmosphere.  Or just turn up to support your friends, meet other writers, and see that it’s not that scary!

Other CW Society events coming up in January:

Wednesday 24th Quiz night @ Smokey Joe’s

Wednesday 31st Party Games ft Mafia @ FCH HC203


Thursday 20th Quiz night @ Smokey Joe’s

Tuesday 27th @ Frog & Fiddle’s Barn


Wednesday 14th Quiz night @ Boston Tea Party

New Year, new Associate Lecturers

18 Jan

Here at Creative Writing High Command, we’re weirdly sniffy about New Year’s Resolutions. We double our peanut-butter intake, cancel gym memberships out of spite, and indulge in small but satisfying acts of vandalism, like putting next door’s recycling box in before the bin men have visited, and signing our names in all the books in Waterstones (especially the ones that we didn’t write).

However, we have managed to do one good thing for the year ahead: that is, to snare three new Associate Lecturers. It’s our pleasure to introduce Kathy Chamberlain, Larry Cotterell and Emma Geen, who will be taking some undergraduate workshops this semester. From accidental house moves to empathy entanglements and trios of cats, their experience in life and writing is wonderfully broad, and we look forward to learning from them. Welcome!



Dr Kathy Chamberlain’s thesis consisted of a collection of short stories characterised by isolation and anomalousness, which sells her as the life of the party; her story ‘Hallways’ was a commended entry to 2017’s Terry Hetherington Competition, and was published in Cheval 10. She’s a big fan of plain style prose and circular narratives. Kathy accidentally moved to Swansea when she embarked on her postgraduate studies, and teaches undergraduate classes in Creative Writing and English at Swansea University.



Emma Geen is a Creative Writing PhD student at Bath Spa University and an author of speculative novels. Her first novel, The Many Selves of Katherine North, was published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Her PhD research explores the entanglement of empathy, the novel and the body



I have spent a number of years in state secondary and post-graduate education and am currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire. I write anything that takes my interest and have been published in Bristol University’s Ad Absurdum, the Hearts and Minds journal, and a few professional magazines. I have won the odd short-story competition, write for the Review online site and contribute when possible to the Football Poets group about my glory days as an amateur Centre-Half. Originally from St Albans, I now reside in Stroud with a troika of cats.

Shadows Launch Reminder

11 Dec

Shadows Banner

That’s right, folks: the much-anticipated moment has arrived, and we will officially be launching this year’s University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing anthology, Shadows: New Writing VI this Wednesday, December 13th.  The doors open at 6.30 for drinks and snacks in TC002A, and at 7.15 we’ll be moving into TC001 for readings from the anthology contributors.  Included in the proceedings will be the announcement of the winners of the 2017 UoG Novel Writing Contest.  From there we’ll move into town for the after party.  It will definitely be one to remember, and we hope to see you there!

UoG Novel Contest 2017 Shortlist!

30 Nov

Following on from our previous announcement about this year’s anthology launch, we’re pleased to follow it up with equally exciting news: the shortlist for this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest is here.  The six worthy contenders have had their submissions forwarded anonymously to literary agent Becky Thomas, of the Johnson and Alcock Agency in London.  Becky will pick our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners, who will receive cashes prizes of £100, £50, and £25 respectively.  These will be announced at the launch of Shadows: New Writing VI, on Wednesday December 13th, in Week 12.  In alphabetical order (by name) the shortlisted entrants are…

  • ‘Siren Call’ by Rachel Clements (MA)
  • ‘Neon Princess’ by Oli Cowmeadow (BA)
  • ‘I Am Not Naked: A Novel of Lebanon and Syria’ by Sleiman El Hajj (PhD)
  • ‘The Prodigal Adventures of Medard and Levine’ by Sam James (BA)
  • ‘Coffee and Midnight’ by Jemma O’Donovan (BA)
  • ‘Gerald Comes of Age’ by Mark Webber (MA)

Congratulations to all the shortlisted entrants, and thank you very much to everybody who entered.  We look forward to launch night, and the announcement of the winners!

V-Day coming to UoG

28 Nov

Logo text reads ‘VDAY until the violence stops’

The Creative Writing department are delighted to announce that we will be putting on a special dramatic writing event in February 2018 in collaboration with V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Our students will perform a collection of monologues called A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, written by the likes of Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Jane Fonda and other icons of literature, drama and political activism, as part of a global celebration of the 20th anniversary of V-Day and as a fund-raising event for a local charity operating in this field.

V-Day was founded in 1998 by Eve Ensler, the playwright, actor and activist behind The Vagina Monologues phenomenon, which The New York Times called ‘probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade’. Since then, V-Day events and campaigns have raised over £100m in over 200 countries in over 48 languages, benefiting 13,000 community anti-violence programs. 

Shadows Anthology Launch

25 Nov

Shadows Banner

It’s that time of year: the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.  The world is sinking into an extended twilight…and the shadows are falling.  That’s right, folks: this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Shadows: New Writing VI is at the printers, and launch preparations are underway.  Dare we say that it is the biggest, baddest, boldest, and most audacious anthology that UoG has seen since Smoke: the one that started it all.  The format is new, the look is stunning, and the student work is outstanding: you will be drawn so far into the shadows you won’t remember what it’s like to see the light.  What’s more, it’s a brilliant excuse to celebrate the achievement of our students.  We’ll be holding the annual launch in Week 12, on Wednesday Dec. 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open in TC002A at 6.30 and readings commence in TC001 at 7.15.  We’ll also be announcing the winners of this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest (more on this shortly!).  From there we’ll move on to the after-party, from 8.30 till closing.  So come along and celebrate the end of the semester.  See you there!


Vineleaves Short Story Competition: exclusive to UoG students

20 Nov
vineleaves competition

Promotional poster featuring prize details, as listed at

We’re pleased to share this call for entries to the inaugural Vineleaves short story competition. Vineleaves is a new publishing business launched by one of our Master’s students, Carina Mitchell. To be eligible for the competition, you must be a current student at the University of Gloucestershire (whether campus-based or distance learning), studying at undergraduate or Master’s level. You’re invited to submit stories of 2000-4000 words by December 1st. The best stories will be selected for a print collection, and there are great prizes on offer, including £75 (or local equivalent) of Amazon vouchers for the winner. For full details and submission guidelines, see here. Good luck!

Open Mic and magazine launch!

6 Nov

microphoneThis Tuesday, 7th November, don’t miss the launch of the latest edition of the Creative Writing student magazine, Show, Don’t Tell. Issue 12 is hot off the press and free to everyone who comes along to Smokey Joe’s Cafe at 7:30pm on Tuesday. That’s already pretty exciting, but in addition to grabbing a copy of the new issue, you can celebrate the launch with the open mic night being held in conjunction with the LGBT+ society. If you need inspiration, the theme is diversity and inclusion, but readings and performances on other themes are welcome too. What a night! Be present or be a pheasant!

UoG Creative Writers’ Successful Autumn

1 Nov
Flash fiction literature Crawl

Bewigged students read flash fictions at Libertine’s Barbers Shop

It’s been a busy Autumn for the Creative Writing staff and students at UoG – go team! The new academic year started with the Cheltenham Literature Festival and for the second year in a row, students did an amazing job performing flash fictions as part of the LitCrawl. The quirky show involved visitors hearing private readings of micro-fiction from bewigged performers in a barbers shop. Different!

And our course’s involvement with the Festival was cemented by drama lecturer Miranda Walker who, as this year’s Writer in Residence, starred in a range of events, including a Writing Funny workshop at Parabola Arts Centre, the Young Writers Showcase, and the Famous Five Story Trail. She also wrote the brilliant Wishing Fish Clock picture book, which sold out at its launch! (It’s on general sale, available in Regent’s Arcade and Waterstone’s, from November 11th).

Wishing Fish clock book Miranda Walker

Cover for Miranda’s Wishing Fish Clock picture book

Speaking of dramatists, huge congratulations are also due to one of our alumni, Chloe Biggs, who recently won the BBC Essex Playwright of the Year Competition. Her winning play was broadcast on the radio – go Chloe!

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Cover for Angela’s poetry collection, The Hill

The poets have been busy too. Lecturer Angela France won an Arts Council Grant to tour the UK with her new collection, The Hill, which was published by Nine Arches Press in July. The book has already garnered critical acclaim, with Sheenagh Pugh writing “Everyone knows somewhere like the Hill, though few could memorialise it with such verbal energy. Exuberant, controlled, angry, elegiac, this is a poetry of landscape, politics, witness.”

Congratulations are also due to recent graduate Charlotte Appleby and current student George Helder who both had poems published in Ink, Sweat and Tears this August. And huge congratulations to two of our new first year poets: Caroline Juskus and Callie Walsh have both published poems on I Am Not A Silent Poet. I’m sure there will be many more successes to come from this bright year group!

Speaking of bright, well done to 2nd-year student Carol Hilton who has won an Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship in a university-wide competition recognizing outstanding academic achievement. And there is exciting news from one of our MA students, Carina Mitchell, who is launching her Vineleaves Publishing business with a short story competition – more to come on that soon!

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Carol Hilton and other scholarship recipients with staff at Park Campus

Last but not least, the prose writers have been busy too. Lania Knight is celebrating the UK release of her brilliant first novel, Three Cubic Feet. You can get it here! Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, a drama lecturer wearing her prose hat, has published her short story ‘The Party’ at Storgy Magazine.

Three cubic feet

Cover for 2nd Edition of Three Cubic Feet

And it’s only fitting that we should end by celebrating the achievements of our newest member of staff, Bea Hitchman. Bea has recently been one of the judges, along with Philip Hensher no less, for the Bath Spa Flash Fiction competition ‘A Place in Words’, which challenged entrants to write a novel in 25 words. The competition attracted more than 1500 entrants from all over the world, and the prize was awarded by Jeremy Irons at a special ceremony at the London Library. Bea has also written a chapter for a forthcoming book on Sylvia Plath, ‘Plath in Context’, to be published by Cambridge Uni Press in 2018, discussing lesbian contexts for The Bell Jar (there are, she informs us, a surprising number). Congratulations to everyone!

Remember that it makes us incredibly happy to hear good news, so if you have a success to share please drop a line to mjohnstone@ you know the rest.

Join the 2017 Chelt Litcrawl!

4 Oct
litcrawl 2017This Saturday evening, staff and students from the University’s Creative Writing programme invite you to take a seat in the barber’s chair, for a literary event with a difference. They’ll be providing entertainment at one stop on the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 2017 Lit Crawl. For one night only, the Literature Festival will take over a section of Cheltenham for a fast-paced evening of pop-up events and quirky literary happenings. It’s a chance to get drunk on words, and it’s all completely free. Created in San Francisco in 2004 and now in Boston, Brooklyn, Portland, Chicago, New Zealand and beyond, Lit Crawl blends a bar crawl with bookish content – a riotous evening of the written and spoken word in some surprising venues around town.
You can catch the University of Gloucestershire staff and students at Libertine’s Barber Shop on Bennington Street, from 5pm-6pm, on Saturday October 7th. Lecturer Mike D.D. Johnston, who is organising the performance, said “The students performed flash fictions at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival in May, and their set went down a storm. We’re doing something similar this time, but with a twist that makes use of the quirky venue.” Subsequent stops include the chance to see UoG Lania Knight performing as part of the “Who do we think we aren’t?” event at 7:30, a Harry Potter quiz at 8:15, and ‘Feminism, Poetry and Gin at 9pm. The Litcrawl continues until late and ends with a party at Hotel du Vin, where you can hear music from the brilliant Kansas Smitty’s House Band. Checkout the Facebook event here.

Happy new (academic) year!

12 Sep

Yeah, yeah, yeah! We’re back, they’re back, you’re back, or maybe you’re arriving for the very first time – welcome! The new academic year is upon us and we can’t wait! We’ve got some exciting transfer news for you; we’re sorry to have released Tyler Keevil (who moved on deadline day to Real Madrid), but we can’t wait to introduce you to his replacements (they’re awesome!). Plus, we’re keeping our Canadian connection alive as we look forward to welcoming Master’s students who have graduated from Humber College in Toronto. Anyway, much more to come on that, but for now we’re excited to share the new program from the brilliant people in the Creative Writing Society!

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26th. Open Mic @ Smokey Joes
5th. Humanities Mixer Event
10th Quiz @ Smokey Joes
17th Lit Games Night @ FC HC201
24th Film Night @ FC TC007
2nd Halloween Party @ Frog & Fiddle
7th Magazine Launch Open Mic @ Frog
14th Quiz @ Smokey Joes
21st Poetry Slam @ Smokey Joes
28th Gameshow @ Frog & Fiddle
5th Open Mic @ Smokey Joes
12th Magazine launch Christmas Party @ Joes
19th Winter Social @ FCH Student Union
Join the magazine. Submissions open for articles, prose, poetry, scripts, reviews.]