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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!


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


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