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Fire Anthology: Launched and available to buy online

6 Mar
A few drinks as books are snapped up

A few drinks as books are snapped up

Many thanks to everyone who joined us last week to celebrate the launch of our new anthology. Around 100 people were treated to brilliant readings of prose and poetry, and between them made short work of 10 litres of wine and 2 kegs of lager! The celebrations continued at The Feathered Fish, and as someone said while we were arm in arm singing ‘Champagne Supernova’: ‘if any of us can remember this in the morning, it’ll be one of those memories you never forget.’

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

Meanwhile, the books were bought up so fast that we’ve now sold out already! While we replenish our supplies, fear not: you can order copies online. The book’s available from many distributors (including Amazon), but we recommend you order direct from the printers via this link: that way your books will arrive quicker and more of the cost will go towards future projects. Happy reading!


Fire: New Writing II – UoG Creative Writing anthology coming soon

10 Jan

We’ve just received a preview copy of Fire from the printers, and it’s looking beautiful. The new anthology of Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire features prose and poetry from thirty-seven students and graduates. From the experimental to the classic, from the shocking to the heartwarming, it’s a book that contains something for everyone. We’re exceedingly grateful to two professional artists – both university alumni – who gave up their time to help with the cover: the image was kindly donated by the very talented Greg Farndon, while the design was created by the brilliant Sean Strong. We’ll soon be announcing a date for the launch (which will be some time in February), and please check this blog for details of how to purchase the anthology online.


UoG Creative Writing: Another student publishing success

13 Dec
Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas

Congratulations to Hugh Thomas who this year graduated from the Creative Writing BA at the University of Gloucestershire; on Wednesday, Hugh’s article on Gustaf Håkansson – ‘the ‘steel grandpa’ who won a 1,000-mile bicycle race’ – was published by The Guardian. As one commenter wrote online, ‘what a delightful article, never heard of the chap or his achievement, imeasurably improved my day :)’

 If you’d like to read more of Hugh’s work, check out Lebensraum – a short story now available for free on Kindle. It’s a disturbing, darkly comic satire that just might make you want to kill your parents. If you enjoy it, be sure to leave a review.

Hugh’s work is also set to feature in Fire – the new University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, which will be launched early in 2014.

Fire Anthology: Submissions Closed

2 May

FireThe editors of the 2013 University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, Fire, wish to thank everyone who has submitted work. We received more than 60 submissions and expect to publish work from 25-30 students. Please note that we have replied to acknowledge receipt of work to everyone who submitted, so if you submitted and didn’t get a thank you note, we haven’t received your work; in that case, please contact us (fire@newwriting.org) as soon as possible.

Once again, the standard looks to be very high, and the selection process is not going to be easy. What’s more, before we can start the selection process, we have to finish assignment marking. So please don’t worry if you don’t hear any news for a while; we will announce our selections to everyone simultaneously (probably some time in June). Thanks again and good luck to everyone who entered – we have some happy hours of reading ahead of us.

The editors: Tyler Keevil, Lucy Tyler, and D.D. Johnston

This Tuesday… Open Mic & Fire Deadline

29 Apr

This Tuesday, 30th April, there will be an open mic night at the Frog and Fiddle from 8pm. As always, this will be a chance to read your prose, poetry, and plays, and to hear what your peers are writing, but it will also be a chance to celebrate assessments submitted and work well done. Before you hit the pub, don’t forget to submit your poetry and/or prose for the Fire Anthology – the deadline is midnight Tuesday 30th, and the submission guidelines are here.

Fire Anthology: Two Weeks to Submit

16 Apr

FireThe new creative anthology, Fire, is still accepting submissions – but only for two more weeks. We won’t be able to accept any writing submitted after midnight on Tuesday 30th April. Fire is the follow up to last year’s excellent anthology, Smoke, which we reccomend you read before submitting to Fire. Smoke is available to buy online here, and the submission guidelines for fire are available here. Good luck!