Tag Archives: Flash Fiction

Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017 begins on Thursday 4th May

27 Apr

CPF brochure 2017It’s just one week until the Cheltenham Poetry Festival kicks off with appearances from UoG’s own D.D. Johnston and Tyler Keevil. They’ll be talking from 7pm to 8pm at Smokey Joe’s on Thursday 4th May, and you can book your tickets here.

But, wait, it gets even better. Stick around! After that, it’s the turn of some of our many talented students. They’ll be reading flash fictions full of laughs and tragedy, in the same venue, on the same night, from 8:30pm. Admittance to that event is free, but space is limited so please reserve your place here.

And that’s just the first night of the 2017 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! Here are three other UoG-related events to look out for: on Thursday 5th May, English Literature lecturer John Hughes will be discussing how to analyse poetry, in Oxfam Bookshop at 11am; on Wednesday 10th May, there’s a chance to see PhD student Howard Timms’ play Oscar Wilde’s Women at 7:45pm at the Cheltenham Playhouse; and on Thursday 11th May, Anna Saunders (an alumni of our Creative Writing MA and the Festival director) will be reading alongside three other poets at the Cheltenham Playhouse at  8pm.

But that’s just a small sample of what’s on. The Poetry Festival runs until May 15th, with an exciting and eclectic range of big stars and local talents. So be sure to check out the full list of events here.

 

 

News Flash: Flash Fiction Event Tonight!

9 Feb

A quick last-minute announcement about a event this evening: the wonderfully named ‘Flasher’s Club’ open mic is back, and will be held at Smokey Joe’s from 7.30.  Here’s the lowdown, from their blog:

Flashers’ Club is a quarterly flash fiction open mic night. Writers read original short fiction pieces between 100 and 1,000 words. There is a small entry charge, all of which goes to the charity First Story. Bring something to read, or just bring your ears!

We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants. The atmosphere is friendly, supportive and inclusive: no need to fear if you’ve never read before! We want to hear you. We like to bribe our readers with free literature (last time we had short story anthologies from indie publishers The Fiction Desk, this time litmags by Prole), so there’s a good incentive to get up behind the mic.

Previously UoG Creative Writing lecturer Lania Knight has contributed a guest reading, and at tonight’s event BA Course Leader Tyler Keevil will be doing the same.  So if you’re free, come along and take part, or just support the event and enjoy the show!

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Barberous Flash Fiction & much more at Lit Crawl 2016

6 Oct

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This Saturday night, 8th October, #cheltlitfest hits the streets with its very first Lit Crawl – a melting pot of words and music hosted in some surprising places. Created in San Francisco in 2004, Lit Crawl blends a bar crawl with lively literary content, taking over a neighbourhood for a night of pop-up events and performances.

Staff and students from our Creative Writing programme will be performing flash fictions at Kingpins Barber’s Shop from 6pm to 7pm, and I promise it will be a reading like nothing you’ve been to before. But that’s only one of many events, and they’re all completely free. Grab a map from Waterstone’s at 5pm, and then head for St George’s Place, around which the action is centred. You can find the full list of events here and can find the event on Facebook here. When you’re done exploring, head to Subtone for an after-party featuring a DJ collective, good vibes, and eclectic beats.

See you on the streets!

 

Graduates’ Publishing Successes

4 Sep

Me after you coverTime to catch up on some good news from the summer 🙂

In February, we reported that Lucie Brownlee, a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire Creative and Critical Writing MA, had sold her memoir, Me After You, to Virgin Books.  Well, it was launched over the summer and it’s every bit as funny, tragic, and beautiful as her prize winning blog, Wife After Death. For those who don’t know, Me After You recounts Lucie’s life after the loss of her beloved husband, Mark, who died, aged just 37, as they were making love. The BBC’s Andrew Marr has described the book as ‘raw, riveting and beautifully written…much recommended’, and it’s already among Waterstone’s hundred best selling non-fiction titles. You can get a copy online here or from any good bookshop (probably from some pretty bad bookshops too). It’s great!

Congratulations are also due to poet Adam Magee, who has recently graduated from our Creative Writing BA.  Adam has had success with his poetry over the summer. First, he had two poems published in Domestic Cherry anthology – his poems are brilliantly titled ‘Dear Diary I Hate Him More Than Sh*t-suit Stigmata’ and ‘Dream I am the Rake’. And yesterday his poem, ‘How to Bake Sooterkins’ was published by Ink, Sweat & Tears. You can read it online here.

And the fiction writers aren’t to be left out. Another graduate from our BA, Matthew Paul, has had success with two stories over the summer. Matthew, who’s now studying on our Creative and Critical Writing MA, has had a story accepted for the forthcoming Pea River Journaland his flash fiction piece ‘Scratch the Skin Clean’ is available to read online from Luna Luna.

Congratulations to all three authors! Remember, we always want to hear what our alumni are up to, so drop us a line at hi@newwriting.org

Space Newspaper – call for submissions

23 Mar

The University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union newspaper, Space, is inviting submissions of poetry and flash fiction for its next issue. The competition is open to all students at the University and it aims to find and showcase great student writing. The deadline for the next issue is midday on Wednesday 28th March. Flash fiction must be under 500 words. Poetry should be under 40 lines, although exceptions will be considered. There are no restrictions on forms. You can send your submissions or any questions to samkemp@connect.glos.ac.uk. This is an excellent opportunity for your work to reach a wide readership – good luck!