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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 Journal, and 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

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Curtain Descends on Smoke Rings

12 May

After months of writing and weeks of rehearsals, Smoke Rings, the play co-authored by third-year playwrights at the University of Gloucestershire, has run to full houses and critical acclaim. After every show sold out, an additional matinee performance was added on Saturday afternoon, and every audience enjoyed a play that was full of politics, comedy, suspense, and exuberance. As the Gloucestershire Echo wrote in the days before the opening night, ‘The story sweeps across time, giving a fictional account of the history of the smoking industry, with scenes depicting Columbus bringing tobacco to the UK and modern sections showing horseracing punters having a cigarette at Cheltenham Racecourse.’ Reviewing the show in the same paper on Friday, Emma Allsebrook wrote, ‘Directed by Bill Cronshaw [Dreamshed Theatre], the play takes you on an unforgettable journey, telling you the untold story of the tobacco industry in Gloucestershire…. Commissioned as part of a final year creative writing degree at the county’s university, the collaboration is certainly a success. [The] writing is interrogative and more often than not, humorous.’ Commenting on the brilliant performances by Yvie Magee, Melissa McCarthy, Alex Guilford, and John Martin Stevens, she added ‘The story sweeps across generations, interpreted by four talented actors who interchange between characters faultlessly…. Whilst the play is neither anti-smoking nor pro tobacco, this black comedy is controversial. But in all the right ways.’

Thanks and kudos to all fifteen writers – and, of course, to lecturer Lucy Tyler who oversaw the whole project. Smoke Rings was a treat for everyone lucky enough to see it, and Saturday night won’t be the last we hear of the show; there are plans to take it on tour, and the team are preparing suitably adapted versions to take to schools and colleges. For more information about this, please contact Dreamshed Theatre at info@dreamshedtheatre.co.uk.
In the meantime, here are some photos taken during the rehearsal process (thanks to Emma Potter for the pics!).

Alex&Yvie
Chloe&Naomi
Rehearsal1
Hugh&Jess
Rehearsal2
Atthetickledferret
WatchingRehearsals
SmokeEntrance
YMASmoking
Rehearsal3
Y&M
Races
Gunrehearsal
KiddyCig

Writers in the News

30 Apr

Gloucestershire_EchoThird-year dramatic writing students at the University of Gloucestershire have made the news with an article in today’s Gloucestershire Echo. Michael Purton’s article, “Students’ controversial smoking play to run at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre”, is available online here (the accompanying photo deserves a caption competition, I think). Don’t forget to book tickets ASAP: at the Everyman Theatre Box Office, online, or by phoning 01242 572573.

P.S. Remember that the deadline for the Fire Anthology is midnight tonight!

Smoke Rings – Tickets now available online

18 Apr

Smoke Rings, the brilliant new play written by our third-year dramatic writers, is running at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th of May. This unique collaboration by our talented writers, Dreamshed Theatre Company, and The Everyman Theatre, has produced a drama not to be missed:

smoke rings publicityIn 1604, James I described smoking as ‘A custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible
Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse.’ 400 years later, our relationship with tobacco is just as complicated. In this innovative collaboratively written play, fifteen writers take a look at our personal and economic addictions: from the Cotswold’s seventeenth-century outlaw tobacco farmers (and the men who chased them) to present-day puffers at the Cheltenham races, this is the untold story of tobacco in Gloucestershire.

Tickets are available via this link – book early to avoid disappointment!

Photos from the anthology launch

14 Dec

Today is the last day of term and a good time to wish everyone a happy winter break and a successful new year. The launch of the Smoke Anthology on Wednesday night was a great way to close the curtain on another eventful term. The readings were excellent, and through book sales we made more than £300 to help fund a future anthology. Also, even before we hit The Railway for the after-party, sixty-five guests and authors managed to drink sixteen litres of wine and a keg of beer! Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who submitted to the anthology. We hope you all had a great night, and we can’t wait for 2013. In the meantime, here are some photos from the first part of Wednesday’s launch, and you can see many more by following this link.

Tyler and Martin opening bar

Smoke Launch 1

Smoke Launch - perusing the bar menu

Keely and Claire selling Smoke

Nigel Smoke Launch

Tyler introducing Smoke Launch

More photos

Smoke Anthology – Launch Night

25 Nov

We’ve now booked a date for the launch of Smoke: the exceptional new anthology of writing from students on the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing courses. We’ll be launching Smoke at a wine reception on Wednesday 12th December at FCH Campus (TC006). The wine reception will run from 7pm until 9pm, and there will then be an after-party at The Railway. Since I like a bit of pomp, the suggested dress code is smart/ smart-casual (though casual-casual’s fine too). Throughout the night, the book will be on sale at a discounted price of £5 (RRP £7.99). Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. Book the date in your diary now!

Smoke Anthology: Sneak Preview

16 Oct

We’ve got preview copies of the anthology, and they look pretty sweet 🙂

The rest of the books are on their way, currently in a boat. I like to think that at this moment they’re somewhere near the Cape of Good Hope, but wherever they are on their journey, god spede ye sturdy mariners!

We’re excitedly awaiting their arrival, but in the meantime, here’s an impression of the cover:

‘Temporarily Switzerland’, by Matthew J. Paul

19 Sep

Congratulations to Matthew J. Paul, whose short story ‘Temporarily Switzerland’ has this week been published in Zouch Magazine. Matt, who is entering his third year of study on the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing BA, originally wrote the story for a second-year prose class. It was graded as a first and over the summer Matt placed it with Zouch – a very hip, Canadian-based,  indie arts & culture magazine. You can read the story here.