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Shadows: New Writing VI Submission Call

3 Mar

That’s right, folks: the 2017 UoG Creative Writing anthology is now open for submissions.  This year the title and theme is ‘shadows’, in all its various guises.  And get this: for the first time it’s open to Creative Writing single honours students, CW joint students, and also English Literature and Language students.  Our MA student editors have come up with their guidelines, and here’s what they’re looking for:

The Editors of Shadows are looking for high quality prose, poetry, drama, or artwork submissions for UoG’s sixth Creative Writing Anthology. This year, we’re interested in writing of all types and genres, and particularly pieces that engage, loosely or directly, with the theme ‘shadows’. This can be interpreted however the author likes, including the hidden and peripheral – the things in our lives and relationships we don’t acknowledge – as well as our shadow-selves and the darker side of human experience, such as the gothic or transgressive. On a wider scale, we’re interested in characters who live ‘in the shadows’ or on the margins of society: outsiders, outcasts, and the unseen. And of course, we’re also accepting work on any subject or style that demonstrates the talent on our course. 

You’ll be hearing more from the MA editors, who will be dropping in to classes in the coming weeks to spread the word and further explain their criteria.  In the meantime, take a look at their guidelines page and prepare to step into the shadows.  You’ll have over three weeks (and an entire activity week) to polish up a piece to submit, as the deadline is midnight on Saturday March 25th – the very end of Week 8.  Good luck!

Reflections Anthology Launch Event

25 Nov

Hot on the heels of our recent post about the 2016 UoG Novel Contest Shortlist, we’re pleased to announced that this year’s annual Creative Writing anthology, Reflections: New Writing 5, will be launched in just under three weeks time, on Tuesday December 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open at 6.15 in TCoo2(A) for reflective fun and refreshments.  Then, at 7.00 p.m., we’ll move into the main lecture hall (TC001) for readings.  The paperback anthology retails for £6.99 but will be on sale for the discounted launch price of £5.  When we wrap up, there is an after-party in the private function room (downstairs) at Tailor’s.  Entry is free, so bring your friends and come along to what’s shaping up to be a great night!

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UoG Poetry Students Getting Published!

21 Oct

UoG poetry students are continuing to do a great job of getting their work out into the world. 3rd year students Sam James and Taylor Edmonds have both had poems in Helen Ivory’s webzine Ink Sweat and Tears: Sam in September and Taylor in October.  Second year student Sophie Lay has had a poem accepted for the next issue of Myths of the Near Future, NAWE’s journal for young writers.  MA student Amy Ford has been on a roll, with two poems published in Copperfield Review; four poems published by Nature Writing; and a poem in the latest issue of the print journal Dawn Treader.

Writers Research Riot – this Wednesday!

6 Jun

wrr flyerThe sun is shining, summer is here, and it’s nearly time to head for the beach, metaphorically and actually. But before you go, we have one more brilliant day of writing-based fun. This Wednesday, 8th June, 2nd-year students and Lania Knight have organised the Writers Research Riot. The first event from 3pm to 5pm in TC002 at Francis Close Hall Campus, features surrealist-novelist and film critic Alan Bilton, acclaimed short story writer and novelist Joanna Campbell, and talented poet and short-story writer Anna Lewis.

Then, from 8pm at the Frog and Fiddle, there’s a chance to hear performances of new work from 2nd-year students. It promises to be a brilliant way to end the academic year. Everyone’s welcome, and we hope to see you there. For more information, please see the Facebook event page.

Buzzwords Poetry Event Featuring UoG Alumni Dan Sluman

30 Apr

Dan SlumanFor those who are eager for poetry and can’t wait for the huge line-up of great events at next week’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival (see our previous post, and get with it!) then a brilliant warm-up event is taking place tomorrow night, at the regular Buzzwords reading and open mic night.  This will be taking place at the Exmouth Arms, where UoG BA and MA Alumni Dan Sluman will be running a poetry workshop from 7 p.m., and reading at 8 alongside other contributors.

The TerribleDan is the author of Absence Has a Weight of Its Own and, more recently, The Terrible – two tremendous collections from Nine Arches Press.  He has received wide critical acclaim for his work and was named one of the Top 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015 by the Huffington Post.  So come along and support the event – and join the workshop if you’d like to sharpen your poetry skills.

The 2016 Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Featuring UoG Staff, Students, and Alumni!

28 Apr

There are so many amazing events going on in the last few weeks of term we’re going to have to bombard this blog with announcements.  To start with, we wanted to shout about this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival, since you can grab discounted tickets if you pick them up in advance.  The fest runs from May 6th to 15th and is organized by UoG Creative Writing Alumni Anna Saunders.  The fest always features a stellar line-up of professional poets, and Anna has been brilliant about including past and current students; this year schedule maintains the tradition of featuring Team UoG on the bill.  Below you’ll find some festival highlights, well worth checking out, and if you want to find out more or pre-book those discounted tickets, follow this link.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Saturday 7th May, 5pm, St Andrew’s Church hall Paul Innes is giving a talk on Shakespeare’s Roman Plays £6/4
  • Sunday 8th May, 2pm at The Strand, MA alumni Lesley Ingram will read from her Cinnamon Press poetry collection ‘Scumbled’. Reading with novelist Martin Lytton. £6/4
  • Monday 9th May, 8pm at The Strand, Angela France will read new poetry exploring Cheltenham’s radical heart. Reading with novelist Kim Fleet. £6/4
  • Tuesday 10th May, 8pm at Smokey Joe’s, Tania Hershman with UoG students give a micro-fiction showcase £6/4
  • Thursday 12th May, 11am at the Oxfam bookshop, John Hughes to give a talk on Bob Dylan £7/5
  • Thursday 12th May, 6.30pm at The Frog and Fiddle, Lania Knight reading poetry with Pete Mullineaux and Alice Merry. £6/4
  • Thursday 12th May, 8pm at The Frog and Fiddle, MA alumni and Poetry Festival founder/director Anna Saunders will read from her new collection as part of an Indigo Dreams showcase £7/5
  • Friday 13th May, The 6th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam, 8pm at Smokey Joes. Performers include UoG students Mathias Pedersen and Dani Shlosser £7/5
  • Saturday 14th May, 3.30, Oxfam bookshop, Nigel McLoughlin is giving a talk on the WB Yeats poem ‘Easter 1916’ £6/4
  • Saturday 14th May, 6.30pm at The Wilson, a poetry reading by Nigel McLoughlin and George Szirtes £8/6

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Cheltenham Poetry Festival Preview Featuring UoG Students!

14 Apr

Hot on the heels of a very successful Open Reading on Tuesday night, students from the UoG Creative Writing Programme will be taking part in a Cheltenham Poetry Festival Preview this Saturday, along with some established industry professionals.  It’s a packed day taking place at two venues, with lots to offer for all poetic tastes: check out the flyer below, and drop in to any or all of the events.  Our Team UoG poets feature in the 2 p.m. slot.  Hope to see you there!

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Catching Up on Recent Student and Staff Achievements at UoG

17 Feb

As ever here at UoG, it’s been hard to keep track of our recent student and staff successes, so hopefully a quick blog post will remedy that.  First up, 2015 BA graduate Phil Bowne continues to establish himself as a young writer worth watching.  Phil appeared numerous times in our New Writing anthologies, received the prize for best undergraduate dissertation, and also won our Novel Writing Contest (judged by agent Becky Thomas) with his novel, Eva.  Last week, Phil was down in London to read at Waterstones Covent Garden as part of the Novel London event.  Phil put in a great showing, and even bothered to shave (which he never did for our lectures).  Here he is, delivering the goods:

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Spectral Realms 4Current students are having success as well; our multi-talented MA student, Olly Smith, writes mind-bending speculative fiction (including a piece in Compass: New Writing IV) and has had both short stories and poetry published in a wide range of journals and anthologies.  Most recently, he has placed two new poems in the latest edition of Spectral Realms, a journal published by Hippocampus Press.  You can check out the issue, and buy one on their website (if you feel like being spooked!).

 

In addition to these student successes, Senior Lecturer Tyler Keevil had some good news recently: his short story ‘The Herd’, which was first published in Dead North, has now been optioned for feature film adaptation by director Jeremy Ball.  Jeremy comes from a visual effects background, and has worked on some major studio pictures, including Jackie Chan’s Forbidden Kingdom, Zhang Yimou’s Flowers of War, and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  Recently his short film Frost debuted at TIFF and turned heads on the festival circuit, picking up kudos and awards.  Tyler and Jeremy are currently working on The Herd treatment; the film will be set in a frozen Arctic wasteland, and draws on the Wendigo legend and the zombie archetype.  It’s a long-term project, but in the meantime you can check out a clip from Jeremy’s short below, courtesy of Youtube…

UoG lecturer Angela France appointed as Cheltenham Poet in Residence

30 Oct

angelaCongratulations to poetry star Angela France who on National Poetry Day was announced as Cheltenham’s new Poet in Residence. It’s the first time Cheltenham has appointed a bard, and they couldn’t have chosen anyone better. Angela is Cheltenham born and bred, much of her previous work draws on her relationship with the town, and at present she’s working on a sequence of poems that explores the Leckhampton riots and Cheltenham’s radical past. Angela studied her MA and PhD at the University of Gloucestershire, and is now a popular member of our teaching team. She’s the author of three poetry collections and has won many prizes including the Lightship International Poetry Prize. She’s a major figure in the local poetry scene and runs the popular Buzzwords poetry evening.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo, Anna Saunders, the director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, said:

“Angela has very strong links to Cheltenham and is a major figure on the local poetry scene but is also an internationally acclaimed poet with a strong record of publishing.

“Her work isn’t comic verse or performance poetry, but it’s very accessible and it often deals with real people at its subjects; her current work celebrates the rebellious nature of Cheltenham people in a very interesting way.”

And as Angela puts it:

“Poetry still has a place. People turn to it at moments of crisis or emotion – a wedding or a funeral, so it’s still important to people.”

Angela’s formal inauguration will take place at the the Civic Mayoralty event at the Town Hall in May.

One Week To Compass Launch!

20 Oct

A week today, on Tuesday October 27th, the UoG Writing Programme will be launching Compass: New Writing IV, the latest anthology in the New Writing series, featuring the best prose, poetry, and drama by students on our course.  So navigate your way to TC002A at 6.45 p.m. and join us for snacks and beverages.  We will then adjust course and move into the main lecture theatre (TC001) for readings, before announcing the results of the second annual UoG Novel Writing Contest.  For the after-party, our hardy adventurers will make an epic trek to The Swan – a venue on the far side of the little world called Cheltenham, where we’ve booked a private function room.  The night is going to be one for the record books, or log books, so get your gear together and join the expedition!

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Find Your Way to the Launch of the Compass New Writing Anthology!

10 Oct

From amid the the white noise of everyday existence – the static that echoes in all our ears – some mysterious coordinates recently materialized: it seems an event is coming to 51.8833° N, 2.0667° W (that’s the latitude and longitude of Cheltenham, people).  Then, in the Cheltenham Library, we found scraps of an ancient map, which had to be carefully assembled by volunteer cartography students.  The map led right here, to FCH Campus, and in the key two rooms were signified: apparently this event will be happening in TC001 and TC002A.  But when, when?  The final piece of the puzzle was an artefact unearthed in the quad: a compass inscribed with the date Tuesday October 27th, 2015.

At last, the riddle had revealed itself.  It was the launch of the Compass Anthology: the latest in the New Writing series, featuring the best work from the talented students on the Creative Writing programme at the University of Gloucestershire.  And it’s happening here, on campus, in just a few week’s time.  There are rumours of traveller’s rum, of readings, of a new after-party venue.  All those will be confirmed in due course.  So mark that date (Tuesday Oct. 27th!) on your charts, and set your navigation instruments to TC001 and TC002A on FCH Campus, at 6.45 p.m.  And keep tabs on this blog for further bulletins.  For now, we’ll tantalize you with a glimpse of the cover…

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Celebrating the rich tradition of poetry at the University of Gloucestershire

11 May

Rarely a month goes by without happy news of our poets’ success, and now congratulations are due to Lesley Ingram (an alumni of our MA programme), Sam Kemp (a current student on our MA programme), and Angela France (one of our lecturers).

scumbled-upload-coverLesley has just published her debut collection, Scumbledwith CInammon Press. She won the 2013 Ludlow Fringe Poetry Competition and has previously been published in various places including Mslexia, The Flea, Dead Ink, iota, Under the Radar, Writers Abroad, and Angle. You can hear Lesley reading from her much anticipated collection at a special (and free!) poetry event being held on Saturday 6th June as part of the UoG Creative Writing Fringe Festival.

Also reading at that event will be Angela France, whose many achievements include winning the Lightship International Poetry Prize. Angela has just published two new poems: her work features in the new issue of Angle and in a new Bloodaxe anthology, Hallelujah for 50ft Women.160pp D8vo

And congratulations are also due to Sam Kemp – an exciting new voice – whose poetry appears in the current Angle as well as in Dreamcatcher.

Angle Issue7If you’d like to hear some of our great poets, then don’t forget our celebration of poetry on June 6th, featuring Lesley, Angela, Anna Saunders, Mantie Lister, and Nigel McLoughlin. Please see the Facebook event page for more information.

The 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival is here!

21 Apr

2015 poetry festival logoIt’s spring, the sun is shining, trees are blossoming, and it’s time for the 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! This wonderful event is back with another varied and imaginative programme, and student tickets are available from a discounted rate of £4. There’s loads to see and hear, and the full programme is available via this link, but here are some of our picks if you’re not sure what to attend.

Wednesday April 22nd: Cheltenham Poetry Festival Launch Event 6pm-7:30pm in Smokey Joe’s. See a performance piece described as ‘a work of genius’ by John Cooper Clarke, hear some 50s songs, and listen to poetry from Rick Vick. Plus, perform your own poetry and short prose at the launch’s open mic!

Friday April 24th: Little Machine, 8:30pm-10pm at The Wilson. This is an amazing way to experience poetry – Little Machine are a poetry band described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘The most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades.’

Saturday April 25th: The Other Side of Sleep, 2:30pm-3:30pm at Oxfam. The Other Side of Sleep is an anthology that explores the narrative poem, and the event will feature readings from contributors, including our own Angela France.

Saturday April 25th: The Minotaur is Not a Monster – Myra Schneider & Anna Saunders plus the launch of Dear World, 4pm-5:15pm at Oxfam. Another of our high-achieving alumni, Anna Saunders (‘a poet of quite exceptional gifts’), will be reading at this event, which also includes the launch of an anthology of poems on environmental themes.

Saturday April 25th: The Contradictions of Flesh – Sonia Hendy-Isaac & Clare Ferguson-Walker, 7:30-8pm at Smokey Joe’s. It’s a chance to complete a hat-trick of UoG alumni poets in one day! Sonia Hendy-Isaac, who previously studied and taught at the University of Gloucestershire, will be reading from her debut collection which has been described as ‘fiercely sensual, shamelessly witty, drunk with life’ (Alison Brackenbury).

Saturday April 25th: Hip Hop & Freestyle Cabaret with Martin Daws, Petra Vita, and Davey Evans, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. One of our very top picks from the festival, this night promises laughs, beats, music, and wordplay. There’s a UoG connection too – Brandon Landis, one half of Petra Vita, will be known to many of our Creative Writers, and the evening will be hosted by our own Davey Evans.

Monday April 27th: Nine Arches – Jo Bell & Robert Peake, 6pm-7pm at The Strand. This hour of poetry comes with special recommendation – not to be missed!

Wednesday April 29th Chris Hemingway & Myfanwy Fox – Sarcasm and Stanzas plus open mic, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. This event explore sarcasm and poetry and affords all the chance to perform their own work, whether it be sarcastic or sincere.

Friday May 1st: Nine Arches Poetry Show Case – Bobby Parker, Dorothy Lehane, 1pm-2pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is another event that comes with special recommendation – two exciting voices from the spoken word scene. If you don’t have a class at that time then this is the place to be!

Friday May 1st: Joe Duggan & Rowan Middleton, 5pm-6pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. One of our very top picks from this year’s festival – an absolute must! Joe’s work chronicles Irish pub life, politics, bingo, and failing exams. He’s joined by one of our tutors (and graduates) – the brilliant Rowan Middleton. Rowan’s work mixes myth and modernity to muse on landscape and environmental issues.

Saturday May 2nd: Lines of Return – the Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Others, 3pm-4pm, The Everyman Studio Theatre. Poet and critic Stephen James unlocks the secrets of poetic craft – a great event for poets and students of literature.

Saturday May 2nd: How to Perform your Poetry, with Elizabeth Tyrell, 6pm-7:30 at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is useful, not just for poets, but for any authors looking to improve their stage presence and performance skills

Saturday May 2nd: Breaking Bard – The Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam 8pm-9:30pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. 12 poets go head to head in an exhilarating X-factor style poetry battle!

Check out the full programme and find booking links here 🙂

Former student Mantie Lister elected Bard of Exeter

15 Mar

Congratulations to Mantie Lister, a graduate of our BA in Creative Writing and English Literature, and our MA in Creative and Critical Writing. Mantie, who is head of English at St Peter’s School, has this week been elected the Bard of Exeter. According to ancient tradition, the town of Exeter is allowed to elect a Bard to serve for a term of one year and one day, and at 27 Mantie is believed to be the youngest ever Exeter Bard.

The Latest Student Successes!

18 Feb

As those who’ve submitted will know, this year’s anthology of new writing at UoG – Compass – is now closed to submissions.  The editorial team is using this conveniently timed activity week to avidly read through all your wonderful submissions – of which there were over 100 in total, which is truly amazing.  Those who missed the deadline, fear not – there are plenty of other publishing opportunites out there, and you can take inspiration from fellow students who are continuing to make a name for themselves – check out the good news below.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst up, a couple of familiar names.  Thanks in part to the support and votes of the UoG cohort, BA student Phil Bowne has won the ‘Story of the Month’ contest at Bartleby Snopes, which means his story, ‘Forget-Me-Not’ will be appearing in their annual print issue.  So many thanks to all who voted – that’s Team UoG in action for you.  Furthermore, Phil has placed a new story with the Atticus Review – so watch this space for details on that.  Atticus Review has been very supportive of our students, as this month they have also published Matt Paul’s new story, the intriguingly and wonderfully titled ‘Pigs is Pigs,’ which is available to read online here.

Logo500x162FGBut wait – that’s not all.  This time we can add a few new names to the mix.  BA student Amy Ford has had three – that’s right, three – poems accepted in The Dawntreader poetry journal, while MA student Sam Kemp will have his poem, ‘My Understanding Is That It’ published in Angle Poetry Journal.  Well done all – it’s getting harder to keep up with these successes!

Last Day to Submit to Compass!

9 Feb

That’s right, folks.  D-day has arrived and the deadline to submit your work to Compass, this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, is looming.  You have until midnight tonight, when the submission window officially closes.  The submissions have been pouring in over the weekend, but we’re expecting more before moving on to the next stage of the editorial process.  So if you’ve been holding on to that precious piece of poetry, prose, or drama – trying to get it perfect – now is the time to let go and send it on its way.  For those who haven’t checked out the guidelines already, you’ll find them here.  Good luck!

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1 Week to Submit to Compass!

2 Feb

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It’s hard to believe, but the weeks have flown by since this year’s MA editorial team opened the submission call for their Compass anthology. Now there is only one week left to get your prose, poetry, and drama entries in before the window closes at midnight on Monday February 9th.  If you’re feeling a bit lost, confused, or disorientated about your latest writing endeavour – don’t worry!  The compass editors are experts at navigating through the creative process, and this week various team members will be dropping into your classes to help coax, encourage, and motivate you.  Or, if you’ve already got a completed project in hand, but haven’t yet submitted – what are you waiting for?  Check out the guidelines page and take the next step on your journey to potential publication!

New Publications and Vote for (Phil’s) Story of the Month!

30 Jan

Fresh from their recent publishing successes earlier this month, UoG students Olly Smith and Phil Bowne are continuing to make headway in the industry – and have placed further work quicker than you can say Jack Robinson.

sr2_roughOlly has shifted from prose to poetry, and his latest poem, ‘Swampsong,’ appears in the new issue of Spectral Realms journal, from American publisher Hippocampus Press.

Phil’s story, ‘Forget-Me-Not,’ has been published online in the January issue of Bartleby Snopes.  But wait – there’s more.  The magazine holds a monthly competition to select a ‘story of the month’ decided on by readers’ votes.  The winner will appear in the semi-annual print version of the magazine.  We wouldn’t want to sway your opinion at all, so we’d strongly recommend taking a look at the other entries before deciding you want to cast your vote for Phil.  You can find the stories and the voting button at the bottom of the page here.  Well done to both Olly and Phil – at this rate they’ll be surpassing their tutors soon.

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Compass: New Writing IV

18 Dec

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We are proud to announce the arrival of this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Compass: New Writing IV.  We are seeking high quality submissions of prose, poetry, and drama from any student enrolled on a Creative Writing module here at the University of Gloucestershire. To demonstrate the talent on our writing courses, we want you to create work that brings readers into your world. We want you to push the boundaries.  We are accepting work in any genre or style, and are particularly interested in those that resonate with the meanings and connotations of Compass, or emphasize notions of place, location, travel, journeys, and migration.

The submission window is now open, and you can find out how to submit your work by checking out our guidelines page.  The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Monday February 9th 2015.  Watch this space for updates, tips, and reminders over the next couple of months.  Good luck and we look forward to reading your work!

Prizes, publications, and performances: more success for UoG Creative Writers

1 Nov

Happy news, fellow writers. As the man himself would say, we’re all super-excited for Tyler Keevil. The BA course leader has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize for his story ‘Sealskin.’ The Journey Prize is a major literary award with a $10,000 first prize, and Tyler is one of three finalists alongside Lori McNulty and Clea Young. He’ll be flying out to Toronto for the award ceremony at the Glenn Gould studio on November 4th, when the overall winner will be revealed. Tyler may be getting pretty used to award ceremonies, but we’re not quite believing the claim on his official website that he’s hired a fashion adviser. There’s certainly been no evidence of that around uni.

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You can read a conversation between Tyler and Miriam Toews in the National Post here, and if you want to read the story itself, get a copy of Tyler’s collected short fiction, Burrard Inlet – it is, as Tyler would put it, super sweet.

Our poets are riding a wave too. Last year’s third year poetry group have had more success: Adam Magee has a poem up at the ezine Ink Sweat & Tears  and has two poems forthcoming in Domestic Cherry, the annual journal of Swindon Poetry Festival. Rosanna Riches and Josh Martin both have poems in issue six of Angle Poetry Journal.

Wales Arts ReviewThe poetry lecturers are also busy publishing: Angela France has a poem in an anthology of longer narrative poems, The Other Side of Sleep (Arachne Press), has three poems in Domestic Cherry, and a poem in Wales Arts Review. While Nigel McLoughlin has had poems published in The Honest Ulsterman and Under The Radar as well as poems forthcoming in New Writing, The Wolf, and The Stony Thursday Book.  There is an interview with Nigel in Axon, which you can read online here.

Not to be out done, there’s also fresh success for one of our playwrights. Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, who is studying for a Master’s degree, recently saw her short play ‘The Bargain’ performed script-in-hand by Touring Theatre Consortium at The Everyman Theatre.

Good luck Tyler and congratulations to all our stars!