Tag Archives: Reading

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We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants.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!




Anthology Launch & 2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced!

16 Dec

On Tuesday the course celebrated the launch of this year’s paperback anthology of student work, Reflections: New Writing 5.  Attendees were treated to readings from contributors on campus, which was followed by an after-party at Tailor’s bar in town.  Excitingly, at the event the winners for this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest were also announced.  3rd prize went to Mark Webber for his Mafioso crime novel, Mamma; 2nd prize went to Pamela Keevil for her drama-mystery, Mayflies; and the overall winner was Senja Andrejevic for her thriller, All The Things We Knew.  Each winner received a cash prize and professional critique from literary agent Becky Thomas, of Johnson and Alcock.  Thanks to all who came out to support such a great night, as well as all those who submitted work to the anthology and the novel writing contest.  Have a good break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

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!


First CW Society Open Mic of the Year!

30 Sep

That’s right, folks: the first Creative Writing Society Open Mic of the 2016-17 Academic year is happening next week, on Monday October 3rd.  These events are now a staple of the UoG programme and a lot of fun for all involved – not to mention hugely entertaining.  If you’re a seasoned performer, come and show us how it’s done; if you’ve yet to take that step and read your work in public, it’s a great opportunity to do so in a supportive environment.  But no pressure: you can also just come along to enjoy the show.  The fun starts at Smokey Joe’s at 7 p.m.  We don’t have to go on about it anymore, as this super-cool poster has all the key info, presented in a much more stylish way…


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…

Compass Banner

Bookshops in Cheltenham

6 Oct

Most Creative Writing students at the University of Gloucestershire know about the big Waterstone’s on The Promenade, but Cheltenham has much more than this to offer booklovers. In particular, the town hosts two brilliant second hand bookstores and some highly recommended charity shops.

We have to start with Moss Books. It’s situated on Henrietta Street, just a few minutes’ walk from FCH Campus. You’ll find no smart-catalogued, bar-coded, electronic retrieval system, but you will find piles and piles of books. And I do mean piles – the shelves are so full that the books are often stacked in Manhattans on the floor. On the left-hand side of the shelf-stack that faces you as you enter, you’ll find hundreds of quality novels stacked two deep on shelving that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. They’re arranged in rough alphabetical order, but the real pleasure is to browse at random. On the reverse side of this shelving, you’ll find poetry collections, plays, and critical texts. The prices are written on the inside of the covers and vary according to the size of the book and its condition; however, the average price for a novel is about £2. In the summer they often have a sale in which they half the price of all stock. Moss Books is a delight – I’ve never left empty-handed.

Slightly further away, but equally worth a visit, is the delightful Attic Books and Moonstone Books. You’ll find it on St. James Street, at the far end of the High Street, near The Vine pub. I don’t know why the shop has two names (legacy of a merger, perhaps?), and this is the sort of mysterious quirk that makes this such a pleasurable place to browse. The books are packed tight together in small rooms with creaking floorboards. Much of the fiction and poetry is up a flight of stairs, beyond beams and doorways, under which one must stoop as if in reverence. The stock is far more ordered than in Moss Books, and it’s easier to find a work by a specific author. On average, the books are perhaps slightly more expensive than at Moss Books, but the prices are still very reasonable. What’s more, the owner will sometimes volunteer discounts if you’re buying several titles.

Finally, if you’re attempting the famous Bath Road pub crawl, make time to visit the British Red Cross charity bookshop. It’s a long thin room lined with everything from Jeffrey Archer to Raymond Carver. The books are a bargain and the cause is good.

Happy browsing!
Thanks to Matt Paul for suggesting this post.