Tag Archives: Smokey Joe’s

Don’t miss this special, final open reading on Tue 9th

8 May

Open reading gold editionAll good things must come to an end, and so it is with Mathias’s splendid reign as open mic host. Mathias will be graduating this summer, and so Tuesday’s event – the Gold Edition Open Reading – which starts at Smokey Joe’s at 7pm, will be his final event as host. It will also be the Creative Writing Society’s final event of the 2016/2017 academic year. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty emotional. They say:

It’s time to celebrate the year that has passed,  and the future soon to be lived. It’s also time to say goodbye to some of the society members and society committee members who will go on to new adventures. As always, every kind of writing and performance is welcome. Mathias will host. There will be high-quality writing, speeches, gold, and fireworks.

All friends of the society are welcome.

Show, Don’t Tell – Launch party tonight!

14 Mar

Show don't tell 11The new issue of Show, Don’t Tell is hot off the press and ready to launch! Come break a bottle across the bow at Smokey Joe’s from 7pm tonight, Tuesday 14th March.

This new issue contains an interview with dramatic writing lecturer Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, tips for the Easter holidays, great flash fiction and poetry, plus the indispensable advice of agony aunt Martin Randall. They say:

It’s activity week, so you won’t have an early lecture tomorrow nor a late lecture today. Good times.

See you there!

America, America, WTF America?

8 Nov

Students, remember: this is what happens when you don’t read books. Tonight, as the world’s most powerful country goes to the polls, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz at Smokey Joe’s, and listen online to American-born Senior Lecturer Lania Knight’s thoughts on the impending catastrophe.

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The country that has given us Mark Twain, Herbert Melville, Walt Whitman, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Grace Paley, Ursula le Guin, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and Toni Morrison is also a country that has confined political debate, privatised education, and celebrated unfettered capitalism. Democracy has for a long time meant nothing more than a quadrennial choice between interchangeable neoliberals – and now they can’t even get that right. What’s most frightening about the US election, and what was most frightening about the Brexit election, is how fervently some people cling to their hatred. We send greetings and kind thoughts to our American students and to our alumni who have returned to the US. We’d suggest you flee back over here, but the standard of debate that surrounded the Brexit referendum is evidence that British society faces all the same problems.

Still, here’s a consolation: tonight, Tuesday 8th November, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz. They say: “It’s a quiz. It’s American themed. It’s election night. It’s at Smokey Joe’s. Aka, it’ll be great and you should Be There™. Its £1 per player!”

And, as preparation, why not listen to Lania Knight’s election-based interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire! Lania is on at 02:09:30.

Creative Writing Society open mic night – Orange edition

31 Oct

The good people at the Creative Writing Society have organised the second open mic night of the year, and it’s at Smokey Joe’s tomorrow (Tuesday 1st Nov) from 7pm.

It’s an orange night. Bowler hats, flute bands, the sash my father wore? No, no, no: the theme is autumnal, with the orangeness inspired by the seasonal foliage.

Bring writing for sharing and/or ears for listening. Anything and everything is welcome: poetry, paraphrasing, flash-fiction, extracts, drama, skits, etc. If you’re not up for reading then sit back and enjoy high levels of new writing.

All friends of the Creative Writing Society are welcome.

As always Smokey Joe’s will provide plenty of food and drinks to make sure no one runs out of fuel.

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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…

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Creative Writing Society Quiz Night!

26 Sep

The Creative Writing Society is back and relaunching with a fun quiz at Smokey Joe’s Cafe tomorrow, Tuesday 27th October. Join your hosts, Mathias and Alice, for five rounds of fun, from 7pm-10pm. Entry is just £1 per head, so come with a team prepared or join one when you arrive – everyone is welcome. For more information, see the Facebook event page. See you there!

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Creative Writing Society Winter Quiz Night this Tuesday

15 Nov

Sleigh bells ringing, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe and wine… Get your mittens, scarves, and snow boots – the winter quiz is here! Warm yourself by the hearth at Smokey Joe’s Cafe this Tuesday 17th November. Enjoy exclusive food and drink deals. Tackle quiz rounds on literature, film, and general knowledge.

Entry is 50p per person, which covers pens, paper and the winners’ prizes. Teams can be comprised of up to 6 people, and there will be a prize for best team name. The first picture round begins at 7.30, and the questions start from 8. So what are you waiting for? Come in from the cold! 🙂

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