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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!

Poet’s publishing success

23 Oct

Congratulations to BA Creative Writing student Tatia Nichols-Arlès, whose poems are to be anthologised in Journey to Crone, a collection being published by Chuffed Buff Books.

The book, which aims ‘to voice and cherish the vast experiences of womanhood’ is being launched to celebrate International Women’s Day, so copies will be available from March 2013. Tatia also has prose and poetry forthcoming in the University of Gloucestershire anthology, Smoke.

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:

Dramatic Writing Students Staged Readings

29 Nov

While prose (and some poetry) is primarily designed to be read on the page, plays are written to be performed. The best test of a play, therefore, is for it to be read by professional actors. As part of the Creative Writing degree at the University of Gloucestershire, second year Dramatic Writing students last May hosted a day of table-top and staged readings with Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paul Milton, and a group of the theatre’s creative associates and actors. Twelve plays, written over the course of the year, were rehearsed in-house by Paul and his team. The variety of the work offered a real challenge; there were plays about Afghanistan, an adaptation of an A.E Houseman poem, issue-based drama examining sex trafficking in Cheltenham, an NHS critique, a feminist piece on the death penalty and stylistically interesting work moving between high-realism and experimental challenges to traditional drama. Actors commended students’ ability to write for performance and it was great to see the scripts brought to life. You can watch a sample of the readings via the links below (many thanks to Luke Dean for arranging the recording):

Script by Tatia Nichols-Arles
Script by Rachel Kelby
Script by Keely O’shaughnessy
Script by Jenny O’Mahony
Script by Holly Brown
Script by Claire Leek
Script by Claire Holland
Script by Chris Bryant
Script by Luke Dean