Thursday, 5 November 2009
The Sunday Times are running a short story comp with a £25,000 first prize. I haven't got the zeroes wrong. £25 grand! I haven't looked at the rules yet but you can bet I will be doing so asap.
Radio 4 are looking for 1900-2000 word stories for it's Opening Lines slot at 3.30pm. Nothing sexist, racist nor any swearing. Strong emphasis on narrative avoiding too much dialogue or character description.
Submissions are by post only (so that rules out everyone in the UK at the moment) and guidelines can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writing/submissions_other_readingsunit.shtml
And a market I found recently that I think is way cool. Go to www.weirdtales.net and have a look at their one-minute tales. 60 to 120 words, done on youtube video with background music. The couple I've seen so far are just wonderful and I'm dying to have a go.
Here's one for the poets. Cafe Writers Open Poetry comp. £1,ooo prize money. Almost makes it worth running out and buying a rhyming dictionary, doesn't it. www.cafewriters.org.uk
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Just had notification that my email to you couldn't be posted as the address I have wasn't recognised. If you pick this up perhaps you can email me with your email address again.
If you are reading this post the information regarding the Wirral Bookfest is the similiar to what I put in my email to you.
Amongst the celeb's visiting are Carol Ann Duffy at Bromborough Civic Centre on evng 12th 7.30-9pm £5 including wine. booking essential tickets from Birkenhead, Bromborough and Wallasey Central Libraries. tele 334 1650 for details.
Also on Thursday 15th Oct at 7.30-9pm at Bebington Civic Centre Crime writers Margaret Murphy and Martin Edwards are showing how they dig up the facts for their stories.
Tickets £3 including wine Booking essential contact 0151 643 7219.
On the 14th October Riverside Writers are hosting an evening of readings at West Kirby Library at 7pm-9pm Free but wine and cheese will be offered. Contact 0151 929 7808
Also that evening Greasby Poetry Group are reading their poems not all pc I believe. Join Peggy Poole and friends at Greasby Library at 7.30pm-9pm Free but contact 0151 677 5714.
Sunday 18th at Greasby Library Creative Writing chance to write down your memories of Wirral that may be broadcast later by Radio Merseyside. 10.30am-12noon Free but booking essential.
There are quite a few more events so I would advise you to look on www.wirral.gov.uk/bookfest
for more information.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
I'll have more information soon, but it's likely that shows will go out in November. Marion is looking for short peices, certainly less than ten minutes, say 1500 words max, and particularly something with humour.
If it runs like last time you will get the chance to read your own story on live community radio. I certainly got a big kick from it.
I might have more by our next meeting on Friday, but I guess we'll be needing to submit our stories by early September.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Looking forward to hearing about your holiday at Hay.
Loved the painting in May's issue of the ASAA Paint magazine. How lovely for Sarah to have it on the front cover.
Has Barbara informed you that Martin Edwards will be coming to our next meeting (19th June) to announce the winner of the Mayah Lewis?
Sorry if I'm messing up the numbers for Sunday Lunch, but I will not be able to go after all.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Sunday, 31 May 2009
I've had an email from Dee Rivaz. It has details of quite a few writing events in North Wales so I'll post her email in full:
Am driving myself (and probably everyone else) nuts with my disorganisation so this is a trial run of a monthly (or thereabouts) round robin of news items that I have to pass around the writers’ network. If you have news of interesting writing events please do let me know. And I am always looking for more writers to add into my network, it makes promoting events so much easier.
June 2nd An evening with Gillian Clark at Wrexham library 7pm tickets £4/£3. May still be tickets left, phone Hedd ap Emlyn 01978 297430
June 8th First Cross Border Poets Stanza session Theatre Clwyd 7.30 pm Workshop: responding to art (there will be specific provision for this) Followed by short meeting to discuss preferences for future events.
June 20th Launch of Lorna Jenner’s book Liverpool to Loggerheads and exhibition at St George’s Hall Liverpool. Not sure of details as yet but if you are interested and would like to know more, contact me. It is a fascinating book about the close links between Liverpool and Loggerheads with stories from about 200 evacuees. I’ll be at the launch capturing more material on postcards from visitors to to go into an album and become part of the exhibition. Anyone with links should find this a fascinating and moving event/exhibition.
June 25th Poetry Slam
DENBIGH MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
Kings Arms, Vale Street,
M.C.: Gareth Glyn Roberts
Calling all Poets!
We are looking for poets – of all levels – to take part in this year’s Poetry Slam.
Here are the Rules:
Each poet needs two poems, that work well when read aloud/performed, and that take less than 3 minutes each to perform (including introduction). Any performances exceeding the 3 minutes limit will be disqualified! Poems can be of any topic, silly or serious.
There are four rounds with about four poets participating in each, and then a final for the winners of each round (hence the need for the second poem - just in case!)
The audience determine the winners of each round by displaying scorecards.
(No appeal procedure.)
Maximum of 16 participants
Each participating poet will receive £10.
The overall winner of the Slam will receive an extra prize!
Register your name NOW by contacting: Llio Huws, North Wales Literature Fieldworker
Tel: 01766 522817 / 07817 275965 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 3rd Music of Words Ruthin Library 2-5pm Music of Words Workshop
Would you like to find out more about song writing?
Come to a taster session at Ruthin library
2-5 pm Friday 3rd July
and try your hand with guidance from Steve Swindon.
Free but limited places, book early!
Music of Words Evening Event
Open Mic – for singing/performing at Nantclwyd y Dre, Rhuthin
7:30pm Friday 3rd July
Your MC for the evening with be Dee Rivaz
Free admission. Limited performance slot. Register your name NOW by contacting: Llio Huws, North Wales Literature Fieldworker Tel: 01766 522817 Email: email@example.com
July 4th Rhydymwyn Writing workshop with Dee 10am til 2 pm at former top secret WWII chemical weapons site, Rhydymwyn Valley Works, near Mold, Flintshire, which was involved in research into the atomic bomb. If you didn’t already know, it’s now a nature reserve, you’ll be relieved to hear!
July 5th Day Retreat for writers Nantclwyd y Dre Parlour, Ruthin. No structure, no workshop, just bring your own materials for a day’s peace and quiet writing. Price included in admission for house.
July 13th Second Cross Border Poets Stanza session at Theatre Clwyd. 7.30. Read and feedback of work developed from June session
If you wish to contact Dee let me know and I'll pass on her details:
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Glorious sunshine, writers, readers,good veggie food… That's Hay festival this year. We're trying out a new camp site this year, only ten minutes walk from the centre of Hay but it is a haven of peace and tranquility. At the moment I'm sitting beside a stream hiding from the sun, and I've just passed the 70k mark on the novel. I'm trying to blog every day when I can get an internet connection. Catch the latest on http://mjkewood.blogspot.com. If I can find the bandwidth I'll post a picture or two.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
It was a good event. We met a lot of interesting people; writers, other writing groups, educators... and we were impressed by their enthusiasm for writing and culture in general. And here's a novelty (if you're from Wirral) - they don't close libraries in Denbighshire, they promote and nurture them. There's another event on March 5th at 7.30 PM - a workshop by Caroline Ross (War Before Mine). It's at Ruthin Library and it's free! And then, the following Thursday, 12th March, there's VERSE AND VINO at
Nantclwyd y Dre House Ruthin. This one's limited to 16, so you'd need to book a place with Dee Rivaz (Dee.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to go.
So, we picked up a lot of ideas to improve our pitch when we embark on our Wirral-based event. I'll explain more on Friday.
I hope some of you managed to catch either or both of the radio performances over the last two Sundays; Cheryl and Barbara, Gordon and myself. I think it went well, and Marion was kind enough to give us a good plug after each story. I for one enjoyed the experience. Let's hope, if they do it again, they come back to us and some more of us will have the opportunity to have a go.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
I think the presenter was more nervous than you, and there were times I thought the programme was going to disappear off air. Actually heard it via the web site as surprisingly the reception in Tranmere was dreadful on the radio.
I liked the tales that I believe I haven't heard before. Did you write them especially for the show?
I think they will have gone down well.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
The competition is so called in memory of Ted Walters who died in 2006. As a writer he had work broadcast.
I have asked for some entry forms to be forwarded so hopefully I will have them for our next meeting on the 20th feb.
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
It was a good meeting, I thought, on Friday with a fascinating variety of manuscripts.
We only have one more meeting before we're off to Ruthin on the 28th. If anyone would like to join us for an hour or so and help man 'our' table, please let us know! Also, if anyone has any ideas on how we should present ourselves, get in touch!
The snow is still lying in the fields and gardens here, although the roads are fine. It's all very picturesque, but I'd much rather have bright sunshine, blue skies and heat!
Oh well, back to work!
Friday, 6 February 2009
Sorry I didn't have enough leaflets for everyone, but here's a recap on when it is being broadcast.
Aimed at the 50's plus and sponsored by Help the Aged it is being broadcast from Saturday 21st February until 1st March each day all day with a broad selection of programmes.
Tune into 87.7FM
Our own Ann Flynn is co-presenting a programme. (Ann has been on a course learning the ropes.) So along with Mike, Cheryl and Gordon reading their own short stories Wirral Writers will be well represented.
If you can't tune in, the programmes can be accessed by logging onto www.vintageradio.org.uk
Must say I enjoyed this evening and meeting up with everyone again. really nice to see Sarah and Joseph again after many months.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
What happened to those winter days
what put them all to flight
remember mornings crisp and clear
that followed starry night
Can you recall those icy times
the frozen window panes
those slides we made along the lane
so many snowy games
What fun those snowball fights we had
despite frost bitten hands
in soaking woollen Christmas gloves
a present from our Gran's
How things have changed since we were young
It's not that many years
And yet it seems the world's gone mad
with PC tears and fears
No sliding in the playground lads
no ball games are allowed
in case you fall and hurt yourselves
just stand and shout out loud
And girls your screaming's much improved
gets louder by the hour
I'm fed up with the kids today
or am I getting sour?
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
The event starts at 11:00 and there will be a number of talks by writers during the day. Day-pass tickets are £5 in advance (Ruthin Library 01824 705274) or can be purchased on the day (but access to all the talks cannot be guaranteed for on-the-day purchases).
We have a couple of meetings beforehand, so please come armed with plenty of ideas for attention-grabbing hand-outs and exhibition items.
I’ll have more info for you next meeting.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Further to Frank’s quiz last night, what is a runcible spoon?
Apparently, it is an invented word. Edward Lear liked the sound of it and he loved to invent words, and used it in a number of his verses. There’s a runcible hat appearing in one of them.
But then, decades after his death, definitions began to appear in dictionaries. These days it’s often defined as kind of pickle fork with a sharpened edge and three tines, or as a grapefruit spoon.
But it’s nonsense, because when Lear invented the word (or any of his invented words) he never had any intentions of it actually meaning anything.
Anyway, as a matter of interest, here’s the full poem:
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling