Sunday, 1 of February 2015

Hearts of Darkness – spoken word event

Monday 9th February 7pm-9pm

Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea, 214 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU

Tired of sickly sweet Valentines? Then join us for a night of romantic fiction with a deliciously dark twist.

There may still be authors slots, please get in touch with Heide Goody who can pass you on to the organisers.


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Benchmark Creative Writing Competition

A fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and writer Rachel Cochrane

With judges Writer Wendy Robertson, Dr Philip Le Dune and Writer Sue Spencer

Imagine you had a bench dedicated to you:

What would it say on the plaque?

Where would it be?

Why have you chosen that particular place?

Through Rachel’s online radio play Benchmark and associated writing competition, we want to encourage people to think positively about their lives and raise vital funds for Willow Burn Hospice.

Competition prizes:

First Prize is a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised engraved plaque and delivery within the UK. Kindly donated by Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture.

Second Prize is a Kindle kindly donated by David Ridley

Third Prize is a £30 book token kindly donated by Rachel Cochrane

• All winning entries will also be showcased in written form on rachelcochrane.com

This national competition is open to all adults (18+) in the UK, so if you’ve never written creatively before – why not give it a try?

An entry fee of £5 with 40% of that donated to Willow Burn Hospice.

To enter the competition, visit

http://www.rachelcochrane.com/about-benchmark-writing-comp/

 


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Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs coverBreadcrumbs is the debut short story collection by author Simon Fairbanks.

Horror, fantasy and fairy tales merge in these twenty-one tales traversing all manner of times and worlds: twins escape their kidnapper and seek refuge in a mysterious cave, a homeless crusader hopes to save his friends from the fiendish Bogeyman, a life-changing encounter occurs in a Sri Lankan tuc-tuc, and a lonely girl discovers a monster in the woods.

Breadcrumbs also features a new adventure starring Denebola and his sky-horse Palladium, set within the world of Simon’s fantasy novel The Sheriff.

Follow this trail of Breadcrumbs into Simon’s imagination and discover stories both dark and wonderful.


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Best British Short Stories 2014 – A Tribute to Joel Lane

At this special Library of Birmingham event, authors M John Harrison, Mick Scully and Louise Palfreyman will celebrate the short story form, and the memory of one of its masters, with Salt Publishing editor Nicholas Royle.
This year’s Best British Short Stories anthology is dedicated to Birmingham writer Joel Lane, who died last November. Joel’s work will top the bill in a great evening of author readings, plus we’ll be answering your questions on writing and getting published.
There’s no charge for this event. Get tickets here, and feel free to invite your friends!
We’ll be asking for your favourite Joel Lane poems, stories and novel excerpts at @tweetybyrde and #bestbritishshortstories

30 October at 18:30–19:30


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Can you inspire a child to read?

Beanstalk are looking for volunteers for local primary schools to support children on a 1:1 basis with their reading.

Volunteers spend time with children twice a week, reading talking and playing games together.

Training and ongoing support is provided.

To apply, please call Michelle on 0121 771 2922

email: michelle.padbury@beanstalkcharity.org.uk

For more information visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk


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Win a Kindle Fire in Birmingham Mail short story competition

To enter, we want you to write a short story of up to 500 words about one of the following themes, inspired by Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, or Hamlet:

(a) Three witches

(b) Two doomed lovers OR

(c) A quest for revenge

There are two ways to enter:

You can either email your story to bmailentries@trinitymirror.com , with the subject line SHAKESPEARE COMP and including your name, age and address.

Alternatively, you can post your story to SHAKESPEARE COMP, Birmingham Mail, Floor 6, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FF – remember to include your name, age and address.

Age categories:

• Under 11s

• 11 – 14 years

• 15 – 18 years

• 19 – 25 years

• Over 25s

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/competitions/birmingham-mail-shakespeare-story-competition-7755776


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Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Mario Petrucci

* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2015

* Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells,              TN4 0SG

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

 

* OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal

 

For more details, go to:

www.kentandsussexpoetry.com


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The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Books announce New Children’s Author Prize 2015 for unpublished authors.

A new writing competition to find the “next big thing” in children’s literature has been launched by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury. The New Children’s Author Prize is set to unearth brilliant new talent in writing for children.

Unpublished authors who enter the competition will be in with the chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, publisher behind the Harry Potter series. The first prize will also include an advance of £5,000 and an exclusive print run of the new author’s work.

To enter, authors should submit a 20,000–40,000 word children’s story, targeted at children aged 8 to 12, with a 350 word synopsis and a 1,000 word passage highlighted for judging in the early rounds. Pay for your entry by 30 September and submit your entry by 31 October. Entries cost £30. All proceeds from the competition go towards the National Literacy Trust’s work in tackling low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK. Visit www.literacytrust.org.uk/authorprize for more details and how to enter.


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Writer’s conference at the Library of Birmingham Saturday 18th October

Featuring:

  • Chris Carling talking about her moving and highly topical memoir: ‘But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia’
  • Rosemary Westwell ‘John, Dementia and Me’: exploring life problems in fiction and also talking about ‘Unseen Poetry’
  • Jackie Reynolds and Michael Callan ‘‘Connecting Communities with Creative Writing’
  • Sarah Gornall ‘Co-authoring and what it can mean.’
  • Dr David Gatley ‘1936 a Year in Post Boxes’
  • Elaine Ewart ‘My work as Fenland Poet Laureate including poetry writing, and performing ‘
  • Noreen Wainwright ‘A homespun year’ by Noreen Wainwright and Margaret Priestly Thrifty ways to make and grow, bake and sew
  • Stephanie J. Hale ‘What it takes to sell a million books, what it takes to make a million from your book idea and what works and what doesn’t when it comes to selling books in this exciting new digital age.’
  • Hayley Humphrey ’Nanowrimo: From writers’ block to 50,000 words, a novel written in a month.’
  • Mary McGuire ‘Publish or self-publish? Which way do I go?’

ENTRY FREE           refreshments served

Book early to avoid disappointment

Contact: Malcolm Henson enquiries@hensoneditorial.com


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Birmingham Readers’ Map Authors Host a Night of Local Fiction at Brewsmiths

Finding locally set fiction is always difficult, but Birmingham based publishers Pigeon Park Press have sought to remedy this with the Birmingham Readers’ Map. Novels, poetry and short stories all featuring a local flavour have been collected and compiled into a GoogleMaps-style map allowing book-lovers to browse and discover stories set just around the corner.

Now, authors featured on the Readers’ Map are coming together for a night of thrills, humour and entertainment at Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea shop at the Jewellery Quarter on 29th September. Authors will be sharing excerpts of their latest books and even a few bespoke short stories in a night celebrating the diversity and creativity of Birmingham writers, before taking part in a Q&A panel where audience members will have the chance to quiz the authors on writing and publishing their own books, as well as the challenges and rewards of being an independent author.

Join us for the Birmingham Readers’ Map at Brewsmiths on 29th September at 7:30pm in the Jewellery Quarter.


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