Tuesday, 2 of September 2014

Poetry & Conflict with Beatfreeks – Poetry writing workshop for young people aged 14-25

Tuesday 28 October, Beatbox in the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND, 2-5pm

Free (but please book)

A partnership event with Voices of War and Peace, an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World Engagement Centre, and Beatfreeks

Beatfreeks is an arts organisation supporting young, creative people to do what they love.

We’re a social enterprise, which means we use our resources and innovation to address social issues and benefit the broader community. We believe empowered, engaged and enabled young people are incredible catalysts for bringing about positive change, so our number one aim is providing platforms for growth and expression to young people.

Our core programme is run through five creative Academies – Poetry, Music, Dance, Media and Enterprise. In each Academy we run regular events, workshops and training opportunities. Almost all of our activity is youth-led, and we try our best to build progression routes and meaningful legacies into each of our opportunities. We exist to help young people develop and grow.

 

All of our workshops are free. To book a place please contact: voices@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

Voices of War and Peace is an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centre. Led by the University of Birmingham and based in the Library of Birmingham, the Centre supports community research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the centenary.

Please visit the website for more information: www.voicesofwarandpeace.org

Twitter @Voices_WW1


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Creative writing workshop – Voices of the First World War

Creative writing and poetry workshop for adults

Saturday 11 October, Heritage Learning Space in the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND

Free (but please book)

A partnership event with Voices of War and Peace, an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World Engagement Centre, and the Birmingham Literature Festival.

10.30am-12.30pm Creative writing workshop led by Fiona Joseph

Fiona is a teacher, publisher and writer. She has written a biography of Beatrice Cadbury, the radical daughter of the famous chocolate manufacturer, and is currently working on a novel based on Cadbury women employees in the First World War.

In this workshop Fiona will explore using archive collections as a springboard to creative writing.

1.30-3.30pm Poetry workshop led by Garrie Fletcher and Antony Owen

Garrie is a teacher and writer. Widely published, he writes short stories, novels and poems and is a member of the Tindal Street Fiction Group. Antony is a Coventry- based poet. His first collection of work was published in 2009.

In this workshop Garrie and Antony will encourage participants to explore themes of conflict, peace and reconciliation in their creative writing with particular focus on poetry.

 

All of our workshops are free. To book a place please contact: voices@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

Voices of War and Peace is an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centre. Led by the University of Birmingham and based in the Library of Birmingham, the Centre supports community research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the centenary.

Please visit the website for more information: www.voicesofwarandpeace.org

Twitter @Voices_WW1


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Prima magazine wants YOUR stories!

From Rachel at Prima:

I am writing from Prima magazine and currently on the lookout for fantastic new writers with short stories to feature in our ‘Reader Short Story’ competition.

We are particularly looking for Christmas and New Year themed stories for our December and January edition.

The competition prize is £100.

We were hoping that you could put a message out in your writers group as we’d love to hear from them!

All the competition details are very straightforward and written below:

- Only one entry can be accepted per person.

- The story must be 800 words.

- You must send in a good-quality photo in with your entry, as well as you name, age, address and phone number.

- All entries must be sent to either:

yourwinningstory@hearst.co.uk

 

Or:

 

Your Winning Stories,

Prima Features,

72 Broadwick Street,

W1F9EP


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Bare Fiction Prize

Bare Fiction Prize 2014

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 31st 2014

Bare Fiction Magazine has launched its inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500.

All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015.

Judges: Adam Horovitz (poetry) and Angela Readman (flash fiction) will read all entries in their categories. Short story judges Tania Hershman & Rachel Trezise will select winners from a longlist of 50 writers chosen by filter judge Penny Thomas (fiction editor at Seren Books).

Prizes (in each category)

1st Prize: £500

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25.

Cost per entry:

Flash Fiction Entries: £6 / £4 for subscribers

Short Story Entries: £8 / £6 for subscribers

Poetry Entries: £5 / £3 for subscribers

For more details, including competition rules, to enter online or download an entry form,

please visit: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions


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LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, a new kind of war memorial, made only of words and by thousands of people.

1418now.org.uk/letter

Until 4 August, 11pm

There are only 10 days left to contribute to LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, the digital memorial created by Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger as part of the 14-18 NOW programme of cultural commissions to commemorate World War One.

16,000 people have already written letters to the memorial, which is inspired by Charles Sargeant Jagger’s statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One at Paddington Station.

Letters are pouring in from people of all ages, from 4-90 years old, from grandmothers and Gurkhas, midwives, musicians, schoolchildren, students, teachers, politicians and prisoners.

Letters are being sent from as far away as China, Brazil, South Africa, USA, Australia, India and Egypt.

Distinguished writers, personalities and politicians who have written letters to the soldier include A L Kennedy, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock, Sebastian Faulks, Dawn French, Lee Child, Andrew Motion, Lesley Pearce, Malorie Blackman and the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Our team of editorial moderators are reading every single letter that comes in. If you need some inspiration, they’ve come up with a wishlist of letters that they’d love to see. Their ideas include letters from the ghost of Archduke Ferdinand, a Time Traveller, a prisoner forced to enlist, a spy, and a woman fighting at the front disguised as a man.

All the letters are published online and the entire collection will eventually be archived in the British Library web archive.

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER will remain open to receive letters until 11pm on 4 August.

Everyone can contribute a letter, either by visiting the website 1418now.org.uk/letter

or posting it to LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, PO Box 73102, London EC1P 1TY.


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Travelling Book Project

From Mike Raven:

I wondered if the members of the Birmingham Writers’ Group might be interested in a project that I’m organising at the moment?

The idea behind the Travelling Book project is that a blank journal travels around the world, from person to person, with each person writing in the book about their lives and interests. When complete the journal is made available on the Internet for everyone to see. It gives people an opportunity to be creative, to collaborate, and to find out what different parts of the world is like from the people actually living there.

I’m aiming to send a whole host of travelling books around the world, and to also provide a website so that participants can track the progress of the books.  The campaign for the project ends on August the 4th, after which books will start to be produced and sent out.

If people would like more information, do please check out the project page at www.travellingbook.eu


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WRITING WEEKENDS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

Weekend workshops delivered by published authors in a beautiful rural location.
Booking now for our autumn 2014 programme
Crime Writing with million selling author Neil White – 6th &7th September 2014
Historical fiction with mystery writer Chris Nickson – 20th & 21st September 2014
New Heroic Fantasy with Adrian Tchaikovsky – 4th & 5th October 2014
Modern Romance with author and journalist Katy Regan – 18th & 19th October
For prices, bookings and more details, please visit www.goldenrock.co.uk or call Joanna on 01539 821513


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Enter the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 and you could win a publishing contract with Bloomsbury

The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are teaming up to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

Submit a story for 8 to 12-year-olds to be in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, including advance payment of £5,000 for your work.

First prize:

  • A publishing contract with Bloomsbury, which includes an advance of £5,000 and a print run of your work
  • Use of  “Winner of the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • A prize ceremony in your honour, with press, authors and publishers in attendance

Shortlisted authors:

  • Use of “Runner up in the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • Signed book bundles
  • Plus all shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the prize ceremony with the opportunity to meet agents, editors, press and others.

Full details here


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Instant Hook Literary Contest

The 2014 Instant Hook Literary Contest, sponsored by HB Creativity, is now open.

Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel. As the competition title suggests, the goal is to create an opening that commands attention, and makes the reader wish for more.

The (postmark) deadline is December 2, 2014.

The word limit is 300 words and the prize is $300 (Canadian).

All details regarding how to enter can be found on the JUNE INK STAINS entry on the following blog:www.paulbutlernovelist.wordpress.com


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The Great British Write Off

Calling all Birmingham poets and writers, The Great British Write Off is an exciting free competition, where one lucky winner will win every penny in the prize fund, which increases every time a new entry is received.

If you live in the UK and are 18+, you are welcome to enter a poem, short story, mini saga or novel extract that is your own original work. It’s quick and easy to upload your work online at www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk. Our website has further information on the rules, prizes, judges and of course, a live prize fund totalizer!

The Great British Write Off is a celebration of both poets and writers, but only one person can win the 1st prize, so who will it be … a poet or a writer? We’ve had a bit of fun with our marketing and created our very own Poets v Writers head-to-head challenges, which have been captured on film for your enjoyment!

#GBWO judges Mark Grist and Mixy have competed in The Word Association Challenge (link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS4BwQLuwOQ) and check out the Foam Wrestle to see who won that challenge!

Here at The Great British Write Off we have 3 further Poets vs Writers videos to release over the next 2 weeks! Don’t worry, you won’t need a gimmick for your work, we know great writing doesn’t need one – all it needs is an audience, and The Great British Write Off can certainly help with that.

For the current prize fund, to enter and much, much more visit www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk today!


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