Thursday, 13 of December 2018

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Creative Writing bursaries

For the third year running Sky, in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000
bursaries and mentoring support to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and
Ireland. Find out more and apply at

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The New Writer re-launches

The New Writer has now relaunched and the whole of the latest issue can be viewed at
while elsewhere on the site you can order a half price print copy.

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Bursary for arts students and recent graduates

£9,000 bursary for current arts students and recent graduates

Uni Fee Fund

Saddled by student debt? Whether you’re a first-year student or a graduate, if you embarked on a BA or BMus in 2006* or later, you could benefit from having £9,000 wiped off your Student Loans Company balance by arts charity IdeasTap.

For a chance to win, simply tell us in 100 words or less what you could offer to IdeasTap’s network in exchange for the money.

It could be an idea or a service, for example “This is how you could improve your site…” or “I’ll run this Spa event for your members…” ­

the more imaginative, original and feasible the idea, the better!


Find out more and apply by 29 March at

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Mouseman – influence the development of a book

Members might be interested in the unusual way Mark Woodward is launching his new novel, Mouseman. While most readers simply read a book, Mouseman offers readers a chance not only to voice their opinions directly to the author, but to influence the development of the book through their comments and criticisms. The book will be published initially in five weekly episodes, available both from Amazon and as free PDF from his website. As the story progresses, readers will be invited to post their questions, comments and criticisms on the Mouseman Facebook page, and he will post his responses in return. The page will reflect the whole range of opinion - he won’t censor it to remove the comments that are less than complimentary! When all five episodes have been posted, the book will be revised and published as a single-volume ebook and paperback.

Book description:

Mouseman is a comic, dark and unsettling novel, exploring the social and sexual dysfunction of men through the life of MM, its obsessive narrator. MM’s only relief from the strange world of Beech Brothers, the eccentric tenants of Mrs Flynn and the mice that keep him awake at night are his visits to the mysterious Roseanna. He lies on her couch and tells her about his first and only girlfriend, Suzanne, his schoolfriend, Nick, and his troubled boyhood. But his stories grow darker and more disturbing, and start to seep into the real world…

The first three chapters of Mouseman were shortlisted for the 2012 Yeovil Literary Prize.

Mouseman is being published in five weekly episodes available from Amazon and as a free PDF from the Writing Idol website.

Tell the author what you think – post your comments on the Mouseman Facebook page!

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Midlands author Brian Grove hosts list of publishers accepting submissions

Brian Grove, a UK author based in Stourbridge, has a helpful website with lots of help for writers.

He lists publishers who are open to submissions, do take a look:

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Tindal Street Press recruiting a Publicity and Marketing Assistant / Officer

Job title: Publicity and Marketing Assistant / Officer
Location: Birmingham
Closing date: 25 May 2012

Please see the website for details


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Creative opportunity for young (16-19) poets in the West Midlands

We’re IdeasTap: an online platform that helps young people break into the creative industries. We offer advice, a space to network, funding and workshops to enable emerging artists to develop their talent. We’re also a charity – so we offer all this for free.

 We wanted to let you know about a rather special opportunity for young creative folk in the West Midlands that we currently have on our site, which we hope will appeal to some of the talented people you work with.

 Future Poets Festival

Along with Writing West Midlands and the Midlands Arts Centre, we’re looking for 8 creative individuals aged 16-19 to work together over five months to create a one-day Future Poets Festival.

 They’ll get to attend workshops with poets, artists, theatre-makers and performers,where they’ll learn how to run a festival and will get mentoring on their own work too. They will then curate a mini-festival at mac on 4 August. Find out more and apply.

 Please do pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.

 If you’d like to learn more about IdeasTap and how we can help emerging artists, visit us as You can also get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fierce Festival, Birmingham (UK) – April 2012 Call for Participants


Fierce Festival are seeking participants for the third instalment of performance/installation, “Gifts of the Spirit: Automatic Writing” by internationally acclaimed live artist ,Ron Athey.

The performance will take place on the 7th of April 2012, and there will be a full two day training workshop on the 4th and 5th to prepare you for the event, with some additional time on the 6th 

dedicated to training for the Glossalalia chorus (more details below).

The workshop and the performance will take place in Birmingham as part of the Fierce Festival – the city’s annual international festival of live art and performance.Your participation is voluntary, and you will be responsible for organising your own travel for the duration of the workshop and performance.
 All participants will be eligible to purchase concession rate tickets for other shows in the festival: 


 Performance experience is not needed, only an interest in publicly exploring automatism.

We will need: 

 Automatic Writers: Take the concept of ‘stream-of-consciousness’ writing and push it two steps further. Will be required to attend workshop and technical. 
 Typists: will transcribe auto-text from handwritten cut-outs, on old fashioned manual typewriters. 
Editors: editors who can put together fragments of auto-text and string them into shape for reading.

It is essential that you understand and consent to undergoing hypnotic inductions for the development and performance of this automatic writing process.
This will be done with recordings and a hypnotist, the idea being to access the subconscious and synchronise as a group.
Please contact Lisa Newman of 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts at with any questions and to submit your request for participation.
Please send a brief description of your interest in the project, why you’re interested in participating, and any experience you’ve had either with art or stream of consciousness/automatic writing. As stated above, previous experience is not necessary.If you are selected, you will be sent an email of confirmation for your place. Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon!






Glossalalia chorus: performers/vocalists who are interested in exploring different modes of ecstatic vocalizations.


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Volunteers wanted for alt.fiction festival in Leicester 14th & 15th April

Would you like to volunteer for Alt.Fiction? 

If you’d like to gain excellent work experience with a well respected festival, either in marketing, events organisation or photography, we’re always looking for volunteers to help with the smooth running of the weekend. We offer all our volunteers a reference and can provide lunch for you on the day. You will of course gain free access to the festival across the weekend, and get the opportunity to see some of your favourite authors in action.

If you’d like to apply, please contact

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Youtube video of “John Bull on the Slab”

Last September, Birmingham Writers’ Group took part inArtsfest, Birmingham’s free arts festival.

There is a Youtube video available of one of these events, a performance called “John Bull on the Slab

“Gallows humour as organs tell their tales at the autopsy of John Bull.
Warning: contains unrealistic scenes of human dismemberment.”

This runs for 30 minutes, so is split into two parts.

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