Loose Muse June 10th Guests and news

Dear All,

The next Loose Muse at Winchester Discovery Centre will be on Monday, June 10th, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £6 and will be well worth turning up for as I have booked two amazing guest features.  They are poet, editor and academic, Rachel Bower with her poetry collection, ‘Moon Milk’ and acclaimed novelist, Louisa Treger bringing her second novel, ‘The Dragon Lady’ plus Open Mic!

My thanks to all who have sent me poems for both our Heritage Open Day Poetry Performance and our Loose Muse ‘Showcase’ in October as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival’s Poetry Day.  As I am working with Hilary Hares to choose the poems I have decided that you can now submit a maximum of 5 poems for each event.  The deadlines for submitting are 1st August for HOD’s and 1st September for the Showcase, so you still have plenty of time.  I’m really looking forward to reading your work!  If you are in need of some inspiration come along to the Loose Muse Poetry Workshop,  ‘Writing poems on People Power’ – Sunday 9th June, 11.15am – 1.30pm at the Discovery Centre, £18 run this time by Louise Taylor.  There are still places left so just email me if you would like to book.

Editors note this offer is for women who attend or have attended Loose Muse.

Rachel Bower

 

Rachel is a poet and academic. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  She is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). Rachel is also the editor of the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017), and the editor of a Special Issue of English Studies, with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters” (January 2018). Rachel also co-edited a Special Issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature with Jarad Zimbler and Ben Etherington, entitled, “Crafts of World Literature“.

Rachel’s poems have featured in Magma, Stand, New Welsh Reader, Frontier, Wild Court, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Popshot Magazine, Strix, The Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017, Remembering Oluwale Anthology, Verse Matters Anthology, Peacock, Foxglove Journal, Laldy, Atrium, Visual Verse, Picaroon Poetry, Now Then and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize. Rachel is currently working on a Poet in the City/ British Library commission, and has had previously had work commissioned by BBC Radio and Apples and Snakes. Rachel is a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and a Trustee for the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and reviews for various journals and magazines. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a feminist arts collective in Sheffield.

Louisa Treger
 
 
Louisa Treger, a classical violinist, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. She subsequently turned to literature, earning a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early-twentieth-century women’s writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship. Louisa’s first novel, The Lodger, was published by Macmillan in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. She lives in London with her husband, children, and dog.
You can find out more about Louisa here:Website: http://louisatreger.com/
Louisa’s second novel, The Dragon Lady, will be published by Bloomsbury on June 14th 2019.
I have arranged with the publisher to send advance copies for us which will be available to buy on the night at P&G Wells’s Book Table.  The Dragon Lady is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Virginia (Ginie) Courtauld, a glamorous, wealthy yet controversial woman with a dramatic snake tattooed on her leg and a mysterious past.  Opening with an attack on Lady Virginia Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story.  From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, from the secluded Scottish Highlands to sultry, segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, extremely colourful and unconventional character who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.
Don’t miss these two excellent ‘Guest Features’ or the chance to read your own poems in our ever-popular Open Mic sessions!  I look forward to welcoming you.
Warmest wishes,
Sue

Pop up play writing courses in your own home, village hall or care home

POP UP PLAYWRITING with Angela Street

Angela Street contacted Big Up Words with an idea to help writers in rural areas. This is a pilot scheme and could be a feature if there is enough uptake. Anglea runs many successful playwriting groups in Salisbury and her pupils are having plays produced in London and closer to home. Her new venture brings the writing closer to your home.

Angela Street

Angela Street

POP UP PLAYWRITING

Popping up anywhere in the South West. Providing affordable writing workshops. The workshop comes to you, saving you travel costs and time.

Days available from 5 May: Mondays, Tuesdays, some Saturdays, Sundays

Half days:  10:00 – 1:00   Whole days:  10:00 – 4:00    Evenings:  any 3 hours.

If you’d like to host a workshop in your house or on your premises, and you have space suitable for at least 7 writers, maximum 15 writers, please contact me to arrange a time and date.

As the host, you will get the workshop free and can choose the topic or general theme most suitable for your group if you wish. You must agree on this with the tutor 6 weeks before the date of the workshop so that the tutor can prepare relevant material and advertising copy.

Topics may include: creating characters, dialogue, structure, conflict, stage directions, subtext, unblocking, comedy, voice, the absurd. Writing monologues, writing for radio, writing comedy sketches, generating new ideas

Workshops can cover basic techniques for writers new to playwriting through to advanced editing skills, or take the form of a tutored writing retreat.

The tutor will advertise the workshop locally in consultation with the host and will provide flyers for the host to hand out or distribute locally.

The host is asked to provide teas/coffees and in the case of full days either an undramatic lunch or advise participants to bring their own packed lunch.

The host must inform the tutor if they have dogs, cats or other livestock on the premises and agree with appropriate health and safety measures with the tutor.

All workshops are smoke-free, including vapes, and mobile free zones. There will be scheduled breaks.

Access and Parking: the host will be asked to provide information, for example, whether there is wheelchair access or steps into the premises.

Workshops require a minimum of 7 writers to run.  If fewer than 7 people have signed up and paid, the workshop will be cancelled.

Costs: Half day/Evening £25 (15 concs)    Full day £40 (£25 concs)

Please let me know any reasons people have for not attending, such as cost, travel, childcare, access, time, topics covered.

This is a pilot scheme to find out if there is an appetite for affordable writing workshops in rural areas.  If successful, I will apply to the Arts Council for funding to assist writers needing financial help with fees or childcare, to provide rural workshops in wheelchair accessible venues, such as village halls, and also for smaller group sizes, with only 4 or 5 writers.  

 Contact: angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk  01722 322143

If you’d like to know more go over to her website https://angelastreetwriter.wordpress.com/

National Flash Fiction day celebrated by Dave Hubble with a workshop at The Art House.

Dave Hubble is holding a Flash fiction workshop to celebrate national flash fiction day.  Flash fiction Part poetry, part narrative, flash fiction–also known as suddenfiction, micro fiction, short short stories, and quick fiction—is a genre that is deceptively complex. At the same time, writing these short shorts can be incredibly rewarding.

So join the fun with Dave at The Art House click here

Dave Hubble is a steampunk artist as well as a writer

Dave Hubble is a steampunk artist as well as a writer

to book your tickets

 

Beth needs help from Hampshire 27 writers.

IMAG5402So who is Beth and why does she need our help? Beth is our municipal liaison for Nanowrimo and she is the person who looks after England elsewhere on-line. When you sign into Nanowrimo you can sign up to a Nanowrimo Region. Currently Hampshire’s is England elsewhere. There is a group in Swindon and Southampton but not Hampshire. If 30 of us writers from Hampshire sign in then we can have it as our own region next year. So far we need 24 more people to sign up. So what do you have to do?

1) Sign up to Nanowrimo at http://nanowrimo.org/

2) Register your novel

3) Go Region on the top tool bar and scroll down the menu until you find Find a Region.

4) In the all regions search bar put in England and scroll down until you hit England elsewhere and hit the join this region button.

An that’s it. If you are having trouble pop into our at Andover library this Saturday between 2-3.30pm and we’ll guide you through the process.

And what will I get? Our support to help you write a novel in less than 30 days. Oh and an invitation to our party at the end. The last one was great, we have themed food and bats.

Halloween fun at Andover Library.

This week we will be having a small party to celebrate the start of Nanowrimo tomorrow.

Getting ready for a 'Come Write In' session

Getting ready for a ‘Come Write In’ session

Beth is bringing cake, Haribos and origami bats for us to make. I will be helping people register and push on with their plotting.  Sunday is the start of a month of dashing as fast as possible to 50k. Beth and Cat have been working hard and we have found some banks who are going to support our fundraising efforts by holding book selling stalls or helping us bag pack. Suddenly Beth’s goal of raising £1500 is coming closer.

Don’t forget to register for Nanowrimo. Beth needs 30 writers from Hampshire to register so we become our own region! Then we can help Beth set up the young writers program in England AND don’t forget our writing party-The Night of Writing Dangerously

And yes the Travelling Bookstall will be at the Library as well.

 

What is The Night of Writing Dangerously?

Our poster you'll sign on the night

Our poster you’ll sign on the night

The Night of Writing Dangerously is a cross between a raucous dinner party and a write-a-thon. Bring your glad rags and your lap tops to Lunar Hare and we’ll provide food and a drink to help you write the night away. We’ve also got some fun party games for your 15 min stretch times. This is a Hampshire Scribblers event to raise funds for the young writers program.

This Saturday from 2-3.30pm at Andover Library we’ll be continuing our novel preparation and Cat Randle will be going over some ways you can fund raise money to attend The Night of Writing Dangerously and other fun events we’ll be putting on during National Novel Writing month.

And we’ll have the Travelling Bookstall ready for you as well.

Nanowrimo sheild

What do you get from National Novel writing month?

Our new secretary was having trouble understanding what we won if we took part in National Novel Writing month.

“How do you win?” he says

“You win by writing a 50 thousand word novel.” I said.

“How do you get prizes?” he says.

“By registering. If you win you get discounts and cool writing stuff from people like Scrivener. If you don’t you still get discounts,” I said.

“How do they choose a winner?” he says.

I am beginning to see a problem here. Is he thinking its a competition when its actually a huge support group?

“Well you win when you upload your novel to the Nanowrimo site before Dec 1st, they’ll declaire you a winner” I said

“Do they read the novel?” he says

“No,” I said

“So I could just copy out a Sun newpaper into the registration and I’d win,” he says.

“Yes…you could but THE POINT IS you write an orginal amazing novel with a bunch of people who will help you finish,” I said.

“Ah its a support group,” he says.

“Yes but with fun things like cakes and blankets. No loneliness of the long distance writer for us this year. That’s why we have the ‘Come write in sessions AND a night of writing dangerously,” I said.

“What do you do get when you write danerously?” he said.

At this point we will walk away dear reader. Remember our goal is to help you write your first draft of your novel. So pop down to the library every Saturday between 2-3.30pm so we can help you win! (And have loads of support)

Nanowrimo sheildCat Randle is Chair of Big Up Words. She’s had loads of poems published in NZ and the UK and children’s short stories published by Scholastic and Random House. Her novel for Nanowrimo is Martial Arts Mama. 

Come to Andover Library and plan your novel

How do you start a novel? Is it an idea you have like “What if Batman and Superman had a bake off? Do you have a character in your head who just keeps going round and round like Rincewind? Or do you need a little help?

This weekend from 2-3.30 pm Beth and I will be co-running a planning or pantsing workshop to help you get ready for your Nanowrimo run.

I will be basing the workshop on the Nanowrimo’s workbook ‘Ready, Set, Novel!’ Craig Batty, Lindsey Grant and Travia Stewart-Street have put together a fantastic kick starter to making sure your ready to start novel on November 1st.

We will look at 3 areas, what am I going to write about, who am I going to write about and how do I plot the story. I’ve created those 3 sections as I’m sure some of you will come with an idea already formed. We’ll work on writing excises. Bring pens, scrap paper and laptops and pad if that’s the way you write. I’ve checked and you can bring your work back next week to finish!

Oh and Beth has these totally cool story generator dice if you’re really really stuck. So come along to the library a bit before 2 so we can get you settled down so you can be ready to get that novel going.

Cat Randle is Chair of Big Up Words. She’s had loads of poems published in NZ and the UK and children’s short stories published by ScholasticNanowrimo sheild and Random House. Her novel for Nanowrimo is Martial Arts Mama. 

What is National Novel Writing Month?

Nanowrimo sheildNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

It doesn’t matter if you finish and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never written before. Beth Hanson has founded Hampshire Scribblers to help you reach your goal.

On October 17th at Andover Library between 2 and 3.30 Beth and our chair Cat Randle will be holding a workshop on how to get ready to write your 50K words. Practical advice, fun games and demonstrations on how to register. All for free.

So come along and find out what its all about….