Artemis Fowl Author Eion Colfer headlines Virtual Writers Weekend.

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer headlines virtual Writers’ Weekend

The Writers’ Weekend, a unique four-day conference for writers of all abilities and genres will now be streamed live throughout the weekend of 9-12th July.

 Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series (released as a major motion picture by Disney on their channel Disney +) is the keynote speaker.  Asked how important are these events for emerging writers, he says,

Writing festivals are vital for writers to get noticed; I first met my publisher at a literary festival in Ireland and events like these are without a doubt the best forum for all aspiring writers.”

The festival is founded by Sara Gangai, former Director and Event Manager of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Weekend will host talks and workshops with best-selling, multi award winning authors as well as publishers, editors and literary agents.

Authors including, Lissa Evans, Jasper Fforde, Nick Barlay and Kate Bradley are just 4 of the 65 speakers who are confirmed.  Moving the programme to a virtual platform has meant the event is paving the way for accessibility.

Sara says “we’re very excited to open this event up to a wider audience and provide an interactive and exciting programme in the comfort of their home.

With more and more writing events being cancelled or rescheduled,

Eoin supports the digital transition: “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to talk to writers face to face but delighted that they will still have a platform to interact and showcase their work.  Hopefully this means more writers from around the world will be able to attend.”

The four-day event will offer over 800 one-to-one appointments with literary agents and editors.  Representatives from publishers such as Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin Random House and Troubador willbe available for talks and workshops as well as open mic sessions and author/agent/publisher panels.

“Writers who wish to take the next step with their work will have the opportunity to showcase their writing to a wide range of experts and interact with authors, agents and other writers in virtual networking rooms.” says Sara

The Writers’ Weekend will be available to stream on tablet, mobile and PC with three full scholarships for writers aged 18-25 available plus bursaries for those writers needing financial assistance to attend.

Leading up to the event, the Writers’ Weekend is running 6 writing competitions to encourage writers to create new work and give children a fun outlet for their creativity.   The competitions for adults are:  Opening of a Novel; The Bright Agency Picture Book Prize; Writing Magazine Short Fiction Competition; Skylark Fabulous Fiction for Fives to Teens and a new Flash Fiction competition.

A children’s writing competition for young writers aged 4 – 15 has been added to give kids a creative outlet while they’re at home.  Young writers are asked to write a one-page poem or story on the topic of ‘What I like about being at home’.  The deadline for all competitions is 19 June.  For all details on the event and competition go to: www.writersweekend.uk

 

First Loose Muse of 2019 has been cancelled.

I’m so sorry but I have to cancel this month’s Loose Muse (Monday Jan 14th) due to ill health!  It’s all a bit of a shock but as Katrina Naomi was coming to stay with me I don’t really have any other option.  I feel really bad as I have never had to cancel Loose Muse before.  I hope you will all come along next month when I should be fine again.

Regards
Sue Wrinch

National Poetry Day is celebrated on Love Andover Radio today

National Poetry Day 2018 is on Thursday 4th October 2018 and the theme this year is ‘Change’.

Andover Radio’s Poet Laureate Daniel Hooks (“The Alien Poet”) has recorded  budding poets from around Andover to take part.

“We will broadcast one poem every hour during National Poetry Day”.

Daniel has recorded a wide range of poets from all over Andover. So tune in to listen to the sound of Andover Poetry today.

Winner of Andover Museums summer historical writing competiton

During the school summer holidays, Andover museum held a summer historical writing competition.

It was open to 5 – 15-year-olds. Children were invited to write a fictional piece of creative writing about a character found in the Museum. The historical facts had to be correct using information found in Andover Museum!

50 children signed up for this summer holiday challenge, only 9 children were shortlisted.

6 of those children were invited to  Andover museum Saturday, September 14th, 2018, treated to homemade lemonade and biscuits, before finding out the results of the competition.

Andover Town Mayor, Barbara Long and local children’s playwright Cat Randle awarded the prizes to the children.

The overall winner of the competition was Nicola Wheeler.

The judges were gripped by her creation of character and her illustration.

With 3 highly commended awards going to Lilla Stacey, Bradley Ware and Jessica Patterson. Lilla won because of her imaginative drawing, Bradley wrote non-fiction, this was not part of the requirements, however, the judges were taken with his writing style. Jessica’s created excellent lifelike characters and wrote about the Andover Workhouse.A.

“It happened in Hampshire,” a new play by Andoverian playwright Roy Chatfield.

The team that brought Andover ‘And Now We Tell Our Tale’ are returning to the Lights. Roy Chatfield’s new play  ‘It Happened In Hampshire’ will be staged there with a professional cast on Tuesday 5 February 2019.  It will also be visiting local schools.

Roy Chatfield

Roy Chatfield

It Happened In Hampshire’ is an irreverent romp through Hampshire’s past, incorporating music, rap and audience participation. Highlights include

  • Alfred defeating the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake Off
  • The Story of Edgar and Elfrida, as told by Jane Austen
  • A very civil Civil War.
  • Supernurse V the grime army
  • A starring role for an Iceberg
  • The secret of Spitfire modification XXX

The show is family friendly and you can book at The Lights.

 

 

Christmas present with a difference! Last days to fund 10 Little Astronauts

This year we supported Damon Wakes unbound book 10 Little Astronauts. He is literally days away from completing his goal and we need ALL your help. Please tweet, share, instagram, post and buy gift cards to help him reach 100% funding.

This is what Damon is saying

Last Chance to Support Ten Little Astronauts

It’s the eleventh hour. Aragorn is making his “It is not this day” speech. The rebels are approaching the Death Star. Neville Longbottom has destroyed the final horcrux and Harry Potter is preparing to battle Lord Voldemort. I’m not familiar with Twilight, but I’m sure there’s some confrontation between Heartthrob McSparklepants and a bad guy of some kind.

The point is, there are just days left to fund Ten Little Astronauts. At 63%, it’s the bulk of the way there and it has a solid chance of reaching its target, but only if the people who want that to happen make it happen.

At this point, you’re either behind the book or you’re not: there’s no time left to “get around to it.” 213 people (at current count) have pledged for a copy of their own. Countless more have shared it, told their friends about it, and generally helped it along in less direct ways. If it’s not your kind of thing, I get it. If you can’t afford to chip in for a copy right now, I definitely get it. But if you’d like to help my career as an author all the same, doing something – anything – to spread the word about it before that Christmas deadline would make a spectacular difference to the book’s chances of success at absolutely no cost to you.

For the benefit of anybody who’s coming across this for the first time (possibly having been pointed here by a friend):

Ten Little Astronauts is a sci-fi murder mystery novella based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It takes the basic premise of that popular classic – ten people trapped together with the knowledge that one of them is a murderer – but shifts it into interstellar space.

The book is being published by Unbound, who crowdfund all their titles. This means that readers pledge for – essentially pre-order – a copy, and potentially extra rewards if they choose to contribute more to the funding of the book. Those pledges are what cover the cost of designing, editing and printing the thing. Ten Little Astronauts already has enough support to make it into print – other books that were accepted onto less ambitious lists have funded with less than half the number of readers behind them – but if it reaches 100% of its goal by Christmas, the paperback will be of higher quality and it’ll be distributed by Penguin Random House. Obviously, this would be a massive boost and help ensure the book has the best possible chance of success once it’s printed and out there.

For the benefit of anybody who wants to get some cool stuff:

There are rewards for supporting Ten Little Astronauts beyond getting a copy of the book itself, and even beyond the extras available to people who choose to contribute more than the minimum. Anybody who pledges, no matter the amount, will get:

People who pledge soon may get:

  • A place in a prize draw. When the book reaches 225 supporters, I’ll be sending a signed copy of Myths, Monsters, Mutations to one of those first 225 supporters at random. If we reach 250, I’ll most likely be doing much the same thing.
  • A badge. If Ten Little Astronauts reaches 100 Paperback pledges by the end of Monday 18th, I’ll be sending out a Ten Little Astronauts badge with every single paperback. We’re already (currently) at 83, so there’s a very good chance we’ll get to 100: the real question is whether enough people will share it around for that to happen before Monday.

Over 200 people have taken Ten Little Astronauts well over halfway to its target. It’s up to you to help take it those last few steps. If it sounds like your kind of book and you’d like a copy for yourself, please put in a pledge to get one, and invite your friends to do the same. If it’s not your cup of tea and/or you can’t afford to pledge for yourself, please share this post. The audience for this book is out there: the only challenge is reaching them in time.

Poetika are calling for poetry submissions for 2 different poetry festivals.

Salisbury Fringe Festival and Salisbury Literary Festival are both calling for poetry submissions.

 Poetika at the Salisbury Fringe: Call for Dramatic Poetry (closing date 30/9/2017)

Salisbury Fringe – the established festival of cutting-edge drama by local writers performed in a variety of informal venues during the first weekend in October. Poetika’s mission at the Fringe is to bring poetry to the drama. Poetika are seeking works of ‘dramatic poetry’ for the event, where they will be performed by professional actors.

Submissions close on  Saturday 30th September. E to email your pieces (5 mins max) to drama@poetika.org.uk .

To find out more about the Salisbury Fringe follow this link http://salisburyfringe.co.uk/

City of Poems’ (Salisbury Literary Festival ): Call for Poems about Salisbury (closing date 30/9/2017)

New this year- The Salisbury Literary Festival is  taking place over the last weekend of October it will be a feast of readings, talks and workshops, celebrating the best in literature by writers with a local connection and some from further afield.

Poetika has an event – City of Poems – as part of the festival, where in addition to presenting some of the best known poems written about the city, Poetika will be reading a selection of works specially written for the Festival by local people. Send Poetika Salisbury poems (max 5 mins) to be read at the event. Poetika is also creating a pamphlet of chosen poetry which will be on sale at the event and at other venues in town (all sale proceeds going to Poetika’s adopted charity, Childrens Chance).

You have until midnight on Saturday 30th September to email your pieces (5 mins max) to city@poetika.org.uk.

More about the Salisbury Literary Festival here: http://salisburyliteraryfestival.co.uk/

 

New venue for Salisbury’s poetry, prose open mic Poetika

Due to closure of the Cloisters Poetika has returned to the Pheasent Inn 19 Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1DT

The event will be found in the shoemaker’s hall-function room at the Pheasent Inn. Poetika starts its new season, in a new venue. The evening will premiere David King reading from his new collection ‘Strange Stranger’ Books will be on sale and donations from the book sale will go to the charity Children’s Chance.

The theme for the evening is Strangers and John Bruce and David Kind said

“We welcome all to come and present poetry or short pose, or perform acoustic songs, comedy or other performance – either their own or work they admire.”

Sign up is from 7.30pm on the night, performances begin at 7.45 – a small donation of £2.00 is invited towards room hire.

Poetick 47