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One of the saving graces for 2018 for me, was all the fun writing and spoken word events.

Here are a few highlights from the year, in more or less chronological order:

  1. The Weston Super Mare (first ever!) Literary Festival:

At the official launch I met local dignitaries and other participating writers. I didn’t meet Jeffrey Archer:

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I took part in two events for this, one was a workshop where we ran through some ideas to start people writing short fiction, freewriting and so on, and the other was the book launch for Another Place and Voices Along the Road.

This was a lot of fun, and it was brilliant to read alongside writers who I’m friends with in Weston, Bristol and Didcot, as well as some great writers I’d not met before.

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Picture credit: Sarah Shillam

2. Talking Tales

I read stories at Talking Tales at the Left Bank in Stokes Croft, run by Stokes Croft Writers, in April and December this year.

Here’s the crew from December, many of them featured in the To Hull and Back anthology, launched at this event.

Talking Tales December 2018

In April, I was caught on video:

And in December, in a Hat:

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Picture and video credits Thomas David Parker

3. Story Sunday

Run by Bristol’s Writing Unchained, and, as the name gives away, on a Sunday. These are always fund and I read a triptych of flash fiction based on a bee. Not the only story about bees that night, either!

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Story Sunday Montage 2018

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4. Tonic

A vibrant, relatively new poetry night. I did the open mic in October and was one of the scratch artists in November, which was a lot of fun. The organisers gave me a prompt to write to, so I was able to bring a new poem I wouldn’t have written otherwise. They take good photos, too.

Tonic November 2018

I’m the only one holding a beer.

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Picture credits: Chris Richard Beale

5. Other enjoyable spoken word nights

No pictures, but I’ve had really good nights this year at several other spoken word nights.

There’s the fantastic Weston-Super-Mare poetry night Wordmustard. This must be the highlight of Weston’s literary life, a great open mic and feature poets are many fine slam winners and popular poets from the South West.

The Art House Café Open Mic in Stokes Croft is up and running again after a hiatus due to venue refurbishments.  Now hosted by Tom Sastry. I mean to make more of these. The next is on this Friday, then every other Friday.

Bristolcon Fringe Open Mic: This is always a highlight of my year, and, for me, of Bristolcon itself. This year’s was no exception.

Story Friday, Burdall’s Yard, Bath. This is a top notch fiction night, I’ve not read at this but thoroughly enjoyed the first one I made it to, in December.

Milk Poetry: One of the South West’s leading poetry nights. I had a go at one of their Slams and lost, but it was great fun doing so and I was in good company!

In terms of workshops, I managed to get to some of the excellent Clockhouse London Writers workshops. These are particularly good because I always come away with some story ideas and story beginnings.

I also ran a couple of my own workshops in Didcot, at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, on Flash Fiction and Poetry.

So 2018 was a good year for events, and I’m hoping 2019 will be, too. I’ve already got a longer feature set on January 21st at Bristolcon Fringe, alongside the major Science Fiction writer Peter F Hamilton, and am planning on getting to as many spoken word nights as possible and have a couple more workshops lined up in Didcot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great to be part of the launch for the *first ever* Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival!

This features a workshop I’m running on the 28th February, and the launch of the Voices from the Road anthology I have poems in, on the 23rd February, both sold out at time of writing!

Here’s a photo of the gathered authors from the launch. I hope this is the first of many Literary Festivals for the town.

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Excited to be reading a short extract of my novel at the next Novel Nights in Bristol, on the 24th July 2017. This a rare chance to hear how the novel is shaping up. I’m hoping it will catch the imagination.

The main reader is Dan Jeffries who will be talking about his novel and the process he went through in publishing it, which I am sure will appeal to readers and writers alike. I’ve seen him speak in Weston-Super-Mare and he’s well worth listening to.

For more details (and tickets :-)) see here:

http://www.novelnights.co.uk/

Pleased to say my dramatic monologue about a time-travelling Pirate, called Stranded on the Shores of Time is being performed as part of the Bristales showcase tomorrow.

Bristales is a special event featuring monologues, duologues and poetry written by Bristol writers, with a Bristol theme and performed by actors.

Tickets available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristales-tickets-34193237895?aff=erelexpmlt

Really looking forward to reading at Talking Tales 13. This event on 22nd April 2017 at the Left Bank in Stokes Croft, Bristol is a leading storytelling event which it will great to be part of.

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Excited to be reading at the next Story Sunday, alongside Writers Unchained members, Lania Knight, Mark Rutterford, Debbie Young and John Holland.

 

Sunday March 19th, 19:00, Southbank Club Bristol.

 

 

 

 

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Excited that I’ll be reading my story ‘Candyman,’ which was published in the Touch of Saccharine anthology, at this. It promises to be an entertaining evening of science fiction readings.

 

I will be reading my short story ‘Black Planet’ which has previously been published in Wordland here on 28 July. Indpendent Spirit is a fine venue in Bath which has a superb range of alcoholic drinks particularly beer and it promises to be an enjoyable evening of storytelling.

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In Art We Trust

The writers’ group I’m part of, the Clockhouse London Writers are doing a reading as part of the ‘In Art We Trust’ event at the Bull Theatre in High Barnet, on 14th July. We’re on at 5:00pm. Looks like a fantastic event with live art and performances.