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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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Picture credit: unknown (if you know, tell me!)

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.

WSM Literary Festival ANother Place and Voices from the Road launch2

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!

Story Sunday April 2018 venue1

Story Sunday Montage 2018

Picture credits unknown (if you know, tell me!)

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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I’m involved in editing this anthology and have been going through what we’ve got so far. We’ve had some fantastic submissions so far, but room for more! Deadline 31 August 2017.

Open call for submissions of flash fiction and poetry for a charity anthology

 

We’re seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction for a charity anthology  which will raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund.

 

Lord Alfred Dubs was rescued by the Kindertransport in 1939 and brought to Britain as a refugee when he was 6 years old. The fund’s aim is to help lone children refugees, protect them from traffickers, and get them to safety.

 

You can read more about it here.

 

Please note that as this is to raise funds for charity, no payment will be made to authors. The project is being run by volunteers with all profit going straight to the fund.

 

The anthology will be released in conjunction with a second anthology of science fiction short stories (for which submissions are full) later this year.

 

Submissions Guidelines

  • 100 line limit for poetry
  • 1000 word limit for flash fiction
  • Authors and poets may submit up to three pieces
  • The theme is child or refugee, but this can be a ‘flavour to the piece’ rather than a strict theme
  • Due to the nature of the charity, only PG submissions will be accepted
  • doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files please.
  • We’re not going to get strict on font or formatting, but nothing too weird please.

 

Please note that all pieces may be subject to editing (with your co-operation and permission of course), but please ensure that all submissions are as polished as possible.

 

We will ask for first publication rights. Full copyright and all other rights etc will be retained by the respective authors.

 

Any questions, please ask. Or get writing and send your submissions to charityanthology@gmail.com by 31st August.

 

Editors:

 

Sandra Fairbrother (writes as SW Fairbrother)

www.swfairbrother.com

 

Mark Lewis

https://syntheticscribe.wordpress.com/

 

Jesse Marbulcanti

I’ve had a go at the latest writing challenge by Christopher Fielden and Allen Ashley, the aim is to write (over) descriptively. As ever, this type of contrarian writing is a lot of fund to do.

Mine is number 77!

Why not have a go? When a 100 is reached they will be published in an anthology, with the proceeds going to a good charitable cause.

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/sensory-writing-challenge.php

Nonsensically Challenged, available as ebook and paperback. Christopher Fielden‘s latest collection of contrarian writing challenges collects 100 stories with a nonsense theme. Includes a little piece of flash fiction by me, as well as David Turnbull, and Allen Ashley. All in a good cause too, the Daisy Garland charity.  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nonsensically+challenged

 

Product Details

 

 

Follow this link to a new story, thrilled that Fiction on the Web have published it. Post-apocalyptic story about a Postman with a precious cargo that just has to get through!

http://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2017/04/come-rain-or-come-shine-by-m-m-lewis.html#comment-form_524780790154205923

Who doesn’t like a bit of Nonsense? I’ve just taken part in the Nonsense Writing Challenge, the brief was basically to write a Nonsense story in under 200 words.

The details are here, my effort, ‘Troubled Waters’ is number 84!

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/nonsense-writing-challenge.php

The latest Sein und Werden, on the theme of Mappa Mundi is now online!

It features two Clockhouse London Writers collaborations, ‘The Map to Nowhere’ and ‘Mind the Map’, writers involved in these collaborations are Allen Ashley, Gary Budgen, Rima Devereaux, Sarah Doyle, Robin Lupton, David Turnbull, Sandra Unerman and, er, me.

http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/summer15/

Out now! The Twice Upon a Time anthology includes my very own story ‘The Chancellor’s Tale’.  This is a collection of diverse and fascinating reimagined fairy tales.  My story is in the very good company of fellow Clockhouse London Writers Gary Budgen and Sarah Doyle.

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/bookstore.html

My latest collaboration with the other Clockhouse London Writers is featured in the 10th anniversary edition of seinundwerden. My own contribution ‘Ten Days that Shook the World is here:

http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundw…/winter14/page12.html – private

http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwe…/winter14/page4.html – private

My flash fiction ‘Schadenfreude’ has just been released in the themed anthology from Kind of a Hurricane Press, Life is a Rollercoaster.

The brief was to write a story on the theme of amusement parks.  My story is a bit of a satire, not an attraction you’d want to ride on…

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/2014/10/life-is-roller-coaster-is-now-available.html