This month’s round-up includes news of success for two members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle; deadlines for a short story competition and a writing conference early-bird registration; and an update on plans for this year’s Exeter Literary Festival.
Maureen Channels Her Inner Milne
Congratulations to children’s writer and CWC member, Maureen Boon, whose reading of Furry Bear by A A Milne was featured recently in the King Lear Arts Club, a free online arts community for the over-60s. You can watch Maureen’s performance on YouTube by clicking here.
Celia Gets Selling
And more congratulations are due to CWC member Celia Moore who, despite lockdown restrictions, has been selling literally hundreds of copies of the first two novels in her Fox Halt Farm series. Well done, Celia; and we’re looking fotward to reading the final part of the series later this year.
Competition Closes Tonight
A reminder that the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition closes at midnight tonight. It’s one of the better local competitions, with more than £1000 in prizes, including a special prize for the best entry from Devon, and a generous 3000 word limit. So if you’ve got a story that fits the bill, why not spend a few minutes getting it submitted right now.
Women in Publishing Summit
And while we’re talking about deadlines, you may remember in last month’s round-up, news of the Women in Publishing Summit that starts tomorrow. The early bird registration fee of $97 has been extended until midnight tonight. That’s $100 off the full price. CWC Secretary, Elizabeth Ducie, is speaking on Wednesday about Routes to Publishing, but she’s just one of 70+ speakers presenting on all different aspects of writing and publishing, both fiction and non-fiction. The Summit materials will be available for six months, so you don’t have to sit through everything in one go. Check out the programme and get your ticket here.
Exeter Literary Festival
The programme for this year’s Exeter Literary Festival is gradually coming together and guests announced so far include: Ann Cleeves, creator of Shetland and Vera; Paul Atterbury, forty-year stalwart of Antiques Road Show; harpist and local author, Hazel Prior, whose wonderful latest novel Away With the Penguins is a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for 2021; and Mike Thompson, BBC Correspondent, talking about the Secret Library in Syria. The organising team are keeping everything crossed that they will be able to run a normal set of events in November this year. But if there are restrictions still in place, priority will be given to members of the ExeLitFest Friends Group. So if you want to be certain of your seats for this year’s festival (and let’s face it, we’re all looking forward to being able to get out there again), why not sign up today?
And don’t forget that this year’s ExeLitFest short story competition is open now. With a word limit of just 750, it’s a chance to hone those flash fiction writing skills.