Writerly News Round-Up

We have a bumper edition this month, with news of publications, performance opportunities, music-making, competitions, and much more. Read on for all the news…

Sharon’s Story Is Published

Huge congratulations to Sharon Cook whose short story, The Yellow Jug, has been published in Quay Voices, the new anthology from Literature Works.

As it says on the publisher’s site: “Packed with sparkling stories and poetry, this anthology from the Quay Words live literature programme showcases creative output from Exeter Custom House as a new hub for literature on Exeter’s quayside. Contributions from fifteen writers including Ray Antrobus, Patrick Gale and Monique Roffey, feature alongside their selections of work by some of the talented new Quay Voices that they have mentored and supported at Quay Words. The theme of People and Places ripples throughout, from Exeter across the globe. All ages are represented, including Young Voices, new writing by children and young people. This is a collection to immerse yourself in and read from cover to cover, or to dip into over and again. We hope it will inspire the reader to join us and get writing too. All proceeds from sales will be invested into Quay Words: a not-for-profit, diverse and open access programme of literature at the heart of Exeter.”

You can get a copy of Quay Voices from your local bookstores (I got mine from The Bookery in Crediton) or by clicking here. The Quay Words events are often free, frequently under-subscribed, and always very useful and inspiring. Several members of Chudleigh Writers have taken part in this programme in the past couple of years and all of us would recommend it highly. You can find out more about the programme by clicking here. Do check it out.

And Talking of Quay Words…

Maureen Boon is taking part in an event on the Quay Words programme for local writers with an interest in nature writing and would encourage us all to have a look at it :

“On 20th October our writer-in-residence, Naomi Westerman, is curating an evening of nature writing for performance, part of our Quay Voices strand, and we would like you to join us! We have an open call for short pieces of nature writing to be read aloud. Submissions can be monologues, poetry or prose.

Naomi has created a resource on Nature Writing for Performance containing creative writing tips and exercises to get the creative juices flowing. You can use this as inspiration for your submission or for your own writing time. The resource can be downloaded here.

On 1st September at 1pm- 2pm Naomi will also be running a group Zoom session, to check in on how you’ve found the resource, give tips and inspiration on firming up a piece for submission and to connect with writers in the South West. You can book for that here.

The showcase will be on 20th October at 6.30pm at Exeter Custom House; the event will be performed in front of an in-person audience and also simultaneously broadcast live via Crowdcast. If your piece is selected we’d love you to attend the event in-person and perform your own piece, but if you prefer not to perform, or if it’s not practical for you to attend, we will have other readers. Please submit your piece by 5pm on 30th September to: customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk. We will let you know if you’ve been selected by Friday 8th October. We look forward to reading you work!”

Looks like a fascinating event. It would be great if we could get CWC representation on the programme.

Elizabeth’s Cosy Mystery Is On Pre-Order

Elizabeth Ducie is moving from gritty thrillers to cosy mysteries, and from Russia and Southern Africa to the English countryside. Her latest novel, Murder at Mountjoy Manor, is the first in a series set in a fictional village in Devon; think Midsomer Murders set in the Haldon Hills. The book is due to be published on 19th October, but it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon and Kobo, and will be going up on the other major book platforms over the next few days. Check out all the details on her website.

Paul’s Latest Commission

Paul K Joyce has been commissioned by the British Medical Association to write a piece of music commemorating those people lost during the covid pandemic. It’s ready for release, and Paul had a great time in the recording studio, working with live musicians and singers once again. The piece is being premiered mid-September, so keep an eye out for details of the piece on the news and in the press.

City of Literature Opportunities

Fancy being a Virtual Writer in Residence in Melbourne? This is just one of the opportunities available to emerging writers via the City of Literature programme. But you’ll have to be quick. The deadline for submissions is 6th September. Check out all the details here.

Latest ALCS Dates

Anyone with anything published, whether it’s a book with an ISBN or an article in a magazine with an ISSN, will probably already be a member of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. But if not, do check it out straight away. It’s a source of ‘free money’ and a nice little bonus a couple of times each year.

And from the ALCS this month we have a reminder of some key dates coming up. If you need to update your bank account details, then this needs to be done by 9th September, in preparation for the next payout, due by the end of the month. And looking a little further ahead, any journal or magazine contributions need to be registered by 30th November to be eligible for the March 2022 payout. You can find all the details of these and other dates in the latest newsletter.

ExeLitFest Box Office Opens

Ann Cleeves, Mick Herron, Jane Johnson, Hazel Prior. Mike Thomson and Louisa Adjoa Parker are just some of the speakers at this year’s Exeter Literary Festival. For Tolkien fans, there’s a chance to chat with illustrator, Alan Lee, whose illustrations for the latest edition of The Lord of the Rings were influential on Peter Jackson’s vision for the movies. For antique lovers, there’s an evening with Paul Atterbury of Antiques Roadshow. And anyone who likes a touch of humour with their crime won’t want to miss Fair Cop Unleashed, an evening with cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore.

For the writers, there’s a full programme of events in the Custom House on the Quay, including sessions by current CWC members Elizabeth Ducie and Paul K Jordan, and former member, Angie Wooldridge. There’s a networking day on the Friday with the opportunity to meet writers from across the region and two competitions, one for the first page of a novel, and one for flash fiction.

And the whole thing kicks off with A Greener Future?, an afternoon looking at the more positive aspects of our future, both in terms of climate and food. That special event, featuring guests including Jonathon Porritt and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, will be at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Saturday 9th October. There will then be a programme of partner events across the city running up to the main festival, which takes place from 5th to 7th November.

Tickets go on sale very soon. Members of the Friends Group get priority booking from 1st September and then the Box Office opens to the general public on 16th September. Get all the details of the programme via the festival website.

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