Tuesday, 31 May 2016

SouthWestFest 2016 Workshops!

This Thursday is the first of the annual series of 3 workshops that I run with SouthWestFest. They are a great time and suitable for writers of all levels. In the past we have had complete beginners through to competition winners. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive, but the feedback is astute and pushes writers to improve, regardless of from where they are starting.

Best of all, these workshops are FREE! So much cheaper than doing a university degree to get into a class with me ;-).

I'm also running two additional workshops this year: an introduction to blogging and one on public speaking. If either of these intrigues or intimidates you, come on out for a friendly, practical introduction that will build your confidence and your skills.


Creative Writing:
Thursdays, 2nd, 9th and 16th of May 5:45-7:45pm in the Pimlico Library
      You don't have to come to all 3 sessions, but they will be different, so it would be great if you did!
      Please bring a pen and paper!

Public Speaking:
Monday, 20th June 5-6pm in the Pimlico Library

Introduction to Blogging:
Monday, 20th June 6:30-7:30pm in the Pimlico Library

Book your free place here.

Find out about the Stories of SW1 Annual Writing Competition here.

Check out all the great SouthWestFest activities, workshops and events on our website - it's going to be a great festival!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

2016 Stories of SW1 Writing Competition launches!

The 3rd Annual Stories of SW1 Writing Competition is running again this year - yay! Our theme this year is Heroes and Heroines so we're looking for all sorts of heroic tales.

Engage us, entertain us, tell us about heroic deeds attempted, achieved and failed. From superheroes with superpowers to everyday heroism - be creative!

Send your best flash fiction and/or poem to info@southwestfest.org.uk. Each writer can submit up to two (2) pieces of writing, e.g. 2 poems OR 2 flash fictions OR 1 poem and 1 flash fiction.

Flash fiction must be under 500 words, poetry must be 20 lines or fewer, scripts must be 10 minutes or fewer. The entry fee is £3 for the first submission, plus £2 for additional submissions (2 = £5, 3 = £7 etc.) and is payable through PayPal via the email address info@southwestfest.org.uk

You must include proof of payment with your submission. This payment is non-profit making and supports the prizes.

Writing must be sent in the body of an email because attachments will not be opened. Deadline is Midnight on Tuesday, 14th June 2016. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision.

The first prize is £50.00. Depending on the quantity and quality of submissions, we may be able to offer more prizes so get writing! Further information can be found on our website: www.southwestfest.org.uk

** If you've always dreamed of writing but haven't done it because you're nervous you won't have anything to say, you're not sure how to start or maybe you write all the time but want to improve, check out the FREE writing workshops available through SouthWestFest!**

Our amazing judge this year is writer, performer, walker, blogger and poet, Lucy Furlong.

Lucy Furlong's writing has been widely published, and, in 2013, one of her poems was nominated for a Forward Prize and a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry map, Amniotic City, was featured in The Guardian and her pamphlet, clew, was published by Hesterglock Press in 2015. Her latest poetry map, Over the Fields, was published in September last year. She regularly reads and performs her work nationally, and recently took part in a literature festival in Berlin. She has an MFA in creative writing, and has lectured at Kingston University and at the Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames. www.lucyfurlong.comwww.lucyfurlong.com

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Today marks another publication. I'm very happy to have both a poem and two photos published today on Seethingography. It's an exciting new website that is looking for diverse ways to capture the spirit of Seething. 

Seethingography is: the writing and study of  the State of Seething.

Where is this magical land of summer ski competitions, gastropubs and shopping trolleys on sign posts? It's in and around Surbiton. So, come on you Kingston and KU writers (especially those of you who lived in Seething Wells!), I know you have things to say about the area. If you have anything Seething have a look at their submissions guidelines and get sending! The site is edited by the inimitable and formidable poet, Lucy Furlong, so send your best!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

New publication

Delighted to be able to announce that I have two new poems in the latest edition of The Lake, which is a great digital poetry magazine.

As has become woefully habitual, I am well behind in my posts here, but I will have some news coming up. Promise!