Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Words by the Water Poetry Competition

“There is no joy but calm” (Tennyson)
To be interpreted freely.
• Entries are invited for original poems of no more than 40 lines.
• Entry fee £4 per poem.
• Entrants may submit as many poems as they wish.
• No entry should have been accepted for publication, read on
radio/television or stage or have been awarded a prize in any other
• Two copies of each poem must be submitted.
• Entries should be typed on one side of paper.
• Entrants must not put names or addresses on the work but
must put name, address and titles of poems on a separate sheet.
• Cheques payable to ‘Words by the Water’ and sent with entries
Mirehouse Poetry Competition, Droridge Farm,
Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6JG
Closing Date - Friday 10 February 2012
Winners notified by Friday 24 February 2011
Entrants should enclose an s.a.e. for notification of results.
Entries cannot be returned.
The Mirehouse Poetry Prize has been given
to celebrate Mirehouse’s longstanding literary
connections with writers including Wordsworth,
Southey, Tennyson, Fitzgerald, Carlyle and

Words by The Water Essay Competition

TOPIC : On Creativity
(to be interpreted freely)
JUDGE : Adam Mars-Jones
(Novelist, essayist, critic)
1st - £100 Ways With Words tokens
+ a box set of Notting Hill Editions
2nd – a subscription to Slightly Foxed literary
magazine + a box set of Notting Hill Editions
3rd – a box set of Notting Hill Editions
Closing date for entries – Friday 10 February 2012
Winners will be informed by Friday 24 February 2012
Event at the Words by the Water Festival – Mon. 5 March at 10.15am
• Entries must be original works of no more than 1000 words.
• Entry fee is £4 per piece.
• Entrants may submit as many pieces as they wish.
• No entry should have been accepted for publication, read on the
stage, radio or television, nor have received a prize in any other
• Two copies of each entry must be sent.
• Entries should be typed using one side of the paper only.
• Names and addresses must be included on a separate sheet.
• Cheques payable to ‘Words by the Water’ and sent to:
Notting Hill Editions / Words by the Water Essay Competition
Droridge Farm, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JG
Entrants should enclose an s.a.e. for notification of results.
Entries cannot be returned.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A Girl and a Poet

I wrote this poem in response to the topic 'death by unusual circumstance'. I hope some of the other writers from the group post theirs too, most were extremely funny for such a morbid subject area...

A Girl and a Poet

One winter’s day a girl went for a walk
but reaching down to pick up her glove,
Her body saved a falling man; her life cut short.
“You saved my life,” he said, “You must be my true love!”

She had loathed men all her life and took
measures to avoid mixed groups and manly places.
He, a lovesick poet, did not even look
before he leapt to meet his maker.

The tragedy! So young to die this way,
yet nothing now could stop her soul from leaving.
The irony, however, wasn’t lost as she lay
beneath a grateful man; she was seething.

The poet thought her final words confessed of love,
In fact, she mumbled, “Damn that blasted glove!”

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Writing Events Bath New Year workshops...

Pop Up Creative Writing group...
Thinking Big and Dialogue and Story Editing...

Pop Up writing group with Alex and Jude £10 - pay on the door
Thursday 26th January 10.30 am-12.00 at Cafe Retro, 18 York Street (around the corner from Bath Abbey – cup of coffee included - no pressure to read aloud. Please email to let us know you are coming writingeventsbath@gmail.com.

Some places left on Thinking Big with novelist and Bath Spa MA creative writing tutor Mimi Thebo £38 booking on website. Sunday 29th January New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath 10.00am-1.00 pm. Make this the year you start (or finish) your novel. Mimi's workshop will help you plan and plot. You don't have to come with an idea, but we think you will go home with one. Beginners welcome.

More details and booking on www.writingeventsbath.co.uk
email writingeventsbath@gmail.com
tel: 07833711931

Bath Lit Fest - 2-11 March

Find out more at a http://www.bathlitfest.org.uk/

Meet The Author lunch - 2nd February

Thursday, 2nd February 2012
12.30pm – 3.00pm £26.50 per head
Including a 2-course lunch and a signed copy of ‘Conquest’ the best-selling debut historical novel of 2011.
Local author Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life, a lucky break took him back to the BBC which was the beginning of a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries. Stewart’s passion is English history, especially its origins and folklore.

To book a place contact: Hannah at events@hotelalexandra.co.uk Tel: 01297 442010. For more information on the author contact: Lucy at lucybinns@bigapemedia.com Tel: 01460 30151

Phil Beer at Bridgwater Arts Centre

On Saturday evening, 21st January, we welcome the return of Phil Beer to BAC. Phil is a popular ambassador for acoustic roots music and a dazzling instrumentalist. Best known as a top flight fiddler, his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Phil Beer is currently joining the reformed Bully Wee Band for their annual January tour. This promises to be a great night so get your tickets early...click on the title for more info from Bridgwater Arts Centre..

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Poetry at The Brewhouse

To begin their 2012 season of poetry events at The Brewhouse (the fifth full season they have presented) Fire River Poets are delighted to announce that the guest poet for their reading on Thursday 2 February will be Alasdair Paterson. Chairman of Fire River Poets, John Stuart, said “It is wonderful to see that Alasdair is writing poetry again and we are delighted that he has agreed to come and read for us. He is an extraordinary talent.”

Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John is always at pains to point out “We always provide a platform for poets of all ages and levels of experience, so there will as usual be an open mic session during the evening for any poet who would like to come along and read. Poets who would like to take advantage of this opportunity should apply through enquiry@fireriverpoets.org.uk.”

The reading begins at 8.00 pm, takes place in The Studio and costs £5.00. Tickets may be purchased from the Brewhouse box office. Enquiries and bookings on 01823 283244 or info@thebrewhouse.net.