Events in November

A couple of events to bring to your attention for November.

First, our own Emma Storr is featuring at the Puzzle Hall Poets on Monday, 5th November at the Shepherd’s Rest, Sowerby Bridge. 8pm. An open mic follows at 9pm. Be aware that this does happen to clash with a Manuscript evening.

Details here.

Second, the next Chelping event is at the Carriageworks on Wednesday, 14th November. These are a series of spoken word poetry events that are usually held at The Leeds Library. The event starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets just £5. A few members have attended these previously and can vouch for the quality of the evening’s entertainment. There are also open mic slots available.

Details here.

Just in case you’re not aware, there are all kinds of events going on at The Leeds Library at the moment, as part of its 250th birthday celebrations. They are invariably good value and, if you’ve never been inside before, offer an opportunity to look around the best-kept secret in the city.

Details here.

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October News

First, two events this month to bring to your attention …

Thursday Oct 18th, 8pm: Andy Armitage is guest poet at The Purple Room in Ben Rhydding, along with guest musician, singer/songwriter Matthew Sturgess. Details here.

Tuesday Oct 30th, 7.30pm: Charlotte Eichler is launching her new Valley Press pamphlet at Jacob’s Well in York. Penny Boxall, who is also launching her new Valley Press book, and guests Antony Dunn and Wendy Pratt, are reading too. All are welcome. It should be a great night.

Second, news of an exciting local success. Graeme Hall has just been announced as winner of the Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition. It’s a fine achievement, especially after having been placed and shortlisted a number of times in recent years. Hopefully, we can link to Graeme’s story when they make the announcement of the winners on the festival website. It’s understood that Linda Fulton (who took the photograph) was on the shortlist. Congratulations to her too.

Anything Goes

Monday, Sept 10th saw the adjudcation for our own “Anything Goes” competition. Judge Andy Humphrey gave excellent feedback on all the entered pieces of writing, which was much valued by everyone attending. The winner was Sunyi Dean for her story “Ice Cream and English Summers”. Since entering the piece for this competition she has succeeded in getting a version of it published by Flash Fiction Online. Read it here. Double congratulations are therefore in order. In second was Jason Heppell, also winner of the Annavation Prize. Third was Peter Richardson. Full details on the Competitions Page.

Sunyi will be a familiar face to those in the Novelist’s Group. Members will be delighted to know that she’s on something of a roll at the moment, having just secured an agent for her adult speculative fiction novel “Anchor (To Your Other Self)”. There is an online interview here that gives some background. It’s a good read. She also occasionally blogs.

Sunyi has had a number of other short stories published this summer: “John Kills Jenny” and “-Good” can be read on-line by following the links. Sunyi has also had success with “A Possible Serenity” in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and “Deserted Lies the City” in Aurealis #111.

August 2018

It’s time to catch up on a lot of publishing and competition success. This list probably isn’t exhaustive. Members of the Circle are encouraged not to be shy and let us know if any writing is accepted for publication or has won a prize. It’s inspiring for everyone.

In no particular order …

Charlotte Eichler has just had her debut poetry pamphlet “Their Lunar Language” published by Valley Press.

Andy Armitage has had his poetry pamphlet “Letter to a first love from the future” published by Half Moon Books.

Strix Magazine, the creation of members Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth, has recently celebrated its first birthday and fourth beautiful edition. Featuring a number of contributions from Circle members, Strix was shortlisted for Best Magazine in the prestigious Saboteur Awards.

Sarah Brooks has been setting the literary world alight, winning both the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize for “Sandgrown” and the Walter Swan Short Story Prize for “A Delicate Balance”.

Graeme Hall was the winner of the English section of the Macau Literary Festival short story competition and has also recently been published in Litro Online. His story “A Love of Numbers” was an Editor’s Pick.

Emma Storr won 3rd place in the international Hippocrates Poetry Prize for “Six Week Check” and was highly commended’ in the YorkMix 2018 poetry competition for “Your Skin”.

Sandra Burnett has her poem “sixties usherette” published in Magma 71, the film edition.

Pat Belford has sold her Victorian short story “The Poet’s Daughter” to The People’s Friend.