Monday, 22 November 2021

The Next SSS Event will be on Sunday 8 May 2022 - Submissions open on 4 February

Our next event will be another LIVE event. This one will be on Sunday 8 May 2022 at the Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud at 7.30 (doors 7.00). 

It will be an Open Theme so you can write about anything and in any style - so long as it's a short story of between 500 and 1,500 words.

Submissions open on Friday 4 February 2022 and close at the end of Sunday 27 March.

Ten stories will be selected for their authors to read at the event. It will be free to submit - as ever. My co-judge on this occasion will be six-times SSS author-reader Ali Bacon. Judging is 'blind' so we do not know the identity of the writers submitting.

This will be our 23rd event. The previous 15 events all sold out.

More information will follow.

John

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Images from our 7 November 2021 sell-out event WILD! at the Cotswold Playhouse

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Cotswold Playhouse on Sunday 7 November for our WILD! event. It was a delight to see such a large audience enjoying the ten wonderful stories read by their authors.

My co-judge Debbie Young provides a personal view of the Stroud Book Festival and our WILD! event here.

Here are the authors - in various poses and at various times during the evening - in the order in which they read. Images by Angela Fitch and Geoff Moore, to whom huge thanks.

Please note that this event was not recorded.


Pauline Masurel - Fledglings


Claire Jaggard - The Wild Woman


Ali Bacon - The Pig and I


Jasmin Izagaren - Jumping Season


Melanie White - City Girl


Nick Adams - Demolition



Georgia Boon - Johnny Maunder came to the Well





Hannah Glickstein - Wild Serenade


Rebecca Klassen - Clothed in Sacrifice


Robin Booth - Painted Ladies




Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended our sell-out event WILD! on Sunday 7 November at Stroud Book Festival


This was our 15th sell-out event in succession. Images will follow.

In the meantime, here's a little review of the SSS WILD! event and the Stroud Book Festival by Debbie Young -

https://authordebbieyoung.com/2021/11/09/what-i-did-at-stroud-book-festival-2021/


John 

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Tickets Now on Sale + The Ten Authors and their Stories for our 7 November event WILD! 


TICKETS for WILD! 
The event takes place at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL1 5LW on Sunday 7 November. Starts 7.30/doors 7.00. There is a bar.

Ten authors will read ten stories (see below). After two years on YouTube, I am excited to say that this will be a live event. Please note that this live event will not be recorded. 

TICKETS, priced at £9, are now on sale on the Cotswold Playhouse website. You are able to pre-book your seats, so you can decide where you want to sit. The auditorium is raked and all seats offer excellent views. We use a microphone so there should be no problem hearing the stories.

Our last 14 live events all sold out.

The Playhouse's Covid information is here. Please note that the wonderful spacious 150-seat Playhouse has recently installed a £50,000 fresh air-based ventilation and heating system for your safety. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for this, our 22nd, event WILD! 77 stories were submitted by 62 writers. My co-judge Debbie Young and I were absolutely delighted by the standard of submission.

Competition was as hot as usual, but judging is now completed and the following authors will read their brilliant stories on Sunday 7 November at the Cotswold Playhouse. This will be our first LIVE event for two years.

Nick Adams (Stroud) - Demolition
Ali Bacon (Emersons Green, S.Glos) - The Pig and I
Georgia Boon (Stroud) - Johnny Maunder came to the Well
Robin Booth (Stroud) - Painted Ladies
Hannah Glickstein (Stroud) - Wild Serenade
Jasmin Izagaren (Chalford, Stroud) - Jumping Season
Claire Jaggard (Cromhall, S.Glos) - The Wild Woman
Rebecca Klassen (Gloucester) - Clothed in Sacrifice
Pauline Masurel (Winterbourne Down, S.Glos) - Fledglings
Melanie White (Cheltenham) - City Girl

We welcome five authors who will make their debuts at SSS - Nick, Jasmin, Claire, Rebecca and Melanie. They will be the 120th, 121st, 122nd, 123rd and 124th authors to read at SSS. 

And we welcome back Pauline, who last read in 2013. Ali will be reading for the sixth(!) time, Robin for the third time, and both Georgia and Hannah for the second time. 

HUGE congratulations to these authors. We are delighted they submitted their brilliant stories to SSS. 

And thank you to my co-judge Debbie Young whose experience, knowledge and dedication to the task were wonderful.

The event is part of the 2021 Stroud Book FestivalIt's going to be a great evening of short stories. Don't miss it.

I hope to see you there.

John

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Submissions for our next event 'WILD!'  close on Sunday 19 September at 23.59


The theme for our 22nd event is 'WILD!' and the event is part of the 2021 Stroud Book Festival
Submissions are currently open but close at the end of Sunday 19 September ie at 23.59 one minute to midnight.

The event will take place live at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL1 5LW at 7.30pm (doors 7.00) on Sunday 7 November 2021.(Should Covid cause increased health concerns then the authors will be recorded for our YouTube channel). 

The live event will not be videoed.

My co-judge on this occasion will be short story author, novelist, blogger, festival organiser and self-publishing guru Debbie Young. More info on the judges here.

Think about the theme WILD! as widely as possible. Consider nature, wildlife, flora and fauna, as well as foraging/wild food, the wild west, weather, seas, wild parties, nights out, singing, dancing, craziness, passion, affairs, out of control emotions, wild swimming, anger, enthusiasm, uncivilised behaviour, etc etc.

It is free to submit. We accept submissions from all Gloucestershire and South Gloucs writers. 

The full rules and info on how to submit are here.

Check out my (helpful?) tips for writing for SSS here.

Tickets for the event, priced at £9, will be available from the Cotswold Playhouse website from Friday 8 October. The Cotswold Playhouse has recently invested in a £50,000 fresh air heating and ventilation system for your safety.

John 

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Here are the stories for our 9 May 2021 10th Birthday Event 'Sharp Stars and Old Magic & Other Stories'


Watch/listen on YouTube via the links below


Grab a cuppa or maybe something stronger, sit back and listen to these ten great stories. All human (and some non-human) life is here. I have put the stories in an order which I thinks works well but, of course, you can pick and choose. Just click on each link.

Huge thanks to my co-judge Chloe Turner, to SSS administrator Christiane Holland, to Dr Steve Goodwin of the Cotswold Playhouse for the videos and, of course, to everyone who submitted a story. 

John 






👉There's more to a mob of rowdy crows than meets the eye. Kate Keogan reads The Blue in the Black of his Wing 








 👈An old man searches for a moment of supreme importance. Diana Humphrey reads That Old Tune











👈Agnes never trusted the river, Sabrina - as temperamental as any goddess. Cheryl Burman reads 
Sabrina Rising





👉The ribald tale of the sexual misadventures of two Cotswolds housewives. David Goodland reads The Dress











👉Strategies for healing amputee starfish. Mhairi Gray reads Forgetting to Heal






👈A foster carer receives a much-longed-for invitation from the past. Sally Jenkinson reads Sharp Stars and Old Magic





Thursday, 1 April 2021

The Ten Authors and their Stories for our FREE 10th Birthday Event on Sunday 9 May from 7.30pm on YouTube

THE EVENT is free and unticketed and available world-wide on our YouTube Channel, with links from this website, on Sunday 9 May from 7.30pm. 

These the authors and stories for our 10th Birthday Event 'Sharp Stars and Old Magic and Other Stories' on YouTube on Sunday 9 May at 7.30.

90 Gloucs/South Gloucs writers submitted 125 stories - 4 short of our all-time record. We have shared with those writers our Long List of 36 stories and then our 19-strong Short List.

These are the ten which my co-judge Chloe Turner (to whom my heart-felt gratitude) and I selected -

Nimue Brown (Stroud) - He Nearly Checked his Privilege

Cheryl Burman (Blakeney) - Sabrina Rising

David Goodland (Nailsworth) - The Dress

Mhairi Gray (Woodmancote) - Forgetting to Heal

Diana Humphrey (Stroud) - That Old Tune

Jason Jackson (Kingswood) - How You're Gone

Sally Jenkinson (Cinderford) - Sharp Stars and Old Magic

Kate Keogan (Gloucester) - The Blue in the Black of his Wing

Nastasya Parker (Dursley) - The Flat Earth Society

Sean W. Quigley (Gloucester) - The Rubbish Collector

Huge congratulations to these authors for creating such brilliantly imagined and magically written stories which will provide wonderful readings for our 10th Birthday event. Within the ten are an extraordinary range of writing styles and story lines, everything from the challenge of being a foster parent to reaching the edge of the flat world and strategies for healing amputee starfish. FABULOUS!

There are five newcomers to SSS, so I am delighted to welcome Cheryl Burman, David Goodland, Mhairi Gray, Sally Jenkinson and Sean Quigley who will be the 115th, 116th, 117th, 118th and 119th authors to read at an SSS event.

A special mention for Diana Humphrey who last read at SSS in October 2010. Welcome back, Diana, as well of course as old friends Jason, Kate, Nastasya and Nimue.

I note too that this is the first time in our 21 event history that Stroud area writers have not been in the majority.

See you on Sunday 9 May! Be there or be rectangular.

John