Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Author Snaps from Incendiary! our 19 May 2019 Event + Info about our November 2019 Event


Thank you to everyone who came along to our new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud, which was completely sold out for our 18th event.

Special thanks and congratulations to the ten brilliant authors (see snaps below) whose work we selected and who read/performed so wonderfully. There was general agreement that the quality of story and performance made this one of the best ever SSS events. I am so pleased that we were able to share it with a supportive audience of 150 short story lovers.

Our next event will be on Sunday 10 November at the Cotswold Playhouse, and will be part of the Stroud Book Festival. Please note that, for the first time, it will start at 7.30 (doors 7.00). There will be no theme and we will open for your story submissions from late August. More info will follow.

Here are our authors from Sunday 19 May in the order in which they read. (Because of our legendary Rule 11 none of these authors will be reading again in November.)

Huge thanks to Charlie Bryan for the photography -
https://www.charlie-bryan.com/


Steve Wheeler aka Steven John - Burning the Stubble








Louise Elliman - Something About Me




Michael Hurst - Mobbed


Alwin Wiederhold - Echoes



Emma Kernahan - The Slip




Chloe Turner - Is It My Hammered Heart?


Robin Booth - Marcie


Jason Jackson - Fat Man in Neon





Joanna Campbell - Aurora and the Book Trolley


Geoff Mead - Raku










Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Running Order for our Sunday 19 May Sold-Out Event Incendiary!


Thank you again to everyone who has bought tickets for our completely sold-out event at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW. 


Here is the running order -


1. Burning the Stubble - Steve Wheeler (aka Steven John) (Sheepscombe)

2. Something About Me - Louise Elliman (Cirencester)

3. Mobbed - Michael Hurst (Prestbury, Cheltenham)

4. Echoes - Alwin Wiederhold (Hucclecote, Gloucester)

5. The Slip - Emma Kernahan (Stroud)

INTERVAL

6. Is it my Hammered Heart? - ChloeTurner (Minchinhampton)

7. Marcie - Robin Booth (Brimscombe, Stroud)

8. Fat Man in Neon - Jason Jackson (Kingswood, South Gloucs)

9. Aurora and the Book Trolley - Joanna Campbell (Bisley)

10. Raku - Geoff Mead (Kingscote)


The event starts at 8pm. Doors 7.30. There is a bar.

John 

Monday, 6 May 2019

SOLD OUT


Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets for our Sunday 19 May 2019 event Incendiary at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. The event is now completely sold out - with two weeks yet to go.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

PodcastsTickets now on sale for Incendiary! our 19 May eventThe Ten Stories and Authors announced


From 12 April to 17 May we are releasing weekly podcasts of stories from the last two years SSS events. These are being read by their authors - Melanie Golding, Katie Witcombe, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Chloe Turner and Nastasya Parker.
Listen here

Our 18th event, Incendiary!, takes place on Sunday 19 May at 8pm (doors 7,30) at our new venue, the spacious and comfortable Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud GL5 1LW. Ten authors (see below) will be reading the stories specially selected for the event.

Tickets, priced as usual at £8, are now on sale on the Cotswold 
Playhouse website -


https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/638976


You can also order tickets by phone - 0333 666 3366. The Playhouse charges a £1.75 booking fee for telephone bookings.

Please note that Stroud Short Stories does not sell tickets.

Unlike our former venue, the SVA, the Cotswold Playhouse uses allocated seating (tickets with seat numbers so you can choose your seat when you book). 

The seating is raked/tiered so the seats even at the back offer excellent views - and are very comfortable.

The Playhouse is a four minute uphill walk from the car park on Parliament Street opposite Stroud Police Station (car park post code  GL5 2HL). The car park is free in the evening. I know it's four minutes because I walked it last Monday - and believe me I am not a fast walker these days. The alternative is street parking.

Do please come along, but do not tarry in buying your tickets. The last twelve events all sold out well in advance (the last one in just six hours!), although that was at the SVA which has half the capacity of the Playhouse! Nevertheless I expect there to be plenty of interest in ticket sales.

The Cotswold Playhouse has a bar!


Authors/Stories for 19 May event Incendiary!


Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for Incendiary!, our 18th event on Sunday 19 May at our new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse. The total of 89 Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers who submitted 113 stories is a record.

Believe me, my co-judge, Ali Bacon, and I had our work cut out. We really enjoyed the vast majority of the stories, and produced a Long List of 46 and a Short List of 21 stories before deciding the Final Ten. All these lists have been shared with the writers who submitted.

These are the stories you will hear on the night (not in this order) -

Aurora and the Book Trolley - Joanna Campbell (Bisley)

Burning the Stubble - Steve Wheeler (aka Steven John) (Sheepscombe, Stroud)


Echoes - Alwin Wiederhold (Hucclecote, Gloucester)


Fat Man in Neon - Jason Jackson (Kingswood, South Gloucs)


Is it my Hammered Heart? - Chloe Turner (Minchinhampton)


Marcie - Robin Booth (Brimscombe, Stroud)


Mobbed - Michael Hurst (Prestbury, Cheltenham)


Raku - Geoff Mead (Kingscote, Tetbury)


The Slip - Emma Kernahan (Stroud)


Something about me - Louise Elliman (Cirencester)


It's always exciting to welcome new writers, in this case, Alwin, Louise and Robin who will be the 106th, 107th and 108th authors to read at SSS.

Huge congratulations to these ten authors who will be reading/performing. The competition was incredibly intense, and the overall standard of submission extremely high. Commiserations especially to those on the Short List, the stories on which were so excellent.

The evening will be brilliant. The authors of the stories we have chosen each create their own individual fictional universe. There will be death, love, ornithology, sex, anger, pottery, rebellion, fudge shops and of course, there will be a library book trolley. But most of all there will be FIRE!

Thank you again to EVERYONE who submitted. It's going to be an amazing evening.


NB This event will not be videoed.


John 


Monday, 1 April 2019

Incendiary! - Submissions are now closed + It's a record + Ticket info


Submissions are now closed for our 19 May 2019 event 'Incendiary!'. A huge thank you to all 89 Gloucestershire/S.Gloucs authors - the highest ever number - who submitted 113 stories - the highest ever number for a themed event.

My co-judge, author/novelist Ali Bacon and I will select ten stories to be read by their authors on Sunday 19 May at The Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW. Doors open at 7.30. It starts at 8.00. 

The announcement of the ten stories and their authors for our 19 May event will be made by Thursday 11 April at the latest.


Tickets


From Friday 12 April, tickets, priced as usual at £8, will be on sale on the Cotswold Playhouse website -


https://www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/ 


You can also order tickets by phone - 0333 666 3366.

Unlike our former venue, the SVA, the Cotswold Playhouse uses allocated seating (tickets with seat numbers). The authors of the ten selected stories will be provided with a free allocated seat in the auditorium. Family and friends will need to buy tickets.

Do please come along, but do not tarry. The last twelve events all sold out well in advance (the last one in just six hours!), but that was at the SVA which has half the capacity of the Playhouse. Nevertheless I expect there to be plenty of interest in ticket sales.


There is a bar!

John 


Tuesday, 22 January 2019

We are open for your submissions until Sunday 31 March at 23.59


The 18th Stroud Short Stories event will take place on Sunday 19 May 2019 at 8pm (doors 7.30) at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW.

We are still open for your submissions but close at 23.59 (one minute to midnight) on Sunday 31 March.


We have a theme this time. It's Incendiary! - in line with the exciting exhibitions and events taking place in Stroud this year. So we are looking for stories about fire, heat, passion, anger, burning, incineration, insurrection, revolution, large or small acts of rebellion, explosions, inflaming the senses.

Please think of these themes as widely as possible - both metaphorically/emotionally as well as literally/actually. 

We are looking for well-crafted and engaging short stories, which will entertain, excite and inspire our audience. As ever, the dark, the ironic and the funny are very welcome.

And, of course, it's free to submit.

Rules and How to Submit here

My co-judge (for the third time) will be brilliant short story author/novelist Ali Bacon. We will select ten stories to be read by their authors on Sunday 19 May at The Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW. Doors open at 7.30. It starts at 8.00. There is a bar!

We are delighted to be holding our event at this brilliant venue. As you may know, we were asked to leave the SVA after seven years because we had "outgrown" it. So having completely sold-out the SVA's 70-seater room in advance twelve times in succession (in May in less than six hours), we are hopeful that the Cotswold Playhouse's 150 seat auditorium will allow everyone who wants to attend to be there. 

TICKETS, priced as usual at £8, will be on sale on the Cotswold Playhouse website - https://www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/ - from Friday 12 April.

Ali and I are really looking forward to reading your stories. So if you want up to 150 short story lovers to hear your story you know what to do...

Rules and How to Submit here

Subscribe to Stroud Short Stories newsletters and emails, so you don't miss a thing, here

More info about the judges here

How to buy our new anthology 2015-18 here

Watch/listen the authors at past events read their stories here


John