If you want to find out more, we will be announcing the winner at our meeting on 9th June! We kicked off the 2018 competition with a request for poetry, on any theme, the winner to receive a cash prize and certificate. Only City Voices members may enter our competitions but anyone aged 16 or over can drop into our meeting at the Central City Library Bethesda St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RS at 11.40am to hear a read-around of all the entries and join in a poetry workshop too. See the rest of the web-site for what we are all about.
I was very proud to see City Voices members Pattie Tunnicliffe and Jason Nicholas Smith (seen here flanking the winner) in the final of the Audlem Poetry Slam last Thursday. The slam has been running many years and the competition is tough. Pattie performed her poems about the impact of war on individual civilians, living with a loved one who suffers from depression “the hidden disease”, and taking charge of your own life. Jason spoke eloquently and passionately about what it means to be English in our multi-cultural society, about love, and the impact of political hate rhetoric. Well done to Pattie and Jason who performed without any prompts in front of a lovely and lively audience.
The worthy winner of the slam was prize-winning poet John Mills who used strong images and humour to describe a chance meeting with an abused woman, and how he is living with Parkinson’s disease. John is a friend of City Voices and will be running a poetry workshop for us on 27th October.
I entered the slam but the least said the better! It was a brilliant night and superbly MC’d by poets Emma Purshouse and Dave Pitt.
The start of a fabulous trilogy of writing workshops to inspire you to write that winning short story. Many thanks to City Voices Chair Debbi for her hard work in creating this. The first fab workshop "Let’s start a story – Workshop to inspire setting, characters and plots. Brainstorm for titles etc. This is with the view to entering into a competition this year" was on Saturday and will be followed by
7th July - 2. "Let’s work on our story – Time to write for longer and ask for advice and feedback if you need it. Hash out any plot points or problems. Read through (optional)
1st September 3."Let’s finish that story! – Final re-writes and read-throughs. Advice/feedback if wanted. Followed by a look at some of the competitions available."
Debbi is a published writer, of short stories and Flash Fiction. Her Flash publications are too numerous to mention but she is very proud to have a story in the collection "Flash Fiction for Flash Memory" "A special anthology and the first one created to deliver that special magic to adults struggling with memory loss, their families, friends and caregivers. Step into 60 original flash fiction stories that are short enough, between 500 and 750 words, to recall. Get carried along a path of unexpected plots that warm the heart, give chills, stir laughter and surprise." Available on Amazon.
Debbi was published in The Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015. In the 90s she edited and wrote articles for a popular U2 fanzine and her most exciting achievement from those heady days was a 40 minute telephone interview with her hero Bono! She enjoyed the journalistic side of the magazine but her heart lies in fiction.