Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication

Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Jenny Farley and David Clarke at Writers in the Brewery 26th September 2013

Acclaimed poets, David Clarke and Jennie Farley, were the star guests at Writers in the Brewery, which returned after its summer holidays on Thursday 26th September, 2013.

Open Mic

There was a good crowd in, many attracted by our star guests, plus a few local performers as well. The evening kicked off with an 'open mic' session, when local writers presented samples of their work. This time it was mostly poetry, There was some good stuff, and I was particularly impressed with an excellent modern sonnet, 'Rite of Passage' from Derek Healey about early retirement, and a rather powerful piece, 'Don't Shout at Me' read by Suzie White, written by Bob, one of her students, about ageing. I broke the mould by reading a short story, 'Living the Dream', a speculative piece about implanting memories that was cruelly overlooked by the judge of the Gloucestershire Writers Network (GWN) competition for this year's Cheltenhma Festival of Literature. Not that I'm bitter and twisted. Of course not. Anyway, since the GWN event is not being held in the fantastic Spiegeltent this year, I didn't want to win after all. I'm still going along to watch though, as it is a most enjoyable evening, wherever it's held.

Following a break for a drink and a chat, David Clarke and Jenny Farley held the floor. About eight years ago, I took a useful and enjoyable week-long course with Jenny at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and was pleased to she'd recovered from the encounter.

David Clarke and Jennie Farley

David and Jenny's programme was called Counterpoint, and comprised ʻmix ʼn matchʼ poetry exploring the theme of love and relationships. Essentially, Jenny's poems tended towards positive and hopeful, whereas David's were a little more cynical, providing an interesting counterpoint. They worked together rather well and were enjoyed by an appreciative audience.

David Clarkeʼs pamphlet GAUD ʻimmaculately crafted poetry, eloquent andoriginalʼ won the Flarestack Pamphlet Prize, 2012. (Listed on Amazon.co.uk but unfortunately currently unavailable http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gaud-David-Clarke/dp/190648032X)

Jennie Farleyʼs poetry has been widely published and won several national awards. Her collection MASKS AND FEATHERS was launched at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 2012

Writers in the Brewery
For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/regular-groups/writers-in-the-brewery

Coming up
The next Writers in the Brewery events are on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue, New Brewery Arts (as does the bar money), so supporting the raffle which helps with the expenses of the speakers/performers. Events are organized by, creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock. 
- See more at: http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/regular-groups/writers-in-the-brewery#sthash.t6wtHJjR.dpuf

  • 31 October 2013  
    Wilkie Martin

    I will be talking about and reading from my debut novel, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood which is set in the Cotswolds. 31 October also marks publication day, all being well, for my second book Inspector Hobbes and the Curse, the second in the unhuman series. I will introduce you to my small-town community with its quirky and occasionally dangerous inhabitants, and to Inspector Hobbes the 'unhuman' policeman who maintains law and order.
  • 28 November 2013 
    Poetry Factory

    The Poetry Factory is a poetry group featuring Gloucestershire based poets David Clarke, Sharon Larkin, Anna Saunders, Philip Rush, Avril Staple and Chaucer Cameron. Anna Saunders is the director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Sharon Larkin is Chairman of Cheltenham Poetry Society, running writing and reading groups, and a full programme of workshops and other events throughout the year. Avril Staple is a poet and musician. Chaucer Cameron is a poet working with multi media.

Previous Writers in the Brewery


Howard Timms at Writers in the Brewery, 27th June 2013
Moses Wiggins at Writers in the Brewery, 30 May 2013
John Gibbons with Armorel Weston at Writers in the Brewery - 25 April 2013
Writers in the Brewery 29th March 2013 - Rob Palmer
Lesley Saunders at Writers in the Brewery – 28 February 2013

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