Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition: Oct – Dec (annual)

Open for submissions from October to December annually.The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

1st Prize €1000, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork, Ireland*.
2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword
3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword

See website for more information.

Woodstock Poetry Festival, 9-11 November 2012

“Friday 9 November, The North Wall, St Edwards School, Oxford
7.30pm Sam Willetts and Robin Robertson (£8)

Saturday 10 November, Woodstock Methodist Church
4pm David Harsent (£8)
6.30pm Gillian Clarke (£8)
8.30pm New Libertines (£4)
These are the performing poets:
Sian S Rathore, editor in chief of Sadcore Dadwave
Paul Askew, editor of Ferment Magazine
Anna Hobson, poetry MC for Oxford Pride and Oxford International Women’s Festival
Anna McCrory, President of Oxford University Poetry Society
Kate Walton, Warwick Words slam champiom
Anna Percy, host of Stirred Poetry
James Purcell Webster, the king of text poetry
Laila Sumpton, Keats house
Tina Sederholm, 2010 Oxford Hammer and Tongue slam champion
Fay Roberts, host of Hammer and Tongue Cambridge and Allographic
Claire Trevien, Salt Modern Voices and editor-in-chief of Sabotage Reviews
Pat Winslow, published by Templar Poetry

Sunday 11 November, Woodstock Methodist Church
4 pm Kirtlington Poetry Group, (£4)
6.30pm Jamie McKendrick, Jane Draycott and Bernard O’Donoghue, (£8)
Rachel Phipps
The Woodstock Bookshop
23 Oxford Street
Woodstock OX20 1TH
01993 812760

Tickets for all events, including November 9 at St Edward’s North Wall, must be booked from The Woodstock Bookshop (01992 812760 or<>) . Most events are £8 each – we are also doing a festival ticket covering Saturday and Sunday for only £20 (all events are free to students). Details below, and on our website (”

New work by MSt Tutor Alice Jolly: Paines Plough Performance, 1st November 2012

Come To Where I’m From

1st November.  Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham. 7.30

The leading new writing company Paines Plough is asking playwrights from across the UK to write plays about the places they grew up. In villages and towns and cities, these plays will be performed by the writers themselves.
In this special one-off performance at Parabola Arts Centre, playwrights from Gloucestershire come home to tell their tale. Come To Where I’m From will result in a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home really is where the heart is.

The writers from Gloucestershire are:
Alice Jolly
Lucy Tyler
Katherine Mitchell
Steven Deproost

For tickets, contact the box office:
01242 707 338 /

Vintage offers One-to-One feedback: for a £10 donation to the Chase Children’s Hospice charity.

November 2nd, at the Shooting Stars Chase Charity Shop in Whitton.
“Want a Vintage Editor to read your manuscript and give you a One-to-One feedback session? Ask all your burning questions about the Publishing industry and support a fantastic cause.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we are offering YOU the chance to get your manuscript read and critiqued by the Vintage team, plus a ten minute face-to-face feedback session for a mere £10, with all the proceeds going straight to charity. To book a session and get invaluable industry insight, and support a wonderful cause, email, with a synopsis and the first 30 pages of your novel.

Sessions will be running all day on November 2nd at the Shooting Stars Chase Charity Shop in Whitton.

Alternatively, if you can’t make it to Whitton on the day, we can offer feedback in an email in return for a postal donation.”

Literary Review: monthly poetry competition

The Literary Review has a monthly poetry competition –  the next month’s theme is announced in the current magazine, and the rules are fairly straightforward: all poems must rhyme, scan and be 24 lines or fewer. Poets may enter 2 poems per monthly competition. First prize £300, second £150, £10 for every poem published thereafter.

In addition, the 11 winners over the course of the year are entered into the grand poetry prize – £5,000 and a posh dinner in London. Pick up a copy of the magazine for more information.

Creative Writing Seminar Series: Anna Beer

Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing
Michaelmas Term Week 3:
Tuesday 23 October 2012
4.45pm (refreshments) for 5.15pm

Stopforth Metcalfe Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road

Anna Beer:
“Johnny and Bess: Narrative and Gender”

Anna Beer is the author of two biographies: Bess: The Life of Lady Raleigh, Wife to Sir Walter and John Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot. Her talk will consider issues of gender and narrative in life-writing from different eras up to and including the present, and address the sometimes complex relationship between writer, (biographical) subject and reader.

Seminar Convenor:  Dr Clare Morgan