Tag Archives: portsmouth writers

DarkFest Presents: The Place of the Outsider

30 Oct

Thursday, 8 November 2018 from 19:00-21:00

Room 0.20, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2UP

A panel of poets, critics, life writers and fictionists explore the relationship between individual outsiders, mavericks and misfits and their geographical surroundings or places of origin.

Covering a variety of cultures, topographies, historical periods and literary approaches, these writers explore how the beliefs and behaviours of outsider figures – from Edward King to women suspected of witchcraft to embattled Manila slum-dwellers – are shaped by the times and places they emerge from. The panellists also discuss the role that folklore and mythology can play in representations of Self and place, and the creative decisions required to present the outsider and his/her connections to the world.

Panellists:

Poet and novelist Amanda Garrie on rural England, folklore and schizophrenia

Novelist and short story writer Dr Alison Habens on Portsmouth’s literary outsiders.

Poet and travel writer Richard Peirce on the southern Philippines, Turkey and his family connections to Austria.

Cultural critic Dr Sally Shaw on Edward King and wartime Portsmouth.

Will Sutton on Victorian coppers, fallen women and criminals.

Journalist, author and critic Dr Tom Sykes on marginalised groups and fringe beliefs in the urban megacity of Manila.

The panel will be moderated by poet and journalist Emily Priest of Star & Crescent and other outfits.

Photo by Alexander Sebley

 

Pompey Writes: The Best of Star & Crescent So Far

23 Oct

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Our book launch for Pompey Writes at the Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth was a resounding success. There were comic turns from Tom Sykes and Richard Williams, William Sutton performed ‘the S&C Anthem’ and JS Adams ended the night with a touching musical tribute to the late Gareth Rees.

features the very best content from Star & Crescent, Portsmouth’s only independent, non-commercial news, culture and commentary website, plus brand new material never before published. Since 2015, S&C has earned accolades for its investigations into local culture, media, ecology, housing, healthcare, education and gender issues. It has also been a platform for the most talented Portsmouth-based poets, fiction writers, memoirists, satirists and visual artists.

You can now buy the book directly from our publisher Life is Amazing right here. At £9.95 it’s a terrific bargain.

Petition: Save Blackwell’s Bookshop, Portsmouth

2 Dec

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I am reeling from the sad news that the University of Portsmouth intends to shut down Blackwell’s, a fine bookshop whose dedicated employees promote and sell books by local writers and academics. As a senior lecturer at the university, I know how vital Blackwell’s is to our staff and students alike. It must be preserved for the good of Portsmouth’s cultural and intellectual life.

Let’s try and stop it happening by adding your name here.

Press and Social Media Masterclass for Writers

22 May

Join S&C editors Tom Sykes and Sarah Cheverton to learn how to:

  • Get your fiction and journalism published in the press (and get paid for it!)
  • Maximise your research by using it across different media platforms
  • Find new audiences & readers for your books by building followers through engagement with shorter pieces
  • Build your writer’s profile online
  • Use social media to boost your writing career
  • Understand which platforms are best for you
  • Avoid time drains and other pitfalls

Sunday 25th June 2017
9.30am-4.00pm
Eldon Building foyer, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth University, Portsmouth PO1 2ST

Booking and more information here.

Sarah Cheverton is Editor-in-Chief of local news and commentary site Star
& Crescent. She is also Writer-in-Residence for the voluntary sector
organisation Aurora New Dawn, as well as a writer, lover of Portsmouth and
blogging contributor for Huffington Post UK.

Tom Sykes is a widely published writer, Portsmouth University senior
lecturer and Co-editor of Star & Crescent. He has 12 years of professional writing experience including publications in The Telegraph, New Statesman, The Scotsman, Private Eye and New Internationalist.

Brought to you in association with New Writing South, Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, Star & Crescent and the School of Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth.

Star & Crescent Deadline Extension to April 1st

24 Mar

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Despite receiving a huge wodge of fine work already, we’re extending the submission deadline for S&C issue 2 to April 1st. This should give those who need it a bit of extra time to finish stuff off. O time, I just about remember you. Where did you disappear to?

That the deadline is now April Fool’s Day does not mean you can send us eyewitness reports of the Martian colonisation of Copnor or scoops on UNESCO’s decision to make the Spinnaker Tower a World Heritage Site… unless of course you’re writing for our brand new Pompey-related fiction section.

Missive #16 – More Reading Out Loud Comin’ Atcha

20 Oct

You can hear more of my travelogues read out loud by the celebrated voice actor Tom Sykes on 7th January, 11th March and 13th May 2013.

Check out Portsmouth Writers Podcast for mine and many other local writers’ work.

Missive #15 – Reading out loud in a not too boring fashion

10 Oct

Greetings. Haven’t posted for a while because, well, I’m back teaching and it has been mad as a lorry, as Chris Morris might have put it.

A recording of me reading two stories, ‘Animal Avenue’ and ‘Crecent Moon Party’, is currently appearing on this Portsmouth Writers podcast.

Enjoy, Tweet, spread the word. Please.