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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.

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Pompey Writes Anthology Out Now

6 Oct

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Pompey Writes 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.

Amongst the book more than sixty contributors are Ted Hughes Prize-winning poest Maggie Sawkins; William Sutton, author of the Campbell Lawless novels; Christine Lord, prolific journalist and activist; Sarah Cheverton (Huffington Post, Women’s Views on News, Red Pepper); Tom Sykes (New Statesman, Private Eye, Bradt Travel Guides); and Matt Wingett, publisher, local historian and author of The Snow Witch. Poetry, short fiction, investigative journalism, travel writing, satire, graphic design, photography… it’s all here in this extensive, ground-breaking anthology.

Buy the book here. It’s just £9.95!

#ReclaimTheNews: Apply for Our Free Local Journalism Course

19 Feb

Star & Crescent has partnered up with the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) to offer 12 local residents a FREE place on a 10-week local journalism course worth £100s and based here in Portsmouth.

Are you ever disappointed by local news coverage? Do you feel like there’s more to a story than a few hundred words in the local paper? Have you ever wished there was something you could DO about it?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we’ve got some great news for you and it’s called #ReclaimTheNews, a new training course coming to Portsmouth in April 2018.

What is the #ReclaimTheNews course?

This spring, the Star & Crescent team are joining forces with the Centre for Community Journalism to teach 12 Portsmouth residents the fundamental skills needed to deliver high quality, investigative local journalism that makes a real difference to our communities.

From April, the S&C team will be joined by national experts and journalists over 10 weeks to train participants in a range of areas relating to investigative and community journalism. Alongside their training each week, participants will be supported and mentored to write at least one story for publication on S&C from July 2018.

Participants will be invited to remain with S&C after their training as part of our new Community Reporting Team.

Find out more 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.

New Portsmouth Smeargate Story in Red Pepper

26 Apr

Sarah Cheverton and I have a story on the Red Pepper blog all about the lowdown behaviour of Tory councillors towards anyone who dares question their insane neoliberal policies.

S&C: Onward and Upward

20 Sep

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We are thrilled down to our toenails that Star & Crescent has been selected as one of ten hyperlocal news sites to be awarded funding from Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) to be part of their Destination Local research project on Audience Analytics.

As if this wasn’t exciting enough, from TOMORROW we’ll be publishing 3-4 times a week, so get in touch with us about the local burning issues you think we should cover and add us to favourite news sites.

Tom and Sarah

Issue 2 of Star & Crescent is Live!

21 Apr

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The warmest of welcomes to issue 2 of Star & Crescent, a community news, culture and commentary site casting a critical eye over Portsmouth. It’s been an exciting, if busy, couple of months since issue 1 and, in that time, we’ve had almost 12,000 visits from readers not just in our area but from all over the world. We couldn’t have wished for a better response.

Issue 2 is certainly bigger, arguably better and, we think, deeper and bolder than issue 1. We’ve added new dimensions to our coverage, engaging with asylum, the arms industry, students’ rights, surrogate parenting, self-harming, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualism, Portsmouth’s upcoming Pride event, independent local cinema, how music and creative writing have changed in the digital age, Portsmouth’s standing as a global and multicultural city, and a lot else besides.

We delayed release of the issue in order to land a little closer to the most unpredictable general election in living memory. We hope you enjoy our vox pops from local voters, our call to women to get involved in the political process, our commentary on the rise of smaller parties and our thoughts on the meaning of class in mainstream politics.

To lighten our workload and make S&C an even wider collaboration, we are now working with a group of passionate and accomplished contributing editors. A big thank you to all of them and an extra special thank you to Conor Patrick, who edited some of our fiction for this issue.

And of course, many many thanks to absolutely everyone who contributed writing and visual art this time.

Tom Sykes and Sarah Cheverton

21st April 2015

Star & Crescent: News, Culture and Commentary with a Bite

21 Feb

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Just launched, Star & Crescent is an independent news, culture and commentary website focusing on the city of Portsmouth. Its aims are to:

  • Offer timely, daring, investigative and well-researched journalism as an antidote to the conformist values and public relations dross that now seem to dominate the mainstream media
  • Think critically and thoroughly about our city’s past, present and future
  • Inspire debate about the real issues that affect the people of Portsmouth
  • Give local communities a voice
  • Hold local public bodies to account
  • Increase political awareness and involvement
  • Give voice to Portsmouth’s varied political perspectives
  • Raise the profile of Portsmouth as a creative and cultural city

On the Road – Off the Page

17 Jan

A public event where five travel writers discuss their very different work

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Time: 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Travel writing has never been more interesting or more diverse than it is today. It has both broad appeal and literary import, with television personalities such as Michael Palin to be found in the genre alongside Nobel Laureates such as VS Naipaul. In this session we present five very different travel writers – from Portsmouth and beyond – with very different approaches to the craft. Drawing on their own enthralling travel experiences, their work spans poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and journalism.

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The Speakers:

Tony Giles

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Tony Giles is a blind and mostly deaf man who has travelled the world solo. For him, travel is about engaging all the senses he has access to; feeling different textures, tasting new foods, hearing great music, smelling unusual plants. Meeting and trusting people has been essential not only to Tony’s survival but so that he can return from a trip a little wiser and more fulfilled. His journeys are fiercely independent and involve soul searching, self-education and intense adventure.
Tony has written about his experiences in Seeing the World My Way (Silverwood Originals 2010), a journey of hedonism and thrill seeking adventure across America, Asia and Australasia. It is a unique story full of drama and danger, from bungee jumping in New Zealand to booze-filled nights out in New Orleans. This fascinating travel autobiography is a young blind man’s angle on the world as he attempts to achieve his dreams, dealing with disability whilst living life to the full.

Originally from Weston-super-Mare, Tony is now working on a sequel, Seeing the Americas My Way.

www.tonythetraveller.com

Mike Manson 

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There was a time when cheap air travel did not exist. Anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to travel – but short of money – had to stand by the road with their thumb out. Felix and Boz apply their ‘rules of the road’ when making their epic journey from Bristol to Matala, Greece. They get lost, meet strange people, buy weird footwear and avoid being eaten by tortoises. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a hippie bumming around Europe in the 70s this is the book for you. Mike’s novel ‘Rules of the Road’ (Tangent Books) ‘… confirms Manson’s stature as a top – drawer comic writer.’

His first novel ‘Where’s My Money?’ (Tangent Books, 2008) was described by Arthur Smith as ‘full of brilliantly observed characters and consistently witty – and carries a poignant punch.’ Mike is an editor of the Bristol Review of Books, was chair of the judges of the 2009 Bristol Short Story Prize and an organizer of the 2011 Bristol Festival of Literature.

www.rulesoftheroad.co.uk

 

Sarah Cheverton

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Sarah Cheverton is a feminist activist, a freelance writer, researcher and co-ordinator of the Portsmouth Writer Hub. She is currently Writer in Residence for a frontline service working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, Aurora New Dawn. She is a keen advocate for the role writers can play in community development and supporting the voluntary sector.

Sarah’s freelance writing has featured in a number of publications in recent years, including feminist news site Women’s Views on News, Vagina Magazine, and Children and Young People Now. Her travel writing has been featured on various websites, and in a collection of travel writing on Malaysia, Sini Sana. Most recently a selection of her writing was profiled alongside other Portsmouth writers on Soundcloud. These podcasts were based on a series of articles and a developing book called Being Peace in Israel and Palestine about her experiences in Israel and the Occupied Territories as part of a unique and inspiring project called ‘Being Peace’, run by an organisation called Sanghaseva.

Sarah accompanied Sanghaseva on their latest Being Peace retreat, a highly structured yet incredibly flexible journey through the conflict that takes in a wide range of viewpoints, including Palestinian villagers and farmers, Israeli Defence Force soldiers, former Palestinian resistance fighters, Jewish settlers, Israeli residents and just a small number of the many people from a diverse range of organisations working for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Alongside Being Peace, Sarah is also currently writing her first novel.

www.newwritingsouth.com

Tom Phillips

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Tom Phillips is a writer based in Bristol, England, author of two pamphlets of poetry, Burning Omaha and Reversing into the Cold War, and the full-length collection Recreation Ground (Two Rivers Press, 2012). His plays have been staged widely and include Man Diving, Hotel Illyria, Arbeit Macht Frei and the solo show I Went to Albania. Tom is also currently studying for a PhD in creative writing at Reading University.

He earns his keep by maintaining www.venue.co.uk.

http://recreationground.blogspot.co.uk

Tom Sykes

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Tom Sykes is the co-editor of 3 anthologies of hitchhiking stories that have sold 20,000 copies worldwide. The first, No Such Thing as a Free Ride? (Cassell Illustrated, 2005) was serialized in The Times and named The Observer’s Travel Book of the Month. A literary road movie to take you on the trip of a lifetime, this book recounts the more innocent, more vibrant times in which we have lived, and points to the possibility of a more eco-friendly, co-operative, car-sharing future.

Tom will explore the history of hitchhiking, from its pilgrim origins in the Middle Ages to the Depression to the counterculture of the 1960s and beyond. Tom then discusses the present day: how state-organised hitchhiking schemes operate in Poland and Cuba and how hitching offers challenges, insights and adventures that you won’t find inside the cocoons of modern commercial tourism.

Tom’s travel writing has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The London Magazine, Going Places, GoNomad, The Philippines Free Press, The Expat and various in-flight magazines. He is currently pursuing PhD studies in travel writing at Goldsmiths College and teaches the same subject at the University of Portsmouth. He is also working on With Daisy in Manila, a book about surviving a developing world megacity with his young family.

www.tomgsykes.co.uk

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