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Star & Crescent 1st Birthday Bash April 27th

22 Mar

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Star & Crescent would like to invite you to celebrate their first birthday this April in the University of Portsmouth‘s very own Eldon building.

It’s been an extraordinary first year for Star & Crescent, the City’s first independent hyperlocal news, culture and commentary website, made by and for the people of Portsmouth.  In that brief time we’ve achieved a national scoop, had our investigative journalism quoted and republished in major media, and obtained a prestigious NESTA grant to boost our online profile. Most of all we’re proud to have brought together the talents of 100+ journalists, artists, photographers, poets, satirists and fiction writers from both the University of Portsmouth and the City’s wider creative scene.

Join us for a thrilling multimedia celebration of critical thinking and speaking truth to power – a night of music, film, visual art, readings and discussion – in Eldon Building lobby at 6pm on Wednesday 27th April.

When
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) Add to Calendar
Where
Eldon Building – Southsea PO5, United Kingdom – View Map

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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.

The Business of Writing Appearance

23 Oct

The Business of Writing
Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
November 18th, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Digital technology has changed the landscape of writing considerably in recent years. From the rise of the e-book to self publishing, to blogging and digital journalism, this new landscape presents a wide range of challenges and opportunities to established and aspiring writers alike.

The Business of Writing brings together three writers to explore new ways of developing paid work and creating your own opportunities in this new and shifting landscape. Our speakers work across a variety of mediums, including:

Script Writing
Blogging
Travel Writing
Fiction

Sean Tyler, an award winning Hampshire-based playwright, who has had multiple plays performed in New York and in the UK. Sean will address overseas and UK commissions and how he has generated interest in his work. http://www.seantyler.org/4436.html

Tom Sykes, Tom teaches at University of Portsmouth, in addition to being a prolific and award winning travel writer (Observer Book of the Month). Tom will be speaking about his experiences of travel journalism and creative nonfiction and talking about online publishing opportunities. https://tomgsykes.wordpress.com/tag/travel-writing/

‘Crunchy, punchy, surreal, occasionally severe and always on the button. As with all great language, forget what you’ve heard before and escape with what’s coming at you NOW. Brilliant.’ John Mayfield, audiobookradio.net

Southsea-based Helen Wallen is a professional copywriter and recent Mum whose humour filled new blog site has been nominated for several awards. http://www.justanormalmummy.blogspot.co.uk/

Sarah Cheverton,freelance writer and researcher, who also runs Portsmouth Writers Hub will be keeping this diverse range of talents in order!

There will be opportunities to put questions to our speakers as well as to network over refreshments.
Welcome drink: 6.00pm
Speaker session starts: 6.30pm
Finish: 9.00pm

Venue: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building near Loch Fyne, Gunwharf Quays.
Car Park: Gunwharf Quays
Rail: Portsmouth Harbour Station (10 minutes walk)

Price: £10 advance, £8 Concessions, £12 on the night
Tickets: https://gewports-art-of-business-writing.eventbrite.co.uk
More info: Sarah Mayell-Thomas: sarahmayell@yahoo.co.uk

The Business of Writing is one of 4 events which are part of The Art of Business.
Other events in the series are: “Where’s the Money”, “Created by Technology” and “Standing from the crowd”.
For more information about these events see http://www.entrepreneursunite.co.uk

The 4 days are part of a Global initiative, Global Entrepreneurs Week, 18th-24th November which takes place in 115 countries since its inception in 2004.

Portsmouth has responded by hosting the first ever ”Entrepreneurs Unite” week. Solent Innovation supported by Portsmouth City Council, Shaping the Future, University of Portsmouth, Parity Trust and UK Business Angels are all partners.

There are a wide number of events confirmed for the week with a Business Awards event, Start Up event, Silicon Island Business Angels Conference, Raspberry Pi sponsored event, Pitch and Win and Schools and Colleges throughout the Region are putting on a whole series of events during the week. http://www.entrepreneursunite.co.uk

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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