Open Mic night headlined by author Martyn Bedford… and 100 000 poets for change…

I was at an open mic event in Shipley hosted by poet and publisher Mike Farren where Martyn Bedford was reading- and bumped into poet/publisher Mark Connors who was behind the 100 000 poets for change 2017 project in which I had a poem, inspired by the millions who died in WW1 – The Poppy Parade on page 30.

I received a pdf of the book but didn’t know where it could be accessed online – but I’ve found the link at

https://www.artvilla.com/100-thousand-poets-for-change100tpc-leeds-2017-free-online-anthology/

You can click on the images of the book and flick through the pages- blown up.

Mark says “We have included poems by generous West Yorkshire artists who wanted to contribute to our cause by responding to our invitation with poems on: Revolution, War, Streets, Business, Nations, Equality, Politicians, Conquest, Racism, Love, Europe, Nature, Death, Life, The World, The Good, the Great, the Evil. The Human and beyond.”

https://www.markconnors.co.uk

Martyn Bedford’s latest short story collection,

is witty, touching and dark in tone. He read excerpts from a trio of his stories including one, very funny one, based on the urban myth that the Beckhams (Victoria and David) had tea at Betty’s in Ilkley just before the Tour de France launched in Yorkshire.

 

 

 

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Drabble up on Horror Tree site…

This is Steph Ellis’ lovely intro to my 100 word story on this week’s Trembling with Fear fiction column on the Horror Tree site:-

“Scrap It by Alyson Faye brings us a short revenge tale with great use of short, sharp sentences to add tension and pace. Nothing flowery, everything brutal against the equally unforgiving backdrop of a scrapyard. I don’t think I’ve read many stories set in a scrapyard at TWF so it’s great to have a different setting and one that could be used more.”

https://horrortree.com/trembling-with-fear-02-24-2019/

I am in excellent writing company – C.R.Smith‘s short story is up there, whose fiction is so well written and entertaining and whose writing path I’ve been following since we overlapped 2-3 years ago on zeroflash.

Good Fortune Can Be A Curse

CR Smith

CR Smith is an artist living in the UK often combining poetry with art. She has been published by 101 Words, Paragraph Planet, Ellipsis Zine, Spelk Fiction, Visual Verse, Zeroflash, Glove Lit Zine, Ad Hoc Fiction and The Cabinet of Heed. She also has work in several anthologies including The Infernal Clock, Flash, I Love You, Drabbledark: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles I & II, Chronos: An Anthology of Time Drabbles and the Saboteur shortlisted ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’. Her artwork has appeared on the cover of Déraciné Magazine and also in Calamus Journal, Formercactus, Flash Frontier, Moonchild Magazine and Hypnopomp Magazine.Twitter @carolrosalind

https://crsmith2016.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/smith.cr/?hl=en

There are also clever drabbles from Andrea Allison, Steph Ellis herself and Steven Holding.

 

Marilyn Monroe workshop and lecture…

I’ve already done one successful presentation with slide show to a local women’s group of my Marilyn Monroe talk on her life from model to icon; and I have another one lined up in March to a local society and then a workshop at the Craft House in Saltaire which can be booked through eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marilyn-monroe-the-journey-from-starlet-to-feminist-producer-to-icon-tickets-54023539862

Did you know Marilyn wrote poetry? (and it’s pretty good too?) Did you know she wrote her own autobiography where she talks openly about sexual harassment in the workplace? Did you know she was an activist for equal rights for black people in USA in the 1950’s? Did you know she founded her own film production company?

Monroe and Degas statue

A sextet of horror ebooks for 99p each coming your way on 1 March from Demain Publishing including one from Horror Tree’s Stephanie Ellis…

I had the privilege and pleasure of beta reading Steph’s longish short story which is now published along with5 others by Dean Drinkel the force behind Demain Publishing- it is a creepy slice of Victorian Gothic which I can highly recommend. At 99p each I will be buying and reading the others too.

I have just finished reading Stephanie Merritt‘s (aka S J Parris in another life) latest supernatural gothic mystery While You Sleep and next up is John Harwood’s The Asylum, so I am very much in the Victorian Gothic reading vein at the moment.

While You Sleep: A chilling, unputdownable psychological thriller that will send shivers up your spine!

 

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Words Mag magazine which supports RNLI (Lifeboats) charity is up online to buy with a copy of my story in Number 97…

http://www.wordsmag.com/wordsbooks.htm

Cover of Number 97 below in which my story set in Bridlington ‘Ride of a Lifetime’ appears:-

Words Magazine – Number 97ISSN 1752-508XThe Interactive version of our magazine.

CONTENTS:    CELEBRATION TONIGHT by Fabian Acker, DADDY’S SECRETS by Warren Glover, LAND WITH NO SHADOWS by Betty Thoday, STUPID DOG by Dorothy Warren, RIDE OF A LIFETIME by Alyson Faye, AMAZING GRACE by Senga Fley, CLEANING UP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD by Julie Hubbard, BUNGLED BLACKMAIL by S R Koogler, DANDELION MAN by Rob Walton, SAM’S OBSESSION by Fred McIlmoyle, SATURDAY SPECIAL by Mary Hodges, TAKE THE BISCUIT by Pam Eaves.
Available to buy for £2and it supports the charity