The 16th April New Street Authors meeting for which Andrew Sparke forgot to prepare a suitably wild story about how he lost his front tooth.
A subset of New Street Authors known as Author City has been established to create major events for authors and readers to come together. They are hosting the UK’s biggest and best author signing event ever alongside the opening of the Commonwealth Games. The date is Saturday 16th July 2022 from 9am to 5pm in the amazing Banqueting Suite at Birmingham Council House (Victoria Square behind the Floozie In The Jacuzzi) followed by an evening’s fun and games for attending authors including Authors Afloat, an alcohol-fuelled narrowboat tour of a city with ‘More canals than Venice’. Details available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulwer Lytton annually challenges writers to compose the opening sentence of the worst novel never written. Personal favourite: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – though any decent statistician might net those two factors together and conclude that things were fairly average all round.’ (David Meech)
And the 2019 overall winner: ‘Space Fleet Commander Brad Brad sat in silence, surrounded by a slowly dissipating cloud of smoke, maintaining the same forlorn frown that had been fixed upon his face since he’d accidentally destroyed the phenomenon known as time, thirteen inches ago.’ (Maxwell Archer)
Since being a writer can be fairly anti-social and there can be significant benefit in sharing thoughts and problems with like-minded souls, we attend and support the following writing groups:
THE OLDSWINFORD WRITING GROUP
For the Stourbridge area, we hope post-Coronavirus to revert to meeting Wednesdays 12-2pm at The Crabmill, 199 Hagley Road, Stourbridge, DY8 2JP (except in December when Xmas lunches render our venue madly busy). The group’s purpose is to encourage every member to write and hopefully progress to the point where they have something finished worth publishing. Members include a retired journalist who’s returning to a long abandoned Scots memoir, a young trainee nurse writing a vampire series, a thriller writer, and an over 80 year old working on his short stories and novellas. Its already published authors include Lee Benson, Robert S.Field, Michel Henri, H.R. Beasley, Michael Harvey, Catherine Cowell, Helen Pitt, Paul C. Walsh, Pete Merrill, Andrew Sparke, Jaki Thompson and AJ Woolfenden.
Oldswinford writers’ challenge – a story in exactly 50 words (title excepted). To be read aloud. Here goes…
JOSHUA NO MORE
It came. I went. That’s the trouble with encountering the paranormal. The truly exciting phenomena are the ones that scare you witless.
And so it was with Joshua.
It wasn’t so much his ghastly wounds or the blood trails. It was the accusing finger.
‘You did this. YOU! DID! THIS!
NEW STREET AUTHORS
New Street Authors is an author collective and support network for indie publishing and marketing our work. Currently published members include David Wake, Andy Conway, DJ Torrens, AA Abbott, Lee Benson, Jaye Tomas, Tony Cooper, Martin Tracey, David Muir, Jaki Thompson, Wanda Pierpoint and Andrew Sparke and focuses on publishing and marketing issues. The group were meeting every third Thursday in the month around Table number 5 at The Brass House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HP but during lockdown have established 7-9pm weekly Zoom meetings instead.
The poet PHIL THOMPSON hosts a monthly event in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which is multi-media involving music, film and readings. Details from The 1000 Trades pub.