Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Bridport Story Slam

I enjoyed helping with the judging process for this story slam last week. It was a great evening with warm and supportive writers and audience.  I think we all learned something about the variety and demands of flash fiction in performance. It was hard to choose winners as all the stories had their own merits, but we had to! See the Dorset Writers Network for more.

Bridport Story Slam

There is still plenty of time to write your 250 word story for the upcoming Story Slam at the Arts Centre in Bridport on Monday, April 3rd, starting at 7.30pm. I’m delighted to be helping with the judging and rather excited about the prospect of an evening of story-telling!

This is a chance to try out your skills at writing a very short story – flash fiction – ready for entering The Bridport Prize.

It will be a very popular event and so you will need to book tickets.

 

WWG writing successes

WWG writers are currently having great success on the CafeLit story site. Between 28th December 2016 to January 11th 2017, stories by Penny, Richard,  Robin (2 stories), Sharon (2 stories)  have featured. As just one story a day is chosen and published by Gill James, this is brilliant! Other writers, including Gail,  have also previously had stories on CafeLit. Penny and Mary have stories in the print anthology, ‘The Best of CafeLit 5’.

Novel coming along

Very pleased to hear from Jan Fortune that my 2nd novel has been included in the shortlist of 20 for the annual Cinnamon Press debut novel prize (my first novel hasn’t been published yet). Mine isn’t one of the four final winners but it is very encouraging to get this sort of affirmation. Winter and the long evenings are a great time to write. Sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, then the chapter … I know it is possible to reach the end even if at the moment it seems beyond the horizon.

The Bridport Prize 2016

I went to a brilliant lunch in Bridport last Saturday for the prize-giving. I was delighted to receive the Dorset Prize for my poem, ‘Making Tea, Drinking Coffee’, which can be read in the Bridport Prize anthology 2016 along with all the other fantastic poems, stories and flash fictions that are this year’s winning entries. The judges were fascinating to listen to and Patience Agabi’s talk chimed particularly with me.

Poem for National Poetry Day

Glow-worms

 

The dry stone walls lining the lane

were decorated with toadflax, lichen,

and tiny faces of heartsease.

 

The pale stones like warm pumice

were home to basking lizards,

glistening slow-worms with flicking tongues,

 

and fat-bodied, mottled spiders,

their slung webs like fragile silk doilies.

 

Strings of lights, pin-points of fire

 

lit our way returning, our footsteps

and our words echoing up the gardens

and ahead of us, along the lane.

 

 

 

© Sarah Barr

 

Back to School

After a long summer break, WWG is back with a seminar this week and it will be great for us all to see each other and flex our writing muscles after gadding about enjoying ourselves at home and abroad!  Over the summer, we’ve had so many writing successes! One of Martin’s short stories has been shortlisted in The Wells Festival competition; Penny and Mary both have stories in ‘The Best of Cafe Lit 5’ (Penny has 2 in this magazine); Mary’s story, ‘Winter Games’,  is to be published  in the Momaya Press 2016 anthology. Gail had success recently with a travel writing piece, and there are other successes, too, so I will no doubt be updating this post soon!

Write Away workshop

I’m running a writing workshop as part of Wimborne Literary Festival. It should be great fun – all writers from beginners to experienced are welcome! I’m delighted to be taking part in the Lit Fest. It promises to be a fantastic week with Ken Livingstone, Billy Bragg and Brian Blessed, to name just a few (very well-known!) names. I’m intrigued by the ‘Gong Bath’ event – an ‘improvisational concert’ – at Deans Court. It sounds wonderfully relaxing.

My workshop is at Wimborne Library on Tuesday, 17th May. Tickets are selling well. There are still a few places left.

Wimborne Literary Festival

Wimborne Lit Fest is on! May 12th-21st. Some great speakers and events – Ken Livingstone, Brian Blessed, Billy Bragg, Dr Colin Beveridge. And I expect to be running a writing workshop.

WWG News

Congratulations on your new job, Gail, and good luck with it! We look forward to hearing how it’s going, so hope you will still keep coming to our WWG group.

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