Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Cleckheaton Writers Group minutes 22 January 2018

Cleckheaton Writers Group (CWG) meeting took place last night with Kathy, Pauline, Mandy, Alice and myself in attendance, Sarah and Neil having passed on their apologies. 

The minutes from the last meeting were passed.

WIP updates - Kathy has been going back over previous work and has changed some endings with a view to submitting.  Mandy mentioned the Bath Flash Fiction Awards which closes this week with a 300 word limit.

Pauline has written some short stories and is in the process of planning this Friday's morning writing workshop.  She has also been working on the CLF anthology.  The font, picture size etc. have been decided and it was suggested that the publishing quote contain a request for French flaps for the anthology.  We are still awaiting a photograph and a submission from one author and then the project can move forward.

Mandy is currently reading the excellent Helen Cadbury poetry collection and she was pleased to inform the group that Retreat West are publishing a collection of all her short stories in June.  She is now hoping to write some new stories, has been long-listed in the Walter Swan short story prize where there will be an anthology by Valley Press and has placed second in a Writers Forum competition.

Alice has written some new short stories and a poem that she has been editing and hopes to send the poem to a competition.  She has been accepted on a course with the Golden Egg Academy. Manchester, which she has started.  Her first meeting involved condensing down the nub of your story, producing mind maps for internal and external conflicts and more, and her first on-line session is tonight, followed by a one-to-one of 10k words of her novel.

Alice also told the group about a Twitter Q&A that evening by Random/Chicken House for half an hour at 7.30pm GEAQA.

I have written some new short stories, flash fiction and poetry which I hope to enter into competitions.  I also mentioned my acceptance onto the RNA new writers scheme to those members that were not at the last meeting.

We then had a discussion about competitions, paid or otherwise and putting money as well as time into our writing, plus the advantages/disadvantages of un/paid competition entry and prizes.

Competitions/Workshops/Events - The Leeds Trinity Writers Festival will be on Wednesday 14 February 10-5pm and I brought along the workshop information to show the CWG members. 

The Myslexia First Novel Award 1st Prize £5k , Short Story Award 1st Prize £5K, Novella 1st Prize £1K (20-40k words) and Flash Fiction 1st Prize £500 (up to 300 words) ALL deadline 1 October.

The Flash 500 has a £300 prize and runs four times a year in March, June, September and December with a £5 entry fee.

The Northern Writers Awards are open now, deadline 1 February, with various awards including a first novel one.

Kathy has a friend who has written a short memoir and was wondering about publishing.  Mandy recommended the Myslexia Independent Publishing Guide second edition £18.99 and/or the Myslexia magazine.

Feedback session - There was only time for one slot and Alice shared chapter six of her novel which was written in the POV of Melissa, her second main character.  This was an intriguing piece containing background on the character and clues to where the story was going.  We all agreed that we look forward to the next chapter where the link to both characters happens. 

Alice then explained some of the story/plot to us and how she has been editing her chapters down as she felt they had been too long for the age range.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 5 February but as there is a library public consultation due to be held at the Library on that evening, we mentioned the clash to the library ladies and will wait to hear whether our room will still be available. 

Media City newsletters

Here is the latest Media City newsletter for my followers to peruse:

Your weekly update from MediaCityUK
Car Parking Update
We’re aware that there were frustrating and lengthy queues exiting the multi-storey on Monday and Wednesday this week and we’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Unfortunately, demand for spaces was exceptionally high on both these days which we believe was largely due to the rail strike. Please be assured we are working hard to find a solution and our team will be present this evening to speed up the exit process. 
The queues have also been exacerbated by only two of the three exit lanes being used by those leaving the car park. During peak times we will continue to man these lanes to ensure they are used effectively.
We have also invested in ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which will recognise the number plate details of vehicles who hold a season ticket. This will allow these vehicles automatic access, hence speeding up the entrance and exit process.
We understand there are concerns among our community over the availability of parking spaces and we are closely monitoring demand for spaces. Despite a number of new tenants joining the MediaCityUK community we still have over 1,000 available spaces across the site including Booths, The Pitch and The Lowry.
We are also working closely with the BBC and dock10 on a car parking strategy for studio audiences who will be encouraged to park at the Lowry car park.
Thank you for your patience and if you have further questions or concerns please email:neil.beverley@mediacityuk.co.uk

Monday, 22 January 2018

Lawrence Batley Theatre newsletter

With details of performances coming up at Lawrence Batley Theatre here is the latest newsletter:

Escape the winter blues with a wonderful evening of circus, drama, comedy and much more at the LBT
Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 January, 7pm
Tickets £16 / Children under 16 £12 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Age Recommendation 5+
Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

AIR PLAY is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

'A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled'

Thu 12 January, 8pm
Intimate, atmospheric and relaxed, our popular Comedy Cellars are the perfect way to experience stand-up in all its spontaneous, electrifying glory. This month we welcome Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee SEYMOUR MACE and MUNDO JAZZ, a live Latino Spinal Tap.
Tickets £10 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off

Sat 27 January, 7.30pm
Written by and starring BAFTA winner John Godber, LAST LAUGH tells the story of Martin who, after failing as a screenwriter and family man, tries to make it in the world of stand-up comedy. Part Withnail and I and part Billy Elliot, don't miss this special screening of a brand new Northern comedy, with live introduction by director Daniel Coll.
Rating 12A
Tickets £10 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Tue 23 - Sat 27 Jan, 7.45pm / Saturday matinee 2pm
Trevor and Susannah’s marriage is on the rocks. They inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest; three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. Huddersfield favourites Dick & Lottie return with the classic 1975 Alan Ayckbourn comedy from which they take their name.
Tickets £12 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees passport holders £3 off
Tue 30 Jan - Sat 3 Feb
Huddersfield Thespians celebrate the breadth and sheer talent of Alan Bennett, one of Britain’s most cherished writers. OFFICES includes A Visit from Miss Prothero, Say Something Happened and Green Forms. GENTLEMEN tells the stories of An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution.
Tickets £12 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
For a full performance schedule please visit our website.
Monday 5 February, 6.30pm
Tickets Free
Join us for the unveiling of our Spring / Summer season with Director of the LBT, Victoria Firth, and special guests from our forthcoming programme.

Creatives from Mikron Theatre Company join us to talk about the world premiere of REVOLTING WOMEN; LipService discuss their comedy homage to Jane Austen, MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT; M6 Theatre Company explore the true story of the Holmfirth tiger in A TIGER'S TALE and Northern Broadsides will be chatting about their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ HARD TIMES.

Live entertainment comes from Woodhouse Musical Theatre Company, who will perform extracts from made in dagenham, and members of Huddersfield University Big Band will perform well-known songs from the genre.

 Tickets are completely free of charge but availability is limited – book yours now for a fascinating night in the company of some great theatrical talent.
Opera North
Huddersfield Town Hall
Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm

The Kirklees Concert Season returns in January with an epic concert on a cinematic-scale as the Orchestra of Opera North perform iconic film scores from the 20th century presented by Classic FM’s man of film Andrew Collins. Tobias Ringborg will not only conduct the evening of movie mega-hits but will also perform the heart-rending solo of the Main theme of Schindler’s List – simply unmissable.
Tickets: Adults from £12, under 17s £1
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