Thursday, 30 July 2015

Helen Cadbury creative writing workshop, York, 8 or 13 August

There is a creative writing workshop with the fabulous Helen Cadbury, from Cleckheaton Literature Festival 2015's Crime Panel, in York for young people (8+) on the 8th or 13th August, based on the fruits of her research: Telling York Stories.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Autumn events

There are some more events coming up in Autumn, details below:

We wanted you to be the first to know about some events coming up over the Autumn, (we just couldn't fit it all in to the festival week!) These include Owen Jones, the rescheduled première of 'The Rookery' and September's Cafe Culture event.

Guardian Columnist Owen Jones, comes to The Hope Baptist Chapel on Saturday 12th September with 'The Politics of Hope'. Tickets go on sale tomorrow from 10am (Tuesday 28th July) online and from Wednesday 29th July at the Town Hall desk.

We have a new date for the screening of our first micro commission 'The Rookery' by Kevin Boniface. 'The Rookery' will be shown at The Picture House on Saturday 5th September at 5pm. For more information and to view the trailer see the website here.

Café Culture is a brand new monthly afternoon event at The Town Hall which presents guest speakers from across the cultural spectrum. September's event will be presented by Leeds author Richard Wilcox. We'd love to hear your ideas for future speakers, please get in touch with any suggestions.
Until next time...
Owen Jones - Saturday 12 September

How we can build societies run in the interests of working people, not run as a racket for the mean and the greedy at the top? By looking at some alternatives across the world, we can end the inevitability of injustice.
The popular Guardian columnist and author of  ‘The Establishment’ shines some light on a positive way forward.


Your festival needs you!

We've launched our very first Individual Giving Scheme with a view to raising £2000 towards Festival activity here in our town. We’re asking individuals like you to help us get there by making a one off or monthly donation to help keep the festival flourishing! Go on!


Have your say

We'd love to hear your feedback and ideas for future festivals. Email your thoughts and suggestions to Helen, our Artistic Director, at

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dr Who Comics Day, Saturday 15 August, Cleckheaton Library, 11am - 2pm

Celebrate international Doctor Who Comics Day at Cleckheaton Library on Saturday 15th August. Free family fun from 11am until 2pm. Crafts, colouring and quizzes. Make and eat your own adipose. Dare you have your photo taken with the auton ? Prizes for the best fancy dress and more. PLUS, special guest Mark Wright - back by popular demand after his appearance the Cleckheaton Literature Festival. Places for Mark’s talk are free but booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 01274 335170 to book.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Cleckheaton Writers Group minutes

The Cleckheaton Writers Group took place tonight with A, P and myself in attendance, N and M having passed on their apologies.

The minutes of the last meeting were agreed and for Work In Progress updates, I informed the group that I had been editing some of my work, submitting to competitions and pitching to the Dragon's Pen at The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (TOPCRIME).  A has been writing, including a new screenplay idea which he outlined in detail to the group.  P has been working on editing S's novel.

We then discussed tenses in novels and how much difference it can make to a novel when switching.

I then outlined the workshops I attended at TOPCRIME, including for TV and Radio (review blog posts will be upcoming) which led on to a discussion about drama versus reality TV.

The next meeting will take place in a fortnight, same time and place.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Butcher's Dog newsletter

Here is the latest Butcher's Dog newsletter:

We hope you're enjoying the summer thunderstorms as much as we are. In this newsletter you'll find news about lots of lovely dogs, editors and poets. We have submission opportunities for you too, and an exercise to get you writing, like, immediately.

Stay classy,

  Amy and the rest of the dogs x

Butcher’s Dog is open for submissions!

We welcome submissions from writers living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, particularly those with a connection to Northern England. There is no set theme, we just want you to send us your best work.

Issue 6 will be co-edited by Luke Allan, Degna Stone and guest editor Wendy Heath.

Submission Guidelines:

• Submit no more than 3 unpublished poems in a single Word document via Submittable (we do not accept postal or email submissions)
• Poems must be the original work of the submitter
• Your name should not appear on the poems
• No simultaneous submissions
• Submission deadline: 31 July 2015 

Published contributors will receive a copy of Butcher's Dog and will be invited to read at the launch event.

Support Us!

If you’re thinking of submitting poems to us buying a copy of the magazine is a great way of seeing if we’re right for your work. Each beautiful copy is a limited numbered edition. You won't be disappointed.
Click here to buy.



Certain things are inevitable, so says this quote from Dexter. But what are these things, and why are they inevitable? List ten things you think are inevitable, however mundane or massive they may be. Next to each write the reason you think it's inevitable. These should be the bones of a new poem, which you can present as a list, or develop into something else using your line-breaking magic. Good luck!            

Submissions and Competitions! <3

National Poetry Competition
Open for entries! Judged by Sarah Howe, Esther Morgan and David Wheatley. First prize is a smashing £5,000. Past winners have had their poems made in to filmpoems which you can watch online. And keep out for The Poetry Society's free writing prompts, created in partnership with our friends The Poetry School.

Also, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award closes 31 July. For writers aged 11-17 it's a fantastic free opportunity, and judged by Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts this year. Spread the word!

If you're 25 or younger you might also want to take a look at the current Young Poets Network translation challenge. There are some great prizes up for grabs, and you don't actually need to speak a second language. Deadline 12 July, so still some time!

Check out the new #WriteScience competition, judged by our own Degna!

Paper Swan Press are accepting submissions for their latest anthology, 'The Chronicles of Eve.' Details here:
In the Doghouse (our editors answer a bunch of questions...)

Our very own Dog Boss Degna Stone went and won a Northern Writers' Award! Huge congratulations Degna, we couldn't be more proud! Here she answers my five questions for our In the Doghouse segment.

1. What are you hoping to find in the submissions pile for issue 6?

In fear of sounding wanky I’m just going to answer as honestly as I can. I’m a person of simple means; I just want something that’s going to have a visceral, physical effect on me when I read it. I want a poem that feels alive. I want to find poets who can take a view of a sometimes brutal world and show it without brutalising the reader in the process. I want there to be hope. I want to find a poem that makes me want to learn it  by heart or keep it in my pocket, a poem to shore me up against the world – a poem that I can rely on; something like Invictus by William Ernest Henley or Epilogue by Grace Nichols, something like Indelible, Miraculous by Julia Darling. I want to find poets who can write about politics without standing on a soapbox. I would love to find poets from every part of British society, bold as you like demanding to be read. I want the submissions pile to fizz with the energy of hundreds of different voices. What I don’t want to find… I’m not at all partial to rhyme for rhyme’s sake, just so you know.

2. What, if anything, has changed about BD since we started?

Well for a start, only three of us are still based in the north of England and even then we’re all in different cities! I guess the main difference is the sheer volume and quality of work submitted  – we can only publish about two dozen poems out of the 800 or so that we receive so people are getting the idea that they really need to send us their mintest work.

Each issue of the dog has always been co-edited by a different team but in order to keep the editing fresh we began working with guest editors from issue 4. First up was Will Barrett and the wonderful folk at The Poetry School, then for issue 5 we teamed up with the phenomenally talented and bloody lovely Carolyn Jess-Cooke. It’s a model we’re going to continue with and we’re delighted to welcome back BD co-founder Wendy Heath as guest editor of issue 6.

There may be more changes ahead though. We were really lucky to receive support from Arts Council England to set up the magazine but as that funding comes to a close we’re having to think about sustainability (so for those of you who haven’t already subscribed, now would definitely be a good time!).

3. What have you been reading recently which for you is an example of exciting current work?

It’s not exactly current but I’ve just finished reading Bluets by Maggie Nelson, it was recommended to me because I’m working on a sequence of prose poems. I’m not quite sure what I made of it (probably because I’m trying to figure it out in relation to my own work) but I raced through the whole thing (over 200 ‘propositions’) in a couple of hours. It’s still playing on my mind, the layering of subject and theme, the exploration of love and loss through the act of falling in love with a colour. It’s worth a read.

4. Tell me about a movie or TV show that's left a lasting impression on you in 2015 so far?

I’m not big into TV, which is not to say the TV is never on in our house. It’s always on but it’s pretty much like white noise. There are exceptions to the rule but I often can’t tolerate graphic violence and gratuitous sex scenes so there’s loads that I just won’t watch (obviously Game of Thrones is out but surprisingly Breaking Bad snuck in under the radar last year). My daughter is mad into Minecraft at the moment and has developed an addiction to Stampy Cat’s YouTube channel so that’s probably it. Stampy Cat has left a lasting impression.
5. If you could sum BD up in 10 words, what would those words be?

It’ll have to be nine but if you want to you can add BOOM! or some other one-word exclamation on the end if you’re going to insist on the full ten: Mint poetry, canny mag. Northern (but not exclusively so). 

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