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Manchester Writing Prizes

Win £10,000 for your poems or stories!

Visit the site for details: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/index.php

Manchester Writing Competition

The Manchester Writing Competitmanchesterion was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £75,000 to its winners.

Words & Whippets

Words & Whippets poetry evening

Wednesday May 28th, 7.45pm, York Theatre Royal Studio Digital StillCamera

In 2013 Words & Whippets poetry night debuted with a SELL-OUT show packed full of spectacular spoken word acts.  Returning for 2014, Words & Whippets 2 presents a showcase of Yorkshire’s finest performance poets, compered by York’s own punk poet HENRY RABY.

Tickets from the YTR Box office, over the phone 01904 623 568 or here:  www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Words_Whippets.php#.U2Uu2fldXPp


  • Leeds-based leading lady LIZI PATCH, theatre-maker & playwright
  • GENEVIÈVE L. WALSH, scary fairy host of Halifax’s Spoken Weird night
  • CHRIS SINGLETON, the King of Crowd-Versing and Imperator of Improvised Poetry
  • And the reliable return of York’s ROB AUTON!:

Rob won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. A hilarious stand-up poet, Rob’s poetry is also touching, surreal and magical. Rob will perform his uplifting and acclaimed hour-long solo masterpiece, THE SKY SHOW, which has wowed and wooed audiences across the country.

“Charming, eccentric & uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch”- The Independent
“If performance poetry is the new rock n roll, Mr Auton is Jarvis Cocker circa 1995.” – Broadway Baby

Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1481839042046816/?fref=ts

Go York Astronomy and Poetry Lecture

13th May, Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, 6.30pm

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is one of the country’s leading astronomers and a champion of women astronomyin science. As a graduate student she discovered pulsars, opening up a new branch of astrophysics. As a hobby she collects poetry about astronomy and space

Astronomy is a fast moving subject, with new discoveries rolling in regularly. How have poets responded to these discoveries? What topics have caught their attention and what have they not written about? Are they pro-science or anti?  A number of the poems will be read by local volunteers following an introduction to the relevant science.

Book here: Poetry and Astronomy Event Brite Ticket


Friday Feature: Writer’s block or Blank Page Syndrome

The most frustrating object for a writer is, unfortunately, also the essential object required to write, the blank page. Every writer has
experienced that moment when, after finally managing to take some time out of your
busy schedule, you sit down with a nice cup of tea, a few cheeky biscuits and
…nothing. Nothing. NOTHING!

nothing. Nothing. NOTHING!NothingnoTHING NOThing NOT A THING nothing No-THINg NothinG nothing nothING.

After a while writing about how you simply CANNOT write begins to get rather boring….

So, here is a collection of tips and tricks from myself and other YSJ writers to get the ideas streaming and your inspiration flowing:

1.Keep a journal to write down all your ideas for projects. It doesn’t have to be special, use a diary, a pad of paper, or just your laptop. Personally I use all the different forms or I get bored. It will stop you forgetting ideas and you might come back to them later finding that they trigger some inspiration. Aim to write something in it every day.

2.Use Creative writing prompts. This blog has a new prompt up every Monday, use them to access your imagination, allow yourself to experiment and have fun!

3. Don’t feel your work has to be amazing all the time. Sometimes you will end up with a load of rubbish…it happens. To me, it happens, A LOT! Don’t worry, persevere, keep writing and eventually the dry spell will end.

4.Listen to Music. Do this while you are writing and reflect on how it changes the final outcome.

5. Freewrite. Freewriting is an exercise in which you write whatever pops into your head. Do not edit or erase anything, just write continuously for a certain amount of time. It is difficult, but some of my best ideas have come out through a freewrite.

6. STOP MAKING EXCUSES. I am the biggest procrastinator in the world when it comes to writing. I will do my washing and ironing and clean the kitchen before even sitting down to write (I end up with a very tidy house), but it is the most unhelpful thing you can possibly do. By avoiding writing the task becomes bigger. You feel guilty. You avoid it again. You feel guilty and before you know it you can’t even look at a page without wanting to stick you head under the covers and hibernate through university life. I have tried this method… unfortunately the time comes when you have to poke your head out and leave behind your shell, even if that means coming up with a REALLY bad metaphorical imagery…

7. Observe: listen to conversations around you, watch and read the news, make notes on your surroundings, and most importantly LIVE. Go to places you haven’t been before and get yourself out there. Writing is an active not a passive process, your life should be too.

8. Get into a group. The Creative Writing Society is advertised below, or just get involved with your friends. Write for each other, or set goals. Meet up in the SU over a beer or, if you are not ready to share your work with the world just yet, set up a blog where strangers can read your work.

9. Research: Google is AMAZING! If you are interested in something, follow the theme and see if you follow it to an idea. If not at least you’ve learnt something new!

10. Read. If you’re stuck for ideas read a novel, a magazine article, poetry or even the news can be your opening into inspirational muse. Why not to replicate the tone in what you’re reading?

TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE: Writing is all about practice. Why not try going through the list above and doing one point every day, even if it’s ten minutes in the library or on your work break. For added incentive, promise yourself a drink at the end of the ten days…or maybe even more than one…

Student Festival Showcase

Come and see the Student Showcase, part of the Literature Festival, 26th March in Quad South Hall for FREE!

Check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/650063325030475/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

And get your FREE tickets via Eventbrite:http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-st-john-student-writing-showcase-tickets-9106065487



Literature Festival Deadline Extended: 10th March

Students who would like their work to be part of the student showcase in the York Literature Festival. The deadline has now been moved to: Monday 10th March. So you have more time to submit your work!

Submissions should be either poetry or prose and should be an interpretation on a given theme. The theme is:

 “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.” (Quote: Gayle Forman – Just One Day) 

Students can submit up to 3 submissions. Poetry should be no longer than a page in length and prose should be between 1000-2000 words. Students should be prepared to read their own work at the showcase, but we can provide some people to read your work for you, if you so wish.

Submissions should be sent to ysjliteratureeventsteam@gmail.com.

So get writing!

Thanks and good luck,

Literature Events Team



Calling all Third Year and MA Students!

We are a group of second year Creative Writing students producing a collection of poetry and prose to be sold at the CREATE event in May. This is an annual publication, celebrating the work of all graduating Creative Writing students.

We are asking all third year and MA students for submissions to put into the anthology. Here is a link to the ‘Behind the Walls’ blog, so you can see last year’s anthology and find out more information about the event: http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/creativewriting/anthology-2013/.

If you are interested in submitting your work, our suggested theme is York. However, York is a preference and not prescriptive. We want people to get creative, so we welcome all submissions. Submissions should be sent by 31st March to ysjanthologyteam@hotmail.com.

If you would like to receive more information regarding the anthology, or have any questions, please contact the email above.

Many thanks,

The Creative Writing Anthology Team.