Smut Slam: February

In February Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights to the UK

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where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for London’s first-ever SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

In January both Bristol and London had sell out nights. In London we’ve moved to a bigger venue for February! And this month Smut Slam comes to Glasgow for the first time.

Wednesday 8thth January: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: Best Laid Plans at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Thursday 19th Feb: SMUT SLAM Brighton: at Moksha Caffe (4-5 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU)

Tuesday 14th Feb: SMUT SLAM Bristol: True Lust at the Milkbar (46 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EX)

Wednesday 15th Feb: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Firsts at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 28th Feb: SMUT SLAM Manchester at Kings Arms Pub Salford (11 Bloom St, Salford M3 6AN)

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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Smut Slam launching across the UK

Starting next week Cameryn Moore brings her Smut Slam nights to the UK

smut slam

where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for London’s first-ever SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

Tuesday 10th January: SMUT SLAM Bristol at the Milk Bar (46 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EX)

Wednesday 11th January: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London at the Rose & Crown in Kentish Town (71-73 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2SG)

Thursday 12th January: SMUT SLAM Brighton at Blue Man Resturant (8 Queens Road Brighton, BN1 1)

Tuesday 31st January: SMUT SLAM Manchester at Kings Arms Pub Salford (11 Bloom St, Salford M3 6AN)

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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After a Long Break *drum roll* Bunbury is Back!

Hello dear Bunburyists!

We have had quite the busy time of it here at Bunbury Magazine HQ! Firstly, we would like to introduce you to our new addition, Siân S. Rathore who has climbed aboard and will be taking care the poetry. Taking it for walks, feeding it, making sure it gets enough affection. Most importantly, Siân will be editing it. This makes us happy. We’re thrilled to have her on board as her achievements and skill-set are amazing. We look forward to working with her on other projects in the future too!

At the beginning of August, Co-directors Christopher and Keri only went and blinking got married, becoming Mr & Mrs Moriarty! In true form, they had a poetry slam, the winner of which was Fiona Nuttall who won a canvas painted by Keri. They cut the cake with a chainsaw so, pretty standard stuff really.

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After that, we went to Edinburgh for the Fringe festival as we do every year. We had a great time and, as usual, we handed out our interview packs, made new friends and met up with old ones too. There are lots of pictures and reviews on our website, bunburymagazine.com to look at from our trip. The Edinburgh Fringe special feature will be out later on in the year so we’ll keep you up to date with that.

Anyhoo, back to this issue. The theme was Atmosphere and we have loads of wonderful things for you to gaze upon and get cosy with including an interview with the wonderful and always lovely David Hartley, some fabulous art and photography and the usual selection of top class fiction and poetry and much, much more.

To get your hands on the latest lovely package of joy, click on the gorgeous front cover below (it was done by the amazingly talented Rachael Broadhurst. As always, it is available for Pay-What-You-Like (though we do recommend £3 for all the hard work our team puts into it.)

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We really hope you enjoy this issue as much (if not more!) as previous ones. We always are taken aback by the quality of pieces submitted to us. We say it every time, if it wasn’t for your submissions and kind words, we wouldn’t be here.

We will be back in December with our Terra-themed issue. This will also include the fruits of our trip to Edinburgh, with loads of interviews from some of the stars of the Free Fringe. In the meantime, please do check in with us on social media. We have them all and everything!

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Thank you all so very much, sit back, relax and bathe your eyes in Bunbury!

Much love,
Christopher & Keri Moriarty

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Real Story – Creative Nonfiction

The Real Story is an Arts Council funded writing organisation devoted to developing creative nonfiction in the UK.

In our online journal, we publish original nonfiction short stories, including personal essays, lyric essays, reportage, narrative journalism and short memoirs of under 3,000 words.

Submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis (simultaneous submissions ok), accepted pieces will be edited for publication.

See guidelines and submit here: https://therealstory.submittable.com/submit  

Bunbury Issue Thirteen is Here and Some MORE Exciting News!

Hello to you again from all of us at Bunbury Magazine! It’s that time again, dear Bunburyists. Time for another installment of your favourite international, wide-read, beautifully curated and over-epitheted arts-and-literature magazine (which seemingly has a curious love of hyphens). Bunbury is back! Back again. Can’t get rid of us, can you? Issue 13 is here. Unlucky for some, but not for you dear Bunburyists because it’s another issue jam-packed of the usual high-quality content you come to expect from us – poetry, stories, art and photography and JAM! Mmmm. Jam.

And you can grab your copy of issue 13 right now by clicking on the stunning artwork below!

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Mind you, we are quite giddy here at the moment. As we write this, we are in the middle of campaigning for the Saboteur Awards. We’ve been nominated for Best Magazine. Too right, as well! We’re pretty damn spiffy if we do say so ourselves. (In the end, we placed a very honourable third!)

Enough of the gushing anyway. What have we got for you this month? Space. That’s the theme, in memory of the great David Bowie who joined the Starman waiting in the Sky this year. Along with our usual poetry section, we have some wonderful poems written in his memory.

And while we’re on the subject, take this issue as being dedicated to some of the other wonderful talents we have lost this year: Victoria Wood, Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Prince, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Ronnie Corbett and so many more besides. Each one has added something marvellous to the world and will never be forgotten.

Our feature this issue sees us turn our eye on the wonderful world of podcasts. We adore podcasts. There’s something so wonderfully fresh about them. The performers can really be themselves and make what they want to make and the results are often so sparkling and vibrant. And diverse! There’s an entire world out there to listen to. We’ve had the pleasure of talking to the hosts of some of our favourite podcasts; Ray Peacock & Barry Dodds from The Parapod; Rob Rouse from The Rob Rouse Podcast. We heartily recommend listening to all of these but have a read of their interviews first. Or listen while you read? Oh, the options are some.

In other news, we have launched our very first physical book. It is the Bunbury Creative Anthology; it is the our favourite writing from the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. It is full of brilliant poetry, short stories and flash fiction from the likes of It includes stunning writing from the likes of Clare Ferguson-Walker, The Antipoet, David Subacchi, Dean Rhetoric, Danielle Matthews, Dave Judgement, Karen Little, Kevin McMahon, Kurt Jarram to mention but a few! Well you can get your very own copy now! It’s on Amazon as either physical copy or e-book. Please leave a review too so more people can see the phenomenal writing on display it the pages! Just click the beautiful cover below!

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As always, you can find us on Twitter @BunburyPublish and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bunburymagazine where you can keep up-to-date with everything we are up to here.

Finally, we are now open for submissions on issue 15 of Bunbury. The theme is Terra and is due out in December 2016. All our guidelines can be found here:

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Anyway, enough from us. Get in there you. Have fun. This Bunbury is a good’un. Next time we speak Christopher and Keri shall be married and exhausted from Edinburgh. But MARRIED! The giddiness is returning.

Bye! And keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Bunbury has some amazing news for you!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine! We hope you’re doing well. We’ve just swing by quickly to give you some absolutely terrific news and give you some updates.

First off, there is this:

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You may remember last time we came by we were asking for your votes to get shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016. Well, we only flippin’ went and did it, didn’t we? We want to thank you all for helping us make the shortlist. The groundswell of support has really blown us away. Keri and I are going to be true to our word and get the tattoos. Christopher is going for the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ and Keri will be getting an ampersand.

Now, we feel like the support we have got from you all has been showered over us but let’s turn this into flowers for May! We’re on the shortlist. We’re in it so we would like to try and win it. There is another round of voting to decide the winner open now. We would be absolutely made up to be able to come home with the big prize. If you need a little convincing, here are some reason that Bunbury Magazine is worthy of Best Magazine:

  1. Our commitment to supporting grassroots creativity, giving a platform to those who may not find it through traditional media.
  2. Our commitment to bringing you the best interviews we possibly can. In the past, we have had the honour to talk to Jasika Nicole, Michael R Perry, Phil Jupitus, Christian Reilly, Wil Hodgson to name but a few.
  3. The Edinburgh Fringe feature we do every year, giving coverage to the stars of the Free Fringe, those who make it a phenomenal place to be for a whole month!
  4. The focus we are now bringing to writing in our local area, giving space and a platform to the wonderful talent in the North West area.
  5. Check out some of the front covers. They’re so damn pretty!

 

And finally, if we win, not only will we get the tattoos, but we’ll go live on Periscope so you can witness them being done first hand. It’s going to be worth checking that out as Christopher is a complete wimp and will probably have a breakdown! You know you all want to see that. So get voting now folks. The link is below for you. There are lots of categories to get involved in too!

Sab AwardsIn other news, work is underway editing issue 13 for all you folks. If you sent a piece in to us, we will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, here is the theme for issue 14! The inbox is open now so let us see what you got, good folks! Click to the picture below for our submissions guidelines and details.bu275lp3jp

Other than that, we’re just keeping up the good work for you good folk. We have our trip to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 coming up so if you are up there performing do let us know and we will get an interview for our feature to you.

Thank you all so much once again for all your help and support. It really does mean the world to us.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri xxx

Call for Submissions – Avis Magazine

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With Avis Magazine Issue 2 at the printers and on its way into a store near your (sort of), we’re opening our call up for Issue 3.

For our third issue, we want our submissions to focus on ‘Influence’. Influence: the workings of others, of alcohol, of emotion, on our own actions. Influence: the flowing in, the arrival of the foreign, the secret operations of history. Give us your Unconscious influences. Tell us the influences you wish you had, but don’t. Perhaps you want to tell us about your idol. Perhaps you want to tell us about what you did when you last got off your head. Perhaps you write to honour David Bowie. Perhaps you’re obsessed with him. Perhaps you’re obsessed with nothing, influenced by nothing: totally pure. What does it mean to be shaped and changed by another? What does it mean to shape and change?

A few stipulations. Please the rules for submission on our website closely; we are inevitably better disposed towards work that meets our requirements.

General Submissions

Closing date is 23 May 2016.

Send your work in standard manuscript format.

Send us short prose, send us poetry, send us precise non-fiction. Send us photography and illustration.

That’s all folks. Happy Spring.

The Avis Team

 

 

 

Bunbury Needs You! And Some Updates For You

Hello to you from all of us at Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are doing well and enjoying the year so far!

We are writing to you now because we are asking for a favour from  all of you. As you know by now, we work not only our socks off but shoes as well to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world. Since we have started, we have published over 300 pieces of writing, a plethora of of art and photography and brought you interviews with some of the finest musicians, writers and comedians it has been our pleasure to meet. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done in putting Bunbury together and would like to raise the profile of the platform we are building for emerging creativity.

The nominations are now open for the Saboteur Awards 2016. We are hoping to be nominated for Best Magazine. Nominations are all down to the public voting for what they love. It would be a tremendous honour  if you would go and vote for us at the Saboteur Awards voting page.

To vote, click on the link below and vote Bunbury Magazine for Best Magazine.

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If you need a little bit more to tempt you in to voting for us, if we make it to the short list, Christopher and Keri, our erstwhile editors, have promised to get literary themed tattoos. Christopher will have the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ tattooed somewhere. Keri is still coming up with an idea but we will keep you in the loop.

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On top of all that, we have just started a new writing group in Bury, Lancashire. It is called Just Write. We give support to local writers who are working on pieces and it’s generally an all round good time. We will be running a ‘Local Poetry’ section in the magazine with the hopes of highlighting some of the great talent we have right on our doorstep. If you want to get involved, send your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com and for more information on the group itself, click right here. =====> Just Write

That’s about it for now, dear Bunburyists! Thanks for your time and if you need anything, you know where we are.

Much love and keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

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Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

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As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!

Bunbury Magazine here with Crime, Space and World Cup of Authors!

Hello to you all, Bunbury Magazine here! Lovely to see you all again. We are here with some news and updates for your eyes.

First of all, we want to thank all of you that have downloaded Issue Eleven of Bunbury. The response has been absolutely brilliant. If you missed it, then do not hesitate any longer! It is our crime-theme bonanza. Not only that, but we have an epic (we do not use that word lightly!) feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, packed full of interviews with some of the best performers that were up there, including Phil Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Cormac Friel and Christian Reilly. It really is worth it AND it is Pay-What-You-Like. Click the pick below to get your digi-hands on it today.

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We are also on a drive for submissions for issue thirteen. The theme is Space, in memory of David Bowie. We are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography. Anything really! Here is another picture to click, this time to our submission guidelines!

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At the start of February, we are having a bit of fun. We are running a World Cup of Authors. We have been through the Goodreads lists of best authors from 4 categories – Pre-19th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century and 21st Century (so far!) – and chosen qualifying authors. We want you to vote on who should reach the last 32 from each section. 4 from Pre-19th Century. We have another picture for your eyes now. It is the long lists of each category. Click on it to go to the tweet where you can vote for your favourites. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldcupofauthors.

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Other than all that, keep your eyes peeled for a competition we will be running in the coming months. We are also starting our writing group up again. It is run in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It is a very welcoming group where you can share your work in a safe space and get some great feedback on what you are working on at the moment. We also run regular events with brilliant headliners. This year, we are also looking to start a poetry slam so it is well worth coming along if you live in the area. Full details on the group can be found here. (Yes, yes, another wonderful picture for you!

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That’s it for now. Issue Twelve: Self will be out in February. We will speak to you all very soon. Take care and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

 

Speak Easy 2016… and Tips for Spoken Word First-Timers

SE_PNGA new year, a fresh new look for Speak Easy at The Sip Club in Stretford, Manchester. After a successful first three events in Autumn last year, we’ve gathered our gorged selves and turned to the giddy horizon of 2016 with a bold new poster and a fresh outlook. We’re excited to see how Speak Easy will develop over the next twelve months and we’re starting to formulate some rather thrilling plans behind the scenes.

But first we need readers. We ain’t gonna survive if no-one turns up to read. So pick up, buck up, and sign up: send an email to events@thesipclub.co.uk to bag yourself a slot at one (or indeed more) of our first three 2016 events. Here be the dates:

  • Thursday 14th January
  • Thursday 4th February
  • Thursday 3rd March

As ever, we are especially keen to encourage first timers to the Speak Easy stage. We’re lucky to have a particularly stress-free environment and a delightfully welcoming audience, perfect to calm even the nerviest of nerves. No pressure, no heckling – not even a microphone to make your voice sound all big and scary. Just a quiet room with some warm people and a little nudge of gentle encouragement.

And in the spirit of encouragement, here are my top 5 tips for Spoken Word first-timers:

  1. Slow Down – relax, take your time, tell the story. Read slower than you think you should. Allow time to let people laugh at the funny bits and reflect on the sad bits. Don’t worry about going over time because…
  2. Practice Beforehand – …you will have already practiced. In most cases you’ll know how long you have on stage (usually around 5 minutes), so time yourself so you know you’re hitting the mark. Also, its good to let your mouth get around the words as well as your eyes – so practice out loud!
  3. Look at the Audience – this is often a big fear but looking at the audience can genuinely help you to calm down and it will draw them in. You will get them on-side. You will dominate them, command them, make them tremble at your 5 minutes of glory. So don’t hide behind your paper, don’t look over their heads. Look at them. Into. Their. Eyes
  4. Print your Words Big – do your future self a favour and make the text big. You never know how dimly lit a stage will be and not being able to see the words can derail your momentum at any given moment.
  5. Perform it – Spoken Word is just another form of theatre. Don’t be afraid to get your whole body into the act. Get your hands moving, gesticulate, use props, dress up in costume – everything and anything goes, generally speaking. As long as it entertains the audience, its fair game. So don’t hold back!

For more tips on performing literature, do have a look at my longer blog post on the matter. And if you’ve made a new year’s resolution to read your writing to an audience, do come and join us at Speak Easy.

David Hartley

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Bunbury Issue Eleven is Here! Crime and Edinburgh Fringe Special.

Hello to you, Dear Bunburyists!

It is really hard to believe that months have gone by since we last spoke, Dear Bunburyists, but Bunbury Magazine is back!. Two months since we last brought you some of the best writing and art from around the world. It’s almost criminal how quickly time passes! And this new issue is criminally good. 

Get your hands on the new issue right now on Pay-What-You-Like to see some of the best writing and art from around the world including our Edinburgh Fringe Special which features, amongst many others: Phill Jupitus, Aidan Killian, Dan Nichols, Gurpal Gil, Christian Steel, Joz Norris, Cormac Friel, Wil Hodgson, Daphna Baram, Clare Ferguson-Walker.

Follow this link right now, you lovely people!

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Well, the theme is crime after all! So what has changed in the past two months?

Well, we have experienced new levels of tired. August this year saw us make our now regular trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to do coverage of some of the most wonderful shows that make the Festival what it is. We started our preparations about one month before, hand-making interviews for the wonderful performers. After hauling ourselves, our necessities and 100 interviews over the border, we hit the Festival hard. In fact, we saw our first show before we had even checked in to our hotel!

Now, we know just how much work goes in to making each show and how hard and passionately everyone taking part in the Fringe works – and that goes on for them for an entire month. We say that because when we say we were up there for five days and felt like we had been trapped in a hurricane by the time we left. A hurricane filled with some of the most inspiring, entertaining and downright hilarious shows we have ever seen. Let us tell you now that it took us quite a while to recover afterwards!

The main feature this issue comprises of interviews with some of these comedians, poets, artists and pretty much every type of creative you can think of. It is genuinely our pleasure to be able to bring these people to you.

And that isn’t even everything we have this issue! As usual, the writing we have is simply outstanding. Everything from the poetry to prose and in between has been lovingly written, diligently sent in and carefully selected to bring you words of the highest quality.

As always, we love bringing this magazine to you all but we only exist through the love of our readers. If you like what we do, please share us with your friends, loved ones and anyone you think would like to read some mighty fine writing and experience the best in creativity from all four corners. You can find our Twitter, Facebook and other garb right here.facebooktwitter

We are also taking submissions for issue twelve of Bunbury. The theme is Self. You can submit your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com

Anyway, that’s quite enough of all that. Let us steal your time now and sentence you to another brilliant issue of Bunbury.

As always, keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Call for submissions – Avis Magazine

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Run by students on the MMU’s MA Creative Writing programme, Avis Magazine seeks work from new and emerging writers on the theme of migration.

Across geographies big and small, wide and minor; across borders and boundaries, fences, walls, and lines in the sand. Think comets through the cosmos and piercings through the skin; people, their lives, their losses. Dip your fingers in your inkwells and let us have it. We support emerging writers – so if you’ve never had a story or poem published, send something across. We’re a print journal, so if your work is strange and/or lovely and you like to see it in a magazine, get in touch.

 

Prose
We are looking for your finest short stories and flash.
Submit up to 1 short story and 3 pieces of flash.
The short story word limit is 2,000 words.
The flash should range from 100 to 1000 words maximum.

 

Poetry
We are hungry for your leanest verse.
Submit up to 4 pieces of poetry.
The line-count limit is 40 lines per poem.

 

Non-fiction
We have a small section for essays and meditations on the issue’s theme.
Submit 1 piece of non-fiction  of up to 2,000 words.

 

For more details, include the format for submissions, deadlines, etc. go here. You’ll find contact details on the website if you have any queries.

 

Happy winter
The Avis Team

Northern Lights Writers’ Conference

Creative Industries Trafford (CIT), in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival and Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, and supported by Arts Council England, is running a third Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, on Saturday 14 November, 10am-5.30pm, at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. The one-day event for emerging and established writers this year focuses on the craft of writing, and keynote speaker Louise Doughty and other guests will explain how to tell a story across different mediums – page, radio, theatre or screen.

Described by Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing as “A brilliant writers’ conference”, Northern Lights includes two panel discussions: ‘Storytelling across different platforms’, with award-winning authors Kerry Hudson and Emma Jane Unsworth and writer and theatre-maker James Varney; and ‘The Path to publication’, with literary agent Juliet Pickering and editor Susannah Otter. Delegates can choose from three hands-on workshops: ‘Writing for radio’ with Made In Manchester director Ashley Byrne and BBC Radio 4 writer and producer Gary Brown; ‘Writing a successful blog’ with award-winning blogger Len Grant, and ‘Performance and the spoken word’ with DaDa Award Performance Artist of the Year Rosie Garland. The day closes with a networking session when delegates can meet the speakers and writers.

Tickets cost £30 for the day (£25 concessions), and can be booked in advance by calling the Waterside box office on 0161 912 5616 or by emailing info@creativeindustriestrafford.org. Full details of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference can be found on the CIT website: www.creativeindustriestrafford.org.

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Verbose: bringing words to the ‘burbs

Critically acclaimed live literature night Verbose brings more words to the ’burbs on Monday 26 October, with ten open mic acts and headliners Sarah Butler, Kate Feld and David Gaffney.

The three critically acclaimed writers collaborated on the popular Arts Council England-funded Re/Place writing project commissioned by Chorlton Arts Festival earlier this year, along with Verbose host Sarah-Clare Conlon. Sarah Butler’s novels Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before The Fire are out on Picador, Kate Feld is founder of Openstories, which runs The Real Story and the Blog North Awards, and David Gaffney has published four collections of micro fiction and short stories and the novel Never Never, and has just launched graphic novel project The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

The Re/Place project saw six writers who share an interest in psychogeography and urban exploration pen pieces about ghost places and the re-appropriation of spaces in and around south Manchester suburb Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and at Verbose we’ll go behind the scenes in Longford Cinema, explore Chorltonville, hear about the Chorlton Park paddling pool and get spooked by the Chorlton Green churchyard.

Verbose was recently named by The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester while Manchester Evening News said: “From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all.” So far the night has welcomed acclaimed writers including Jenn Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, John McAuliffe, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow café in Fallowfield (2a Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA), Verbose is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. See http://verbosemcr.wordpress.com. Email verbosemcr@gmail.com.

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Bunbury Issue Ten: Politics Special!

Hello Dear Bunburyists! Bunbury Magazine is back!

Right, come on now. Settle down. This is no time for fun. Certainly not with the theme of this issue. A theme which speaks to us all on some level – from those who live, breath and eat it to those who feel the tremors rippling out from the epicentres created on its landscape. We are talking about Politics.

Get Issue Ten right here, right now on Pay-What-You-Like:

Issue Ten: Politics

Issue Ten: Politics

After the drama of the General Election in May, and the distinct lack of hat-eating afterwards, we invited our wonderful contributors to take on this oft murky topic and, as always, they did not disappoint! We are very proud to present some of the best writing around which takes on all aspects of politics, from voting itself to the somewhat darker, more controversy-strewn aspects of that which governs our lives, often very satirically but all with great poignancy.

You know the drill by now guys, ten issues in! It’s not just the best writing we have here at Bunbury, but art and photography too, and always in bundles! We have had the pleasure of having some great artists brand-new to us for this issue, from deeply experienced to teen siblings creating some of the most beautifully bonkers comics we’ve ever seen.

As well as all that, we always have a round up of the fantastic Deer Shed Festival, based in Baldersby Park, Yorkshire and interviews with some of the musical and literary highlights of the weekend. So strap in, now is the time for fun. Funbury! That’s too much isn’t it?

We are quite excited here. We headed up to Edinburgh last month to get interviews with some of the wonderful people who make the Fringe so awesome. Issue Eleven will have an absolutely ram-packed feature, full of words and faces, giving you the pick of our Fringe experience. Look out for that in two months’ time!

Also, issue ten! A landmark. Ten issues of what we believe to be a really important platform for emerging and established creativity. Thank you so much for being with us all this time and we’re sure we’ll be thanking you again in another ten issues’ time.

Our inbox is open for submissions for issue eleven of Bunbury as well! The theme is Crime and we are accepting everything from short stories and poetry to non-fiction and essays, art and photography and we are looking to interview some lovely talented people! One thing we are keen to do is use Twitch on the X-Box One to interview people while we play big ‘splodey games so if this is something you would like to do, get in touch!

To submit to us, drop us an email on submissions@bunburymagazine.com.

You can also get the entire Bunbury back catalogue. All of the nine other issues to date, full of some of the best writing, art, and interviews from around the world. It’s all on Pay-What-You-Like, so take it for free if you like or give a little if you can. The only thing we ask for sure is share us with your friends and family. Help us keep doing what we do and spread the word!

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And that’s all she wrote, folks! There’s been a lot of info so thanks for bearing with us and  thanks for joining us and don’t forget, if you have any thoughts, feedback, ideas or just want a natter, drop us a line on bunburymagazine@gmail.com!

Keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

Critically acclaimed Verbose is back with more words in the ’burbs

“From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all” – Manchester Evening News

Live literature night Verbose is back from its summer break on Monday 28 September, with special guests from the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester: Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe and Geoff Ryman – “a stellar line-up”, according to the current issue of The Skinny.

Ian’s much anticipated second novel is out in spring 2016 while John’s fourth collection of poetry is launching at Manchester Literature Festival in October, so this is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of both artists’ new work. The September event will also be celebrating the launch of this year’s edition of The Manchester Anthology, a showcase of the work produced each year by students of the Centre for New Writing’s Creative Writing MA, some of whom will be reading on the open mic.

Now on its seventh outing with its popular new look, Verbose was recently named by The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester. Verbose invites writers who collaborate on projects and publications, and so far the night has welcomed acclaimed writers including Jenn Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow café in Fallowfield (2a Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA), Verbose is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. See http://verbosemcr.wordpress.com. Email verbosemcr@gmail.com.

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Call for Submissions: NOUS 6 – The Worlds Apart Issue

In our sixth issue of NOUS we will explore how differently mental health issues are dealt with in relation to time, place and society. We want to invite you to reflect, research, tell your tales on issues related to mental illness and everything that comes with it.





Do families speak more openly about their issues today than ten years ago? Did depression even “exist” in the times of our grandparents? What about China, Irak, Brasil, Lithuania? How is people’s perception of their emotions different in the world, in time maybe even in the family next door? This issue of NOUS invites you to tell your stories of how we connect and feel seperated from each other emotionally. How can we build bridges and what blocks our roads?

Please send your poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions as OTF or DOC files to submit@nous-magazine.de Clearly state your name as you want it to be listed, the wordcount, and the title of your submission in your email to us. Written work should not exceed the 2000 word limit.

If submitting visuals, send us a low-res jpg preview of your work in a zip-folder for a start. Should your work be selected we will request files suitable for printing. Please bear in mind that NOUS is riso-printed. Your work will be printed in dual-colour (not CMYK) or BW if requested.



 

All contributors featured in the final magazine will receive one free copy delivered to the address of your choice. This will also be the first time we can reward our contributors monetarily. Upon publication, all artists will be paid £20. This is only a small sum but we’re hoping to increase payments with each issue. 

Deadline for submissions for NOUS 6 is 12th October 2015. We’re looking forward to your messages and work!

Bunbury Issue Nine: The Night Issue is here now!

Dear Bunburyists, Bunbury Magazine here. We have a lot to get through this time so let’s not dilly, lets not dally or we’ll be here ’til the sun slips behind the horizon and we are covered by that starry blanket we call the night sky.

Actually, given the theme of this issue is ‘night’ that would perfect. Yes, make yourself a cup of the finest drinking fudge, slip under something warm and cwtchy and fade away into the latest Bunbury Magazine: The Night Issue.

And you can find the usual package of loveliness right here:

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Bunbury Issue Nine: Night Free

This right here is a preview of Issue Nine. It has the poetry section, one of our staples of grass-roots creativity promotion. Below is where you can get the full Bunbury experience, with art, photography and all the features we tirelessly put together. It is on pay-what-you-want so you can still have it all for free but every penny we make will be going into expanding our support network for the writers and artists we endorse so why not see what you think it is all worth?

Bunbury Issue Nine: Night Full

Bunbury Issue Nine: Night

This issue we received a positive tidal wave of submissions from everywhere around the world. We may say this every issue but we are so proud to be at the helm of something that attracts such wonderful writing and art.

For this issue, we have also had the pleasure of interviewing some brilliant musicians for the main feature. All of them have been featured on the podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, a show we absolutely love. The music is always something you would not expect in the most delightful way. We are genuinely excited to be able to bring these interviews to you.

As you know, we always have a big focus on grass-roots and local talent. This time round, we are thrilled to present an interview with Pascal Little, an artist who has a stall in Affleck’s Palace in Manchester. His work is very bracing, very original and we are sure you are going to love it.

All this and the usual mix of writing and art of the highest calibre. You are very lucky people indeed!

As always, dear Bunburyists, we exist not only through the wonderful talent we have in the magazine but by people spreading the word. If you love what we do and want to see and help us grow, why not send a cheeky tweet or Facebook post and show your friends what we are all about. Our social media links are just below.

Twitter: @BunburyPublish

Twitter: @BunburyPublish

Facebook: facebook.com/bunburymagazine

Facebook: facebook.com/bunburymagazine

As a last note, over the page there are details about a crowd-funding project we have started. We are trying to fund the start of a great support network for fresh talent in writing and art. We want to become one of the biggest advocates of grass-roots creativity and we need your help, dear Bunburyists. See more about our project here:

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Bunbury Publishing LTD.

 

Remember, we are on pay-what-you-want. You can have all this wonderfulness for free if you like. We do this because we love it and we love you for reading.

Until next time;

Keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.