Story Friday South – call for submissions

Story Friday South is at the end of June, in the long hot days of summertime, and we’ve chosen the theme ‘South’ to set us all up for the summer hols. Whether you go for the blues and sleepytime down south, the breezes and tunes of South Pacific, the waves of southern oceans or the platforms of Southern Trains – or whether you take a different tack altogether – we hope ‘South’ gets your creative juices flowing. Story Friday South will be on Friday 30th June, deadline for submissions is the 19th June. Stories should be a maximum of 2,000 words. Please make sure you can come to Bath for Story Fridays on the 30th June before you submit.  We look forward to reading your stories!

For more information click here.  To submit a story please use the contact page on the website here.

Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news!

Well, hello from all of us at Bunbury Magazine to you, Dear Bunburyists,

We’re not quite sure on the etiquette for how late we can wish you all a Happy New Year. We think after about 15th January it becomes a little awkward but, you know what? This is the first issue of 2017 so you’re getting it…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope your 2017 has gotten off to a rollicking start. Ours has been a nice peaceful affair here so far. That’s what we’re going with anyway. In reality, we have been running around like blue-proverbialled flies getting this next nugget of loveliness together for you! We make it sound like a chore, don’t we? It really is not!

Once again, we have been blessed with some of the finest writing from around the world. It has been an honour to read all the words sent in to us. Not only that, but we have some wonderful art to bring to you (the front cover is more than a little spiffy, we’re sure you’ll agree!)

Without further ado, you can download this new issue for the (not so) new year by clicking on the gorgeous link picture below, kindly given to us by Vincent Davis.

As always, we recommend a £3 donation, which is really good value for all the joy we are bringing to your Kindles/Laptops/Eyes. However, if you would like to donate £15 to our support network for grass-roots creativity, we will send you a copy of The Bunbury Creative Anthology. Simply email us on bunburymagazine@gmail.com with your details when you have paid and we will put it in the post for you.

As well as all this, last year we had the pleasure of putting together two incredible features for you. As usual, we took our annual trip up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As usual, we spent five days legging it from one venue to the next, making sure we caught up with the very best shows at the Fringe and boy, did we see some utter crackers! This issue’s feature brings you the very best of The Fringe 2016.

As well as this, we are thrilled to bring you a feature on Evidently, one of Manchester’s premier spoken word nights. Honestly, if you love performance poetry, get down to this bad boy. We don’t care that you don’t live in the area. Travel! We interviewed the headliners and open mic guests to give you a flavour of what Kieren King and Ella Gainsborough, the eminent creators of Evidently, organise.

  Last but not least, the exciting news! We’ve been short-listed for Best Magazine in this year’s Saboteur Awards. Thank you so much to all those who voted for us to get to the short-list. Last year, we came third. This year, we want to win. We want to win for all the writers, artists, comedians, performers and all round magnificent people we have featured in all 15 issues. To vote for us, click on the picture below. (While you’re there, please vote for Evidently, stars of this issue, for Best Regular Spoken Word Show!) We’d really appreciate it.

            Anyway, happy new year again. Yeah, yeah, we know it’s too late for all that. Just go and read the magazine, will you?

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

Vote Bunbury for Saboteur Awards 2017

As you remember, last year, Bunbury Magazine had the great honour to be short-listed for Best Magazine at the Saboteur Awards.

This year, we want to go one better and win!

To do this, we need your help. We would love to have your vote for best magazine. A vote for us is a vote for every poet, writer, artist, comedian, every beautiful creative we have featured in our pages.

It has been our great pleasure and joy to bring you the finest writing and art & photography from around the world for the past 4 years. We want this recognition not just for us but for everyone that has made doing Bunbury as amazing as it is. In case you need more encouragement, here are some of the gorgeous front covers we have had:

You have to vote in three categories this year in order for your vote to count so while you are there, could you please vote for our anthology, The Bunbury Creative Anthology, as Best Anthology, and our Editor Christopher Moriarty’s book Lightspeed as Best Short Story Collection? It would mean an awful lot to us!

The Anthology is the best of the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. We had so much fun reading everything again and making the editorial decisions. It was out first foray into physical publishing and having recognition for this would be amazing.

So just to remind you, please, please vote for:

Best Magazine – Bunbury Magazine

Best Anthology – Bunbury Creative Anthlogy

Best Short Story Collection – Lightspeed by Christopher Moriarty

You can find the link for voting right here:

STROUD SHORT STORIES IS OPEN AGAIN FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Probasss_no14_invite_a4_050217_v2-1bly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme), Stroud Short Stories is open again for your story submissions. And will be until 22 April 2017.

Ten stories will be selected to be read by their authors at our event on Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. Doors 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Tickets only in advance as we sell out each time. Ticket info will appear here when available.

The Rules and How to Submit are here. It’s free to submit, and the stories can be unpublished or previously published. These stories will be in our next anthology – due 2018.

The judges this time are brilliant short story writer Ali Bacon and SSS organiser John Holland. More info on them here.

Check out our website.

Story Fridays Ice – open for submissions!

Hi everyone.  Any plans for the New Year?  You have now!  Submit a story to Story Friday Ice and you could have the chance to come along to Bath and read it to a lovely warm and friendly audience!  We are teaming up with B&NES Library Service again and part of this Story Friday is a B&NES-wide competition.  So if you live in B&NES and haven’t had a story at Story Fridays before, you might win a thrilling prize as well as the chance to shine on stage!

We’re looking for submissions on the theme of ICE – short stories up to 2,000 words.  Deadline for submissions is 2nd January (plenty of time to get over that New Year’s Eve hangover!), and Story Friday Ice is at Burdall’s Yard in Bath on Friday 13th January.   Please make sure that you can come to the event before you submit.  Submit stories via the website www.awordinyourear.org.uk.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your icy tales!

StrangeBooks Event

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Double Bill: Jane Bom-Bane & Mike Russell
An evening of stories and enchantments.
Brighton author and storyteller Mike Russell will be reading strange stories interspersed with various surreal shenanigans followed by mechanical hats and stories from Jane Bom-Bane.
Reviews for Jane Bom-Bane:
“Utterly refreshing – unlike anything I’ve ever seen or heard before” Dave Gorman
“The best show I saw in Edinburgh Fringe this year (2012)” Stewart Lee
Reviews for Mike Russell:
“The stories will take you to places within your mind you never knew existed.” Gerard Bianco
“I always look forward to Mike Russell’s work, he’s so out there that it’s refreshing.” Nancy at Oddly Weird Fiction
We anticipate a magical evening. For more information on author Mike Russell and to see how to book please visit www.strangebooks.com

Flashers’ Club open mic flash fiction night, 10th November, Cheltenham

Flashers Club will be holding its inaugural open mic night on Thursday 10th November, 7:30-11:00pm, at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham. The mic is open to all writers of short fiction between 300 and 1,000 words. It’s open genre. Published or unpublished, old hand or debut, everyone’s welcome. We aim to be friendly and inclusive, and have a good time! Come along to read, or to hear exciting original writing.

There’ll be around 8 slots for readers, maybe more if time and story length allow. Names will be drawn from a hat if there are more readers than time. After each story we’ll have a short time for Q and A – not a critique, just a chat.

You can book tickets in advance or come along on the night. There’s a small entry fee (£2 + booking fee online, £3 on the door), all of which goes to the charity First Story. First Story places professional writers into schools in deprived areas to encourage children to write.

For lots more details, booking link and FAQs, see our website: www.flashersclub.wordpress.com. You can also find us on Twitter @flashers_club, or on Facebook /flashersclubcheltenham . We’d love to hear from you!

 

Live Spoken Word Flash Fiction Event at Monk’s House

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On the 2nd of September, Writers’ HQ are running a special evening of flash fiction, Moments of Being, at Monk’s House – the beautiful home of Virginia Woolf in Rodmell, East Sussex.

Bring along a story to read at this brand new spoken word event or simply come along to enjoy some fantastic short fiction and meet local authors!

Fri 2nd September: Moments of Being – Live Flash Fiction Event

Moments of Being is a brand new spoken word event hosted by Monk’s House, the home of Virginia Woolf in Rodmell – a literary evening full of bite-sized ‘moments‘ of fiction read aloud by the authors themselves.

Come, fine writers, pull your brave pants right up to your chin and read your words aloud to a room full of expectant ears. We want to hear your story…

Here’s how it works:

  • Bring along a story (no more than 1000 words please).
  • Put your name in the fiction hat and cross your fingers tightly.
  • If you’re picked, leap on stage with verve and pizazz, fill the brains of the audience with the sound of your story and then field their questions and feedback like a true pro. Be rewarded for your efforts with a free beverage.
  • If you’re not picked, then simply enjoy a relaxing evening of original literature, applaud wildly, and put your questions to the chosen authors.

And if you don’t fancy reading, then simply come along to listen to eight stories by eight fabulous writers, quiz them on their methods, techniques and inspiration, and enjoy an intimate evening of literary brilliance at the home of Virginia Woolf.

Booking essential. Visit Writers’ HQ for more details. 

Flash Fiction Readings in Bath, 29th July

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If you’re in or near Bath on Friday evening, 29th July,  do come to hear fabulous flash fiction writers at our Evening of Readings organised by Jude Higgins at Bath Flash Fiction Award. Readings from acclaimed US flash-fiction writer, poet, writing teacher and editor, Meg Pokrass, who will be reading from51oCRJs7VwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ her new collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down

Carrie Etter poet, flash-fiction writer and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University who will be reading from her new pamphlet HometownHometown-001

together with award winning local flash-fiction writers

K M Elkes, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons

 

Venue: St James Wine Vaults, Bath.

Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Cost £5. Places limited. Book now at bathflashfictionaward.com via paypal or any card

 

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

Unknown-4Story Friday in June is very near to midsummer so we’ve chosen the theme SOLSTICE.  We’re looking for stories about summer and sun, whether ice-cream or Icarus, and yes, the occasional pagan ritual might go down well…  Maximum word count 2,000, and do make sure your story reads well out loud.  The event is on 17th June at Burdall’s Yard in Bath.  Please make sure you can come along before you submit – but you don’t have to read if you’d rather not, we have some wonderful professional actors who will read your story for you if you prefer.  Deadline is 6th June.  To submit, go to the A Word In Your Ear website here.

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.

Story Fridays call for submissions – Fools

Next Story Friday falls on April 1st, so we couldn’t resist.  The theme is Fools and we’re hoping for some wonderful tales of fools and foolishness and maybe some gooseberries.  Please send us your stories on Fools, under 2,000 words, deadline 21st March.  Make sure you can come along on the 1st to Story Friday in Bath before you submit!  There are full details of how to submit and any other stray rules here.  We’re getting great audiences at the moment – we had to turn people away for our last event – so we will pay writers who are successful £10 for their stories.  Enough to buy a pint to celebrate, anyway!  If you can’t make Story Friday Fools, we’ve got another one coming up in June – the theme is Solstice.  Story Friday is on 17th June, deadline for submissions is the 6th.  For more information go to A Word In Your Ear.

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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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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Tragic Autumn is falling: This last of Stand Up Tragedy’s seasonal tragedies

Stand Up Tragedy have  lined up four shows in London for 2015, plus we’ll be taking the tragedy back up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Sprinklings of tragic seasoning will spice up the performance calendar, with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and Tragic Autumn each exploring a different theme. Three acts of tragedy, one of which will be guest-curated by a favourite performer, culminate in a series of tasty shows that feed your appetite for the terrible and the sublime.

This will be the last full SUT show of 2015. We’ll be coming back with more live nights of tragedy next year. We’ll continue putting out tragedy on our podcast. We also have a special Stand Up Tragedy presents… at the Dogstar in Brixton on 19th November.

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This year sprinklings of tragic seasoning have spiced up the Hackney Attic where we have presented Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer. Now as the memories of our Edinburgh Festival season wither away on the vine it’s time for our last show of the year: Tragic Autumn.

On October the 16th we will celebrate the melancholy, death and transitions of autumn. We’ll start the night with an act of Tragic Changes featuring Adam Blampied from The Beta Males, brilliant spoken word from Adele Hampton and the always enigmatic Ben Target (“One of very few comics who manage to do something new with the art form while keeping an audience thoroughly entertained”, Guardian). Next we’ll have an act of Tragic Schooling put together by Liz Bailey from LSE; this act will involve academics coming out of their comfort zone and into the spotlight. They’ll be getting personal and sad about the welfare state. And the night will end (as many nights do) with a Tragic Fall featuring comedy and storytelling from James Harris, Jorik Mol and Brydie Lee-Kennedy. At the show’s 10.30pm conclusion, everyone’s invited to join in a cathartic sing-a-long or show off their tragic dancing into the early hours of the morning.

WHAT: Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Autumn

WHERE: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE

WHEN: 7:30pm-late, Friday 16th October

HOW MUCH: £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. It’s a regular live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it too seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy, we combine established performers like Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe, Rob Auton and Andy Zaltzman with new and upcoming acts to create long-form evenings of tragic variety. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out as a podcast.

In the press:

“Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Rise of Stand-Up Tragedy” (Independent, July 2012)

“Stand-Up Tragedy” (London Word, January 2013)

One of the Guardian’s “Ten Great Storytelling Nights” (March 2014)

“Stand-up comedy with Sophocles and Justin Bieber during World Cup football” (John Fleming, June 2014)

“Mansplaining Storyteller Dave Pickering” (John Fleming, June 2015)

Hear our origin story here: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/selected-tragedy-vol-1-tragic-origins

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:

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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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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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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.