FLASH FICTION 2019 WINNERS
First : What's that son.You've entered a fast friction competition. By Mark Robinson, Bristol.
Second : Prison of my own making By Zoe Critchley, Bristol
Third : Adonis By Lindsay Woodward, Rugby
Congratulations and well done to you and all other 120 entrants
FLASH FICTION 2019 SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED
The short listed stories, in no particular order, are :-
Unthinkable by Deanna Allan
Adonis by Lindsay Woodward
Twiddle by Anne Warburton
Relief at Last by Kristian Rose
Water Torture by Mark Robinson
Prison of my own making by Zoe Critchley
What's that Son? You've entered a Fast Friction Competition? by Mark Robinson
Good luck to all short listed competitors. The winner and runners up will be announced on October 20th
The Brilliant Kenilworth Book Shop
will be at the Southam Book Festival at the Graham Adams Centre on Sunday 20th October 11am to 5pm. Not to be missed. Be there.
The Flash Fiction Competition 2019 is closed
Thank-you to all those who entered - there has been a brilliant response. Entries have come from the USA, Jersey and all parts of the UK , including Warwickshire. The judges have a difficult task.
We will post a shortlist on this site on October 12.
Always wanted to write poems?
Now's your chance - come to our poetry workshop led by Dave Brough on October 20th at 1pm at the Book Festival in Graham Adams Centre. Suitable for anyone over sixteen.
Book your place via Eventbrite or turn up on the day.
Southam Book Festival Programme
is hot off the press giving details of all the times and venues of Festival events. The Programme will be delivered to every house in Southam and be available in the district from various outlets - libraries, shops and cafes. Hot info for you.
17/5/19 SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL 2019
YOUNG WRITERS' COMPETITION NOW OPEN
Entries are invited from young writers for our four competitions
Writers from Key Stages One and Two are invited to write a poem on any subject.
Writers from Key Stages Three and Four are asked to write a short story on any subject.
Prizes (first,second and third ) will be awarded for each Key Stage.
For full details on how to enter click COMPETITIONS and click on YOUNG WRITERS'COMPETITION or follow this link .
Good luck everyone - and don't forget to fill in the entry form and send it with your poem or story
15/5/19 SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL FLASH FICTION 2019 INVITES ENTRIES
Our Flash Fiction competition is now open. The judges will be looking for a very short story - up to 100 words - which must include the words 'the water dripped'
Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up and also the writer of the best entry from the local area CV47 and CV33
Thanks to Reynolds Insurance and Southam Financial Services for supporting this competition
For full details on how to enter please click COMPETITIONS button and click on 100 WORD or follow this link
Good luck to all writers, may the bard be with you!
30/4/19 - WELCOME TO OUR AUTHORS
We're delighted to welcome authors who will interest and delight you and your family. We are excited to announce that the following authors will join Andrew Davies as part of our Southam Book Festival line-up - more information is included on the Event Schedule page.
Julia will talk about and read from her new book 'Night-time Cat', a children’s book about a mischievous cat named Ginger who is awake and playful at night when everyone else is trying to sleep.
Julia lives in Leamington Spa but is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Oxford under the name
Dr. Julia Badger. Julia is a Developmental Psychologist who has worked closely with children for over 15 years. Her work focuses on helping every child reach his/her potential at school.
Chris grew up in South London and read English at Cardiff. "Particles of Light", his book of poetry and humour was published late in 2017. He writes poetry and reads at local open mic sessions. You can catch Chris at our light hearted quiz and poetry evening (to be announced soon) and also meet him at the Festival.
After a childhood in Surrey, Penny attended Oxford University. She has had a varied career as a teacher, theatre critic, actor, director and university lecturer. The sleuths in her crime novels are a wonderful grandmother and grand-daughter team.
Local man, Steve is well known in Southam. Steve has written an account of his sporting achievements and of reaching his goal of driving powerful land, sea and air vehicles despite his visual disability
Marilyn is an intriguing mixture - she works in IT and writes about fairy tales. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists, the Historical Novel Society and The Society of Authors.
SOUTHAM HERITAGE COLLECTION
Members of the Group will talk about the group's research and introduce recent publications. There will be an opportunity to browse the Southam Heritage Collection following the talk.
4/3/19 - ANNOUNCING ANDREW DAVIES!
We’re delighted to announce that acclaimed writer, Andrew Davies, has accepted an invitation to give a talk at Southam Book Festival.
Andrew is one of the most critically acclaimed screenwriters in the UK today, and he is loved by millions for his critically acclaimed adaptions of literary classics. His body of work includes Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, War and Peace and, most recently, the BBC series, Les Miserables. He has also collaborated on the screenplays for Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason.
His writing for younger readers and viewers includes the Marmalade Atkins series, Alfonso Bonzo, Badger Girl and Geordie Racer. He has collaborated with his wife, Diana, on several successful children’s picture books.
Andrew has been the recipient of several awards, including: a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Mini Series for House of Cards; the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his first novel, Conrad's War; and he was honored with a BAFTA Fellowship in 2002 for his amazing contributions to television and film.
Andrew was born in Cardiff and has lived in Warwickshire since 1963.
It is great to be able to welcome a writer of such wide and outstanding talent to be part of our festival. More details about his talk will be available closer to the time.