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News and Events 2018

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The Mount, Buckhorn Weston, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5HT.

Brimstone author news

Jenny Harrower has been writing a series of poems Dreamlines, based on her own dreams. She writes ‘I believe that we lose a great deal if we ignore the surrealistic dream-world, and that the dream-mind is probably in touch with the collective unconscious.’ Poems from the series have already been accepted by Poetry Saltzburg Review, Stand, Orbis, and The Journal.

Sebastian Hayes’ radio play Besieged was well received at its first performance at the Shaftesbury Fringe Festival last June. It has been recorded by Ridgeway Radio of Dorchester.

Keith Walton was awarded second prize in Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction competition. His piece, 'A Bonfire of the Vanities’ was published in Tears in the Fence 66. You can also read it at, together with other pieces he entered.


Other News

Shaftesbury Fringe Festival 2018, 29 June to 1 July, is ‘an open access performing arts festival’, a weekend of performances at over forty venues. See Hayes will present a new play, and Keith Walton will give a talk based on his cycle ride across France. See for his blog. He is writing a book based on the blog, to be called In Search of France’s Green Meridian.

Tears in the Fence Festival Weekend 2018 in on 14-16 September, at Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum. Tears in the Fence is a long-running and highly regarded literary magazine, well worth reading, and happy to receive submissions of poems and short prose. Their festivals are always stimulating and enjoyable. See

Flash Fiction – under 400 words – is an increasingly popular form, and worth considering if your writing crosses poetry and prose. Read some examples, and have a go!


We are hoping to open a page specifically for ebooks. More news soon.

Sebastian Hayes and John Dewey already have titles in this form. John’s superlative Mirror of the Soul. A Life of the Poet Fyodor Tyutchev, and Fyodor Tyutchev – Selected Poems can be downloaded free of charge! Find them on our Books page.

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