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Tuesday, 2. Apr 2019 - The link between poetry and prose


Leanne Moden

All writers seek to convey a message, a story or a feeling through their work, but writers of prose and poetry often work in very different ways. As a result of this, many people believe that the two types of writing are polar opposites, and so different as to appear almost incompatible. But this is simply not the case. There is a huge amount of overlap between poetry and prose, and the lessons that poets can take from novelists, and that novelists can learn from poets, should not be underestimated. Join poet and writer Leanne Moden for a talk about the links between poetry and prose.

Leanne Moden is a poet and performer from Norfolk, now living in Nottingham in the East Midlands. She has performed at events across Europe, including recent sets at Prima Vista Festival in Estonia and Día Mundial de la Poesía in Spain as well as festivals in the UK including WOMAD, Edinburgh Fringe, TEDx UCL WOMEN at University college London, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Leanne is currently Poet in Residence at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham, and she runs the Crosswords Spoken Word Collective in Nottingham.

Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2019


From our juror of this year's competition, Ingrid Jendrzejewski:

"First of all, huge congratulations go out to everyone who submitted a story to this year's Cambridge Writers' Short Story Competition.  The overall quality was exceedingly high – much higher, on average, than most other competitions I've judged.  I found something to admire in every single story submitted, and I found it incredibly difficult to pare down my longlist to only three prize-winners and three commended stories.  I suspect this is partly down to the wonderful community that Cambridge Writers fosters!

"I also applaud the inventiveness and creativity of all the writers who tackled this year's theme, 'Revenge'.  Revenge is a such difficult theme...difficult because it's so easy."

First prize went to Josephine Warrior for "The Hand Shake",

second prize to Tim Love for "No Contest",

third prize to Anna Forsell for "Newton's Third Law, Or What Harry Did on his Holiday"

Commended where Kathy English ('Teaching my mother to swim'), Mike English ('Spiritus ex Machina') and Margaret Jones ('Just you wait').

Congratulations to the winners and as usual the selected stories will be published as an e-book later this year.

Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2019

1. Mar 2019
Thure Etzold

From our juror of this year's competition, Ingrid Jendrzejewski:

Freedom - Short Story Competition 2018

19. Jul 2018
Harry Goode

This year’s short story competition was a considerable success. Beverley Steffert, our Programme Secretary, arranged for it to be judged by the well-known literary agent Julian Friedmann. In his comments he remarked on the generally high standard of entries. He felt Cambridge Writers would be able to outclass any other writing group in the country. High praise indeed! On the basis of this we have now been able to publish all the entries.