Our BSL interpreters wish it to be known that this is not what they consider performance standard signing, they needed a chance to rehearse with the performers for that, but you will be able to follow the story and songs.
This time of year is not all about ghosts and chocolate you know. (although if you are celebrating Dia de los Muertos, it probably is).
Samhain is the ancient festival that celebrates the end of harvest and the start of winter, a time to look ahead, and plan for the lean times, while appreciating the glory that is summer as it closes. Probably back then they weren’t basking in 20 degrees and sun though.
So if any of that inspires you to write a STORY about TIME you should by now know where to send it! You have until 23:59 tonight.
If you are thinking of entering a story, you have only 3 days left, the competition closes at 23:59 on 31st October 2014. Please read the rules carefully, we’ve had to disqualify a few entries for including their name, or being too long or too short!!
An hour’s grace, because the clocks just went back.
What will you do with that extra hour? Sleep?! Get on with you, don’t you have a short story on time to write?
One whole extra hour! get the pen and paper out, fire up the laptop, get writing!
* Spring Forward, Fall Back: A useful reminder of which way to turn the clock, even if it does rely on the American term for autumn, Also a rather sweet book by Sheila Otiz Taylor, the author I was talking about when A. misheard and thought I’d said Shelord and her Tailor, giving rise to my first ever short story. Many mishearings later I still find them a useful inspiration for writing.
The third in our short series of interviews with Solstice Shorts Judges. Imogen Robertson talks to Cherry Potts about the concept behind the festival, and the theme of Time in the context of writing for the competition, which closes in 2 weeks! You have until one minute to midnight (think Cinderella) on 31st October … Hallowe’en.
We’ve got our funding offer from The Arts Council, and we got our crowd funding, and several donations from private individuals, so we are just waiting to hear from our final match-funder.
We are working on the basis that they WILL fund us, or if they don’t, we will find the remaining money somehow, somewhere. So we are gearing up for the whole shebang, starting with the competition to find 12 NEW stories on the theme of time.
So WRITERS: starting tomorrow, Sunday 21st September (autumn equinox – we do love a theme) the competition is open. You can find the guidelines and the link to the submission platform on our Solstice Shorts Page. The competition CLOSES 31st October.
It’s all about time. That’s what we are going to be celebrating at Solstice Shorts Festival, along with the Short Story, and folk music obviously. But the Theme is TIME, that’s why we are holding it on the shortest day of the year, and on the Greenwich Meridian.
So, why don’t you tell us about your favourite short story with Time as its theme, or its key player? Use the comments box, so that your suggestions are visible to everyone, and In the run up to the festival (funding permitting) we’ll showcase the best and most nominated time stories of all time. Actually we might just do it regardless.
They must be published to be eligible, and ideally easily found on t’internet – If you think it might be out of print, try Project Gutenberg…