December 1st, 2014 | Published in Frontpage
ONLY A FEW DAYS UNTIL THE NEXT TELLTALES EVENING.
It has:hellhounds,a displaced mermaid,ghost songs,memories of birth,losing your ay when you become an object,the price of putting others first,and much more.
The writers,a mix of new and seasoned authors,all with new work to show are;
Mac Dunlop, Casey Bottono, Fiona Eggleston, Aaron Kent, Mary Oliver, Angela Stoner, Kate Reeve-Edwards, Caroline Liddington.
It starts at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 25 November in Dolly’s Wine Bar,Church Street,Falmouth.(Above Falmouth Booksellers)
Look forward to seeing you there.
The theme for the next Telltales on Tuesday 25 November is ”Distractions”. Which can be: life-changing, such as marriage, or train-spotting, or minor, such as hobbies which fritter, or fatal distractions, such as love tuned too fine in sweetness, or whatever distracts your characters or engages with Distractions in your prose or poetry.
Some submissions are already in, but there is more time: the deadline is Monday 17 November. The piece should take up to ten minutes to read (say 2000 words or less). Submit via the Telltales website: www.telltales.org.uk
Telltales as usual will be at 7.30 p.m. in Dolly’s Teahouse/Wine Bar in Falmouth. The date again is Tuesday 25 November. Look forward to seeing you there.
October 24th, 2014 | Published in Frontpage
Congratulations to all the new writers who took part in the Speakeasy event on Tuesday 21 October!
This was a sparkling event with six writers new to Telltales sharing their work on the platform alongside visiting authors CJ Flood and Rupert Wallis. We had invited these writers to join us for a trio of bespoke events and it was a joy to have them! It was like having a little piece of Port Eliot Festival transported to Dolly’s Wine Bar.
We were privileged with a sneak preview of Rupert Wallis’s darkly beautiful new novel, under its working title at present – something to look out for in 2015! Chelsey Flood treated us with a reading from Infinite Sky. She chose a scene in which flawed friendship is gently teased apart.
The theme for the night was A Word in Your Ear, but, as often happens, this was just one of the themes which ran through the evening. Anna Penhaligon’s hypnotic, tumbling poem delighted in words: “the carriers of formidable gloom and illicit elation”, but old age was also a recurring presence, beautifully captured in Holly Summerson’s short story, A Curse. Kate Reeve-Edwards held us spellbound with her passionate and convincing poetry. We had wry humour from Laurie Hackney, whose short story had a universal quality and yet managed to reference Florence Terrace and Fox Rosehill Gardens! Azhlee Avro Wonnacot read from her illustrated book, The Girl and the Violin Bird; her writing is lyrical with a delicacy of touch. Finally, Ethan Northey brought it all home. His gem of a short story, enigmatically entitled Duelling Eskimos, did actually mention said eskimos, taking a wild and sure-footed route through magic, old age and the devastating power of words.
Tuesday 25 November will be the last Telltales of the year and all the more special for that. The theme is ‘Distractions‘. If you’d like to submit, please remember that we have a word limit of 1600 words (or 10 minutes when read aloud.) We look forward to hearing from you!
BESPOKE EVENTS FOR WRITERS 19 – 21 OCTOBER
We are delighted to welcome authors Rupert Wallis and CJ Flood to lead three unique literature events running from 19 – 21 October. We are also thrilled to have joined forces with Writing Squad Kernow and the Story Republic in order to deliver something particularly special this month.
Monday 20 October 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Dolly’s Wine Bar
Rupert Wallis and CJ Flood in conversation with Jane Pugh
An opportunity to meet these two rising stars in young adult fiction and hear their take on the craft of writing and the journey to publication. CJ Flood is the author of Infinite Sky, winner of the Curtis Brown Prize and the Branford Boase Book Award. Rupert Wallis’s first novel The Dark Inside came out this year. It’s in the running for the Edinburgh First Book Award. His work has drawn comparisons with David Almond and Patrick Ness. We are thrilled that Jane Pugh, writer and Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University is able to join us for this event.
We think Dolly’s Wine Bar is the perfect setting, but seating is limited so be sure to book your place in good time! This is a free event but please contact the Falmouth Bookseller, tel: 01326 312873 email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Tuesday 21 October 7.00 pm, Dolly’s Wine Bar
Young Adult Speakeasy with Telltales and the Story Republic
Anyone aged 15 – 25 can submit to perform their work at this exciting event here: www.telltales.org.uk. We are looking for submissions of up to 800 words (5 minutes when read aloud). The theme for the evening is: ‘A Word in Your Ear’. The closing date is Friday 17 October at midnight, so there is still time to submit!
As if that isn’t exciting enough, Rupert Wallis and Chelsey Flood will still be with us and will be sharing some tantalising extracts of their work! This will be a night to remember so make sure you’re there.
This is a free event open to everybody.
Associated Event: Sunday 19 October 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Falmouth Maritime Museum
Writing Squad Kernow Workshop with Anna Maria Murphy, CJ Flood and Rupert Wallis
To find out more about this event and to join the Writing Squad (ages 13-19) please email email@example.com. Advance booking is necessary for this event.
TELLTALES IN NOVEMBER
Keep Tuesday 25 November free for the last Telltales of the year! If you’re super keen, submissions are already open for this event and the theme is ‘Distractions‘. Please check that your submissions are under 1600 words, and less than 10 minutes long when read aloud.
Congratulations to the eight writers who performed with us on Tuesday 30 September to the theme of Drift.
New readers Maureen Sleeman and Vivien Tott treated us to tales of transformation and shape-changing. In poetry there was Angela Stoner: vivid and sensual; Fi Read: immediate, lyrical, poignant; Felicity Notley brought us a prisoner in solitary confinement, the ballroom tango, moths. Aaron Kent’s robust performance poetry rang with relationships severed and repaired. Separation was also the theme of Heather Hosking’s perfectly judged short story. Telltales regular Mac Dunlop impressed with his very novel novel extract.
September 22nd, 2014 | Published in Frontpage
We are pleased to announce our readers for our next event on 30 September at Dolly’s Wine Bar, Falmouth. The event is free and doors open at 7 for a prompt 7.30 start. Come and listen to what they have to say in response to our theme of DRIFT.
1. Maureen Sleeman – short story
2. Angela Stoner – poetry
3. Vivien Tott – short story
4. Aaron Kent – performance poetry
5. Heather Hosking – short story
6. Fi Read – poetry
7. Mac Dunlop – novel extract
8. Felicity Notley – poetry
Many thanks to our readers Sarah Valmai, Clare Howdle, Genevra Fletcher, Aaron Kent and Marcus Williamson for sharing their words on a blissfully warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. Thanks, also, to Mac Dunlop, organiser of the Spoken Word tent and Source FM. We hope to make a return visit in October.
August 15th, 2014 | Published in Frontpage
Telltales is a free event and we welcome all types of writing – poetry, prose, memoir, non-fiction.
Freshly Squeezed at Port Eliot Festival 2014
A hot, dry weekend at Port Eliot raised hackles of nervousness for all concerned as 3.45 pm on Sunday grew nearer and nearer. This was the appointed hour for Telltales writers to reveal what they had written over the weekend, inspired by the festival’s events, aura or the tiniest whispers.
Clare Howdle read a series of mini-epiphanies overheard at the festival which she used to introduce each writer’s piece in turn. Chiming with the centennial remembrance of World War One, Genevra Fletcher gave a richly detailed factual story of a soldier and his family’s experience of the war, rooted in a Cornish past vividly brought to life. Her accomplished writing helped settle the audience and writers waiting in the wings. Jane Pugh opted for an eulogy of the recently- deceased TV actor James Garner, celebrating his laconic, humorous gravitas as an enunciation of everything that Port Eliot isn’t. Alan Robinson’s story about a couple celebrating their first weekend away together by glamping at Port Eliot was based on observations of strange, unexplained incidents occurring across the festival weekend. Writing it on the hoof meant he’d been able to change the ending to a happy one at the very last minute. We all take our hats off to Suzie Cunliffe, who, reading her work with Telltales for the very first time, gave a calm and confident performance. Suzie was followed by Felicity Notley’s linked group of poems. Inspired by the coming together of myriad life-forms in one place, it celebrated both human and non-human life; a memorable poem at the centre of her piece used a butterfly as a metaphor for the celebration of living and survival. Gareth May ended the set with a light touch: a moving and funny account of how camping affects romantic impulses, sexual organs and desire in confined spaces.
As the appreciative audience dispersed, there was a collective sense of achievement that the event had delivered something unusual, which was both commentary and story, together with an overwhelming sense of pure relief.
Telltales at Parklive, Kimberley Park, Falmouth 21 September 2.15 to 3pm
Telltales will be performing at Source FM’s Parklive event on Sunday 21 September 2.15 to 3pm in the Spoken word marquee. There’ll be performance poetry, novel extracts, poetry and non-fiction from our talented performers. The event is free.
There will also be four open mic sessions during the afternoon (starting at 1pm) if anyone wants to bring along a reading.
Send in your Spoken Word performance to Guardian Witness
Guardian Witness have been in touch to say that they have commissioned a series of original spoken word opinion pieces from some of the UK’s leading poets and spoken word performers. You can already listen to Hollie McNish on Outdoor Education and Luke Wright on Scottish Independence. Coming soon are James Massiah on Gentrification and Deanna Rodger on Housing.
To coincide with the launch, Guardian Witness are calling for spoken word pieces from Telltales writers in the form of a short video (no longer than three minutes) filmed on your computer, camera or phone (the video quality is irrelevant.) You can then upload this to the Spoken Word: share your performance assignment on the Guardian Witness website https://witness.theguardian.com. Join Telltales writers Aaron Kent, Abigail Wyatt and Nick Jarvis, whose contributions are already available on the website.
If the series goes well, the Guardian may use these submissions to find new talent to commission, so it’s an excellent opportunity for Telltales writers to get their work seen and heard on a national level.
Telltales is the bi-monthly night for readers, writers and listeners. Whether it's short stories, novel extracts, poetry or prose this is your chance to get it out. And if you are keen to hear what Cornwall’s writing scene has to say for itself, come along and listen - all ears welcome.