Friday 26 November 2021

Newport Writers - An Anthology of Poetry & Prose BLOG TOUR @NewportWriters @RandomTTours #NewportWriters #PoetryandProse #BookReview


Welcome to our first anthology.

Since the group started, it has always been Tony’s vision to put together a collection of stories and poems penned by our members.

Please proceed with caution – these short stories and poems will introduce you to the alternative side of Newport: ghostly grandparents, a displaced porpoise, a little bit of Welshness, two philosophical security guards, a child whose food plays music, the awesome side of autism, a woman who made teddy bears in a concentration camp, and much more.

Take a whirlwind tour through bereavement, love, regret and parenthood. Laugh and defy fate as you run the gamut of life’s experiences – seen through the eyes of a bunch of writers who celebrate their individuality.

You will meet a diverse group of people who enjoy what they do and want to share it with you.

We invite you to sit back with a cuppa or maybe something stronger, relax and enjoy what promises to be a whirlwind ride.

Newport Writers : An Anthology of Poetry and Prose was published in February 2020.  During lockdown I was honoured to take part in a Zoom call with members of the Newport Writers. I was struck by their enormous passion for their writing, and their sense of fun.
I'm delighted to join the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour today, with my thoughts on the collection. 

So often, during the long long months of the pandemic, I've heard people say that they've just their reading mojo. They can't concentrate on fiction as life itself has been far stranger than anything that we've been reading about. 

I honestly think that this anthology will cure anyone's loss of reading mojo. It's an absolute joy to pick up and dip into. There's a wide selection of prose and poetry, something to suit all tastes and unlike most anthologies that I've read, there wasn't one author whose style I didn't like. 

Put together by eighteen writers from the Newport Writers group with an introductory paragraph about each one, this is a mix of contemporary and historical prose. Whilst I am not an expert on poetry by any means, I really appreciated the poems included here.  I have to admit that I have never read any Flash Fiction before, but the examples included in this collection really impressed me. It really cannot be easy to get across such solid imagery in just a few lines. 

The love of words and the passion of the authors shines through in this little book. There's certainly a lot of talent in there and this has been proved by many of the authors having some work published elsewhere. 

This is a book that I've dipped in and out from for a few weeks now, and have never been disappointed by anything that I've read in it. All praise to the group for their dedication to their art, I hope to see more from them very soon. 

We are a diverse group from south Wales with over 20 members, covering a broad age range and a
variety of styles within the sphere of writing. 
We include poets, novelists, writers of flash fiction and short stories, plays and film scripts. 

We published an anthology in February 2020 entitled Newport Writers – An anthology of poetry and prose. Available from Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.

We met on Zoom during the pandemic, but have now found a venue in central Newport where we can get together with plenty of space for social distancing. 

We hold an Open Mic night once a month at popular Newport coffee shop Horton’s, and in the summer of 2021 we participated in several spoken word events.

Some members of our group are available to read and offer critique, and we have a proofreader among our membership.

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