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And the winner is...
Can you believe it has been one whole year since I launch Stratford Calling?! Thank you to everyone who has been part of this thing! It has been so fun to do and so great to meet such lovely and amazing people.
In this short episode, I announce the winner and runner up of the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition - we had over 300 people listen and vote for their favourite and it was very close!
I will be having a break for a bit while I get myself organised, but I will be back with more interviews, videos and competitions too!
Thanks to you all for your support.
Enjoy the sunshine! Speak again soon.
Oh and don't forget...
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S2 Ep 17 - Stiffy Art, Stratford Music Network and The Courtyard Gallery
Sorry for the delay in getting this episode out. It has been a manic week with the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition but so fun! I have loved hearing all the stories and also seeing which ones you have enjoyed! There is still time to listen and vote - you have until the end of Thursday 3rd June to hear them all and vote on the link. It's a close run thing, so every vote will make a difference!
This week is a bumper episode with interviews with Jon Stiff, local artist who has used almost every part of his body as a canvas (!), Clare Thomas from Stratford Music Network and some of their young band members ( a couple of which provide the music for today's episode), and Melissa and co from The Courtyard Gallery at Stratford Garden Centre, about their new studio space and upcoming plans.
It's a jam-packed episode to mark the end of Creative Stratford Month - I hope you've enjoyed the chats, videos and the competition. I will let you know who has won very soon, and also keep updated on socials for what's coming next, and on YouTube for the videos of some of today's interviews too!
Thanks for listening and supporting.
Speak again soon.
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p.s. Sorry Luca - I realised after I published that I misread your song title. Luca's song at the end of the episode is called 'Crappy Moments and Red Dresses'. Enjoy!
The Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition - Episode 3
Here is the final instalment of the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition.
Today we have a poem by Michelle Dale, entitled A Walk by the River, and a short story by Rachel Dealtry called Donna.
These are the final 2 shortlisted entries in the competition, so afterwards I tell you the link where you can cast your vote for your favourite out of the 6 finalists. You have until next Thursday to vote and you can listen back to all the entries if you need to hear them again.
Thanks again to everybody who entered, the judges, Hannah Young and you guys for listening.
I hope you have enjoyed the series as much as I have.
P.S. My next usual episode will be a bit later next week after the excitement of all this! So keep checking your podcast provider and socials to find out when it's out.
The Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition - Episode 2
Day 2 of the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition! Today we have a piece of flash fiction written and read by Valerie Deacon entitled Coffee Mate, and a short story by Gabriella Szaszko called Jupiter Road, read by Hannah Young.
I hope you are enjoying listening to these as much as I am! Stay tuned for the final instalment tomorrow, where you can find out how to vote.
The Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition - Episode 1
I am so excited to be bringing this special series of podcasts to you, for the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition.
Over the next few days, the 6 shortlisted entries will be read out for you to enjoy, and on Thursday, you can find out how you can vote for your favourite.
Today we have Bubbles of Fun, a poem written and read by Julie Taylor, and Almost There, a short story by Charli Pacaud, read by Hannah Young.
So grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy.
S2 Episode 16 - Myles McLeod
I have a literary week planned for you this week!
Today I speak to Myles McLeod, one half of The Brothers McLeod, about their new book Knight Sir Louis and the Dragon of Dooooom! He also tells me about their plans for more books, events and TV shows!
Then over the next few days, you will be able to hear the shortlisted entries in the Monsoon Estates Creative Writing Competition. There are 6 finalists altogether, and you will be able to hear them all, and choose your favourite! And the winner and runner up will be announced later in the month. Come back tomorrow to find out more! I am so excited!!
Do get in touch if there is anything you want to share with me. Email me at email@example.com or message me on socials. Keep updated there too, as well as on the Stratford Calling YouTube channel.
Thanks for listening. Speak again tomorrow!
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