Frome Festival, taking place in July 2012, looks set to be a wide, interesting mixture of events, lectures and workshops, and a good place for creative types to do a spot of local networking. There are a lot of different things going on in the writing and publishing fields too, and it's worth checking out the line up if you're involved in the local lit scene.
Both me and Jennifer Bell are attending this year. I'll be going to the Dickens' London seminar, run by author Peter Clark, and Jennifer B is going to What Do Agents Look For In New Talent? run by Julia Churchill, and then we're both doing Editing Without Tears – A Workshop For Writers, run by writers Jane Elmor and Jill Harris.
They're also running a Short Story Competition for stories of any theme between 1000 and 2000 words, and it's not too late to enter. The judges are crime novelist Peter Lovesey and novelist Maria McCann. The winning story will receive £300, second place £150, and third place £75. Stories that make it through to the longlist will also be recorded and broadcast over FromeFM, so if you've always wanted to hear your stories on the radio, this is definitely a competition you should consider!
We hope to see some of you there.