June 6×6

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The  writers’ submissions window for the June 6×6 is now open!  Looking forward to reading them all! As always we do advise writers to read our guidelines.

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Tips For 6×6 Writers

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Once again we heard a superb selection of fiction at our last event. The bar is raising by the season and selecting just six submissions from the many received is getting tougher every time.

We are often asked what the criteria is for being selected for 6×6 and whilst it may seem blindingly obvious, the best advice we can offer is the usual mantra for submitting material to any market or event: ‘read the guidelines.’

Our Guidelines to be found HERE

The single biggest reason for being overlooked – after quality of writing, obviously – is in that crucial time slot.  6×6 means just what it says – Six minute slots for six writers. So practise reading aloud at a good steady pace and time it for yourself before submitting it.

The next 6×6 is in 12th June. The submission window  for that opens in 1st April and ends 25th May, so get writing!

Our March 6×6 Writers #6×6 #events

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Pauline Woodhouse, Lynn Smith, Lisa Culligan, Misha Herwin, Kenneth Kay, Sherrie Lowe.

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Good evening had by all

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A good evening was had by all, with some grand entertainment courtesy of Lisa Culligan, Misha Herwin, Kenneth Kay, Lynn Smith,  Sherrie Lowe and Pauline Woodhouse.

Thank you so much to all of the many people turning out to hear our readers do their thing and also for buying their books.  6×6 is all about giving local authors the chance to set out their stall and last night was one of our most successful yet with three new books being offered up.

Thank you also to our comperes Misha Herwin and Jan Edwards, and of course to Emma George and all of the staff at City Central Library for their continued unstinting support.

The next 6×6 will be 12th June 2018 so mark it in your diaries now!

Submission window for writers will open on 1st April and close on 27th May. We shall look forward to seeing what new and exciting words are being offered to us then.

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Tonight is 6×6 night! See you all there!

All about this months 6×6 writers and their books

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We are thrilled to have have no less than three books being promoted in the month’s 6×6! Bring your wallets because there will be books to buy!

In alphabetical order:

Misha Herwin: Shadows on the Grass. Publisher Penkhull Press

“Every family has its secrets. In the nineteen-sixties Bristol, seventeen-year-old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Mimi, her grandmother, is dying and in her final hours, her cousin, the Princess, keeps watch at her bedside and remembers their past, bound together by a terrible betrayal. And Mimi’s daughter Hannah struggles to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband whilst finding her own way through a post-war world in a foreign land where everything she once knew has been swept away.” (Available in Print and Kindle formats.)

Misha Herwin: is a writer of books and short stories for adults and children. Her latest novel Shadows on the Grass has just been published by Penkhull Press and she is working on her children’s book City of Secrets to be released in October 2018.   https://mishaherwin.wordpress.com/


Sherrie Lowe:  A Treasure Lost (Willow’s Dip #4). Publisher FeedARead.com

“Nana Crashitt foolishly falls for the charms of the young man with the pretty face and the blue eyes whom she opens her front door to. Constanze her granddaughter has warned her about opening her door to strangers but Nana can’t help herself, she just has to see who’s there and he’s got such a lovely face. Not so his morose companion, but well, it can’t hurt to let them give her a valuation on her treasures can it?” (Available in Print and Kindle formats.)

A Treasure Lost is the fourth volume in Sherrie’s ‘Willow’s Dip’ series. After working in retail and as a learning support assistant in primary schools Sherrie Lowe turned her attention to writing. So far she has completed 9 novels, 2 memoirs and 2 collections of short stories. She was a runner up in The Sentinel/Staffordshire University’s Too Write competition 2017 for her short story ‘Arms of Angels’, which can be found in the Just A Moment collection.  http://www.sherrielowe.co.uk/


Scarlet Eliot: Coloured Memories. Publisher, Book Printing, UK

“Memoir of 1940s childhood in Stoke-on-Trent. Annie belongs to a gang of kids doing what kids do – getting into scrapes and having adventures, and all the while attempting to understand the world of the ‘grown ups’ in a time of great turbulence.”   All proceeds from sales will be given to the RSPCA.

Scarlet Eliot is the pen name of Pauline Woodhouse,  a retired nursery nurse who was born in Newcastle and grew up on a council estate in Stoke. She loves reading, writing, travelling and learning. Since her retirement she has done studies Greek, English A level and O level Art in college and won a poetry prize in a national competition. She has two styles of thinking and writing- serious and opinionated or totally outrageous (nothing in between).  https://scarletelliott.wordpress.com/


Also reading this month:

Lisa Culligan: writer, blogger, Life Coach and Hypnotherapist. Lisa recently won ‘Best Opening Line’ in  the Pottery Prize Flash Fiction Competition; an excerpt of which is featured on a postcard available at Hanley Library.  She is currently working Staffordshire Libraries to start a writing café in Stone Library- commencing end of March.

Kenneth Kay: is a retired primary school headteacher having worked in schools in Staffordshire and Norfolk. Ken has contributed to educational magazines as a book reviewer and writer on curriculum and management issues. As a headteacher Ken entertained his younger pupils with stories about living with a pet gorilla. He made his first appearance at 6×6 in December with a critique on modern gym culture.

Lynn Smith: Lynn’s fiction has appeared in publications such as The Sunday Post, My Weekly and Yours Magazine. She has been awarded prizes in  the Local College Poetry comp. (judged by Cheshire Laureat) and the Keele University Short Story comp. In recent times she turned her attention to writing a novel, which she hopes to complete very soon.



13th March 6×6 Line-up #6×6 #events #writers

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The writers showcasing at our March 13th 6×6 have been selected!

It was a tough choice picking just six from the file, with competition as fierce as ever, but without further ado – listed alphabetical order by author – here is our final pick:

‘Letter from America’ by Lisa Culligan

‘Shadows on the Grass’ (Extract) by Misha Herwin

‘The Ducking Phone’ by Kenneth Kay

‘The Sprout and I’ by Lynn Smith

‘A Treasure Lost’ (Extract) by Sherrie Lowe

‘Holiday from Hell’ by Pauline Woodhouse

As regulars will know the main aim of 6×6 is to allow writers from across the region the opportunity to showcase their work, so we are especially pleased to see not one  but two books being promoted. Details of those titles are to follow. Remember to bring your wallets because these titles will be available to purchase at the event!

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Final line-up may be subject to change