Return of The Flying Monkeys – 1st Feb 22nd January, 2018 - The Flying Monkeys are returning in National Storytelling Week, fluttering around with their furry wings and shiny new boots to bring you stories and songs to relish the winter darkness or light the way through it. Join them on the 1st of February at the Woodman on South Street, Bridport at 7:30pm. Be wowed by
National Storytelling Week – 27 Jan to 3 Feb 2018 10th January, 2018 - National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling cafes, clubs, pubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues and even care homes. Where ever the event takes place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener. National Storytelling Week is celebrated by
The Prisoner Volume Two nominated for BBC Audio Drama Award 30th November, 2017 - The Prisoner Volume Two Based on the classic ITV series, Big Finish’s The Prisoner Volume 02 has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama. The winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony on the 28th January 2018. “A triumph of compelling storytelling – I was
From Page to Screen 2017 6th April, 2017 - Bridport’s Film Festival FROM PAGE TO SCREEN celebrates the adaptation of books into films. Running from Wed 19–Sun 23 April 2017, the full list of films and screening times can be seen here.  
Digital art prints 17th March, 2017 - From influences including Doctor Who, Tango (a Gallifrey version); Petrichor (the smell of dust after rain – The Doctor’s Wife); and Vortex, are part of a range of abstract and geometric digital art prints by Stephanie Briggs, new to the shop at / Other images inspired by a mixture of imagination and observation
Bridport Open Book Week, 11–16 Oct 7th October, 2016 - Bridport Open Book Week is a week of events celebrating reading and writing. For all the events see
Bridport Literary Festival 2016 21st September, 2016 - Bridport Literary Festival 2016 The 12th Bridport Literary Festival welcomes all those who read books and love literature. Last year’s Festival was bigger and better than ever before and we were delighted to welcome audiences of all tastes and all ages from all over the county as well as visitors from much further afield. This
Review: Jekyll and Hyde at Crewe Lyceum 11th July, 2016 - If you’re a fan of gothic horror, and like a bit of darkness in your theatre, then you’ll enjoy ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ at Crewe Lyceum, writes Claire Faulkner. Adapted from the original by Robert Louis Stevenson, and directed by Nicholas Briggs, this production has everything you want from a Victorian classic. A haunting set with skilful
100 Years ago today – WW1 The Battle of the Somme 1st July, 2016 - The Battle of the Somme, one of World War One’s bloodiest battles, began on 1 July 1916, 100 years ago today. More than a million men were killed and wounded on all sides in the five month battle, with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone. On 3 August 1916, Corporal
Jekyll and Hyde national tour opens in Stevenage 3rd May, 2016 - Prepare for the fright of your life in this dramatic new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s atmospheric Gothic melodrama. Adapted and directed by Nicholas Briggs, Jekyll and Hyde stars Neil Roberts (Holby City, Emmerdale), Gary Turner (Emmerdale) and Kim Taylforth (London’s Burning, Bad Girls). Dr Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men – one good, one evil. Intent on separating the two,
Nick’s adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde being performed in Kingston 5th March, 2016 - Nick’s adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde is being performed by the Green Theatre Company, an amateur youth theatre company based in Surrey, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of March. Performed inside the John Bunyan Church, Kingston, this semi site-specific production, directed by Rod Henderson (Betrayal, CornerHOUSE and Outrageous Fortune, Arts In The Park 2015), demonstrates the good
The Prisoner – available now from Big Finish Productions 6th January, 2016 - Based on the classic ITV series, The Prisoner Volume 01 is available now from Big Finish Productions. Written and directed by Nick (Nicholas Briggs). ‘I’m not a number. I’m a free man!’ January 16th, 1967… A secret agent resigns, then wakes up to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’ — a bizarre community with a
Sir John Hurt – The War Doctor: Only The Monstrous 21st December, 2015 - Out now from Big Finish Productions, written and directed by Nick, come three new battles for The War Doctor (John Hurt) – The War Doctor Volume 01: Only the Monstrous  1.1 The Innocent  As the Daleks mass their time fleet for a final assault on Gallifrey, something ancient is waiting for them at Omega One. And
Novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77 21st September, 2015 - Jackie Collins’s raunchy novels of the rich and famous sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. In a career spanning four decades, all 32 of her novels appeared in the New York Times bestseller list.
Nick completes new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde 1st July, 2015 - Nick’s new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde will be the first play in this year’s Classic Thriller Season at the Theatre Royal Nottingham. Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men – one good, one evil. Intent on separating the two he succeeds in his experiments, however, in doing so he
Armed Forces Day – 27 June 2015 2nd June, 2015 - Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or
The Henshaw Press – June 2015 Short Story Competition 2nd June, 2015 - The Henshaw June 2015 Short Story Competition invites fictional short stories of up to 2000 words on any theme – the closing date is June 30th. Henshaw Press are a small group of writers, editors, lecturers and readers who wish to actively support creative writing and aim to encourage as wide a range of writing as possible. Competitions
CreativeWritingMatters Short Story Competition 2015 18th May, 2015 - WoW CreativeWritingMatters Short Story Competition 2015 The 2015 Wow! One Thousand Words competition is now open for submissions. First Prize – £200 Second Prize – £100 Third Prize – £50 Closing date – 31st May 2015 Entry fee – £5 Why one thousand words? Because it’s an acceptable word count for most commercially-published short fiction.
2015 Exeter Story Prize 13th April, 2015 - Creative Writing Matters are inviting submissions of stories up to 10,000 words for their 2015 Exeter Story Prize. All the information can be found here: Closing date 30th April 2015.
World Book Day – Thursday 5 March 4th March, 2015 - It’s World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2015 – the perfect opportunity to celebrate books and reading. There’s lots happening all over the country, with events taking place at schools, libraries and other public places. For more information have a look at the official World Book Day website:
Writers Online: Short Story and Poetry writing competitions 12th February, 2015 - Enter Short Story and Poetry writing competitions for your chance to see your winning entry in print and win a cash prize! The competitions have writing prizes of £200 and £50 for short stories, and £100 and £50 for poetry competitions. They are open to all writers, requiring a £5 entry fee, or £3 if you are a Writing Magazine subscriber.
Just Back – Telegraph Travel’s weekly writing competition 7th February, 2015 - Travel writing competition Your travel writing could earn you £1,000 for the ‘Just Back’ article of the year. The weekly prize is £200 from the Post Office. Email your entry, in 500 words (with the text in the body of the email), to by midnight on Wednesdays. All the details can be found here:
BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words competition for 5-13 year olds 4th February, 2015 - Are you aged between 5 and 13 ? Have you written a super fantastic short story? Enter the 500 WORDS competition! Entries must be received by Thursday 26 February. For all the details visit:
Write for BBC Radio 3rd February, 2015 - Once a year a window opens for new writers with no experience of radio to submit a short story  to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories. For all the details go to: Entries must be received by Friday 13 February.
And the WINNER is… 3rd January, 2015 - JASON TITLEY. You are the WINNER chosen at random for our prize Facebook Christmas giveaway ! CONGRATULATIONS and Happy New Year !
Christmas Giveaway – nine more Facebook likes to go !! 24th December, 2014 - WIN a free CD or download of Jonathan Barnes first short ghost story: SKAYNE 1. The Library at Iffley Tower (chose from audiobook or eBook). All you need to do is ‘Like’ the Facebook Page of Red Raygun Ltd One winner will be chosen at random when the page gets to 100 likes – 9 more likes to
Christmas Giveaway ! 16th December, 2014 - WIN a free CD or download of Jonathan Barnes first short ghost story: SKAYNE 1. The Library at Iffley Tower (chose from audiobook or eBook). All you need to do is ‘Like’ the Facebook Page of Red Raygun Ltd One winner will be chosen at random when the page gets to 100 likes.
SKAYNE ghost story series now available as MOBI or EPUB eBooks 27th November, 2014 - Available NOW from celebrated author Jonathan Barnes (The Somnambulist, The Domino Men), the complete set of SKAYNE – six interconnected tales of spine-chilling terror to disquiet and entertain – as MOBI or EPUB eBook downloads.
THIRD TIME UNLUCKY 18th November, 2014 - THIRD TIME UNLUCKY – The World War One Story of Reginald Salmon –  in print now ! From letters sent back home and a diary recovered from the battlefield at Arras, this is the true story of Reginald (Reg) Salmon, who joined the army as a Royal Engineers ‘Sapper’ in 1915, and his younger brother,