Call For Submissions: One Sentence Only

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It is that time again. The time when we want your words. This time, though, we want something different. We want you to send in just one sentence.

Why, you might ask? Because once the submission deadline has passed we are going to arrange as many of the sentences you have sent us into a poem or a story, whatever we can come up with. There is no specific theme for this call for submissions so send us whatever kind of sentence takes your fancy.

Whatever you do send, the podcast will be set to an ambient soundtrack so we ask that the recordings are vocals only. We also ask that you write your sentence in the body of the email so it is easier for us to arrange them.

Recordings can be sent to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the 30th of April.  We’re looking forward to your responses!

Lies, Dreaming #9 – Robots

We are delighted to launch our ninth podcast on the theme of “Robots”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ruth Aylett lives in Edinburgh; she teaches and researches university-level computing, thinks another world is possible and that the one we have is due some changes. She was joint author with Beth McDonough of the pamphlet Handfast, published in 2016. One of four authors of the online epic Granite University, she performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe. She has been published by Interpreter’s House, New Writing Scotland, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, Poetry Scotland, Red Squirrel Press, Doire Press and others. For more on her writing see www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html.

Sam Small is host of Poetry @ Inn Deep, founding member of The High Flight Fanzine and his first book of poetry ‘Pure Toilet’ will be released on the 26th of May, 2017 in the Old Hair Dressers, Glasgow.

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland with her husband and cats. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies (including LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loving and Being in Love and A Prince Tribute), journals (The Dawntreader, GFT Press Presents: One in Four) and other publications.

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 4 collections of poetry, plus short stories and travel articles. He has edited 2 writing anthologies and is deputy editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a sci-fi magazine. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. He enjoys White Russians and Twiglets.

Our next podcast theme is “One Sentence Only”. Submission criteria can be found here.

Napowrimo – Writing Prompts

April is Napowrimo month. Some poets will be drafting a new poem every day in April. It’s not an easy task, so we thought we’d offer up some writing prompts:

  1. The Facebook “Thumbs Up” Emoji
  2. Greg Rusedski
  3. No
  4. A poem that is in alphabetical order
  5. There is a baby on the train and it is staring at you
  6. An erasure of ‘Feel It’ by The Tamperer feat. Maya
  7. A poem that includes all the numbers between 1 and 10 in it
  8. Flat Earth poetry
  9. Walking somewhere rural at night (plaintive, whisky laden)
  10. Walking somewhere rural at night (the fear is consuming you)
  11. Pockets
  12. Please do not share this photo
  13. Sonnet Haiku
  14. A klaxon goes off every time you have an impure thought
  15. Monsters University, eh?
  16. Try to smuggle an acrostic past everybody
  17. Things no one told me about poetry
  18. A poem that is on fire
  19. I am made of glass, you are made of glass, everything is made of glass
  20. New year, nu metal
  21. Troll time
  22. A gritty reboot of you
  23. Everything used to be a pie
  24. The year 3000
  25. Schiehallion’s Tinder profile
  26. The taxidermied poet
  27. A poem without a beginning or end
  28. A letter to your MP
  29. First breath after coma
  30. What is a clown?

If you do write anything based on these, we’d love to hear it. Send your favourite ones to lies dot dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the end of May, and we’ll put a podcast out. We prefer poems to be under five minutes long and be vocals only.

We also have another submission window open until the end of April: One Sentence Only. 

 

 

 

 

Lies, Dreaming #8 – There Is No Theme

We are delighted to launch our eighth podcast on the theme of “There Is No Theme”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Frederick “Freddie” Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been an organiser and host of the Inky Fingers Open Mic night, and has been an organiser of the University of Edinburgh Soapbox Open Mic. In 2014 he coordinated and hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam, and in 2016 began the K/RK event series with 24 Royal Terrace Hotel. He also writes, sometimes.

Lise Olsen’s art practice involves exploring different forms of walking and has sculptural, conceptual and socially engaged qualities. She is interested in how walking influences our perception of time and space and its influence on the human pace of life. In the journey, through the action of walking, she has searched for things that move between palpable and concealed connections. Always looking for spontaneous random events, opening up to serendipity, the discovery of unexpected knowledge and new material possibilities. As a responsive artist, she has created fictional narratives, using sound, poetry, images and text, to communicate meaning not obviously seen that can be open to interpretation.

Chik Duncan describes himself as a writer, a storyteller and a performer of poyums.  He performs his work for children as “Smelly Wellie Story Tellie” and has smelled wellies at various festivals around Scotland – Galloway Children’s Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Big Tent in Fife, and Big Lit, to name but most of them.

For adults he has performed at The Verse Hearse, Reading Allowed and the Scottish Writers’ Centre Speakeasy in Glasgow as well as at various venues around Dumfries & Galloway where he is a regular contributor to events at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Chik’s poyums have appeared in Southlight Magazine, on the Scottish Recovery Network’s website, on Jupiter Artland’s website, on the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, in the matchday programme of Selkirk FC, and on the label of a can as part of an art display at the freshAyr 2016.  Chik has recently published his first chapbook entitled “Misc.”, of which this is the title poyum.

Emily Taylor would like to leave us with this: ‘You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.’ — Hilary Mantel

Our next podcast theme is “ROBOTS”. Submission criteria can be found here.

 

Call for Submissions #9 – ROBOTS

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It is that time again. The time when we want your words. We want to put them in our ears.

When we say ‘words’ we want anything that involves you making noises; it’s only limited by what your mind can come up with and a time constraint: a maximum of five minutes in length (a limit, rather than a target). We’re interested in any style of writing, we want to show off the range of spoken word. We are happy to broadcast previously published works.

Whatever you send, the podcast will be set to an ambient soundtrack, so we ask that the recordings are vocals only.

Recordings can be sent to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the 28th of February. 

The theme for the ninth podcast is Robots.

We’re looking forward to your responses!

 

All submissions will receive a response within 10 days of the deadline passing.

Lies, Dreaming #7 – The Language of Business

We are delighted to launch our seventh podcast on the theme of “The Language of Business”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunesAndroid and Stitcher.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Frederick “Freddie” Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been an organiser and host of the Inky Fingers Open Mic night, and has been an organiser of the University of Edinburgh Soapbox Open Mic. In 2014 he coordinated and hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam, and in 2016 began the K/RK event series with 24 Royal Terrace Hotel. He also writes, sometimes.

With the onset of a mid-life crisis, Suzanne Briggs gave up her career as a secondary school teacher to pursue her love of the arts.  She is now studying full-time for a BA in Applied Music with the University of the Highlands and Islands and has finally gained the creative confidence to share her work publicly.  These days, many of Suzanne’s words become part of her music and she finds it almost impossible to separate the two.  She lives in Shetland with her husband and two children and much of this special place can be found in her work.

David Ralph Lewis is a West Country boy currently living in Staines-Upon-Thames. Yes, the place where Ali G was from. He writes poetry and has written a book of short stories about life in a small rural town called “Amber Stars: One Night of Stories”. When not wasting his days in dreams and fictions, he likes taking photos and dancing badly at gigs. His website is www.davidralphlewis.co.uk

Roddy Shippin shows promise in some areas, but not the level of professional dedication expected of his role. He is often personable and friendly, but far too easily distracted. He is rarely able to provide concrete development goals or link his performance to core values & behaviours. Timekeeping is also a key area of urgent focus.

Matt Macdonald is a writer, a poet, a call centre monkey, a hope, a dream, an illusion, a total eclipse of the lung and a science fiction solution. Some of these things are true, some are not. More can be found on Twitter @MattMacPoet and Facebook.

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Call for Submissions #8 – There Is No Theme

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We want your words again.

When we say ‘words’ we want anything that involves you making noises; it’s only limited by what your mind can come up with and a time constraint: a maximum of five minutes in length. We’re interested in any style of writing, we want to show off the range of spoken word. These will be set to an ambient soundtrack, so we ask that the recordings are vocals only.

Recordings can be sent to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the 31st of December. 

The theme for the eigth podcast is There Is No Theme.

Please interpret this in any way you like.

All submissions will receive a response within 10 days of the deadline passing.

Lies, Dreaming #6 – Iceland

We are delighted to launch our sixth podcast on the theme of “Iceland”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Android users should click here instead. Any positive ratings or reviews left on iTunes greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, here is a rundown of our contributors for this podcast:

Roddy Shippin is a writer from Edinburgh. Words of his have featured in the pages of such publications as Gutter, Magma and Poetry Scotland – he didn’t even have to staple them in himself, which he takes as a good sign. He’s also featured at events such as Loud Poets, Shore Poets, TenRed and Rally & Broad.

He helps run the monthly Edinburgh poetry night Blind Poetics, as well as contributing to Poets Against Humanity – a periodic desecration of all things verse. He has also served as poetry editor for Valve Journal.

Once, he managed to live-stream snooker at work for an entire afternoon without anyone cottoning on – his professional life has thus almost-certainly peaked.

He recommends Iceland as a place to go, as you can probably tell from his poem. The hot dogs are pretty good – if less immediately impressive than the glaciers.

By day Katharine Macfarlane is a librarian, sharing stories and songs with children of all ages. At night she reads poems to grown ups. Her poetry is rooted in the landscape and history of the west of Scotland and draws inspiration from traditional Scottish stories and songs alongside myths and legends from the wider Celtic and Norse world. A regular performer at spoken word events across west and central Scotland her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and The Grind on Castle FM and has appeared in The Grind Journal and the Write Angle and [untitled] magazine. She is currently the Harpies, Fechters and Quines Slam Champion.

Stephen Barnaby was raised by stoats and taught to communicate entirely through fifty snuffly, grunty noises, which he has successfully and randomly rearranged into two pamphlets, Self Loathing Ostrich Tragedy and It was Happy Hour at the Nutty Nun. He has worked hard at expanding his repertoire, culminating in last year’s naked appearance in the video for ‘Wrecking Ball’. He insists, though, that he is emphatically not the plaything of an industry hell-bent on sexually objectifying bespectacled grey-haired men in their mid-forties. He can be contacted by leaving breadcrumbs in woodland clearings and hiding behind a tree.

Stephen Watt is a poet and performer from Dumbarton whose titles include ‘Spit’ (2012) and ‘Optograms’ (2016). Stephen is the previous winner of the Poetry Rivals slam, the StAnza Digital Poetry slam, Tartan Treasures award winner, and the Hughie Healy memorial trophy. A new gothic EP under the project title Neon Poltergeist is earmarked for Hallowe’en 2016.

Bo Mansell is in the habit of writing poetry when overwhelmed by things, particularly the natural world, even the wild flowers growing through the cracks of dereliction in forgotten corners of Glasgow.

Suky Goodfellow concocts punk nightmares seeping out of Edinburgh. Not to be confused with the imaginary giraffe of the same name.

Max Scratchmann is one half of the Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the Edinburgh History Festival. He is a co-founder of FREAK Circus magazine and lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.

Call for Submissions #7 – The Language of Business

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We want your words again.

When we say ‘words’ we want anything that involves you making noises; it’s only limited by what your mind can come up with and a time constraint: a maximum of five minutes in length. We’re interested in any style of writing, we want to show off the range of spoken word. These will be set to an ambient soundtrack, so we ask that the recordings are vocals only.

Recordings can be sent to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the 31st of October. 

The theme for the seventh podcast is The Language of Business.

Please interpret this in any way you like.

All submissions will receive a response within 10 days of the deadline passing.