It was early in the evening but already the lamps of the rapidly disappearing houses were losing their battle against the descending, chill-inducing fog. I glanced at my watch for what was probably the fifteenth time since my arrival, surprised to find that only five minutes had passed. Not one person or vehicle had I seen, perhaps this was the reason she had been so insistent that this was the only place we could meet. The only place where we both would be safe from the night-stalkers who always came out at twilight. Even I was wary of them
as the stars emerge
the algae blooms and rises
from depths of darkness
she raises her veil,
looks into the smoke-filled globe,
into the future
Your thin veil of lies,
smoke from the fires of deceit
extinguished by truth
my smouldering jealousy
will take a long time to cool
I think you need your ears syringed dear, I said banana sandwich not sausage
Like a fading star
each scented bloom is eclipsed
and begins the fall
God is demanding entry to my life, one day I will admit him.
Henshaw Short Story Competition
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
The June 2017 Competition is now open.
Prizes: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25
Closing Date: 30th June
Results published on the website by 31st July
1. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.
2. Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.
3. The author’s name must not appear on any page either as a header or in the content.
4. All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by a single page containing the author’s name, address and telephone number.
5. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
6. Do keep a copy of your entry, manuscripts cannot be returned.
7. The judges’ view is final and no correspondence will be entered into in connection with the award of the prizes.
8. Prize Winning Stories will be published on this site.
9. Entries may be made by E mail (preferred), as a Word document, or by post.
10. Entering the competition gives Henshawpress the once only permission to publish the story in an anthology. It is intended to produce the next anthology in 2019 when there have been sufficient prize winning stories.
11. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by e-mail or by post where no e-mail address is available.
12. Entrants must be aged over sixteen. If you are sixteen or under do have a look at our Young Writers page.
Each entry by post must be accompanied by a cheque for £5 payable to G. Jennings and sent to:
The Henshaw Competition
24 Rowlandson Close
Entries by E-mail should pay the appropriate fee, details on the website, and send their story separately to:-
For an extra £10 the judges will provide a critique of a story after the results of the competition have been published
Through the fence I could see the warriors on their ponies. Bare-chested in check trousers, their tattoos, symbols of their bravery in battle. Each had a wooden stave which they swung around their heads as they passed a tall tree in the field, from which hung a large sack. The one who hit and made the sack fall was acclaimed the winner to loud cheers. The sack was then dragged off to be refilled. I was hoping this would be a long time for, being a prisoner I was due to be the next one sewn into the sack.
I have long been an advocate for the retention, extension and continued funding for local libraries, often posting Tweets and blog rants whenever a hint of a library closure has been in the News. Below you will find an initiative by a local group which serves to emphasise one of the benefits to be gained from keeping these establishments adequately funded and supported. I would like to encourage the establishment of more local groups such as this in an effort to open everyone’s eyes, young or old, to the joy of literature in all it’s forms.
I hope this event is supported and successful
Earls Barton Literary Festival
|The latest, exciting, venture
for the Friends of Earls
Barton Library, is a Literary
Festival. This will be
held on Saturday 10th and
Sunday 11th June, which is
the middle weekend of the Earls
Barton Village Festival.
There are events throughout the two
days. Poets, authors, an adult story
teller, musicians and actors, will read, run
workshops on Creative Writing and Selfpublishing,
act, sing, play, rap and interact
with audiences of all ages. There is
something for everyone to enjoy. Everything
will take place in the centre of the village, in
the library, of course, as well as in churches,
a hall, a club and even a pub! There are
ten events each day and tickets are just £10
for a day or £15 for the whole
weekend. Younger children
(under 8), can attend free,
but must be accompanied by
a paying adult; children over
eight attending sessions, must
pay the normal fee. Individual
events will be charged at just
For an extra-special finale,
the Friends of Earls Barton
Library are delighted to welcome
back James Hornsby. This talented
actor entranced the village audience
in December with his performance of
‘A Christmas Carol’. For the Festival he
will again appear as Charles Dickens,
performing ‘Great Expectations. It promises
to be a marvellous evening and a fitting
ending to the weekend. Tickets for this are
sold separately at just £5 per head.
The printed programme, with full details of
all the activities will be available very soon,
as will tickets for this most exciting venture.
Please contact Carolyn on
07584 093 039 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org to make
enquiries or look on the Earls
Barton Library Facebook page
Every night I sit and watch who sits, dreamers, drinkers, lovers. All come seeking something, be it solitude or solace but none ever find it.