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Watch the November 2015 Poetry Readings

Watch the November 2015 Poetry Readings performed by actress Val Cole:

What if life was an illusion  by Abhishek Jha 

 

The Things We Do To Fish by Paul Tapp

Nothing Changed Me by Miriam Beza 

 

Innovation by Trasha Nicole Hickman

Eulogy For A Bat by Kathy Figueroa 

A Kinda Life by Denise Stephani 

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Watch Chapter 3 of Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps by Colin Guest

DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html
Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

Novel performed by actress Val Cole

Watch Chapter 3: FOLLOW IN THE TIGERMAN’S FOOTSTEPS:

Get to know writer Colin Guest:

1. What is your novel about?

It covers my incredible life working as an expat worker in 15 countries spread through the Middle, Far East & North Africa

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

It is intended to show there is more to live than a boring 9-5 job and by being positive, when life is tough, you can climb back up again

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Adventure Story

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Guns of Navarone

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

21/2 years

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No but I like ones by Lee Child, Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

At first it was for my children, but then I thought it would help others who feel life is getting them down.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Lee Child

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nature and the Environment

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I thought it could prove interesting

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t give up. Go after the goals in your life.

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WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Watch the 5 November 2015 Novel Winners. Transcript readings performed.

Watch the winning novel transcript readings for November 2015.

This month’s readings performed by actor Val Cole.

Chapter 1 NOVEL – Please Hold
November 2015 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu

Chapter 7 NOVEL – From the Sky
November 2015 Reading
Written by J E Nicassio

Chapter 21 NOVEL – One Hot Summer
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ian Barker

Chapter 3 NOVEL – Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps
November 2015 Reading
Written by Colin Guest

Transcript NOVEL – A Life Singular
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

A Life Singular – Transcript of the novel by Lorraine Pestell

Writing Festival Winner for Best Novel November 2015

Watch A LIFE SINGULAR Transcript Reading:

Buy the Novel online:

Novel performed by actress Val Cole.

Get to know writer Lorraine Pestell:

1. What is your novel about?

The first in a six-part contemporary fiction serial, “A Life Singular – Part One” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife to a bullet that was meant for him. As the stars farewell their loved one in the midst of a public outpouring of grief and anger at such a senseless act, Jeff and his children use their many happy memories to come to terms with their private grief.

In essence a love story, the novel’s themes are triumph over adversity, the choices we make between right and wrong and how one influences the other through the relentless passage of time.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

As a lifelong sufferer of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have spent most of my years pretending to be something I’m not, due to the stigma and lack of awareness of mental illness at home, in the workplace and in society at large. By wrapping my serious messages in the universal theme of love and our endless fascination for celebrity, I hope to encourage people to look beyond the stereotypes to see real people with much to offer the world.

Sales proceeds from the “A Life Singular” serial go to two Australian non-profit organisations assisting young people with their education, The Smith Family and EdConnect Australia.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Epic, thought-provoking

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“Crash”, directed by Paul Haggis, starring Don Cheadle

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

The serial has been a work-in-progress for over 40 years. Parts One to four were published between 2013 and 2015, with Part Five due for release in March 2016. The author hopes to finish Part Six in December 2016, which will see the story finish in contemporary times.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Impossible to pick one! “Watership Down” by Richard Adams struck home to me as a teenager; my adult influences are mostly French literature of the 19th and 20th century: Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in particular.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I began writing as a teenager as therapy for my dark heart, as an escape into a less hostile world. What began as a typical adolescent romance between a pop star and a rock guitarist has long since become a vehicle to explore life’s complexities and important social justice issues.

I have two main goals for my writing: first, to inspire fellow sufferers to rise above their debilitating symptoms; and second, to encourage non-sufferers to understand, tolerate and even love people like me in our quest to live a “normal” life.

8. Which artist would you love to have dinner with?

Don Henley from The Eagles, whose lyrics display a thorough understanding of our weird world.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a strong advocate of Voluntary Euthanasia / Dying with Dignity and believe that the ability to end one’s own life at a time and in a manner of one’s own choosing is a fundamental human right. As someone who battles with suicidal tendencies constantly, I hope the stigma around this issue soon disperses so that we have the option to push our own “off-switch”.

I’m also a dedicated volunteer for the two organisations to which my books’ sales proceeds are channelled: The Smith Family and EdConnect Australia (formerly the School Volunteer Program). I mentor teenagers through challenging times with the hope that they will stay in school and make the best of their futures.

Lastly, whenever I’m not working or writing, I can be found on long walks with my rescued 8-year-old Belgian Shepherd dog, Nikki, who came to me last year after a horrible start in life and is now my ever-attentive writer’s muse!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Independent authors from small markets in the southern hemisphere need to promote their books to North American and European audiences in order to gain exposure. The Novel Festival brings our words to life through their performance readings, hopefully attracting new readers.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I feel as if I’m still learning the art of good writing, but my main advice would be to always write from the heart. Chances are your stories will ring true with many people if they can sense authenticity and compassion in your words.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

A Kinda Life, Poetry Reading by Denise Stephani

Watch the Poetry Reading of A KINDA LIFE:

Poem read by actress Val Cole

Get to know poet Denise Stephani:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Girl Power / Gender Equality. Empathy with Malala and all women and girls who are victims of the Gender War.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I would like people to feel moved and inspired to initiate and support social change. I would like men who read it to be more open to hearing the female human’s stories and help to support and protect women and girls.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Since a child as a weird sort-of survival mechanism, but more actively publishing since 2012. United Press London Recognition: Women Writers of the Year 2014 and Top Ten Writers for 2015

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

I love all poetry in the varied styles, but have drawn the most personal inspiration from Maya Angelou and her social activism through writing and poetry.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry
performed by a professional actor?

Exposure and global recognition to help make a difference.

It is also good timing for an online event and promotion for the Eve Ensler One Billion Rising Campaign and the Malala film coming out. I have had a long affiliation with some of the amazing social action and reform work initiated in Canada. I have been a mentor and promoter of Free the Children (Canadians Craig and Mark Kielburger) since 2000 and started the first Chapters of this Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization first in South Africa and then Scotland.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have a number of books published as listed:
Books: ‘In the Wings’ – Trials and Transformation of the Alien Ballerina
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Venus_Rising_Trilogy.html#Book1
Letters to Mandela (Awards New York and LA – Best Books USA)
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Letters_to_Mandela.html
‘Kidz Mandela’ on Kindle

Po’tree, Proze ‘n Pix
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Po%27tree_Proze_Pix.html

Here is a link to info on my website: http://www.denisestephani.com/Books.html
I am also a trained screenwriter and have entered a TV pilot and a comedy short film into the Wildsound competitions for October 2015

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing and Dance. Healing through the arts to help create a better world for future generations

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Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Chapter 1 Reading of the Novel PLEASE HOLD by Tricia Stewart Shiu

PLEASE HOLD was the Writing Festival’s November 2015 Chapter 1 Novel Winner.

Watch PLEASE HOLD Chapter 1 Reading:

Novel read by writer Val Cole.

Get to know writer Tricia Stewart Shiu:

1. What is your novel about?

Short Description:

Steno pad. Check. #2 pencil. Check. Shrine to Mary Tyler Moore. Wait. What?

Sarah Marks, a top tier movie studio executive assistant, has a secret past, which is unearthed by a workplace bully, so she asks “What Would Mary Do?”

PLEASE HOLD, Winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Southern California Book Festival, offers an insider’s look at the world of high-level studio executive assistants and one woman’s struggle to make sense of it all. Has she come a long way, baby? Only Mary knows.

In this quirky slice of life story, award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu, draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.

Long book description:

Mary Tyler Moore inspired countless women (and shaped a generation) with her media presence and this is the basis for a unique book.

PLEASE HOLD, Winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Southern California Book Festival, is the story of an ordinary, single woman, making it on her own in LA as an executive assistant in the entertainment industry, who just happens to have a shrine to Mary Tyler Moore.

The story is a ‘slice of life’ look into how far women have really come, how one woman handles the trials faced in the turbulence of show business and how she chooses to divine guidance.

Award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu, draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Not only does PLEASE HOLD offer a rare glimpse into the world of top tier gatekeepers, it also serves as a reminder that spirituality comes in many forms and no one should judge another before knowing the full story. Everyone’s journey to her own truth is layered and we all choose our path based on the highest form of guidance available. As we grow, so does our guidance.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Quirky & Illuminating

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Zoolander

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

9 years

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It’s a tie between

A Portrait of An Artist by James Joyce

Generation X by Douglas Coupland

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I watched a documentary about the women’s movement in the 1970s and the Equal Rights Amendment and was inspired to write about my own experiences (in fictional form, of course) working with some of the most influential executives in the entertainment industry.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Jeff Lynne

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Human Rights, Self-Healing, Spiritual and Personal Growth.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

My publicist Scott Lorenz.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Stay passionate and connected to the source of your idea. Your plot, characters and details may make their own journey, but if you are connected to the initial reason for writing the book, article, screenplay or script (and why you write in general) you will retain a sense of authenticity. This will carry you through any challenges that arise.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Eulogy For A Bat – Poetry Reading by Kathy Figueroa

Watch the Poetry Reading EULOGY FOR A BAT:

Poet read by actress Val Cole

Get to know writer Kathy Figueroa:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The main theme of “Eulogy For A Bat” is appreciation for this beneficial but, often, maligned or vilified critter.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

My poems have now been published a collective total of over one hundred times in the Bancroft newspapers and it’s always great when I go downtown and folks tell me how much they liked this one or that one, or that they’ve actually clipped some out to save. As far as poetry readings go, I hope that people find my work entertaining. To me, the reading has been successful when people smile, applaud, and look like they’re enjoying the event.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry for a very long time, and was about nine years old when I wrote my first serious poem, but can’t remember exactly how it went. I do recall a limerick I wrote when I was even younger:
“There once was a firefly from Skink
Whose taillight went out with a blink
He moaned and lamented
Then finally he rented
A flashlight – and cheated
…That fink!

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

There are so many brilliant poets I admire, such as Robert Service, William Blake, and Edgar Allan Poe (all of whom are mentioned in “Beautiful Old Style Poems,” which I wrote back in 2011), along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Cullen Bryant, that I really can’t name any particular one as my favourite. Charles Baudelaire and Richard Brautigan are two others whose work I hold in high regard.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

A friend of mine, out on the West Coast, mentioned, on Facebook, that she’d submitted a poem to WILDsound, which was recorded by an actor, and she was really happy with the results. Though some of my work has already been recorded by other folks, and a few of my own recordings are up on SoundCloud, I thought it would be fun to see what WILDsound could do.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Along with my often rural-themed poems, which I’m very happy to say have now been published a combined total of over one hundred times in the Bancroft newspapers, my freelance articles (and photographs) have appeared in local and regional publications over the course of the past decade. I’ve also written screenplays and my short, theatrical play, “Conflicted About The Wolf,” was staged locally as part of the “24 Hour Theatre Event,” in 2011.

7) What is your passion in life?

My feeling is that it’s important to have a lot of different interests and to live a well-balanced life – that is, don’t focus all of your attention and energy on just one thing that you feel hyper passionate about. Make time to be involved in a variety of activities, and try to get outside often, to enjoy the great outdoors. Many of the ideas and, sometimes, actual verses for some of my most popular poems just came to me while I was outside weeding my flowerbeds or doing other yardwork.