Wednesday Meeting: 13th January

Happy New Year everyone! We had another great meeting last week with three submissions and 10 attendees. In previous years this has often been a very quiet time of year but this is the second January in a row that we’ve hit double figures. We rock!

Wednesday Meeting: 13th January

Before I get started with the critiques I just want to mention the Revolutions anthology. It’s doing really well! We are selling actual copies! We would really appreciate some boost to the signal on either Facebook or Twitter or your chosen social media platform. Word of mouth goes a long way. A glowing Amazon review would be awesome! Here are a few links if you’re looking for an easy share…

A tweet from Craig:
https://twitter.com/craig_pay/status/687030642035523584

A blog post from Graeme:
http://graemeshimmin.com/revolutions-speculative-short-stories-set-manchester

Another tweet from Eric:
https://twitter.com/EISteele/status/679165809948762112

Revolutions is available to buy from Amazon in either paper or Kindle format.

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Tuesday Meeting: 22nd December

Merry Christmas everyone! Last night was our final meeting of the year. We had eleven people attending and five submissions to critique. There was a bountiful supply of mince pies, mulled wine, orange juice, carrot cake and some rather spicy home-made tuna snacks. We also had a surprise visit from the MadLab Mouse. High drama! We completed the critiques on four submissions so Ian’s piece will carry over to the next Tuesday meeting in January.

Tuesday Meeting: 22nd December

Before I get started with the critiques I just want to repeat the announcement made on Facebook yesterday that we have just donated £90 to MadLab. These are your donations from throughout the last year, so well done to everyone who was able to give money in these financially challenging times. And please don’t worry if you weren’t able to donate. You can always help MadLab by boosting the signal for their revenue earning courses during the coming year with a share here or tweet there:

Courses: http://madlab.org.uk/courses/

MadLab’s twitter account: https://twitter.com/madlabuk

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Revolutions Anthology now available!

We are very pleased to announce the release of Revolutions anthology, a collection of seventeen speculative fiction short stories set in and around Manchester. This eclectic mix of science-fiction, horror, dystopian and plain weird stories has one thing in common: being set in the capital of the North.

revolutions cover

We would again like to thank all the many authors who submitted stories, we simply didn’t have enough space to include every single one. We are very pleased with the end result. This anthology has certainly exceeded our expectations!

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Wednesday Meeting: 9th December

Apologies for missing yet another meeting due to illness this time. Excuses, excuses. I would say ‘see you at the next one’ but who knows, perhaps I’ll be abducted by aliens this time!

Thanks to Eliza for taking the following notes . . .

Twelve members attended the group on the dreary Wednesday night at MadLab. We managed to get through 4 pieces with Emma’s “Westralia” being the only one left for the next meeting. Continue reading

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Tuesday Meeting: 24th November

Apologies again for the slight delay in getting these notes posted but it’s been another busy week. As some of you know I’ve been training for my kung-fu grading which took place yesterday. Normal service will now be resumed! Thanks again to Luke for taking these notes and further thanks to Graeme and Eric and everyone else for their continued support with the group. You all rock! See you at the next meeting on the 9th. –Craig

Before we start with the crits, it is worth mentioning that the group’s anthology is nearing completion. The editors are beavering away with the final proofing as I write. While they are crossing t’s and dotting I’s, I have been getting the Twitter page up and running. We are getting some good engagement and a steady increase of followers. If you have a Twitter account, you can help us out by throwing the odd retweet our way.

Tuesday Meeting: 24th November

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Wednesday Meeting: 11th November

Apologies for the delay in getting these notes posted but it’s been a busy week.

My thanks to Luke for putting these together.

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Tuesday Meeting: 27th October

We had another busy meeting last night with thirteen people attending and four submissions critiqued.

Tuesday Meeting: 27th October

Before we get started with the critiques I’d like to remind everyone that Eliza is organising a Christmas meal. Please visit this Doodle poll to cast your vote for the date.

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