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WorcTV is set to air in early December. One of several shows to feature on the University of Worcester based network is “Cupid’s Arrow” an exciting new game show where six contestants take part in three unique challenges for the chance to win an all-inclusive date. The show will be directed by script writer Andrew Owens and hosting the show will be Adam Weavers and Paige MacDonagh. Filming for a new dating programme will take place towards the end of November. Further details of the show can be found on its Facebook Page at facebook.com/cupidsarrowworctv
On October 20th 2015 Andrew Owens was presented with an Academic Scholarship Award in recognition for his outstanding achievement in his studies towards a joint honours degree. Andrew is currently in his third year of a Creative & Professional Writing/Screenwriting BA. Presenting Andrew with his award Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor David Green.
This month sees 42 Worcester hold its 50th event since its inception in March 2011. The event will take place at 42’s home venue of Drummonds on New Street in Worcester’s city centre. Hosting this momentous event on September 30th 2015 will be Andrew Owens. This is sure to be a fantastic evening of spoken word not to be missed. Performers include: Alison May, Suz Winspear, Nina Lewis, Polly Robinson, Kevin Brooke, Leena Batchelor, JD Grant, Io Osborn, Chardonnay Jade, Timothy Stavert, David Wallbank, Kieran Davis, Sarka Seborova, Dan Hurrell, Liam Cortintias & Matt “Burns” Maxwell.
Andrew’s story “Charged” has been included in the Spring/Summer Issue of “The Sabrina” a publication by the University of Worcester. The story is an extract of a larger piece that he is working on in hopes of completing by mid/late 2016.
“Portraits of Prose” and Andrew’s recent Flash Fiction Slam win has been mentioned on the Baldypoems website. Read the inclusion for yourself at https://kdavisfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/portraits-of-prose/
On June 21st 2015 Andrew Owens won Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe’s 2nd Flash Fiction Slam. Having gotten to the semi-final the previous year, Andrew took the title in a tightly contested final for 2015. He opened each round of the competition and put an end to his own theory that if you go first, you don’t win. His first piece “Little Alice” gained notable admiration from the audience and his second entry “Kids 4 Cash” cemented his place in the final. He finished his set with “Fate or Destiny” piping the much loved and respected Tony Judge (author of “Sirocco Express” and “The Whole Rotten Edifice”) to the title. A great opening event to compliment that evening’s main feature the Worcester Poetry Slam for which Peter Wytton took the crown.
Adam Millard returns to headline 42 Worcester’s Litfest & Fringe event in June. Adam is the author of twenty novels, ten novellas, and more than a hundred short stories, which can be found in various collections and anthologies. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children. He created the character Peter Crombie, Teenage Zombie just so he had something decent to read to his son at bedtime. Adam also writes Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. His “Dead” series has recently been the filling in a Stephen King/Bram Stoker sandwich on Amazon’s bestsellers chart. Adam writes and edits for UK horror website This Is Horror, whose columnists include BC Furtney, Simon Bestwick and Simon Marshall-Jones.
The acclaimed horror writer will be supported by a number of “42 Regulars” and Andrew Owens will host the event. It will take place at Drummonds in Worcester on June 17th 2015. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start.
For more about Adam, 42 Worcester, the Litfest & Fringe and host check out these websites:
A year ago today, Portraits of Prose was published and released for sale on Amazon and Kindle. Portraits of Prose is a collection of compelling short stories, each with the power to draw you in and leave a lasting impression. Each tale is concise, unique and well sustained and there is sincerity and feeling in every word. Whether it be the emotionally driven ’30 Seconds’, the intense and disturbing ‘Sinister Justice’ or the touching and tender ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter’, there is something for everyone in this book. With their lovely easy to read style, these insightful stories engage the reader from the first paragraph to the last.
Andrew Owens’ collection of 32 short stories was compiled and published by Black Pear Press. This month’s ‘Story of the Month’ features one of the stories from this collection ‘No Strings Attached’.
“The stories contained within are rich and diverse, a wide range of short stories in multiple genres and highly entertaining and evocative throughout, ranging from the dark and twisted to light and humorous. Always engaging, this collection is a valuable addition to any library of all who enjoy reading, and I highly commend this book to everyone.” – Amazon review
“Delightfully impish” – Glenn James co-founder of 42 Worcester (‘No Strings Attached’)
“Concise, atmospheric, and with three twists, it engaged and was pretty much a case study in how to get it right” – Gary Longden behind the arras (‘Bootleg to Paris’)
“Memorable, witty and highly amusing” – Fergus McGonigal Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2014 (‘Between Friends’)
“A creepy story with a very surprising twist in the tail” – Jill King Worcester Writers’ Circle (‘While We Were Out’)
On Wednesday January 28th, 42 Worcester will celebrate its 42nd event. Founders Glenn and Angela James opened the doors at 42 for the first time in March 2011. Since then, 42 Worcester has gone from strength to strength featuring spoken word performances from local writers and beyond. Andrew Owens will be hosting this special event at Drummonds, Worcester, home of 42 Worcester for the past three years. Doors open at 7:00pm for a prompt 7:30pm start. Come and celebrate this momentous occasion with us. All are welcome and entry is free.
University of Worcester student’s story to be made into film
A UNIVERSITY of Worcester student’s story is to be made into a feature-length film.
White Raven Films are set to start shooting ‘A Gift From War’, written by Andrew Owens, in April next year.
The film is about a former soldier troubled by his experiences in Afghanistan, who discovers salvation by saving his dead friend’s sister from a life of domestic abuse.
Mr Owens, aged 42, said: “I feel very excited about this project.
“I had never imagined that I would have the opportunity to write a film script.
“I had always pictured myself as a writer of short stories and novels.
“White Raven Films have also asked me to be on set for filming.
“I can hardly wait to see a story of mine being made into a film.”
Mr Owens was born in Toronto, grew up on a farm in Cookstown, Ontario and moved to Worcester in May 1996.
He was approached by independent production company White Raven Films after he was involved in an earlier documentary.
“White Raven Films were filming a documentary of the Boars Head Pub in Kidderminster,” Mr Owens explained.
“Heather Wastie, who organises a poetry, music and spoken word event there, put my name forward as someone they should use in the documentary.
“I met with them and I recited a poem I’d written, which they subsequently used in their documentary.
“They then asked me if I would be interested in writing a feature length film for them.
“I accepted and wrote the first eleven pages for them to read.
“We met again, they loved what I’d written and asked me to write the rest of the script.
“On reading the completed script, they informed me that it would be commissioned and that they intend to start filming in April 2015.”
Mr Owens, a former toolmaker, is currently in the second year of a joint honours degree in creative writing and screenwriting.
His work has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years.
A collection of his short stories ‘Portraits of Prose’ have been released by Black Pear Press.
Pointless Folly by Andrew Owens
Here I lie, on a bed, in a room full of men, some mortally wounded, some with scars that can never be forgotten. A woman stands before me, tending to an arm that has been ripped apart by shrapnel. She looks at me with pity and disgust at the pointless folly of combat and the rivalry of men. I look into her eyes and wonder, if God had put women in charge of the world, would there be such thing as war?