Gorgito's Ice Rink

The debut novel from Elizabeth Ducie is now available on Amazon as an ebook or as a paperback. Gorgito's Ice Rink is a tale of love, loss and broken promises. Bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh climate are just some of the barriers Gorgito Tabatadze faces in his quest to build a championship ice-rink in post-Soviet Russia. On the surface, he is helping to re-unite a distraught young boy with his sister, a talented ice skater who has moved to America to train. But inside, he is motivated by memories of another lost sister and a promise to his mother which he was unable to fulfil. Gorgito's Ice Rink  can be found here.

It's been a busy few months for Elizabeth who recently won the Fiction Prize at the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust Creative Writing Awards. In July, she published the second in her series of ebooks on business skills for writers. The Business of Writing: Part Two Finance Matters can be found here. 

The Creative Writing Student's Handbook

This month, Cathie Hartigan and Margaret James have brought out their Creative Writing Student's Handbook in paperback. Already a five-star success on Kindle, the paperback is available from Amazon and takes students through the entire creative writing process. It has plenty of practical advice, helpful exercises, lots of tips and links to useful websites, and is an indispensable manual for new and seasoned writers alike.

'A very helpful guide.' Dr Paul Vlitos - Programme Director of BA English Literature with Creative Writing. University of Surrey, Guildford, UK


Results - short story competition 2013/14

Exeter Writers are delighted to announce the results of this year's short story competition. 

Many thanks to everyone who entered. Commiserations to those whose stories weren't placed, and many congratulations to our winners:


First prize - Dancing the Animals by Tracey Glasspool 

Second prize - Bigger than the Wind by Jim Kroepfl

Third prize - The Front Line by Jim Kroepfl


Tracey Glasspool also wins the Devon prize.


Short listed (in alphabetical order):
  About love - Michelle Crowther
  Bitten - Sophie Hampton
  Bone hard ground - Ken Elkes
  Debt - Tom Vowler
  Phosphorescence - Rowena MacDonald
  The Empress of Poland - Filipa Komuro
  The whereabouts of Cissy Flood - Sharon Boyle


The final judging

Winner of 2013/14 short story competition: Dancing the Animals by Tracey Glasspool

“Ulfa? Ulfa!”
I can hear Granna in the distance. She’s calling me home but I want to stay. The forest has become my refuge again. Here, amongst the tangle of trees, I can drown out the voices which followed me; teasing me, taunting me, calling me ghost-eyes. Mama says I should be proud of my eyes - ice-grey like my father’s, a memory of him. But I so want them to be brown like Orson and Aya’s. Normal.