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News, Views and Inspiration

We are looking for items of interest to our readers including news of events, competitions, book launches, writers’ workshops, readings etc. and also some ideas about the hows and whys of writing.

Hi all, I am looking for anybody who is interested in Open Mic in the Boston area, for performance opportunities in the New Year. Plus your work could be featured in the magazine!

There is also a free workshop opportunity on 8th October with Jacob Sam-La Rose, a great opportunity to work with this fine poet. it is at Boston College and starts at 10 am.
Contact me on impspired@gmail,com if you are up for either or both of these!


Hi all, I am looking for anybody who is interested in Open Mic in the Boston area, for performance opportunities in the New Year. Plus your work could be featured in the magazine!

There is also a free workshop opportunity on 8th October with Jacob Sam-La Rose, a great opportunity to work with this fine poet. it is at Boston College and starts at 10 am.
Contact me on if you are up for either or both of these!


Check out the Eyrie Press Short Story Competition



Introducing – Darren Rawnsley, the Artistic Director of Ink Contemporary Theatre

See his script in this issue. “The Once Act Play was written by Darren Rawnsley and based on the true journal of David Polley a WW1 Soldier in the Royal Naval Division (RND), Machine Gun Corps”.

Artistic Director Darren Rawnsley a Performance Poet and writer, with over 40 years experience in performing arts as an actor, director, writer and educator, specialising in Special Educational Needs, has been running Ink Contemporary Theatre for 15 years, an all inclusive theatre company, where everyone is welcome. Darren’s aim is to try and run the theatre company for free, giving everyone from all backgrounds the chance to participate. He has been raising funds through events organised by Ink Contemporary Theatre and the local community. As a member of the Royal British Legion, Darren and Ink Contemporary Theatre always ensure funds are raised for this very worthy cause.

Being the Director of Ink Contemporary Theatre can be a difficult job. Everyone knows that funding has been dramatically cut and every Theatre Company struggles at times to make ends meet. As Artistic Director, I try to raise funds, but also teach in various locations and schools, running Drama Clubs and taking part in Street Events wherever possible. It is my ambition to make all Theatre Drama fully Inclusive and I am making slow, but positive tracks toward my goal, with the help of some incredible people.


Shirley and Steve talking to Samantha Maw about impspired on Siren Radio’s Word Perfect show
Roy Sylvester inter viewing Shirley about impspired on Lincoln City Radio

There are two audio files to listen to:
Steve and Shirley talked to Samantha to about the magazine, and Steve was really informative about the hows and whys of drama submission.

In the Roy Sylvester interview Shirley talked in general about what the magazine is up to, and asked for submissions of work


See the link above from this page to a list of Writer’s Groups – please contact to add to the list.


A very big thank you to Ed Chandler, who feels that he cannot give the site the time and attention it needs, as he has an exciting new job. Steve and I wish him the very best in all his ventures, thank him for all the effort he has put into the site to date and we look forward to seeing him regularly at Lincoln Creative Writers, (see Writers Groups for details).


Take a look at Marilyn Speak’s poetry here on the site – one poem was her first and written for the Stamford, Lincs, UK Stanza Group. There are Stanza Groups all over the UK offering a perfect place for poetry to grow, I highly recommend them.
A big thanks to Philip Dunkerley for asking “his” local poets to send in work for the first issue.


Here is a link to an interesting new blog, on global literature, art and film which is really worth a follow

Ultimate World Culturelist reading and watching books and films from all over the world

“basically I’m on a global tour of the literature, art and film of the world, as I’ve realised I’ve had a very narrow uk/usa/bit of ireland viewpoint, as do most people! So it intends to open my eyes – and by proxy other people’s “


Take a listen to Shirley talking about the magazine and Steve and Ed’s work with impspired, and reading some of the work published here – and also listen to Shirley’s cool music choices!


Steve Cawte is kicking us off with his thoughts on scripts and how to send us your short dramas and extracts. For more information please look at How to send in your work


By Steve Cawte

As part of the founding team of Impspired it’s exciting for me that we will be including play scripts and screenplays as something writers can submit to us for publication. This is how my journey in writing began. I had become an actor very early in my working life and it didn’t take long to progress on to Directing. Following the birth of our first child my wife and I decided to move back to Lincoln from Manchester. It was at this moment that it felt a little like career suicide. Lincoln at the time had a distinct lack of professional theatre work. To ensure I could continue in the work I loved I set about writing my own work, selling my scripts and performing them myself.

Although this kept my acting/directing career afloat it took its toll on me personally. I discovered the pressures of constantly needing new ideas, the weight of meeting deadlines, the strain of working twelve to eighteen months ahead and more importantly the crushing loneliness that comes with essentially waking each day to sit in my back bedroom and write. To alleviate this crushing, soul destroying experience Lincoln Creative Writers was formed. A group designed for other like-minded playwrights to meet share their personal torments, and exchange help and advice. The only people who came… poets. And so I found myself for the first time since school tentatively dipping my toe in the murky waters of poetry.

** WARNING – The murky waters of poetry have some crazy currents and are likely once your toes dipped to drag you under and hold you there. **

What to do with a play script?

Sending out a play is a daunting thing for many writers, sending out an extract even more so. The reader is taking a two-minute window into a two-hour story. Context is gone, plots look full of more holes than the Mary Rose.

When submitting to us there are several factors to consider before you send in your work. This 6 step guide should help remove the main barriers.

1. – Check you adhere to the content rules

We won’t have many of these so creative freedom can be left at it’s max. However, on occasion there maybe themed requests or other content rules applied so double check before you select your piece for submission.

2. – Proofread

Make sure it reads well. It says what you intended it to say and it doesn’t contain any glaring errors.

3. – Format and Page Limits

Make sure you are submitting the script in the required format and that you stick to the limits imposed.

4. – Permissions

You will be asked to confirm that you have permission to submit the work you send to us prior to it going to print. Make sure you do. Is it all original? If not do you have permission to use the content that is not your own?

5. – Synopsis

In an attempt to cut of the reader being lost in a random moment from a story they don’t know a synopsis of both the play as a whole and the context of the moment seen in the extract should be sent. Again there will be rules regarding the length of this, make sure you stick to the rules!

6. – Select your extract carefully

Choose a moment that flows, that doesn’t require to much prior understanding or explanation. Select a moment of interest where something is said or done of interest. Also if you want people to engage with your script further in the future… AVOID SPOILERS. If the screen play for Sixth Sense was being submitted there are lots of good moment that could be picked as extracts. There is obviously one that certainly shouldn’t. To avoid spoilers here I will not go to any further detail. If you’ve seen the film you get the reference. If you’ve not seen the film, watch it, then you will get the reference.

There is then one final point of advice. If at any point you are unsure, uncertain or just generally baffled and confused then just contact impspired and ask.