It looks like fungus, but the trusty internet assures me insects lurk beneath (the white stuff is their protective gear).
Apparently the way to get rid of them is to blast the stuff off with a hose, which should be fun! Those pesky aphids need to get their Speedos and their googles on, NOW! (If it ever stops raining for long enough to actually get out in the garden and zap them).
Here’s a FREE short story competition:
The curiously-named A.Vogel Dormeasan Short Story Competition is running again this year. It’s free to enter and there’s a yummy first prize of £500, as well as cash for two runners-up, so I reckon it’s worth a go.
The final closing date is 31st October 2012, but don’t wait until then. You can submit your stories now (up to a maximum of 3) and they’re featuring a winner every month, who’ll receive £50, with a chance to win one of the big prizes at the end of the competition.
Just remember, this is supposed to be a bedtime story so I’d advise that you avoid anything too gory or scary!
Good Housekeeping Novel Competition – Results
The winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition was Diana Bretherick with her novel ‘The Devil’s City’ and apparently there’s an interview with her in the current issue of the magazine (ooh, I can feel a purchase coming on). There are extracts from the 12 runners up here.
This was another one of those competitions that I didn’t enter in the end! I am useless. Anyway, they had 7000 entries so maybe it was just as well (did they need another one? No, I think not). If your story was one of them, well done for getting much, much further than me. And if you were the winner or a runner-up, Congratulations!
Barber Institute, Birmingham – Free Writing Workshops
And finally, if you live in or around Brum (which sadly counts me out now), The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at Birmingham Uni, is inviting ‘aspiring writers’ to join a series of free writing workshops led by novelist Andrew Killeen; this year’s Barber writer-in-residence.
Participants will write and develop stories inspired by the fascinating exhibition Cityscapes: Panoramic Views on European Coins and Medals as well as other city-themed works in the collection.
A selection of stories will then be read out at a live event during the Birmingham Book Festival and may be published in a book produced as part of the project.
Workshops take place on Sundays 12th August, 2nd September and 16th September. Participants must commit to attending all three workshops. For further information and to reserve your place, contact the Learning and Access Team on: Tel. 0121 414 2261 / 7335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Strangely, I can’t find anything about these workshops on the website BUT I got the info today, via Facebook, from Writing West Midlands, so I can only assume that they – and now you – were the first to know!)