Chapter 1 Novel Reading: Briar Earth, by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Making family documentaries. Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way. 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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July 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the July 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel transcript: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts by Jeremy Roberts

Performed by Val Cole

Title: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts #1. “Arden Wonder and His Strange Change”

Genre: Horror/Comedy/Fantasy – 114 pages

Synopsis: When a frightening nightmare creature escaped its underworld prison, a brave boy, Arden Wonder, must slay the quirky dream monster, Count Comatose. Before the vampire villain has an opportunity to wake up and feed on the dreams and nightmares of young souls. This will allow Count Comatose to unleash a nightmarish apocalypse that will corrupt reality and every cursed Gifted Soul will eventually change into Nether Gifted Souls. And be Count Comatose’s slaves forever at his lair in the Nether Nod. If Arden and his faithful companions can cure all the sleepy souls of Dreamdale!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

June 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the June 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

 

ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson

ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

May 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the May 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: NO ACCOUNTABILITY
May 2017 Reading
by Keith Lawton

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda

ACTORMAY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Becky Shrimpton & Val Cole

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story – The Ferry Man by Jax Logan

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A serial killer.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grim Reaper

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Lord of the Rings

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Sting / So lonely

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I like a lot of the Ken Follett books

What motivated you to write this story?

I was working on a film script with the same theme and thought it would make a great one pager.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Taylor Swift (yes, I am shallow) and there would have to be desert.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids (most of the time)

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I saw a promotional email from FilmFreeway

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Before you jump in to something, understand what you’re jumping in to.

February 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the February 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – MEI MENG: THE LOST PANDA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – SIMULATION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Ami Blackwelder

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – VERONICA’S PAPERS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Anthony Colin Wright

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – FORTUNATE SON
February 2017 Reading
Written by Daniel T. Pawlowski

ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE POET
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORSHORT STORY – SEEDY HOTEL SEX
February 2017 Reading
Written by R. James Turley

ACTORSHORT STORY – ON THE HILL
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kenya Abney

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson