September 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – OFF THE HOOK
September 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez
 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BRIAR EARTH
September 2017 Reading
by Paul Tapp
 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja
 

ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Laura Kyswaty
 

 

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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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Short Story Reading: OFF THE HOOK, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

Money can’t buy you everything.

What genres would you say this story is in?

An exotic tale.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Futile search

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Strangers On a Train’ (Hitchcock)

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

Lover Come Back

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (Thomas Wolfe)

What motivated you to write this story?

Folks who think they have ‘everything’.

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

Charles Dickens

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

classical music

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Wildsound Festival always does such a great job with my stories!

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

Keep writing!

 

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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

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

August 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – MOON HATERS
August 2017 Reading
by Simon Ciappara

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE
August 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

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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 Reading: ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE (CHAPTER 1 & 2), by Albert Russo

Watch Chapter 1:

chapters 1 & 2 – Humorous fiction (5000 words) – synopsis:

Zapinette lives with her mother, a staunch ‘felinist’who owns a beauty parlor in Paris, as well as with Firmin, the latter’s boyfriend. The girl however feels much closer to her ‘Unky Berky’, in spite of the fact that he is “such a weirdo at times and can get on her bloomin nerves”. Through Firmin, ‘the vermin’, she learns that her beloved uncle is a ‘homey setchual’. They will travel to four continents together and the trips promise to be quite bumpy. She is part American, part French, part Italian and finds out, along her journeys to Africa and the Holy Land, that she has other origins too.

THE LITERARY REVIEW:
“… Be warned, Zapinette’s gems of insouciant wit tend to become infectious. This wise-child’s deceptively worldly innocence takes the entire gamut of human endeavor in its compass. Hardly anyone or anything escapes unscathed. Michael Jackson,Vittorio de Sica, Freddy Mercury, Mao Zedong, Bill and Hill, the Pope, Fidel Castro, and even Jesus of Nazareth all come under Zapinette’s delightfully zany fire as she “zaps” from topic to topic in an irrepressible flux. As the century of the double zeros is with us – 2017 -, we have seen the future and the future is sham. As a healthy dose of counter-sham, Zapinette should be on every brain-functional person’s reading list.”

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Watch Chapter 2:

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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

Short Story Reading: The Moon Haters by Simon Ciappara

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Coastal trade around the UK only became smuggling after the imposition of taxes . From the as early as the 13th century “Owlers” as they were known exported wool from the coast of Norfolk evading the duty demanded by the King and Exchequer . Trading across the North Sea with the European sea ports was so much quicker and easier than going over land by wagon and pack horse. Rural coastal communities saw them selves as “Free Traders” and “employed ” a huge amount of man power and thus were their own security, “Watch the wall my darling whilst the gentlemen go by”. The organisation of these large gangs of smugglers was no mean feat, and required near military control and command. The following is based on recorded fact and conversational supposition, the places and “goods” are real , the people are a product of imagination.

Why should this story be read by people?

This tale is historically accurate and expresses the struggle to survive in a rural coastal community.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Atmospheric Characterful

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Italian Job ( The Original!)

How long have you been working on this story?

Gathering the knowledge of places and tall stories from coastal Pubs has taken many enjoyable years.

Corroborating with court records and newspapers of the period online and at the Norfolk Heritage centre also a huge pleasure all be it less convivial.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Many over the years but currently “The Name Of The Wind” & “A Wise Mans Fear” the first two of “The King Killer Chronicles” by Patric Rothfus

What motivated you to write this story?

This story needs telling and I wanted to share it.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

In a time traveling dinner with Dickens and Kipling but all so to read over their shoulders as the ink hit the page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to travel of the beaten track, slowly, in my camper capturing photos, smells, echoes, tastes and conversations over a glass of something local.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I Think I just “Dared” myself.

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

If you don’t tell your story nobody else will.

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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

Short Story Reading: GOD’S HANDS by Michael Coleman

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Story Reading.

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My story is similar to the Fly & Face-Off. Its Gothic Sci-fi medical horror.

Why should this story be read by people?

I think the right reader might make the story live.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Scary future!

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Crow

How long have you been working on this story?

10years+ – It was accessed by NIScreen & got a favourable report. Prob is I am not a scriptwriter!

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mila 18.

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me when reading about the 1st Heart Transplant.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

William Butler Yeats!!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Restoring the Irish language and watersports and family.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

There is a great movie in this story!

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

Be persistent – I need to try and heed my own good advice.

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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