The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Gloucestershire Edition

Drama on the high seas

30 Jan 2017

Fancy you’ve got the next Raymond Carver in your midst? Or perhaps Joseph Conrad would be more appropriate, as Giffords Circus, the village green circus with the big imagination, is running a competition to write a story inspired by its upcoming summer show ‘Any Port in a Storm’.

A rich vein to mine – dastardly pirates, treasure islands, creatures of the deep, heart of darkness quests, dramas on the high seas – I reckon it might be hard to keep your watery adventure to just 500 words, but that’s the limit boys and girls.

There are three categories – ten years and under, 11-15 year olds and 16 years and over – and the winner in each category will get a family ticket (two adults and two children) to Giffords Circus, and have their stories read out at the show by Tweedy the Clown and printed in the programme. Three runners-up in each category will also receive a family ticket to the circus.

The closing date is Friday 3 March, so get pen to paper and send your entry with contact details (name, age, address, e-mail and telephone) to: Creative Writing Competition, Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Lypiatt GL6 7NE, or by e-mail to

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