Sky Pilots on the BBC

Screen Shot 2018-03-17 at 13.54.01Stephen Connolly’s short play ‘Sky Pilots’ has been selected as one of 3 that will be performed and recorded by BBC Radio Solent next Month.

The brief was for 15 minute scripts, with a connection to Dorset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. Over 370 scripts were entered, which were narrowed down to a short-list of 10, before the winners were announced on BBC Radio Solent on Friday 16th March, Stephen hearing the news while he was being interviewed live on air by Julian Clegg. All 3 plays will be performed at Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford on Thursday 12th April 2018.

Stephen’s play ‘Sky Pilots’ is a romantic comedy set in a hot-air balloon. Prim, recently ordained vicar Jonathan is taken for a hot-air balloon ride by his wacky balloonist girlfriend Lucy (Sky Pilot a euphemism for vicar). The wind dies, leaving them marooned above the most embarrassing landmark in England, the Cerne Abbas Giant, forcing them to re-evaluate their relationship: can two very different people make a life together?

To listen to the interviews, go here.

Retreat West : Nothing Is As It Was

retreat__book_logo-small1Stephen Connolly’s short piece ‘The Window Box’ has been selected by Retreat West Books for inclusion in their Climate Change (AKA Cli-Fi) anthology ‘Nothing Is As It Was’ named from a story by Nick Ryle Wright.

The anthology will be published in April to raise funds for the Earth Day Network. There will be 33 stories included in the paperback and ebook anthology, and others will be published on the website in the run up to launch date, with the option to make a voluntary donation included with each.

The Window Box is the first chapter of a novel entitled ‘The Fourteenth Duke of Plimsoll’, more details here.

Retreat West will soon be launching another charity anthology celebrating the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Supporting Abused Women on V-Day

gdasslogoMembers of Somewhere Else Writers attended an evening of dramatic monologues in Cheltenham this week to raise awareness and funds for abused women.

The V-Day event, coordinated by University of Gloucestershire lecturer in dramatic writing, Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, featured work by some of the biggest names in contemporary literature and drama, including Maya Angelou. They were performed by students at the university.

V-Day is a global campaign founded by Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, to help stop violence against women. Money raised from the event will go to Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service. After the event, service manager Sally Morrissey spoke inspiringly about the need for greater understanding of the psychology of abuse.

Closing Time at The Inn On The Green

Selwyn centre Corinium RadioWe’ve just finished recording the final episode of our soap opera The Inn on The Green. At the moment there are no plans to do more – but who knows? We have lot of new members with new ideas – and there’s been a suggestion that a body might be discovered in the walls of the pub– so watch this space.

Thanks go to Selwyn Morgan who steered our sometimes leaky ship to harbour. He made it look easy, when we all know it was not – and to Corinium Radio who provided us with a safe space to experiment and learn from our mistakes.

We have learnt huge amounts about writing radio scripts, grown in confidence when performing and – perhaps most importantly – laughed – and learnt not to be too precious about it all.

Episode six is due to be broadcast on Corinium Radio at 4.30pm on Sunday February 25th. If you miss it you can catch up, along with earlier episodes, on this website.

Switching, Switching on Lulu


Following the success of Climbing the Mast, her collection of short stories and poems, Somewhere Else Associate member, Bridget Arregger has published her first novel Switching Switching, using, a printing service that costs only the price of a copy. Material must be in the correct format ready for printing and authors need to do all their own editing and marketing. Copies are printed on demand and can be made available on, Amazon and other websites.

Bridget loves to write speculative fiction, which includes fantasy and science fiction, and delves into themes of gender and transgender identity, sexual orientation, love and marriage.

Switching Switching was inspired by Bridget’s own struggles with combining a career with being wife and mother and explores the extent to which personal success is due to circumstances or individual attributes. She is hoping it will be adopted as a Reading Group favourite as it is proving to be a ‘love it or hate it’ book and provokes lively discussion.

Switching Switching is now on sale from at £9.50.

Far Off Places


Stephen Connolly’s short story ‘Four Funerals and a Wedding’ has been accepted for publication in Scottish Literary magazine Far Off Places. The as yet untitled issue will appear later in 2018 and will be the last print edition before the magazine switches to online and podcast formats.

Stephen’s short short story ‘Fairy Tale Ending’ appeared in the very first issue of Far Off Places, Fairy Tales Retold, published in March 2013.