Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Alties Script Writing Competition

I have just entered a competition to win £2000 for the alternative ending I've invented for a well known crime/comedy film of 1969. I used the full 750 words to do so. Some scenes in the original film have fast-paced action so I have submitted my entry in the Best Action and Adventure category as it seems the best fit, though there are more adventure packed films, and funnier comedies so I was a little confused as to which one to go for. There are 5 categories altogether. I have written my piece in prose, but it can be presented in scripted dialogue. Why don't you give it a go? Closes 4th September 2015 so still time to get that thinking cap on.


Online retailer Cartridge Save http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/ has set up the'The Alties' competition. Entrants are to script an alternative ending to a favourite film. The grand prize is £2000. There are runner- up prizes too. 

For details of How to submit your entry, t&cs, and categories etc visit http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/thealties   
Two ways to enter: either by email to alternateendings@democracypr.com or post your script to Alternate Endings Competition, Democracy, 62 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9EG

Here is a link to Buzzfeed which lists 129 iconic  cinematography from top films which may help to inspire you with a film to choose and to write up that alternative ending. Good Luck!  http://www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/there-will-be-scrolling?utm_term=.mkJmdWm5W#.ju28wG83G 


Monday, 17 August 2015

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Monday, 10 August 2015

The skill of the Textile Artist - The Festival of Quilts 2015



The Festival of QuiltsEurope's leading patchwork and quilting show at the NEC, Birmingham UK.

The Competition quilts (with entries from complete beginners, children and schools, through to professional quilters and textile artists) and other exhibits were displayed in professionally curated Galleries. 

There were many people clicking away with their cameras and devices. For me my attendance was more about profiling businesses on my commercial outlet and less about celebrating the competing element. But in this post the aim is to represent the skills, the colour and the intrinsic qualities of the craft work.Visitors to this post please feel free to leave your comments:

















Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Millie Marotta's Decorating Stickers



Bucking the trend somewhat for wall sticker art are these intricate and delicate decorating stickers. A mix and match of 75 designer stickers are contained in Millie Marotta's Home Sticker Book  They are a little bit different and rather lovely!

Millie is an illustrator of plant and animal life and her style is very distinctive. Watch Millie at work in the video clip.






As for the book (available on Amazon) it contains a few introductory pages which provide tips on how and where to display the stickers, and one or two glossy, lifestyle shots where the stickers have been used to add interest and provide a focal point to areas that may otherwise be plain. 



The rest of the book are a variety of stickers: insects, birds, fish, and animals, flowers and fauna in pattern forms. Four examples below.

Bears


Giraffes

Snails

Rhino








**WEDNESDAY GIVEAWAY (NOW CLOSED)**

I have detached pages containing stickers from my reviewer's copy and I am offering reader's a chance to win a sticker(s) of their choosing
To Enter: either engage in the #winitwednesday @Norries_Girl today 29 July 2015 on Twitter. Follow @Norries_girl and Tweet either Bear, Giraffe, Snail or Rhino. Include the hashtag #winitwednesday. Alternatively, if you have a Google + account please follow Debra Hall and then state which sticker theme you would like to #win in the form of a comment on this post. State either Bear, Giraffe, Snail or Rhino.

Terms and conditions are: 

Competition is open to UK residents only and entrants must be over 18


Only one entry per person per sticker sheet


The Competition will run from at pm on Wednesday 29 July 2015 here at Not Compulsory and on Twitter until Midnight GMT 

Entries received after the closing date will not be considered

4 draws and the draws will be random


The participant must agree to part of any reasonable promotional activity surrounding the competition

It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure their entry meets with entry requirements and is submitted online successfully

The winner will be announced on this, the competition blog post and on Twitter @Norries_girl

The winner will be required to provide additional information such as a name and address

If we are unable to contact the winner within 14 days of the closing date, then we will reserve the right to select a new winner

The prizes are 1 sheet containing 2 x Bear stickers, 1 sheet containing 3 x Giraffe stickers, 1 sheet containing 3 x Snail stickers, 1 sheet containing 1 x Rhino sticker

The competition winner will not be able to exchange the prize for a cash alternative, or any other

http://notcompulsory.blogspot.co.uk reserves the right to exclude from the competition any entry that does not meet criteria, and also to change, suspend or terminate the promotion and entry period at any time. Disqualification of participants will be carried out if, for any reason, the promotion cannot be carried out fairly or if they suspect any person is manipulating entries or results, or who has acted unethically in any other way.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Reviews of Joke and Activity Books for Children by Author, Andy Seed



The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed
Published by Bloomsbury in paperback - 4th June 2015 - RRP £5.99 


Andy Seed turns his sharp eye once again to wordplay. He adds some new jokes to some traditional ones such as: Knock, Knock, Who's there?...
and
What do you call a (man/woman) with a... 
Riddles too, and lots of clever phrases, poetry and made up stuff guaranteed to pin a smile on any young face. It is one of those books that children love to read out loud in their efforts to entertain, and to interact with their family and friends and have fun with language. Expect the twisting or changing of curriculum based info as well as modern culture references to achieve the best laugh. There's a new word activity on almost every page, the catchy headings and the layout of the pages are eye-catching. 

Books like this, designed to keep children entertained while travelling or on holiday (home or away) are forever popular. The b/w illustrations by Scott Garrett and the book's design work adds much to presentation.

Review by(me)Debra



The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Things To Do by Andy Seed

Published by Bloomsbury in paperback - 31st July 2014 - RRP £5.99


You know when that time of day kicks in around 5pm when they have been home long enough to be on the brink of death by boredom and in the horizon you see it...a big ol' tantrum ready to steam its way in! Fear not my lovelies, for Andy Seed has come to every parents rescue and saved the day!  With this 'The Anti Boredom Book Of Brilliant Things To Do.' 

This has been our saviour and I know we will be pulling it out over the summer holidays. It's also nice to see her head buried in a book instead of hovered over her phone or ipad, I also like that it encourages communication, with so many jokes and facts to share, (did you know that the Eiffel Tower is as high as 32,400 wine gums?) no matter how pointless they seem!)

Review by guest blogger,Becky
  


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Author Profile - Michael Rosen



Michael Rosen
Image Source: http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/
Michael Rosen is an author of every sort of children's book - picture, poetry, fiction/non-fiction. He writes for newspapers and magazines and performs his poetry. You hear him on the radio often, and he presents BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth which explores the 'world of words' and the ways in which we use them; interviewing authors, scholars, celebrity and others to get their take on the subject.

Rosen has appeared in children's educational TV and contributes poetry and curriculum related activities. I credit Rosen the most in introducing my son and daughter to poetry in particular. My children and their session sharing friends enjoyed his fun and imaginative approaches to teaching English during the Home Ed years, so I was interested to I hear that the author has recently been appointed Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London in which he helps to run a MA in Children's Literature course. 


Rosen's verse rolls nicely,his chosen words are often uncomplicated and he uses repetition like no one else. He conveys so much by saying very little. Simple words can encapsulate the whole of the poem. Sometimes lines often contain one short word  

'if'
'so' the style is very free it does not demand attention, but children like it, they immediately get it. Rosen was the Children's Laureate in 2007.

His prose has that same appeal, the comedy is fast and witty. Published last month is a children's novel entitled Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed. it's about Malcolm, his mum, and Uncle Gobb who is homework mad! Illustrated by Neal Layton this book is a wonderful pairing of talents and not the first for Bloomsbury.



***competition below, now closed ***

WIN a copy of the book Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed written by Michael Rosen with illustrations by Neal Layton 


To Enter: leave a sentence or two expressing what your view on homework is in the form of comment on this blog post at the bottom of this post.

 (if you are unable to action then please email your comment across to getsmartthroughart@gmail.com)


Terms and conditions are: 

Competition is open to UK residents only and entrants must be over 18


Only one entry per person


The Competition will run from Wednesday 01 July 2015 at Midday GMT until Friday 10 July 2015 at Midnight GMT 

Entries received after the closing date will not be considered

The draw will be random


The participant must agree to part of any reasonable promotional activity surrounding the competition

It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure their entry meets with entry requirements and is submitted online successfully

The winner will be announced on this, the competition blog post 

The winner will be required to provide additional information such as a name and address

If we are unable to contact the winner within 14 days of the closing date, then we will reserve the right to select a new winner

The prize is a hardcover copy of Uncle Gobb by Michael Rosen published by Bloomsbury Children's Books

The competition winner will not be able to exchange the prize for a cash alternative, or any other

http://notcompulsory.blogspot.co.uk reserves the right to exclude from the competition any entry that does not meet criteria, and also to change, suspend or terminate the promotion and entry period at any time. Disqualification of participants will be carried out if, for any reason, the promotion cannot be carried out fairly or if they suspect any person is manipulating entries or results, or who has acted unethically in any other way.