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The Brit Writers’ Awards Unpublished 2010

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Brit Writers' Awards Unpublished 2010

Calling all fledgling writers! There are just a few more weeks to go until the Brit Writers’ Awards Unpublished 2010 deadline on Friday 26 February.

Have you written a brilliant short story, novel, poem or song that deserves to be shared with the world? The inaugural Brit Writers’ Awards offers £10,000 and a valuable literary platform to the best undiscovered writer in the UK. It aims to nurture a love for creative writing in people across the length and breadth of the UK, opening the door to what is often perceived as our ‘inaccessible’ publishing industry.

Good As Gold has been working with the Brit Writers team for the past nine months, helping them to create - among other things - resources for teachers and new writers. Here’s a sneak preview: a downloadable help sheet called Getting started: ideas and inspiration (PDF opens in a new window). 

For lots more resources and information about the Brit Writers’ Awards, visit

Can you write a brilliant short story?

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I’m delighted to be working with a spin-off faction of the Birmingham Writers’ Group in marketing an exciting new anthology of short stories.

once there was is the working title of a project set up by members of BWG to showcase talented Birmingham and Black Country writers.

We’re currently appealing for new short stories, of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, to be submitted for entry into once there was. We will consider stories of any theme from any genre, excluding children’s fiction and erotica.


Talent, originality and inspired writing are more important than your previous publishing history.

The project is being self-funded by the BWG and once there was organisers. We are offering publication and a valuable platform for successful entrants.

The closing date for submissions is 1 September 2010 – and authors should be from Birmingham or the Black Country (or at least have a connection with the area).

Writers interested in submitting a story should visit and read the guidelines carefully. Ideas, tips and writing-related articles will also appear there in the coming months …

Little Earthquake’s The Haunting

Monday, March 16th, 2009

If you can make it to one of Little Earthquake’s productions of The Haunting, you’re in for a spooky treat. The Birmingham theatre company is “leaving the safe confines of the theatre”, as their website and leaflets say, and taking audiences into the “dark, enveloping shadows of England’s reputedly haunted halls, houses and hotels” for a series of staged Victorian séances.

Steve and I caught a 9:30pm performance at Highbury Hall in Moseley on Thursday (12 March 2009) and found, for the experience alone, it was worth every penny of our £12 tickets.

I won’t say too much - the evening’s magic lay in the mystery of what would happen next - but from the moment the frightened-looking Victorian maid brought us wine in the waiting room and our wealthy society hostess explained her reasons for wanting to contact her deceased father, we were held captive by Little Earthquake’s cleverly wrought and superbly acted spell.

Oh! And their literature contains one of my favourite disclaimers ever (if it’s not too weird to have ‘favourite disclaimers’?!):

“Please note that The Haunting is a theatrical performance. No authentic mediumship will be attempted and no spirits will be intentionally contacted.”

You can find out more at Little Earthquake’s website,

Bath Half Marathon

Monday, March 16th, 2009
My partner Steve Wilkes and I were disappointed to miss Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day parade yesterday (15 March 2009), but we were absent for a good cause.

We spent the weekend in Bath, where Steve ran the Half Marathon for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Kidney Kids campaign. He completed the race in just over two hours … that’s my boy!

Victorious ... and more than a little sweaty. Steve with our friend Ad Wyre after they finished the race.

Victorious ... and more than a little sweaty. Steve (right) with our friend Ad Wyre.

Women on their Way (WOW) Awards

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Wish I could spend every Friday afternoon drinking champagne and lunching in the company of inspiring women …

Julie Dixon (left) and me

Julie Dixon (left) and me

Today I’ve been to the first Women on their Way (WOW) Awards ceremony, launched by Jo Cameron (of The Apprentice fame) and Lisa Ibbotson, to celebrate and recognise the “energy that women bring into work and their resolve to make a difference”. 

The lunchtime event was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston and hosted by proud Brummie Marverine Cole of Sky News.

I was a guest of (Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s groundbreaking initiative to help local businesses inter-trade and collaborate), which sponsored the ‘Online Business Award’.

My lovely colleague and friend Julie Dixon at Sandwell MBC had the honour of handing over the trophy to winner Jane Hopkins.

Jane set up to give entrepreneurial mothers the marketing and business tools they need to run a successful venture from home.

Jane Hopkins (centre) with her award

Jane Hopkins (centre) with her award

There was a small but significant, behind-the-scenes triumph for finditinsandwell today, too: Jo Cameron had sourced the AV company (Smethwick-based Nachural) through the website, and commissioned Kiss Me Cupcakes in West Bromwich to supply delectable table favours.

It’s always great to see people buying locally and making the most of our diverse, talented supply chain here in the Midlands. Feels like our work at finditinsandwell is paying off!

Happy weekend, all.

Me and Marquita Mortlock of Hamstead Bookkeeping

Me and Marquita Mortlock of Hamstead Bookkeeping

Freelance copywriters: Good As Gold needs you

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Good As Gold is looking for talented, creative and super-reliable writers for ad hoc freelance work.

You need to write in impeccable English, love words, respect deadlines, and have an instinctive feel for company brands and project briefs.

Please email your CV to You may be asked to complete a short test assignment.

Looking forward to hearing from you. 


Hello world!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Well now. I quite like WordPress’ default title for new bloggers: “Hello world!” Think I will keep it.

Hello, world. I’m Marie Kreft, owner and copywriter at Good As Gold Writing Services Ltd, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Feel free to rummage around my newly designed website (expertly crafted by Dan Mitchell) and see what Good As Gold does.

Thanks to an over-zealous entrepreneur I met last summer, who backstepped me into a corner in dogged pusuit of a sale (fire nozzles), I made three business resolutions: a) don’t bore people, b) don’t scare people and c) try to be interesting. So I’m not here to jabber on and on, but instead to bring you useful updates, worthwhile news … and pictures of the rather erotic Dual Gallonage Combo Nozzle 1-1/2″ NST GPM.


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