Amnesty Ely: Jazz at the Palace and Short Story Competition

Jazz poster 2017 final

This year’s Jazz Afternoon is on 16th July, and will once again feature James Pearson and Trio and the “classy” Polly Gibbons (see:


The Amnesty International Ely City Group is running its fourth short story competition in memory of one of its founder members, Gareth Davies-Jones, who taught for many years at Witchford Village College.

The competition is for unpublished fictional short stories of up to 1,500 words on the theme of “Courage” and can be set in any place or time. The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged over 16. Judging will be by local crime writer Alison Bruce, author of the much-praised series featuring Cambridge’s own DC Gary Goodhew.

The author of the best short story will receive £50 and a hardback signed 1st edition of Alison Bruce’s latest novel Cambridge Black. The runner-up will receive a copy of the Amnesty Group’s award-winning illustrated recipe book. The closing date is 21st September 2017 (International Day of Peace).

There is an entry fee per story of £3 (16-18 year-olds), and £5 for over 18s. All proceeds will go towards Amnesty’s human rights campaigns. Full details are available on

and any queries may be sent to:

If you’ve not read the two winning entries from last year do have a look, as they are both very moving: