Creating Imaginary Worlds

October 6th: Barrister, Reuters correspondent, journalist for among others, The Law Society Gazette and Computer Weekly, blogger, poetry publisher, author of the best selling Amazon ebook Writing Genre Fiction – The 12 Rules, Charles Christian, will be setting us this season’s first in-house competition.CharlesChristian3

Though much of his writing career is rooted in the Law and computing, he has also composed a collection of SF short stories entitled This the Quickest Way Down (Proxima Books 2011).

Other titles include A Travel Guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds – The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle which covers everything from Neolithic monuments to headless ghosts and screaming skulls, the origins of Tarzan and weird stuff generally. His upcoming book is The 12 Rules of Spoken Word Performance. For more details go to: www.urbanfantasist.com

Please remember your Membership Subscription Form and appropriate sum for all the gains membership provides: £36.00 (full) or £18.00 (Postal and Benefits concessions) if you haven’t already paid.

Charles is the second of our guests in as many meetings this season and highly acomplished. An entertaining and informative evening should not be missed.

 7:30 start. £3.00 door fee for members; door fee for visitors is £5.00


Words & Women Competition

Words And Women’s annual prose competition is now open for entries, and we’re proud to announce that this year’s guest judge is the Sunday Times best-selling novelist Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth Is Missing.
The competition offers a first prize of £600 and publication for the winner and twenty commended iWords and Women Competition 2015n our anthology Words and Women: Three
Entry is open to women writers over the age of 16 who live or work in the East of England.  Short works of fiction, memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Entries should be 2,200 words or under.    See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for further details. 
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Start of the New Term

15th September saw a well attended first gathering of our 2015 – 2016 programme. In fact it was a whole evening of firsts.

Phyllida Scrivens gave her first opening speech as our new Chair’. Sean Hindle as head of the subcommitttee responsible for the first Olga Sinclair Open Fiction Competition was happy to announce its success. We had a couple of visitors who’d not been before. And Patrick Barkham debuted as guest speaker.PatrickB

For an hour and a half, aided by slides and occassional leafings through his books, he shared with us his passions for butterflies, landscape and the eccentics he’s met along the woodland pathways, up mountainsides and along the coast and out away from the mainland and beyond.

Everyone was thoroughly entertained and inspired to sample and maybe attempt the growing genre that is Nature Writing. What better start than to buy a book or two autographed by Patrick at the end?

Not forgetting the traditional raffle draw, it was pleasing to see the wine go to one of the afore mentioned visitors. It all bodes well for the rest of the season.

Thank you Patrick.


Nature Writing and Other Passions

15th September: We welcome Patrick Barkham,  Guardian journalist and author of the best-seller, Badgerlands.

Born in 1975 in Norfolk and educated at Cambridge University, Patrick is a Natural History Writer. He has manned his post at The Guardian for ten years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change.

His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His second, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as “a must read for all Britain’s naturalists” and was shortliPBCoastlinessted for both the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.

Badgerlands won the best general non-fiction prize at the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. His latest book, Coastlines, was published this spring by Granta Books and explores our changing relationship with the seaside in what is the 50th anniversary of the National Trust’s Neptune campaign to save the British coast.

We look forward to Patrick’s talk: “Nature Writing and Other Passions”.


Full Steam Ahead

Just to give notice, the “About” page has been updated and revised to include a summary of information regarding fees and key contact details, as well as mention of the new Open Competition & full steam aheadPast Search Competition.

Membership Fees are £36 (Full membership) £18 (Postal & Benefits concession)

Door Fees are £3 (Members) £5 (Visitors), as now ammended on the Home page

Please also note the new programme and guidelines for the forthcoming competitions are also now uploaded on those respective pages.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our first meeting on 15th September when we shall be meeting Guardian journalist and best-selling author of Badgerlands, Patrick Barkham.