Members and guests of Norwich Writers’ Circle were delighted to welcome back Gareth Davies, proprietor of Poppyland Publishing, to adjudicate the entries for the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.
Gareth said that he was fascinated by all three entries, proposals or early drafts for a 5,000 word pamphlet exploring a historical event in East Anglia. The entries were:
- The Great Flood of August 1912 by Paul Taylor
- The Yellow Caravan by Juliet Webster
- The Martyrdom of Thomas Bilney by Iain Andrews
- The Sawmill in the Park by Barré Funnell
- Of Those in Peril on the Seas – the story of inventor Captain Manby
Gareth expressed his views on each of the entries before announcing the winners. Joint second were Paul Taylor and Iain Andrews.
First prize went to Juliet Webster with her story of three North Norfolk sisters in 1912, who set off on an adventure to tour the county in a horse drawn caravan. Drawing on original family source material, Juliet has spun a charming tale of endeavour and innocence, only two years before the world will be shattered by war. Juliet will now work closely with Gareth to produce a Poppyland pamphlet.
Competitions Secretary Marian Pearson thanked Gareth for this hard work in judging the entries and the evening finished with light refreshments.