Reading up a storm

On Tuesday 16th May we welcomed Robert Welton, librarian of the Jane Austen College. Robert regaled us with the journey that led him where he was today – how he started in Borders as a children’s specialist book seller.  He was the first ever national children’s book seller.  When Borders closed down, Robert moved to … Continue reading

PRIZE GIVING EVENING IS A SUCCESS!

Yes, it certainly was entertaining. First Prize: £500. ‘Escargot Africains’ by Sarah Isaacs. Sarah lives on the north-east coast of Scotland and was unable to attend the Award Ceremony. A prolific competition entrant, Sarah has suffered from ill health and considers her writing and creativity to be important in her recovery. Mr Stokes said of … Continue reading

GALA PRIZE GIVING at ANTEROS

Important Note: 20th October 2015 sees a change of venue to our usual home. We will be welcoming members and visitors in the historical Fishergate Room at Anteros Art Foundation, 11 – 15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich.  7:30 start. Everything is gearing up for the big night of our Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition. … Continue reading

6th October 2015 Report

Tuesday 6th saw another good turn-out with a mix of members and visitors enjoying an informative and engaging talk by Charles Christian. Charles’ central focus were on suspension of disbelief, both within one’s fictional world and with characterisation. Fantasy worlds possess rules that should not be ignored. More than mere syphors, good characters have warts … Continue reading

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. Though much of his writing career is rooted in the Law … Continue reading

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 in our anthology Words and Women: Three.  Entry is … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 & Past Search Competition. Membership Fees are £36 (Full membership) £18 (Postal & Benefits concession) Door Fees are £3 (Members) £5 (Visitors), … Continue reading

NEWSFLASH!

THE COMPETITION PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2015 – 2016. Please remember that details of each competition will be fleshed out by the adjudicators when they come along as guest speakers to introduce the competition. Attending these evenings will enhance your chances of winning.

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