Programme

20TH SEPTEMBER 2016. OPENING NIGHT. Welcome back! Don’t forget to complete your new membership form.

BENJAMIN JOHNCOCK, Author of The Last Pilot. Winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2016, shortlisted for East Anglian Book Awards 2015 and selected by Writers’ Centre Norwich as a Brave New Read 2016. His talk entitled: ‘Leaving Things Unsaid: the process of writing The Last Pilot and why less is always more’ will describe how he came to write about the romance of the American frontier.

4th OCTOBER. SUSAN BURTON, Non-Fiction writer and UEA PhD research student, detailing how her personal experience of the Japan Fukushima Earthquake led to an interest in oral history and sound archives.  Launch of Competition 1 for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.  www.pastsearch.co.uk

18th OCTOBER. GALA NIGHT – THE OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016 – ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE GIVING.  Led by adjudicator, fiction writer RACHEL HORE, this evening sees the culmination of our Shoe Themed competition with prizes sponsored by Van Dal Shoes and local history writers Michael & Frances Holmes. Prize giving, readings and refreshments. All welcome.

1st NOVEMBER. SHERIDAN WINN, local author of best-selling fantasy books aimed at readers aged 7-13 years. Best known for the Sprite Sister books, based partly on Sheridan’s childhood growing up in the Norfolk countryside. Launch of Competition 2 for The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.   

15th NOVEMBER. PETER STIBBONS, owner of Poppyland PublishingThis North Norfolk Company has published over 125 books since 1978, primarily on East Anglian history. Peter will talk about the interaction of new media in the digital age with the traditional printed word.

6th DECEMBER. SUSAN BURTON returns to adjudicate Competition 1.

SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER. Members’ Christmas social. Festive fun and members’ buffet. Partners welcome.

17th JANUARY 2017.  WORKSHOP on creating a successful Book Proposal. Led by GILL BLANCHARD, professional genealogist/historian/biographer and writer of local histories, along with PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS, biographer and author of Escaping Hitler launched in the U.S.A during January 2017. Launch of Competition 3.

7th FEBRUARY. SHERIDAN WINN returns to give her adjudication of Competition 2.

21st FEBRUARY. MANUSCRIPT EVENING. We open with some fun writing exercises, followed by readings from your current projects or from simply a piece of past work.  Receive feedback from members and in turn practice your critiquing skills.

7th MARCH.  S.E. CRAYTHORNE writer working in rural Norfolk and graduate from the UEA Creative Writing MA. Her debut novel How You See Me was published in 2015. She will talk about the joys and struggles of working with an unreliable narrator, exploring how ‘reliable’ any realistic narrator can be. Launch of Competition 3 for The Ivy Ferrari Cup.

21st MARCH. GILL BLANCHARD and PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS return to adjudicate Competition 3. 

4th APRIL. RALPH JACKMAN, historical fiction writer talking about his career. Ralph’s first novel, Actium’s Wake, set in Ancient Rome, was published in 2014, receiving rave reviews and a number of awards.  The sequel, Agrippa’s Wake, to be published late in 2016.

18th APRIL. GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017. An evening of inspirational speakers, tips from the adjudicator (TBA) and refreshments.  All welcome.

2nd MAY. S.E. CRAYTHORNE returns to adjudicate Competition 4.

16th MAY.  JULIA BLACKBURN, acclaimed biographer and poet.  Her most recent books include Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings (a collection of poetry and photographs) and Threads, the lyrical biography of a Norfolk fisherman (Overall winner at the East Anglian Book Awards 2015).  Julia will talk to us about her inspirations and writing techniques.

6th JUNE.  SUZAN COLLINS, multi-genre author from Suffolk leading a discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of publication both traditionally and independently.  Suzan has had fourteen books published, including some pertaining to her work as a trainer in social care and management. Her interests include writing about her beloved cat ‘Chatty Cat’, walking on the seafront and eating cake!

20th JUNE. MANUSCRIPT EVENING:  Bring as yet unread competition entries.  Share other projects.

SATURDAY 24th JUNE. MEMBERS’ SUMMER SOCIAL Venue TBA.

4th JULY. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND COMPETITION PRIZE GIVING.  Visitors Welcome.  No Entrance Fee. Prize Raffle.

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