Norwich Writers' Circle

Thank You For The Music

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Congratulations to Norwich Writers’ Circle member Margaret Turner who has had another poem published in the Evening News.

Margaret’s poem, Sorry For The Muzak, was printed in the Poets’ Corner section of the paper on 7th June 2014.

Margaret adds, “This is my recollection of a conversation under local anaesthetic, with only minor tweaks, it can be sung to a certain ABBA tune!”

To read and download the poem please go here.

We next meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th September in The Assembly House when best-selling author Rachel Hore will be discussing her life and career. Please feel free to join us.


At Home with the Holmes

17th February: We welcome Frances & Michael Holmes, historians of Norwich. Well-known in the city with many successful local heritage titles, and are amongst the most nominated authors forNorwich Boot & Shoe the East Anglia Book Awards, being winners most recently in 2014. They are professional and frequent speakers so we have a fascinating evening in prospect. They are not setting a competition, just a one off talk, so this is a perfect opportunity to discover how they go about their research into their topics, e.g. Norwich Pubs and Shoemakers.


Eagle-y Awaited

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January 20th: We welcome local aviation historian, Martin W BomanWe Were Eagles cover2, whose latest book, We Were Eagles (Vol.2) was published three months ago. Vol. 1 was Matin’s winner at the 2014 East Anglian Book Awards, so who better to launch our new Prize Competition for us?

The Past Search Prize Competition for Non-Fiction is our programme’s third competition, and the idea of member, Gill Blanchard whose business is sponsoring it.

Gill’s company website can be viewed at



eaba-landing-pageNorwich Writers’ Circle would like to congratulate three of our speakers from our 2014-15 Programme who have enjoyed success at the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. The ceremony was held at Jarrold store on Thursday 20th November when over 120 people heard the announcement of the category winners.

Against strong opposition, Aviation Historian Martin Bowman of Norwich won the category ‘History and Tradition’ with his book We Were Eagles (Volume 1: July 42 – Nov 43). Martin will be speaking to the Circle about his prolific writing career on 20th January 2015 when he will launch Members’ Competition 3. There will be copies of his winning book and other titles available for sale.

In the ‘Children’s Book’ category, Douglas Vallgren and illustrator Karl Newson were shortlisted for Rupert the Dinosaur. Doug and Karl gave us a fascinating and entertaining talk on how this book evolved at our Circle meeting on 7th October. Doug and Karl will be returning on 2nd December to announce the winners’ of our first competition this season.

For a report and a full list of the winners see: