Norwich Writers' Circle

19th April 2016

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Everyone is welcome to joins us on Tuesday 19th April when we will be launching our second Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. This time our popular competition has the theme of shoes.

The launch will feature a whole handful of speakers, including Rachel Hore, who is judging this year’s entries.

Other speakers on the night will be local historians Michael & Frances Holmes, Ashley Stokes from Unthank Books, plus Simon Goodman from Van Dal Shoes, who are sponsoring the competition.

The evening starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm) at Anteros Arts Foundation. Refreshments will also be provided.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Prize Performances

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6th April’s meeting was another enjoyable evening. Ejike Ndaji is sad he was unable to be there to convey his appraisals and announce the winners in person, but our Competition secretary, Ana Pope, did a sterling job in his stead.

This competition stands as one of the most popular of the current programme, receiving a large number of entries. Out of these came the following:  1st place, Phyllida Scrivens, Romance Versus Rugby; 2nd, Andrew Heron, Decline Of A Rock Star; and 3rd place, Elizabeth Taylor with Magdalen Street.

In addition to the well deserved kudos of coming top, Phyllida can also look forward to picking up the Colin Sutton Award for Humour at the AGM – a cup she gets to keep proud custody of until the next winner arises to claim it.

All three winners were happy to perform their pieces and there was time as well for other entrants to come to the front. Thanks to everyone brave enough to do so. You were a hoot. Mickie Dann! What can one say? Bingo wings and other things a-shaking. A hilarious show-stopper if ever there was one.

And so we look forward to the 19th when we will be launching this year’s eagerly awaited Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. This promises to be quite a party with no less than two guest presentations and an expansion on what is expected of submissions by the adjudicator, Rachel Hore herself.

More details to follow shortly.

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Different Perspectives

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Tuesday March 1st:  Hosted by children’s author and creative writing tutor, Benjamin Scott aka Max Chase, members are looking forward to another entertaining workshop. This Tuesday is Benjamin’s return visit, and he is all set with a series of exercises sure to inspire and unleash our hidden potential. We all know how good it is to experiment and succeed in genres we might not otherwise try.

Visitors are always welcome. Please be reminded that there is a door /admission fee for room hire. We look forward to seeing you at Anteros Arts Foundation at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).

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Meeting Report

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An emotive evening is how one might best describe that of the 16th February. Phyllida Scrivens, as billed, presented us with background to her research trip through the life of WWII survivor and former Sheriff of Norwich, Joe Stirling. It certainly made a difference to see Phyllida’s snapshots of the various locations in which Joe’s early and later life played out – from the horrors of the Kristallnacht to his fondly remembered Travel Agency business in the 1970s.

All listened, silently spellbound until time was given to questions and answers. And many there were too, as well as anecdotes and thoughts stimulated by the whole talk.

Andrew Heron expressed the gratitude of everyone gathered, for the work Phyllida had put in to making the evening an enthralling one.

Of course, leading into the proceedings was the customary invitation to members wanting to share their most recent successes. Our other historian, Gill Blanchard reported two forthcoming projects, and Patricia Stammer has had another article published, this time in Issue 243 of Flora International Magazine.

Requests rather than notices were made. These were: 1) A request for ideas and suggestions for our next programme, either naming prospective guest speakers or members offering themselves as guest speaker or workshop runner; 2) A request for those wanting to get on board with this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Competition to let Subcommittee Chairman, Sean Hindle know.

Our next meeting is on March 1st when we shall be joined once again by Benjamin Scott, creative writing tutor and children’s book author.

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Phyllida And The Kindertransport

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Tuesday 16th February is sure to astound in more ways than one as Circle member, Phyllida Scrivens takes us back along the twisted tracks of Nazi Germany, and the journey made by Joe Sterling and the Kindertransport. Phyllida’s presentation is inside story of her bestselling debut biography, Escaping Hitler.

Please be reminded also that, if you’ve an amusing performance poem for The Colin Sutton Cup For Humour (Competition 3), tomorrow is the deadline for entries.

Refreshments will be available towards the end of the 7.30pm meeting at Anteros Arts Foundation, so feel free to stay around for a cuppa and a catch-up if you can.

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Escaping Hitler

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Exciting news about another member in the spotlight. This time it’s Phyllida Scrivens, our recently elected chairman with her biography of Joe Stirling. Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future has its official launch event at Jarrolds Department Store in the centre of Norwich on Thursday 4th February from 6.00pm.  Both the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff will be attendance.  I will be making a brief presentation on Joe’s life and how the book came about, followed by a Question and Answer session with both Phyllida and Joe.  A book signing will follow.

Tickets are on sale NOW! They can be purchased both in Store from Customers Enquiries on Floor 2, and from the Events page on Jarrolds website. A glass of wine is included.
Phyllida wants to be sure that everyone who has either helped with the creation of the book or has shown an interest has an opportunity to come along.  “It would be lovely to see you there to share our big moment!” she says.
Here is the link to the online events shop: http://www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list
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Club Night

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17th November: A gentle reminder for those seeking an honest and helpful appraisal of their work to bring it along  this coming Tuesday. Formerly known as a “Manuscript Evening”, we are promised a brief workshop to get out creative minds warmed up. So in addition to scripts, poems, short stories, entries to previous competitions and any writing of any other description we may even have time to share what we’ve produced on the night.

Usual rules regarding door and other fees apply, to whit, details are given in the right hand column of our Home page, Competition page and Membership page. Club Night dress code  is optional.

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Exit, Stage Left

A big thank you to James Dimelow for his well-received workshop at our last meeting on Tuesday 3rd November. James’ workshop was entitled “Play Time” – and it certainly was! The playwright had members reading parts from a TV sketch or two, which had us laughing out loud. Ice truly broken, the work began.

Firstly, a workshop on character(s), for which James supplied us each with a “Simpsons” Top Trumps playing card for inspiration as we worked alone. A photograph shared then sparked inspiration in two workshops on settings: the composition of a monologue spoken by our creations, followed by a dialogue with our partners.

Punctuated by readings out, the whole evening was both productive and entertaining. And if that wasn’t enough, James also brought along handouts comprising tips, competition guidelines and suggestions, recommended reading as well as examples of script writing formats. So attendees can consider themselves well informed.

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It’s Play Time

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November 3rd: A return to our normal haunt, The Assembly House in Norwich’s Theatre Street will see accomplished playwright and former committee member, James Dimelow, providing the fun. James will be treating us to his workshop, entitled “Play Time”.

James has penned six plays to date and received praise from London’s Soho and Royal Court theatres. “An urban Wicker Man” was how one review described his second script, Fall & Rise.

James’ workshop will herald our second in-house competition. In-house competitions can be entered free of charge by members. Non-members may also enter but must pay £3. James will be returning as speaker to deliver his adjudication of the competition on February 2nd which will include feedback to individual submissions’ authors. For full guidelines please click here: Competition Two.

Looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday. Don’t forget your pens and pads, now will you?

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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.

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Everything is gearing up for the big night of our Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition. Adjudicator Ashley Stokes, local writer, tutor and cheif editor of Unthank Books will lead the prize giving. All are welcome. The competition prize giving will be followed by readings, raffle prizes and refreshments.

To help us host the event we ask members and visitors to bring

the customary door fee: £3 (Members), £5 (Visitors)