On Tuesday 15th January 2019, in place of the advertised speaker, Chairman Phyllida Scrivens and author of Escaping Hitler (Pen and Sword 2016) and The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich (Pen and Sword 2018), gave the Circle the very first showing of her new illustrated talk called: ‘When the Past collides with the Present – Remarkable true stories of unexpected coincidence, luck and fate when researching biography.’
Members were transported back to 1930s Norwich, 1940s Gloucestershire and Suffolk, 1950s Harwich and to various locations in Nazi Germany. Members were invited to give constructive criticism and ideas of how to improve this presentation, which makes it debut at The Out and About Club in Norwich on Wednesday 23rd January.
The meeting concluded with light refreshments and a raffle.
On Tuesday 6th December, Norwich Writers’ Circle welcomed back Dr. Susan Burton to adjudicate our first competition of the 2016-17 season. The competition was to write a personal profile or non-fiction character study and the winner would be awarded the Annual Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction sponsored by Gill Blanchard of www.pastsearch.co.uk.
After a thorough and comprehensive assessment of the entries, including an invaluable tip on detecting the difference between Personal Memory and Collective Memory during an interview, Dr. Burton announced the winners.
1st Phyllida Scrivens with ‘Christopher’, a study of a man with Down’s Syndrome who spent a year of his life as official consort to the Lord Mayor of Norwich.
2nd Anne Funnell with ‘The Hernia Hedge’, a study of Mary Manning, Norfolk Gardener who kept records for over 60 years of when certain plants first flower each year and who had visited Anne’s garden to identify plants.
3rd Maureen Nisbet with ‘Victoria Refused to Fall’, a study of a woman called Joan from Leamington and her life during WW2. In the discussion afterwards Maureen admitted that Joan was her mother.
The authors read their entries aloud to the meeting, followed by a humorous reading by Iain Andrews of a fictional magazine interview with medieval character Will Kemp.
The entertaining evening finished with the raffle and refreshments.
Our next meeting is Saturday 17th December and it will be our Christmas party! There will be drinks and a buffet. The party will be held from 4pm -7pm in our usual spot in Anteros. Members and guests are more than welcome. There will also be a raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
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.