Member Successes, Uncategorized

Unexpected coincidence, luck and fate

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.’

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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.

Norwich Writers' Circle

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.

Norwich Writers' Circle

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.

Norwich Writers' Circle

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