Tuesday 2nd July was our AGM. It is the last meeting of the season. It was here that winners of our in-house competition were awarded their trophies for the year:
Our Officers gave their reports.
The reports were positive and our group is continuing to grow!
Finally, there was some sad news. After four years, Phyllida Scrivens stepped down as Chairman. Phyllida has contributed a great deal to the group, infusing each meeting with her energy and verve, and given everything she has to ensure members are welcome and happy. We at the NWC will always appreciate everything she has done as Chairman.
She’ll be a tough act to follow, but we can think of nobody better for the task than Iain Andrews! Iain has been an outstanding member for many years and we have the utmost confidence that he will rise to every challenge.
There was a brief ‘passing of the torch’ between the former chair the the new. And by ‘torch’ we of course mean the gavel:
It’s been an amazing season. Thank you to all the members, guests, speakers, committee members and officers who make it all possible. This group wouldn’t be possible without you.
We look forward to starting a new season in September. The new programme will be posted soon. Keep an eye out for it. We hope to see everyone there, and would welcome any new members.
For details on membership, please go to our membership page which give you details of membership prices and benefits.
Tuesday 2nd May saw S.E Craythorne return to announce the winners of our fourth and last competition of the season – the Ivy Ferrari Cup. The theme was ‘motherhood’.
The winners were:
1st place Iain Andrews with Judgement of Solomon.
2nd Kim Lewis with The Sparrow.
3rd Phyllida Scrivens with Especially When You Dance.
Congratulations to the winners!
The NWC would like to thank Sally for her superb adjudication. We’d also like to thank everyone who entered the competition.
Our next meeting is 16th May. Robert Welton, the Librarian at Jane Austen College and former bookseller, will give a talk about how his library is designed to encourage reading, what type of books youngsters read these days as well as his views on the future of printed books.
On Tuesday 15th November the NWC welcomed Peter Stibbons, owner of Poppyland Publishing.
The group was then treated to a highly informative presentation following Peter’s career as well as some invaluable insider-secrets.
The NWC would like to thank Peter very much for his talk – especially for the props. Seeing a laser disc was a real ‘blast from the past’ for many of us!
We would also like to thank every who attended! It is always nice to see faces both new and old.
Our next meeting is Tuesday 6th November. Not only is this the deadline for the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour competition, in which case if you haven’t sent us your entry by email or post please bring it to the meeting, but we will also be joined again by Susan Burton, who will announce the winners of the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.
On Tuesday 18th October, we were pleased to announce the winners of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016. There was a huge turnout to the gala where we had five of the ten shortlisted entrants with us.
Before we announce the winners, the NWC would like to take a moment to thank everyone who entered the competition. It certainly wasn’t easy for Rachel Hore, our adjudicator, to pick just ten stories from the 139 entries we received. It was even harder for her to pick the three winners.
Now, without further ado, the winners of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016 were:
1st Place: Mary Outram from Headingley, Leeds. Story Title: Boots A contemporary tale of aid workers in Iraq.
2nd Place: Sarah Evans from Welwyn Garden City, Herts. Story Title: Clatter of Love A social tale of separation and a tug of love.
3rd Place: Mickie Dann from Norwich. Story Title: Save Your Soul A story inspired by meeting a refugee while on holiday in Italy. Mickie is a long-time member of Norwich Writers’ Circle.
The runners up (in no particular order):
Jonathan Bowman from Coltishall, Norfolk. Story Title: The Rawi.
Anne Pearce from Attleborough. Story Title: The Creative Writing Class
Sue Ryder Richardson from Framlingham, Suffolk. Story Title: Twisted Feet
Bridget Bowen from Beccles, Suffolk. Story Title: The Last Dance.
Sarah Isaac from Perthshire, Scotland. Story Tile: Souterrain.
Judith Drazin from Bristol. Story Title: The Reunion.
Sandy Norris from Malden in Essex. Story Title: New Shoes
Why did Rachel choose these particular stories? In her own words:
“The stories I recruited for the shortlist were usually ones that engaged me from the first paragraph or even the first line. Where I was quickly drawn into the character’s world and made to care what happened to them. Even the lighter tales among them I chose because between the lines of entertaining narrative the offered truth; some striking observations of, or a slant of human behaviour.”
The NWC would like to congratulate the winners! Your entries were memorable, expertly crafted tales. It is easy to see why they were the pick of the bunch.
If anyone is interested in reading any of these amazing stories, we are going to be producing an anthology which will contain all of the shortlisted stories of 2016 plus the top three of 2015. It will be released mid-November with an estimated price of £7. If you are interested in buying a copy, keep your eyes on this website and our Facebook page for updates.
Finally, the NWC would like to thank everyone who attended the prize giving. It was wonderful to see you.
We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Rachel for all her hard work and excellent adjudication. Given the high caliber of the entries, we know it wasn’t easy!
If you didn’t win, don’t worry; we will be hosting another competition next year. The theme will be ‘Strangers’. Once again, keep an eye on this website and Facebook for details.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st November. Sheridan Winn, author of the Sprite Sister books, will be joining us to help us launch our second competition of the season, The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour. We hope to see you there!
On Tuesday 20th September, Norwich Writers’ Circle came together for their first meeting of the season.
We were joined by Benjamin Johncock, author of The Last Pilot. His inspiring talk delved into his inspiration for The Last Pilot as well as offering some sound advice to the group.
The NWC would like to extend a special thank you to both those who attended the meeting and to Benjamin for giving such a phenomenal talk.
Our next meeting on the 4th of October promises to be just as spectacular. Susan Burton, UEA PhD research student, will be giving a talk on her experience of the Fukushima earthquake and its connection to her interest in oral history.
After breaking up for the summer, Norwich Writer’s Circle are back. Benjamin Johncock, author of The Last Pilot and winner of the Author’s Best First Novel Award 2016 , will start us off with a bang with his talk entitled: ‘Leaving Things Unsaid: the process of writing The Last Pilot and why less is always more’.
Visitors are always welcome. Please be reminded that there is a door /admission fee for room hire which includes entry into a raffle at the end of the evening. We look forward to seeing you at Anteros Arts Foundation at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
As per usual throughout the summer members will be able to meet at the Greenhouse Cafe. 42-46 Bethel Street, Norwich NR2 1NR from around 1pm. These are simply informal get togethers over a light lunch or simply a coffee, for as little or as long as you like.
We try and be sure that at least one committee members turns up so you will never be alone! It is a good opportunity to discuss ongoing writing projects, bounce ideas and maybe offer suggestions for improved meetings. Or just talk about the weather or a controversial TV programme!
No need to let anyone know you are coming. The dates agreed are:-
Thanks to those who attended the AGM last week. It was an excellent night, enhanced by a raffle and post business dinner downstairs in the café. This year sees a couple of big changes to the Committee: Séan Hindle is after more than ten years in various roles, stepping back as Vice Chairman & Webmaster and is replaced by Kathy Joy. Also resigning from the Committee is Gill Blanchard who as Programme Secretary has already organised our next series of guest speakers, workshops and “club nights” for us.
Although we have an up-and-coming programme of events for the 2016 – 2017 season, we are for now without a volunteer to take on this rewarding job. The Circle maintains good relationships with writers and other local literary professionals, and new guests are always welcome. If you have time and enthusiasm to offer and would like to be Programme Secretary, (co-incidentally raising the literary world’s awareness of your good self into the bargain, of course) now is
your best chance.
We had a new champion of champions in this year’s prize winning stakes. President Elizabeth Bencze was unable present him with
his cup (“him” being Andrew Heron). Coming a close over all second and indeed joint winner with Andrew of the Past Search Prize was Mickie Dann.
Recipient of the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour was Phyllida Scrivens.
Well done to all 2016 competition winners and runners-up.
5th July: Yes it’s that time again, your Annual General Meeting. As is policy on these occasions there will be no door fee to pay. Nevertheless you may still like to bring some spending money along for additional raffle prizes. Just as we did for the Summer Social, tickets we be available at £1 a ticket and £2 a strip.
The AGM is your opportunity to help make that improvement you’ve been wanting to see in how well the Circle works for you. Be it your thoughts, your ideas, or practical help in running events, without you there would be no Norwich Writers’ Circle.
Following the reports and general business we end each year with the in-house competition prize givings. Those of you who’ve been long-term supporters and members will know that we have two regular competitions that leap frog one another; one year we’ve the Ivy Ferrari Cup (for Romantic Fiction) and the next, the Cooper Prize (for an adventure or thriller with a strong male protagonist). This year it was the latter.
Originally the Cooper Memorial Award, just like the Ivy Ferrari, it was named after a former member. But which one? Curiously, early records show that in 1946 the Circle had a librarian called Mr Cooper and a Mr A E Cooper as secretary. What we have here is the kernel of a home-grown thriller. Who can shed light on this mystery fellow?
Those of you who’ve added your name to the booking list for the supper afterwards may have information to share.
21st June kicked the week off with a well attended and varied, entertaining Club Night. Notices came first , particularly St. Peter Mancroft Church requesting contributions from Circle members to its glossy magazine. But it wasn’t long we were listening to a fair old mix of pieces from the members.
Anne Funnel explained her contribution was a contemporary theme, international terrorism. More specifically, an updated version of how to accidently-on-purpose get yourself a new car.
Other readers included Margaret Turner and Andrew Heron who each gave us a couple of poems; Christopher Woodall with his developing novel, mixing historical biography with fictional thriller; Phyllida Scivens with a sample of her next project: the life and times of a Norwich Lady Mayoress; and Barré Funnell who treated us to his entry for last year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short-Story Competition, which you’ll recall required clever use of the word “mustard”.
This nicely leads to another reminder of this year’s deadline: 17th July (Postal) and 31st July (Email). So you’ve still got a fair amount of time to perfect your brainchild.
And so to Saturday 25th: A big “thank you” is due to Anne & Barré for once again inviting us to their home. A pleasure in any weather, which is just as well when considering the thunder, lightning, and downpour we had.
Thank you also to Margaret for organising her quotes quiz. And well done to Ian for winning!
Those that able to make it came laden with food and raffle prizes. Rain did not stop play. In fact towards the end it was the rain that stopped, enabling us to venture outside for a group photo.