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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.

See you there.

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Speed Dating

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3rd May: Returning this week by popular demand is the manuscript evening with a spin.

Bring along any work in progress or a short piece you’d like feedback on, or simply your ideas for a plot. We’ll begin with a brief workshop. Then, modelling the rest of the evening on the traditional speed dating procedure, attendees will be divided into two groups, one stationary, one in motion. You know how it goes.

Flash fiction, missile missives, stories on steroids. Frenzied fun and feedback.

Usual house rules re: door fees applies.

Just to remind you that the time to get working on your entry for this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition is NOW. Click here for more details and guidelines. But please, we ask, do not bring your entries Tuesday. We’d rather have no clues as to who is submitting what.

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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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Be Prepared!

April 5th we welcome back Ejike Ndaji to give his appraisals for those who entered January’s Amusing Poem for Performance Competition and announce the winner(s). If you yourself entered please bring along a copy of your poem.WordPress Ejike Ndaji

Be brave. Rehearse in front of the mirror. Be as confident as you’re prepared to be. Knock us dead with your delivery. All good practice for future passage readings and book signings. Before your public, your fans, your peers and fellow scribes. This Tuesday night you’ll be amongst friends. There’ll be no hecklers. There’ll be no jibes.

Even if you’ve found to time to write a verse, upon you there will be no curse. Just come along with your door fee and join in our revelry.

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Nick Williams Reveals Research Techniques

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On Tuesday 15th March, Norwich historian and writer Nick Williams gave a presentation to Norwich Writers Circle, detailing his research techniques whilst preparing a number of publications. These included a series of heritage walks, The Blue Plaques of Norwich, a Guide to Rosary Cemetery and Trades and Industries of Norwich. A former Volunteer Co-ordinator for the recently disbanded Norwich Heritage Economic And Regeneration Trust (HEART), Nick still retains a strong interest in local history and is currently preparing a further book.

In an entertaining and informative talk, Nick stressed the benefits of using local archives, including Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Archant archives. Nick spoke of the importance of having a plan, close editing and the value of a comprehensive index. Members listened attentively, listening for tips to improve their chances of success in the annual non-fiction competition, the Past Search Trophy, sponsored by Gill Blanchard.

Nick will adjudicate the competition at our meeting on 17th May. Entries must be a narrative of no more than 1,000 words, detailing and justifying the writers’ choice of a person, place or event that deserves a Blue Plaque in Norwich, because of the part played in the history of the city. Nick will be looking for evidence of research, conclusions clearly based on research and whether such a plaque would grab the attention of a passer-by. Sources should be listed at the foot of the document (in addition to the maximum word count). Deadline for entries is 19th April. For full details of how to enter our competitions please click the Competition tab. Members can enter for free; non-members are welcome for a  fee. One entry only per person.

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Past Search Prize Launch

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15th March the Circle welcomes Nick Williams to launch Competition 4. Nick is a local historian and author of Norwich: City of Industries and Blue Plaques of Norwich. This year’s Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction. This is a competition sponsored by member, Gill Blanchard’s Past Search business. For more information click “Past Search” above.

Nick will be enlightening us with his research techniques and giving us insight into the comprehensive and acclaimed Norwich HEART website. We look forward to Nick expanding the guidelines for the competition, whose theme this year is a mock nomination for a blue plaque.

As ever, visitors are welcome, and for £3 they may also enter our in-house competitions.

Please read the information provided on the right-hand side of our homepage, including door fee, which covers room hire.

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Proetry

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The first meeting of 2016 buzzed with enthused chatter as we all caught up with each others’ news. Christmas is a bit of a Marmite time of year. Most either love it or hate it. The 19th had us all reunited and welcoming visitors and new members in our love of words. The festive period had not gone without successes.

James Dimelow has had one his scripts accepted by Fine City Magazine; the EDP has given coverage to Phyllida Scrivens and her recently published book; and Gill Blanchard had news of her own forthcoming book.

And then to the main business…

A big thank you to Ejike Ndaji for an entertaining and very informative evening. Ejike is no stranger to the power of poetry. In his voluntary work for the Red Balloon charity his performances encourage. And as he demonstrated with us, poetry allows subjects such as Martin Luther King to be delivered with a passion less carried in an essay or novel.

For a large number of our members less practiced in the art, the power of Ejike’s “proetry” as he likes to call it (being a rhythmic narrative spoken aloud) was an inspiration. Which is just as well. Ejike has also kindly agreed to adjudicate the in-house Colin Sutton Competition for Humour.

Ejike had taken time to prepare a handout for the evening which included, in addition the history of the spoken word and recommended spoken word artists, tips not only on writing but dealing with nerves when performing.

Details of our next meeting and other forthcoming evenings and events can be found on our programme page. As always we welcome new members and visitors.

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Creating Imaginary Worlds

October 6th: Barrister, Reuters correspondent, journalist for among others, The Law Society Gazette and Computer Weekly, blogger, poetry publisher, author of the best selling Amazon ebook Writing Genre Fiction – The 12 Rules, Charles Christian, will be setting us this season’s first in-house competition.CharlesChristian3

Though much of his writing career is rooted in the Law and computing, he has also composed a collection of SF short stories entitled This the Quickest Way Down (Proxima Books 2011).

Other titles include A Travel Guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds – The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle which covers everything from Neolithic monuments to headless ghosts and screaming skulls, the origins of Tarzan and weird stuff generally. His upcoming book is The 12 Rules of Spoken Word Performance. For more details go to: www.urbanfantasist.com

Please remember your Membership Subscription Form and appropriate sum for all the gains membership provides: £36.00 (full) or £18.00 (Postal and Benefits concessions) if you haven’t already paid.

Charles is the second of our guests in as many meetings this season and highly acomplished. An entertaining and informative evening should not be missed.

 7:30 start. £3.00 door fee for members; door fee for visitors is £5.00

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Start of the New Term

15th September saw a well attended first gathering of our 2015 – 2016 programme. In fact it was a whole evening of firsts.

Phyllida Scrivens gave her first opening speech as our new Chair’. Sean Hindle as head of the subcommitttee responsible for the first Olga Sinclair Open Fiction Competition was happy to announce its success. We had a couple of visitors who’d not been before. And Patrick Barkham debuted as guest speaker.PatrickB

For an hour and a half, aided by slides and occassional leafings through his books, he shared with us his passions for butterflies, landscape and the eccentics he’s met along the woodland pathways, up mountainsides and along the coast and out away from the mainland and beyond.

Everyone was thoroughly entertained and inspired to sample and maybe attempt the growing genre that is Nature Writing. What better start than to buy a book or two autographed by Patrick at the end?

Not forgetting the traditional raffle draw, it was pleasing to see the wine go to one of the afore mentioned visitors. It all bodes well for the rest of the season.

Thank you Patrick.

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The Life & Times of a Bookseller

19th May 2015:  Bob Welton of Jarrolds Book Dept. team is our man, delivering an evening on what it is to work in, perhaps these days, the hard-sell world of page, print and stich.books-for-sale.. And/or glue.

We begin at 7:30. As always members and visitors are welcome. £4.00 on the door covers room hire and the customary raffled bottle of wine.