Member Successes

Congratulations To Gill!

cover.jpgNWC member Gill Blachard has recently had not one but TWO books published.

First is I Therefore Post Him as a Coward: An anatomy of a Norfolk scandal, which documents a disagreement between a clergyman and a knight in 1836 and how it affected the small Norfolk town it took place in

Next is Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson, which details extraordinary life of John Lawson.

Both books are available for purchase.

Well done Gill!

 

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Club Night

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June 21st “If you’d like constructive comment on your writing, join our…”

Yes, it’s that time again. Whether you’ve an on-going work-in-progress, a completed piece of fiction or factual account, come share and shine with us. Constructive critisism works in all directions, give and take. If it looks like we may have time for one, we can get things buzzing with an exercise or two.

You may also have your winning entry for this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short-Story Competition to hand in. If so, please remember the £8 fee per entry.

This coming Saturday, the 25th is the day of our annual Summer Social. This year, members Barre and Anne Funnell are again kindly playing host. The fun starts at 4pm. More details and directions will be available on the Club Night.

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Everyone’s A Winner!

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At the meeting of Norwich Writers’ Circle on 17th May we received the adjudication of entries for the Past Search Trophy for Non-Fiction, as sponsored by writer and NWC member Gill Blanchard.

Local writer, historian and former Sheriff, Nick Williams had taken time to read and carefully analyse the 2,000 word essays, proposing people, places or events that deserve a coveted Blue Plaque in Norwich.  In his opening remarks, Nick said: “These competition entries have been a pleasure to mark and I am impressed by the high standard of both research and writing.”

’He went on to give feedback to each writer. The wide variety of topics included Gurney Court, Robert Watts, a former Lord Mayor, New Mills, Jenny Lind and Lawrence Scott.  And then the moment we were all waiting for.  The winners!

Joint 1st

Andrew Heron on Jenny Lind, popular Swedish opera singer and philanthropist who gave her first concert in Norwich in 1847. The Children’s Department at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital is named in her memory.

Mickie Dann on Robert Watts, 18th century notorious murderer and the last man to be executed in Norwich on the actual site of his crime.

3rd place

Barré Funnell on New Mills Yard on the River Wensum, now a neglected landmark in the city, yet with a rich history since 1430 of grinding corn and supplying water.

Highly commended

Iain Andrews on Gurney Court.

Phyllida Scrivens on Joyce Morgan, Lord Mayor of Norwich 1975-6

Paul Taylor on Laurence, Scott and Electromotors

As is our tradition, each entry was read aloud with members and visitors agreeing how much we had all learnt about our city. Sponsor Gill Blanchard endorsed the adjudicator’s comments about the evidence of research and resulting narratives.  Chairman Phyllida thanked Nick Williams for his endeavours and invaluable feedback before the meeting enjoyed refreshments and conversation.

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We Have Lift Off!

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Thank you to everyone who made the Launch Night of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition a success. One member who deserves a mention is Anne Funnel who kindly brought along her collection of porcelain Van-Dal shoes for our interest, including a large and decorative, shop window display piece.

With guests and presentations, food and drink aplenty we had ourselves what in old fashioned parlaLaunch2016ance could be described as “a gay old time”.

With Frances & Michael Holmes getting proceedings started with their “History of the Norwich Shoemaking Industry”, old times was the theme. A pity more of us didn’t attempt a verse or two of “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, but to be fair the wine hadn’t yet started flowing.

Next up, a word or two on behalf of our sponsor, from Simon Goodman. Simon’s grandfather was one of the founders of Van-Dal Shoes. Simon is now retired but happily gives talLaunch2016bks about his family heritage. He was particularly appreciative of Norwich Writers’ Circle asking Van-Dal Shoes to sponsor this year’s open competition, since his mother was a biographer and member of the East Anglian Writers. In addition to regailing us with his stories, he also brought along his treasured and historic Chain of Office of the Norwich Footware Manufacturers’ Association.

It may not have escaped your notice that we have an additionalLaunch2016c page on this site: Unthank School. The School is the brainchild of last year’s adjudicator, Ashley Stokes. He too was there on Tuesday evening, announcing an EXCLUSIVE 15% DISCOUNT OFFER to Norwich Writers’ Circle members when enrolling on Unthank School courses. This is very generous of Ashley and we hope many members wanting to benefit from personalised tuition in their chosen genre will take it up.

And so lastly to this year’s competition. This year, best selling author Rachel Hore is adjudicating for us. Here for those who wanted to join us on the night but couldn’t, are Rachel’s extended guidelines. She will be looking for:-

  • A sense of narrative. The story needs to be going somewhere. Make your stories dramatised rather than described.
  • Good structure. No complex plotting. Instead use small shifts in perspective.
  • A feel for the characters – ordinary people made distinctive. Illuminate an aspect of their lives written in a fresh way.
  • Maybe a twist at the end.
  • Avoid cliches and make imaginative use of the “shoes” themeLaunch2016d

Happy writing one and all.

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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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#deadromantic

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Congratulations to Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow, who will have an excerpt of a play performed in a rehearsed reading at the Maddermarket Theatre.

The opening scene of James’ latest play ‘Romance’ – which takes a wry and knowing look at marital breakdown – is being featured in an evening of new writing on Thursday 11th February. The 7.30pm event, which is part of an ongoing monthly series of readings, has been organised by Red Duck Producktions.

Discover more by going here, visiting James’ Facebook page, or calling the theatre Box Office on 01603 620917.

On Tuesday 2nd February, at our next meeting, James will be adjudicating our Playwriting Competition. Join us at 7.00pm, for a 7.30pm start, at Anteros Arts Foundation. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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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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Pedigree

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Congratulations to Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow, whose short play ‘Pedigree’ has been published by Fine City magazine.

The blackly comic Shakespeare-inspired short is featured inside the magazine’s January 2016 edition. The popular free glossy can now be read online, before being made widely available across the city over the festive season.

We look forward to hearing James’ play performed during one of our future meetings at Anteros Arts Foundation.

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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.