Informed Speculation

“Part of being an historical writer is to reflect on sources and their accuracy.  Sometimes part of the evidence you find is contradictory and you have to find a way of writing that in.” – Gill Blanchard, speaking to Norwich Writers’ Circle. On the evening of 3rd October members and guests at Norwich Writers’ Circle … Continue reading

E-Course In Writing Your Family History

Gill Blanchard, one of our members, and owner of Past Search, is repeating the first module of her E-Course in Writing Your Family History in May 2017. It is a practical writing course that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life in an entertaining manner. It will enable students to choose … Continue reading

L’esprit de l’escalier

On Tuesday 4th October we launched our first competition of the season – The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.  We were joined by Susan Burton, UEA PhD researcher, for a talk on creative non-fiction. Susan started by sharing her harrowing yet light-hearted account of the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that followed.  … Continue reading

Everyone’s A Winner!

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 … Continue reading

Marks For The Plaques

17th May: Nick Williams’ return for his adjudication of the entries to this year’s Past Search Competition. This competition is for  non-fiction  with an historical theme, sponsored by Gill Blachard’s Past Search business. The task this time was to suggest a new 40th blue plaque for the city. Nick is the award winning author of Strangers … Continue reading

New E-Course In Writing Your Family History

Author of ‘Writing Your Family History: A Guide for Genealogists’ and other books, Tutor and Professional Genealogist, Circle member and sponsor of the Past Search in-house competition, Gill Blanchard is delighted to announce she has launched a new E-Course in Writing Your Family History for those who cannot attend her popular face to face courses. … Continue reading

Nick Williams Reveals Research Techniques

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 … Continue reading

Past Search Prize Launch

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 … Continue reading

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