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.
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.