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Reading Up A Storm

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On Tuesday 16th May we welcomed Robert Welton, librarian of the Jane Austen College.

Robert regaled us with the journey that led him where he was today – how he started in Borders as a children’s specialist book seller.  He was the first ever national children’s book seller.  When Borders closed down, Robert moved to Jarrolds and became part of their events management team, working specifically with children and  schools.  He was later head-hunted for the job of librarian at Jane Austen College following a chance encounter with the head teacher.

He then moved on to discussing something very important: getting children and young adults to read.  Just how do you accomplish such a task?

Robert explained that at Jane Austen College, students are encouraged to be the best they be, whether that is going to university or working in a pub.  With this in mind, Robert explained that it is far more important that children are reading rather than what they are reading.

“We have this thing where if they don’t want to read a novel, if they want to read the sports page, if they want to read the Beano, The Dandy, Empire Magazine … if they’re reading the back of a cereal packet every morning, they’re reading something.  It doesn’t matter what they’re reading, as long as they’re enjoying it.”

– Robert Welton

Robert went on to explain that they have form periods and thirty minutes of that is dedicated to reading.  Students can bring in anything they want and read it – no matter what it is.

“Too many schools have this ‘you will read this and you will enjoy it!’. And what’s the best way to put children off reading?  By forcing them to do it …  If you keep pushing children to read, they won’t do it.”

– Robert Welton

The evening was capped off with some excellent book recommendations and a slight tangent on the importance of not relying on wikipedia for information.

Overall, everyone greatly enjoyed Robert’s talk.  For most, the reading bug caught us young, so it is fantastic to know that there is at least one person out there still working hard to create a new generation of readers.

The NWC would like to thank Robert for his informative talk.  Also, a special thanks to everyone who joined us, either as a guest of a member.

We hope to see you again soon!

 

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In anticipation of the performance of his short play ‘Pedigree‘ at the Maddermarket Theatre on Thursday 14th April, Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow has relaunched his website.

On the new look newplays.org.uk visitors can discover more about the author, along with the plays he has written. At the site visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the Assembly House animation, James wrote on behalf of the Norwich 12 tourism and heritage initiative.

In addition to his revamped website you can also follow James on Facebook and Twitter.

On Tuesday 5th April at Anteros Arts Foundation we will be welcoming back Ejike Ndaji. The spoken word poet will be adjudicating our poetry competition. Everyone is welcome to join us at 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm).

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Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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Following on from its publication in Fine City magazine late last year, Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow‘s Shakespeare-inspired short play ‘Pedigree‘ is being performed at the Maddermarket Theatre next month.

On Thursday 14th April at 7.30pm, James’ deliciously dark tale is being featured in a night of new writing which forms part of the city theatre’s ‘Shakespeare At 400’ mini-festival. This evening of rehearsed readings has been organised by Red Duck Producktions.

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

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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.