Norwich Writers' Circle

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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Norwich Writers' Circle

19th April 2016

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Everyone is welcome to joins us on Tuesday 19th April when we will be launching our second Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. This time our popular competition has the theme of shoes.

The launch will feature a whole handful of speakers, including Rachel Hore, who is judging this year’s entries.

Other speakers on the night will be local historians Michael & Frances Holmes, Ashley Stokes from Unthank Books, plus Simon Goodman from Van Dal Shoes, who are sponsoring the competition.

The evening starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm) at Anteros Arts Foundation. Refreshments will also be provided.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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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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Encore!

2nd February saw the return of James Dimelow to the front for his adjudication of the short playwriting competition. But before we got down to business, we had four successes to announce.

The EDP has published two more of Margaret Turner’s poems, My Friend and November. These Margaret read out to an appreciative audience. Another East Anglian title, Suffolk Norfolk Life accepted not just Patricia Stammers’ Snowdrops at Walsingham article, it included her scenic photos too. Phyllida Scrivens was also featured with her recent biography, Escaping Hitler. And it’s not all been reading matter. On the 11th, Mr Dimelow and audience are set to see the first scene of his latest play perfomed as part of the Maddermarket Theatre’s latest talent showcase.

Which all brings us back to James’ adjudication…

James summed up again his guidelines and his own strict adherence to them when choosing his winners. In fact he had four top quality entries. These were: (Commended) We Have Ways by Phyllida Scrivens; (3rd) Easy To Love by Olive Riseborough; (2nd) Dreaming Of Her Majesty by Andrew Heron; (1st) By Appointment by Mickie Dann.

It was a fun night, both for performers and audience as the winners entries were enacted.

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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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Mustard Competition Thanks

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A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has entered our inaugural Short Fiction Competition.

The entries are currently being adjudicated by Unthank BooksAshley Stokes.

Discover if you have won our competition prizes of £500.00, £250.00 and £100.00, and hear a selection of entries, at a Gala Evening on Tuesday 20th Tuesday October.

We hope you can join us for what should promising to be a highly enjoyable evening. Watch this space for further details of this exciting night in the coming months.

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Mustard Update

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The postal deadline for entering our inaugural Short Fiction Competition has now passed. Do not worry, we will still be accepting entries online up to and including 31st July.

Run in conjunction with Unthank Books, the competition has a first prize of £500.00. All entries must be a maximum of 2,000 words long, and reference ‘mustard‘ somewhere within the text.

The prize-winning stories, adjudicated by Ashley Stokes, will also be considered by Unthank Books’ Editoral Board for publication.

To discover more about this exciting writing opportunity please go here.

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Must Be Mustard

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There is still plenty of time to enter Norwich Writers’ Circle’s inaugural Short Fiction Competition.

Run in conjunction with Unthank Books, the competition has a first prize of £500.00. All entries must be a maximum of 2,000 words long, and reference ‘mustard‘ somewhere within the text.

The prize-winning stories, adjudicated by Ashley Stokes, will also be considered by Unthank Books’ Editoral Board for publication.

The closing date is 17th July for all Postal entries. We will also accepting entries via e-mail up to 31st July.

To discover more about this exciting writing opportunity please go here. We look forward to receiving your competition entry soon.