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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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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.

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It’s Play Time

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November 3rd: A return to our normal haunt, The Assembly House in Norwich’s Theatre Street will see accomplished playwright and former committee member, James Dimelow, providing the fun. James will be treating us to his workshop, entitled “Play Time”.

James has penned six plays to date and received praise from London’s Soho and Royal Court theatres. “An urban Wicker Man” was how one review described his second script, Fall & Rise.

James’ workshop will herald our second in-house competition. In-house competitions can be entered free of charge by members. Non-members may also enter but must pay £3. James will be returning as speaker to deliver his adjudication of the competition on February 2nd which will include feedback to individual submissions’ authors. For full guidelines please click here: Competition Two.

Looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday. Don’t forget your pens and pads, now will you?

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Creating Imaginary Worlds

October 6th: Barrister, Reuters correspondent, journalist for among others, The Law Society Gazette and Computer Weekly, blogger, poetry publisher, author of the best selling Amazon ebook Writing Genre Fiction – The 12 Rules, Charles Christian, will be setting us this season’s first in-house competition.CharlesChristian3

Though much of his writing career is rooted in the Law and computing, he has also composed a collection of SF short stories entitled This the Quickest Way Down (Proxima Books 2011).

Other titles include A Travel Guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds – The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle which covers everything from Neolithic monuments to headless ghosts and screaming skulls, the origins of Tarzan and weird stuff generally. His upcoming book is The 12 Rules of Spoken Word Performance. For more details go to: www.urbanfantasist.com

Please remember your Membership Subscription Form and appropriate sum for all the gains membership provides: £36.00 (full) or £18.00 (Postal and Benefits concessions) if you haven’t already paid.

Charles is the second of our guests in as many meetings this season and highly acomplished. An entertaining and informative evening should not be missed.

 7:30 start. £3.00 door fee for members; door fee for visitors is £5.00

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“Speed Dating”

2nd June: We have our much anticipated, so called “Speed Dating” Evening. Romance is not the intention

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but the learning of others’ writing experiences, favourite genres and ambitions. One-to-one chats and musical chairs is the form.

Normal £4 admission at the door applies. We start at 7:30.

It’s going to be fun. See you there.

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The Life & Times of a Bookseller

19th May 2015:  Bob Welton of Jarrolds Book Dept. team is our man, delivering an evening on what it is to work in, perhaps these days, the hard-sell world of page, print and stich.books-for-sale.. And/or glue.

We begin at 7:30. As always members and visitors are welcome. £4.00 on the door covers room hire and the customary raffled bottle of wine.

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Of hearts and heritage

3rd March 2015: We welcome historical romance novelist, Louise Allen. Louise will be talkinLouiseMBg about her career, Scandalously Witty Regency Romances and setting the Ivy Ferrari Cup competition. This is a popular competition, inviting members to get in tune with their romantic streaks. Though not permitted to enter, visitors can nevertheless also look forward to a thoroughly entertaining and insightful evening.

Louise’s website is at http://www.louiseallenregency.co.uk

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NEWSFLASH!

There are a couple more changes to the published programme.WordPress Writing Brown Pen

17th March will now see scriptwriter Nick Hopkins’ adjudication of Competition 2 with . The meeting on the 7th April will be the adjudication of Competition 3 with Martin Bowman. We will then be back on track, 21st April, which is the launch of our new Open Competition with writer, poet and academic Jean McNeil.

We appologise to members, especially those who have entered the affected in-house competitions and look forward to being entertained with readings from as many stories as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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At Home with the Holmes

17th February: We welcome Frances & Michael Holmes, historians of Norwich. Well-known in the city with many successful local heritage titles, and are amongst the most nominated authors forNorwich Boot & Shoe the East Anglia Book Awards, being winners most recently in 2014. They are professional and frequent speakers so we have a fascinating evening in prospect. They are not setting a competition, just a one off talk, so this is a perfect opportunity to discover how they go about their research into their topics, e.g. Norwich Pubs and Shoemakers.

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Colin Sutton Cup for Humour

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3rd February:  We are pleased to welcome back Nick Hopkins, who will be delivering his general feedback on the entries to this season’s Colin Sutton Cup for Humour, and of course, announcing the winner. No doubt a good number of the scripts will be read out, or if we’re especially lucky, performed. An evening of laughs and groans is anticipated.