Tuesday 2nd May saw S.E Craythorne return to announce the winners of our fourth and last competition of the season – the Ivy Ferrari Cup. The theme was ‘motherhood’.
The winners were:
1st place Iain Andrews with Judgement of Solomon.
2nd Kim Lewis with The Sparrow.
3rd Phyllida Scrivens with Especially When You Dance.
Congratulations to the winners!
The NWC would like to thank Sally for her superb adjudication. We’d also like to thank everyone who entered the competition.
Our next meeting is 16th May. Robert Welton, the Librarian at Jane Austen College and former bookseller, will give a talk about how his library is designed to encourage reading, what type of books youngsters read these days as well as his views on the future of printed books.
On Tuesday 6th December, Norwich Writers’ Circle welcomed back Dr. Susan Burton to adjudicate our first competition of the 2016-17 season. The competition was to write a personal profile or non-fiction character study and the winner would be awarded the Annual Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction sponsored by Gill Blanchard of www.pastsearch.co.uk.
After a thorough and comprehensive assessment of the entries, including an invaluable tip on detecting the difference between Personal Memory and Collective Memory during an interview, Dr. Burton announced the winners.
1st Phyllida Scrivens with ‘Christopher’, a study of a man with Down’s Syndrome who spent a year of his life as official consort to the Lord Mayor of Norwich.
2nd Anne Funnell with ‘The Hernia Hedge’, a study of Mary Manning, Norfolk Gardener who kept records for over 60 years of when certain plants first flower each year and who had visited Anne’s garden to identify plants.
3rd Maureen Nisbet with ‘Victoria Refused to Fall’, a study of a woman called Joan from Leamington and her life during WW2. In the discussion afterwards Maureen admitted that Joan was her mother.
The authors read their entries aloud to the meeting, followed by a humorous reading by Iain Andrews of a fictional magazine interview with medieval character Will Kemp.
The entertaining evening finished with the raffle and refreshments.
Our next meeting is Saturday 17th December and it will be our Christmas party! There will be drinks and a buffet. The party will be held from 4pm -7pm in our usual spot in Anteros. Members and guests are more than welcome. There will also be a raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
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.