Well, this is going to be a bit of a busy post (mainly due to me failing to produce three separate notices over the last few weeks, as I had intended)… Tsk…

Firstly, our next formal meeting is at 7 pm on 4th May at Knight’s Court. If you want to find out more about us then these regular meetings are always a good place to start.

Secondly, the date mentioned above is often referred to as “Star Wars Day”. As in, “May the Fourth be with you“. Feel free to groan if you’ve never heard that before. The main theme of the evening is the results of our recent Poetry Competition which has been judged by Peter Day. The subject matter was “Hope” but I doubt if there were many entries on “A New Hope” which would have been splendidly apt. (If you’re wondering, the first Star Wars film from 1977 used that as a subtitle).

Thirdly, we’ve got a new competition for you to enter! And you’ll also be pleased that I can’t contrive a link to Star Wars. Our Flash Fiction competition requires a story on the theme of “Waiting” in just 100 words (excluding title). Closing date is 6th July and it will be judged by Roberta Dewa, winners being announced at our meeting on 7th September. See our competitions page for full details and rules of entry.

Fourthly, we’ve published our programme for the second half of 2017 and features a workshop by Clare Harvey on writing historical fiction and a welcome return to our favourite horror writer, Alex Davis. Plus summer and Christmas socials!

And finally (phew!) this is a heads-up for our biggest formal meeting of 2017 when we will be welcoming Stephen Booth (author of 16 best-selling novels featuring Derbyshire police detectives Cooper & Fry) to talk about writing crime fiction. This will be held in Newark Library at 7 pm on Thursday 1st June and, as always, non-members are welcome so put the date in your diaries.

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