Fosseway Writers had a very successful couple of days at Newark Book Festival (14-15 July 2018) where we basked in sunshine and literature. To be honest, it was a little bit too hot – temperatures hit 30 degrees (the mid 80s in Fahrenheit) and we were grateful for the shade of the market stall.
We were selling our new anthology “Gobstoppers, Shrimps and Sour Monkeys” and encouraging would-be writers to come along to our meetings, both of which went rather splendidly. We sold 25 copies of the book and have several names and emails of local writers (and writers-to-be) who we hope to see over the next weeks and months. Who knows, perhaps next year we’ll have a new anthology for sale with content from new members.
We also handed out basic tips to potential writers as well as our competition entry sheets, one specifically for the Festival and the other on our Flash Fiction competition which closes on Friday 20 July – get your entries in now!
Talking of competitions, we also announced the winners of our Local History Writing Competition with the presentation ceremony conducted by the Mayor of Newark. In third place was C.L. Peache (“A Night Lost To The Past”), in second was Lucy Grace (“King Of The Cattle Market”) and the winner of The Joan Stephenson Trophy was Janey Harvey (“After The Flood”). We’ll do another post on the winners and their Newark-based stories in a few days.
We had some great conversations with lots of visitors, including some youngsters (all under 16) who wanted to become authors.
And the candy sweets that feature on the front cover of our book were handed out to anyone who bought a book. It was all awesomely good and huge thanks go out to Sara Bullimore and her team (hi Chelsea and Jorja Le Galliene, who has the most fabulous name and needs to be an author so we can see that on a book) and all of the volunteers and participants. But a big thank you to all members of Fosseway Writers that have helped over the last year in getting us ready to release a new anthology, produce material and activities for the Festival and then come and talk to the great Newark public in the Market Place. You’re all wonderful 🙂
I shall leave you with some pics of the weekend (thanks to Sue Vickers!)