We had a really good session the other night with some of our regulars being joined by a few new faces. Janey and Clair were two of the winners of our Local History Writing Competition while Becci was present to receive her prize (a copy of ‘Gobstoppers, Shrimps and Sour Monkeys‘) for winning our Newark Book Festival competition. This required a piece of writing (haiku, limerick or 50 word flash fiction) on the subject of ‘Landscapes’. Becci’s haiku was judged to be the winner and contained wonderfully rich imagery for such a short poem:

Heather burns mauve here,
Like the ancient battles had
bruised the earth itself.


We also welcomed Ric and Michael who contributed to general discussions about writing. Nick, Anne, Diane, Jackie and Linda all read out some of their work and hopefully inspired the newcomers to keep writing (and come again with some of their own pieces).

The next prompt is “The desire to live another day”  – chosen by the usual method of opening a book* on a Kindle phone app, randomly picking a number between 1 and 100 which gives a percentage location within the book, and then picking a number between 1 and 25 and reading out an eye-catching phrase from the relevant line. We’ll see what people have come up with (if they followed the prompt of course, there’s no pressure to do so) at the next informal read out on 20th September. The next formal meeting is the AGM on Thursday 6th September where we’ll also hear about the winners of our recent Flash Fiction competition.


* if anyone’s interested, the current book on my Kindle is “Soul Swallowers” by D. Wallace Peach.


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