Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Keeping The Fire Going

Following last month's immediate sell-out of our latest Open Poetry Competition's Winners' Anthology, the book is now available to purchase once more.

To order your copy of Keeping The Fire Going, please go here.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Picture This Again With John Worrall

This evening, at The Assembly House, we welcomed John Worrall back to Norwich Writers' Circle.

Following his visit to us earlier in the year, John returned to adjudicate our competition to write an Article With A Local Theme of 800 words, + / - 20.

In addtion to John's constructive criticism of the competition entries, we also heard how he had had an entertaining time reading the 10 entrants. The writer and photographer also stressed to us the factors that make up a good article, including getting the reader hooked at the start, keeping their attention in the middle and then finishing off the piece properly.

The winners of the competition were:

Booming Adult Ballet Classes
by Anne Sanderson

The Cathedral In The Fields
by Elizabeth Bencze

On Wishbone Ash
by Stuart McCarthy

After hearing the winning articles, we then listened to 2 more competition entries, both of which focused on the vibrant shops and colourful marketplace in Norwich.

Our next meeting is on 1st June, and will be an interactive workshop on Presentation & Punctuation by Anne Funnell.

We hope to see you next time.

Friday, 7 May 2010

A Historic Success

Norwich Writers' Circle committee member Sally Newton has had her novel The Mouthy Prince published.

The adventure story, which is set in 25AD, is centred on Caradoc, the youngest son of the king of Britain, who - against his will - is traning to be a druid.

Caradoc really wants to be a warrior, like his father, uncle and brothers. So when Gwyfina, a druid healer and the girl he can't stop thinking about, is chosen to be sacrificed he is determined to save her . . . whether she likes it or not. Escaping from the all powerful Druid Order is easier said than done, and Caradoc will have to learn to survive in the wilderness, battle slave-traders and assassins, poisons and traitors, if he is ever to get home. Winning over a devout and feisty woman 3 years his senior isn't exactly easy either. But whatever the obstacle Caradoc will never give up, and in facing all these challenges he will take a step towards the man he will become.

The Mouthy Prince is the first in a series of books, and we were given an exclusive sneak preview of the exciting forthcoming sequel at our most recent Manuscript Evening.

To read an excerpt from the current book, please go here.

The newly-published novel is now available to buy at Amazon, and will soon be able to be purchased via Tesco's online bookshop.

Congratulations Sally - we look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Write Here Write Now

Tonight at The Assembly House, we held one of our regular Manuscript Evenings.

This evening gave the opportunity for both Circle members and visitors read their work aloud in front of our welcoming group. Amongst the read aloud, and commented on, were excerpts from a children's fantasy, a science fiction story and a historical novel. The group also listened to some humorous poetry too.

All the readings lead to some interesting discussions involving everyone who attended the meeting.

We next meet on 18th May when writer and photographer John Worrall will be returning to adjudicate our competition to write an article with a local theme. See you there.