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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

SINCEREST THANKS

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May I please thankyou all for your messages, wishes, cards and presents that I received to celebrate my birthday.

For those who attended the Grosvenor, I am sure that you enjoyed the evening as much as I did. It is certainly one that I will remember for a long time to come.

Once again,

Thankyou Scribblers all - the best bunch of writers in the land!

Dave

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Monday, February 27, 2006

From Yours Truly

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of our native language - sent to me today by my cousin in Hong Kong:

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time topresent the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object.

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of injections my jaw got number.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests

Saturday, February 25, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY



For 26th February 2006

Let’s all wish Dave Feakes a


Happy 60th Birthday


Enjoy your celebrations on Monday


On your 6th Birthday
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the House of Commons

that Britain had the atomic bomb.

On your 16th birthday
came the start of filming the first James Bond movie 'Dr No'

On your 37th birthday
Irish goalkeeper Pat Jennings became the first footballer to play in

1,000 football league matches.

On your 41st birthday
the General Synod voted in favour of ordaining women as priests

On your 47th birthday
a suspected car bomb exploded beneath the World Trade Centre

in New York

From Yours Truly

Forum

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How about a 'Never Ending Story'?

Any volunteers?
Use around 100 words  to start it off.
Check out Forum – Never Ending Story

Thursday, February 23, 2006

FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS REPORT OF MEETING 21ST FEBRUARY 2006

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Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 21st February 2006

APOLOGIES Alex, Louis, Les, Caz & Jack, Christine, Ken, Peter, Judy, Allen, Ruth, Ann and Kay.

In attendance Dick, Tony, Morag, Lisa, Scott, Zoe, Liliane, Gordon and Dave

TERRIBLE NEWS ABOUT BILL

A telephone call from Caz late last Tuesday afternoon absolutely stunned me. Our fellow member and friend Bill Budner had died from a massive heart attack earlier in the day.
Bill joined Felixstowe Scribblers in August last year and later joined the new Online Jotters. A friendly character, he soon made a lot of friends within the group and attended our Summer Social at the Grosvenor with his wife Maureen.

He enjoyed his writing and produced some prolific words in his short stories. His mild manner and quiet voice portrayed every word that he wrote, in fact Bill had offered to read out a short story for this evenings meeting. Sadly that was not to be.

Away from Scribblers Bill was a lay preacher and was heavily involved with church affairs. Recently he had taken on the role of editor for the St Mary's Church, [Walton] magazine and had spoken of many vibrant ideas for improvement.

Sadly Bill was unable to see his plans through as he passed away so suddenly. He leaves his wife and family in shock and mourning. We at Felixstowe Scribblers share their grief.

Bill's funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Walton on Friday 3rd March at 1.30pm. The request is for family flowers only but we have decided to make a donation from his friends at Scribblers and this will go to the charity of his family's choice. Anyone who wishes to contribute may do so either at the Social gathering at the Grosvenor on Monday 27th February or by letting me know at scribblers@ntlworld.com
A card has been sent to his wife on behalf of the Scribblers.

SCRIBBLERS MEMBERS NEWS

Happier news from the Scribblers. Di tells me that she has been approached by Hektor Rous to use some of the massive research she has done on the Henham Estate for her dissertation. Di has suggested a writing a novel based on the Rous family and has a favourable response. She is obviously quite excited about it but won't even think about it until she gets her degree. Di certainly seems to have found her niche now and I am sure we all wish her every success with the project.

Ann has also been in touch and sends her regards to everyone. She hopes to get back to Scribblers sometime in April. Ann is pleased to say that she has made some excellent progress with her writing course and is now about a third of the way throughit. It is nice to hear that she has also written some more of the historical novel that was borne from one of our homework assignments.

Judy has emailed from Australia and says :

"We met up with Belinda and Geoff, had a super day as they drove us around the Adelaide Hills. It is a gorgeous area, deep valleys and hills covered with gum trees. It is also the fruit growing area so lots and lots of apple trees. We visited some relatives of Geoff, delightful people who run a fruit farm. They gave us a massive bag of Royal Galas fresh from the tree.

"Belinda and Geoff are off to Brisbane next week to do a spot of house sitting. Sounds good, an area of 5 acres and virtually nothing to do. Belinda hopes to get back to some writing while there. They are great people and send their best wishes to one and all.

"Hope the 60th goes well Dave and that all is good with Scribblers. Today is dull with some drizzle. This is the first rain we have seen since leaving England. Temperature is still 32 degrees though - phew! STILL have not seen a kangaroo in the wild - time is running out! Best wishes from Judy."

Scott is considering joining a Children's Writing Course soon as he believes some of his stories are suitable for the younger person. Certainly those stories he reads out at Scribblers have helped to keep us all young at heart!

ATTENDANCE

Tonight saw the lowest attendance at Scribblers for nearly two years. Whilst on the surface it looks very worrying after the highs of last summer, there are good reasons for the drop in figures.

Alex had a pre-arranged commitment and is likely to miss one meeting every eight weeks from now onwards. Louis emailed to say he is working in Southampton this week, whilst Les is on holiday with Joan, Judy is currently in Australia and Peter is in Portugal. With Judy away, Allen is unable to attend. Both Christine and Ruth are either on or preparing to go on holiday. Ann, of course, was mentioned above whilst Ken is on courses until the middle of March. Kay was unable to attend whilst Caz unfortunately has suffered a recurrence of her back problem and along with Jack had to miss the meeting.

If everyone had been available to attend then there would have been over twenty present. That's the way it goes!

SCRIBBLERS ACTIVITIES

Just a reminder that the birthday social is next Monday at the Grosvenor. Meet at 7.00pm for 7.30. Anyone who would still like to come along please contact Dave at scribblers@ntlworld.com as soon as possible.

ONLINE JOTTERS NEWS

One of our members and long time Scribbler, Debbie has offered her expertise to set up a message board/chat forum for the Online Jotters. This is now ‘a work in progress’ and hopefully soon a successful tool for all Online Jotters to communicate more easily with each other.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com

All items posted on the weblog by the Felixstowe Scribblers will have the feather quill emblem against them whilst the Online Jotters will normally show the computer screen. By doing this, it is hoped that it will be easier to identify postings more easily.

At the meeting, the Scribblers who were present, were asked to fill in a fact sheet about themselves to help build up members pen pictures on the new .com site. It is the intention to try and get all members included on the site together with any images of their published works and, with permission, their photographs as well. It is not compulsory by any means but hopefully it will add to the character of the site and become a bit more 'personal'.

There will be a showcase page specifically for the published and saleable works to be portrayed - for 'amazon' read 'Gipping'!

The intention is also to have an 'in memoriam' section that we hope will not grow too quickly. Already there are friends Martin Enticknap who passed away three years ago, Nobby who lost his life in a terrible accident on the A14, and now, of course, poor Bill. I think it will be nice to honour their memory.

If you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new site then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible.

FREE to any Scribbler who regularly attends our meetings.

I have several backcopies of the Writers News and Writing Magazines that my better half tells me are cluttering up my garage. If anyone is interested in saving them from a fate worse than the recycling bin then please let me know as soon as possible at scribblers@ntlworld.com and I will bring them along to the next meeting. Whilst they are free, a small donation to club funds would always be welcome!

THE PLATFORM

The 1,500 word open themed work was presented by Liliane and Morag who kindly filled the vacant slot.

Liliane : Tomorrow is forever. A tale of a strange but loving holiday romance between Edda and Carlo. They met and spent time together throughout the summer, yet they both knew their romance would end with the summer.

Morag : Muddy Boots and Mishaps. A sequel to Brown Wellies and Wax Jackets set some years in the future with the same characters surrounding a show jumping environment.

The shorter 500 word themed homework in the genre of Romance or Travel Writing or both combined, began with:

Lisa : A Tale of Childhood Sweethearts. An intriguing poem that offered something of a cynical view on the life of two children right through to young adulthood.

Dick : Devon or Bust. A true story of Dick and friend's160 mile trek from Reading Railway Station in Berkshire to Linton and Lynmouth in Devon which they accomplished before returning from Barnstaple by rail.

Zoe : V Day. A short story about looking for the perfect 'bloke'. The anguish and anger in card shops, wanting to tear up those V cards and rip the heads off those cuddly bears! Outside a couple argued angrily - leaving the heroine in no doubt who was better off!

Dave : Life in the Old Dog Yet. Infatuation with the new boss - a woman, two bunches of flowers, a guilt trip, before he receives her answer.

Tony : A Knight to Remember. A titanic trawl through the kitchen cupboards no doubt to discover all the heroes of the tale - Sir Ajax, Mr Sheen, Mr Muscle….a really novel tale.

Scott ; Sun Kissed. A real Mills and Boon tale of romance from our Scott portraying the events of Clare and Romand

THE NEXT MEETING is on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30 at the library. Please arrive promptly or request my mobile number if you are going to arrive after 7.30pm. Currently there is no doorbell that can be heard on the upper floor of the library and the only way we will know you are waiting to come in will be to phone me!

HOMEWORK THEME 500 words on 'Solitude' or 'Pudding' or both combined!

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be provided by Dick and Lisa.

Don't forget the birthday social at the Grosvenor next Monday at 7.00pm for 7.30.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Dave

From Yours Truly

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mid week Fun

Imagery for writers (apparently garnered from G.C.S.E. papers).....
* The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
* McMurphy fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a paper bag filled with vegetable soup.
* Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
* Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the centre.
* Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
* He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
* The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
* Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
*His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a tumble dryer.
* She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.
* Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left York at 6:36 pm travelling at 55 mph, the other from Peterborough at 4:19pm at a speed of 35 mph.
* The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the full stop after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
* John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
* The thunder was ominous sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.
* The red brick wall was the colour of a brick-red crayon.
* Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.
* The door had been forced, as forced as the dialogue during the interview portion of Family Fortunes.
* Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
* The plan was simple, like my brother Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
* The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
* He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
* Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."
* She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
* It came down the stairs looking very much like something no one had ever seen before.
* The knife was as sharp as the tone used by Glenda Jackson MP in her first several points of parliamentary procedure made to Robin Cook MP, Leader of the House of Commons, in the House Judiciary Committee hearings on the suspension of Keith Vaz MP.
* The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a lamppost.
* The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free cash point.
* The dandelion swayed in the gentle breeze like an oscillating electric fan set on medium.
* It was a working class tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with their power tools.
* He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a dustcart reversing.
* She was as easy as the Daily Star crossword.
* She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature British beef.
* She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
* Her voice had that tense, grating quality, like a first-generation thermal paper fax machine that needed a band tightened.
* It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.



Sunday, February 19, 2006

From Yours Truly

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THE LOST SOCK - EPISODE FOUR

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Episode Four of the LOST SOCK is now on line at Felixstowe TV. It's getting better...

View it at http://www.felixstowetv.co.uk/sock

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Wanted - a home for old magazines

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FREE to any Scribbler who regularly attends our meetings.

I have several backcopies of the Writers News and Writing Magazines that my better half tells me are cluttering up my garage. If anyone is interested in saving them from a fate worse than the recycling bin then please let me know as soon as possible and I will bring them along to the next meeting.

Whilst they are free, a small donation to club funds would always be welcome!

Dave

THE NEXT MEETING

Felixstowe Scribblers

A reminder of the next meeting that takes place at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 21st February at 7.30 pm. The homework theme was to write in the genre of ROMANCE or a TRAVEL WRITER or both combined.

If possible will you please arrive at the meeting punctually or if you expect to be late then please email me before 6.00pm for my mobile number to contact when you do arrive. Currently with no bell on the door it is essential that we have some form of contact so we can let you in!

As I emailed out last week, Bill Budner died suddenly on Tuesday, a shock to us all and a terrible loss to his family. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as we are informed. We intend to contribute either to a floral tribute or to the charity of the family's choice.

On a happier note, I need confirmation of those who wish to come along to the Social event on MONDAY 27th February at the Grosvenor in commiseration/celebration of my 60th. Your meal orders will also be needed so that they can be ordered in advance.

So until Tuesday's meeting,

Keep Scribbling!!!

Dave

Friday, February 17, 2006

Online Jotters

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Post Note No 13

Posted : 17th February 2006

Bill Budner: I was sorry to hear the sad news especially as he and I conversed regularly via e-mail and he was a great support when Online Jotters first began in the Autumn. My thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.

Chat Forum : One of our members Debbie has offered her expertise to set up a chat forum. This is now ‘a work in progress’ and hopefully soon a successful tool for all Online Jotters to communicate with each other.

News: I hope you were encouraged by the last Post Note to make a start on your Family History? I always find it interesting chatting to friends who have got ‘the bug’ – I feel, given the right encouragement, these tales would be of interest to pass onto to their children/grand children.

Ask your friends who write to join us. I have continued my efforts to advertise the group locally – more recently to Writers groups in Nottinghamshire, Northants and Leicestershire and wait to hear the results.

Haiku Graphophobia I asked for a topical Haiku (based on the five/seven/five syllables principal) to create an impression of something that is happening around you. Here are the results of your efforts.

Advance dates: 21st-23rd April 2006 http://www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk/

Cambridgewordfest

A literary festival for Cambridgeshire

Highlights include:
Alain de Botton
Carol Ann Duffy
Helen Dunmore
Helen Simpson
Kate Adie
Lionel Shriver
Marina Lewycka
Sandi Toksvig

Tickets available from ADC Theatre Box Office 01223 300085
http://www.adctheatre.com/

Suffolk’s best free event of the year :

The 36th Ipswich – Felixstowe Classic Vehicles Run is Sunday 7th May 2006 (and not the Sunday of the May Bank holiday week) Last year over five hundred vehicles took part – having gathered in Christchurch Park ready for the start of the run at noon, they later filled the prom (and beyond) when they parked along the Felixstowe seafront later in the afternoon. Its definitely Suffolk’s best free event of the year and not to be missed!

Ipswich Transport Society: If you manage to get a copy of their February Journal check out Page 44/45 Suffolk in Steam article for a joint McGeachie collaboration.

Yours truly

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

OUR FRIEND BILL BUDNER

Felixstowe Scribblers It is with deep regret that I have to report the sad death of our friend Bill Budner who died suddenly today. Bill was a member of the Felixstowe Scribblers since August last year, and was also an Online Jotter. He thoroughly enjoyed taking part in our homework assignments and many email discussions. A devout Christian, Bill will be sadly missed by all.

Our thoughts and sincerest condolensces go to his wife, family and friends at this very, very sad time. Dave Feakes.

Summer Writing Schools in Falmouth

Felixstowe Scribblers

Running from Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July, there are two courses available at University College, Falmouth. They are :-

How To Write A Novel
and
Writing For Children.

Courses cost £252.

Visit their website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

From Yours Truly

Ipswich Transport Society

If you manage to get a copy of their February Journal check out Page 44/45 Suffolk in Steam article for a joint McGeachie collaboration.

::Welcome to Mslexia::

::Have we done 'mslexia' the new wrting for women project with a quarterly magazine?

From the website....

• what agents and publishers are looking for
• latest research into the psychology of creativity
• how to turn your own life into literature
• exercises to stretch your imagination
• analysis of publishing trends
• interviews with top authors about their writing methods
• masterclasses in prose and poetry
• the anatomy of a bestseller
• professional primers in copy editing and manuscript presentation
• tips for coping with rejection
• getting started as a freelance journalist
• how hormones affect your writing
• reviews of the best new books by women
• the perfect cover letter that gets your work read
• how to use dreams in your writing

And piles, piles more. Really nice website too.

::Welcome to Mslexia::

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Writers inc - Writing for London

Now in its 15th year Writers Inc is a London-based organisation which exists to provide a forum for writers to develop their skills. Through day and weekend residential workshops Writers Inc aims to give opportunities to aspiring writers of any age, background and experience to benefit from high quality tutoring from the founders of , Sue Hubbard and Mario Petrucci, and guests.

Details of the WRITERS-OF-THE-YEAR COMPETITION 2006 are now available on the Competitions page. The closing date is 10 April 2006.

Writers inc - Writing for London

Addition to the Report of Meeting

Felixstowe Scribblers

The 'Platform' notes have now been added to the original Report of Meeting of the meeting held on 7th February that is posted below.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

From Yours Truly

On reading about the Scribbler successes …………….

Isn’t it annoying when ones other half does better in the writing stakes?

Those of you who are into computers might like to see the ‘readers tip’
on Page 25 of Issue 56 Official Windows XP Magazine.

It certainly helped me when I needed a solution to publish the e magazine
before Christmas as it reduced the document substantially.

Friday, February 10, 2006

DEBUT DAGGER : THE FIRST 2006 BULLETIN

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Welcome to the first 2006 Debut Dagger bulletin.

This Week:Open SeasonChanges for 2006

What to Write
Countdown
Open Season

The 2006 Debut Dagger has now opened for business. You can submit your entries by post, or online on the CWA website. Good luck - we're looking forward to reading them.

Changes for 2006

The only significant changes for 2006 are in terms of time and money. Timewise, the closing date has moved forward from late summer to late spring - the closing date for this year's competition is Saturday April 29th. This is part of a wider change to the Daggers calendar: all the Daggers will now be awarded at the end of June. That means that the window for sending in your entries is substantially shorter than in the past - so get writing.

In terms of money, the entry fee has risen to twenty pounds, and the prize money has doubled to five hundred pounds. There is no longer any extra fee for entering online.

Otherwise, the entry requirements remain exactly the same as in previous years. To wit...

What to WriteTo enter the Debut Dagger, you need to send in the opening of your crime novel - up to 3000 words - and a synopsis of what happens next (in 500-1000 words). In the past, we described the excerpt as 'the opening chapter'. This gave rise to a lot of questions from people who write short chapters and wanted to know if they were limited to sending in a single chapter, even if it was only, say, 1000 words long. To clarify, you can send in up to 3000 words in as many chapters you like: three 1000-word chapters, two 1500-word chapters, or even 3000 one-word chapters. But the key idea we wanted to get across when we asked for the opening chapter(s) is that we want a piece which has some sort of self-contained shape, which builds to a climax and ends in a satisfying (or, better, satisfyingly suspensful) way. Don't just send in the first 3000 words of your novel: if the 3000th word happens to describe your heroine tying her shoelaces, you don't want that to be the last thing the judges read. Shape your writing and craft it, even if you have to rearrange the opening to something you've already written, so that you end on something intriguing or exciting. Speaking as a judge, there's nothing more satisfying than feeling disappointed that there isn't any more when you get to the last page of an entry.

As for the synopsis, a lot of people find it the hardest part of putting together their entry. I'll be writing much more about it in a later bulletin, but for the moment it's worth making the point that the synopsis tells the story in miniature, and as such needs to be as fluid and gripping as the whole novel will be. You're trying to persuade the judges that this is a story worth telling in full: you've got to convince them it's going to be exciting. In terms of style, I find the best model to bear in mind is the blurb you get on the back of a novel, which is serving the same function of trying to sell you the story. The main difference is that whereas the blurb only gives you the setup, the synopsis has to cover the whole plot including resolution. As I say, more on this to follow.

Countdown

You have 78 days until the competition closes. Not enough time to get around the world (using Victorian technology, at least), but more than enough time to sort out your entry.

Report of Meeting 7th February 2006

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Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 7th February 2006

Apologies from:
Judy, Allen, Ken, Gordon, Kay, Caz and Jack.

In attendance were:
Dick, Les, Morag, Christine, Scott, Lewis, Tony, Lisa, Bill, Liliane, Zoe, Alex, Kate and Dave.

SCRIBBLERS MEMBERS NEWS :

There is romance in the air so it seems - and its not even Valentines Day yet! The news has filtered through that Sharon and Keith have announced their wedding plans, so congratulations to them. Because of their heavy lecturing and work commitments they have been unable to attend Scribblers for some considerable time. Maybe one day they will be able to make an appearance once more.

Latest news from Australia is that Geoff has proposed to Belinda and she has accepted, so it looks like there will be some celebrations Down Under and a few XXXXs too! It is a shame they had to leave for home especially as Belinda had made such an impact with the Scribblers. Before this news filtered through there was an email from them that read:

Just a quick hi - put us down for 2 for dinner but not for this year unfortunately. Hope all is well with you and the group - say hi to all at the social group and at the meeting and I will write much more soon. Take care thinking of you all and hope Scribblers are all well and busy writing. Thanks so much for the continued news and site looks great. .Love from Belinda and Geoff.

Of course the third wedding that we are pleased to hear about will be between our very own humorous writer Scott and his lovely better half Aimee.
Here's wishing them all the very best of luck for their futures!

Hot off the presses comes news from Judy over in Burma. She says:

Well, we are back in the land of communications - flew out of Yangon today now in Bangkok. We are surrounded by little Chinese boys killing everything on video games! Myanmar was simply wow, like stepping back 100 years in time. Plenty of 1946 buses and trucks, plus motor cycles and bicycles by the score. The people are absolutely great, very happy and friendly but very, very poor. There is so much to see and experience including getting Burmese bum (others get Delhi belly) and a cold apiece. We are completely noodled and riced out after three and a half weeks of Chinese and Myanmar food. I have spotted a little Pizza restaurant just up the road and we are heading off there for an orgy of eating. Back to Thai food tomorrow - more rice and noodles! We will have a better chance for email in Australia so shall tell more then. We leave for Adelaide on Friday. By the way it is 35 degrees here, and sticky hot.Write more soon. Love Ron and Judy xxxxx

Dick is in the money! He won another writing competition and received a stately cheque for £5 coming first in a Maji Competition that is a 3 verse, 3 line, and three words per line poem. That must be £7 he's totted up over the past year! Well done Dick!

Talking of successes, it is great to hear that Lisa has been submitting radio play scripts to the BBC. Although she has not been broadcast, one of her stories went for a second read and now she has been given the name of a contact at the Beeb that should shortcut the usual waiting list. Obviously a writer with great potential, she has a list of Scribblers email addresses should she wish to do a bit of name dropping!

You will note from the apologies that there appears to be a new member mentioned. This is Kay who has recently changed her name from Rachel. Future notes will refer to her new name.

Spare a thought for Gordon who is feeling really low at present - despite the 2-1 win at Carrow Road last Sunday. Let us all hope he feels better soon and can come along and join us for our next meeting.

Thoughts also go out to Caz and Jack who were again unable to attend. Lets hope that the situation will soon improve for them all. Incidentally, a belated happy twelfth birthday to Jack last week.

For my sins I [Dave] had a letter published in the Ipswich Evening Star last week under the heading "They wuz talkin' owd squit" and, believe it or not, so was I!

SCRIBBLERS ACTIVITIES:

The social at the Grosvenor on 31st January proved another success with 14 of us attending. Once again the meals were excellent value for money, but the company was really great.
If you missed it, then there is another one coming up quite quickly now.

This will be held on MONDAY 27th February again at the Grosvenor, this time meeting at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm meal. This social will mark a rather significant birthday when someone - namely me - reaches my 60th. I hope you will be able to join me and if you can will you please let me know at the usual address scribblers@ntlworld.com as soon as possible and by the 21st February at the latest when I will also need to have your food order. Most menu's were handed out at the meeting but I am sure we can organise something.

OUR NEW ACCOMMODATION:

How nice it was to be able to make use of the new library meeting room. It is a lot better for acoustics, is self-contained and will eventually have a fully kitted out kitchen and new furniture. Possibly the only downside seemed to be the brightness of the lighting. However our new 'home' seemed to create a really good atmosphere on an evening of high quality work.

ONLINE JOTTERS NEWS:

The latest Online Jotters challenge is to write a topical Haiku - if you are uncertain of the structure then please look at the weblog where Jan explains it and has posted her own Haiku.

Jan's last major Postnote - number 12 - was very nearly a family historians bible. It must have taken endless hours for Jan to compile virtually every conceivable family history website in what was a tremendous and valuable work. It would be tremendous to see some of our member's use this information to help build and write their own family histories. Well done Jan.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com

At the time of writing there have been virtually 4,000 hits on the site from all over the world. It has drawn many favourable comments and Alex should feel proud of his achievements. The completion of the .com site has been delayed but hopefully will soon be brought to a conclusion.

If you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new site then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible.

FELIXSTOWE TV AND THE LOST SOCK:

Episode three is now on line at http://www.felixstowetv.co.uk/sock/ You will need broadband to view it.

BBC WRITERSROOM NEWSLETTER

The latest BBC Writersroom Newsletter is included below.

THE PLATFORM NOTES [compiled by Louis]

Turmoil - Tony
First chapter of a novel. A university student wakes to find himself trapped in his room, is it a prank or is it devious murder?

Union Gap -Dave
A couple in severe marital problems might get the boost they need in the bedroom from the one person they are both having affairs with!

Teresa's Father - Lisa
A poignant account of family secrets and denials and about the sensitivity of the past and whether it should stay there.

Reptilious da Flyacous - Scott
The deceptions surrounding dragons are examined in a tongue-in-cheek piece about the truth of St.George

An Eagle in the Heather - Morag
An exert from her novel surrounding the Jacobite Rebellion. An attempt to betray a lover to the enemy backfires.

It Starts in the Future - Alex
A well constructed story illustrating several generations of immigrants beginning in the future and following the stories of their relations in the past.

A Gown to Die For - Dick
Entrepreneurs are punished for their ingenuity during the Great Plague of London.

How not to win a Woman's Heart - Christine
A Stone Age Casanova pays for his deception with a 'maggot-shower'!

Swindle - Louis
A posing gentleman crosses to the New World in search of bounty only to find himself deceived by the crew.

I'm not who you think I am - Lillian
Excellent story on the secrets and lies forced on loved ones in the days of the Holy Inquisition.

I met a Gypsy Maiden - Les
A promising fumble in the bushes gets gradually less appealing and results in a sharp exit!

Excerpt from Captain John MacLean Novel - Kate
The original Theo-sci-fi! The antagonist of the story is judged by murdered souls and the Archangel, he is found wanting...

A Portrait of Deception - Bill
A forbidden relationship comes to light in the discovery of a picture of the tragic Lady Jane Grey.


THE NEXT MEETING

7.30 pm on Tuesday 21st February at the Felixstowe Library.

IMPORTANT NOTE As there is currently no bell on the door that we use, it is essential that you either arrive by 7.30 to ensure access. If you are going arrive after this time, then please let me know in advance by email at scribblers@ntlworld.com so that I can give you my mobile number to ring when you arrive.

HOMEWORK THEME

Liliane suggested, and it was unanimously agreed, that on one Tuesday we set a genre only homework then the following Tuesday we set the homework assignment on a specific word or theme. This week it will be the turn of the genre.

500 words to be written in the genre of either a Romance or Travel Writing [or both] The romance of the railways springs to mind!

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK:

Volunteers are Liliane and Bill.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Dave
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Information, Competitions, Advertisements [as available] etc

Welcome to the writersroom newsletter, keeping you up to date with BBC New Writing.

In this edition:
1 OFF SCRIPT: Comedy writer and performer Nick Revell talks to writersroom
2 INSIDE THE BOX: Attend a free public Q&A in Leeds, on writing popular TV drama
3 OPPORTUNITY: BRUNTWOOD PLAYWRITING COMPETITION: Stage scripts sought for nationwide competition
4 INSIGHT: SCRIPT ARCHIVE - New TV script available to download.

1 OFF SCRIPT. Comedy writer and performer Nick Revell (Drop the Dead Donkey, Friday Night Live) talks Off Script to writersroom: "If you're working with good people who know what they're doing, it's generally a joy. If they're idiots, then the challenge is ignoring what they say without them realising."Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/writers_nick.shtml

2 INSIDE THE BOX. Northern Exposure are hosting a free public Q&A on writing popular drama for television in Leeds, featuring top television writers Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, Born to Run) and Ashley Pharaoh (Life on Mars, Down to Earth). Want to attend? Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/insidethebox.shtml

3 OPPORTUNITY: BRUNTWOOD PLAYWRITING COMPETITION. Fancy the chance to see your play have a full-scale production at the Royal Exchange Theatre during the inaugural Manchester International Festival in 2007? Writers must be over the age of 18 and a resident of the UK or Ireland to enter, but can be of any level of professional experience. Anonymous selection allows both novices and professionals to compete alongside each other for major cash prizes. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/bruntwood.shtml

4 INSIGHT: SCRIPT ARCHIVE. The latest BBC-produced script in the archive is an episode from the Emmy- winning crime drama Waking the Dead. Download it for free: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/script_archive.shtml

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From Yours Truly

ts not every day you find a FREE COMPETITION with the aim to get twenty new and exciting writers published.

Click on http://www.geocities.com/whskypress/techie.html for one such competition when all twenty winners will be published in The Real Redcoats, which will be a collection of short stories that capture life for staff on a holiday camp like Butlins.

Its open to all ages, professions and nationalities. All entries must be original unpublished prose of 2,000 words or less and must reflect the theme of Butlins staff or holiday camp staff. Writers may submit no more than 2 entries. Entries must be submitted via email as a Word document attachment to whskypress@yahoo.co.uk with the subject heading: Real Redcoats Competition Include your email address in the file when submitting as an attachment, or in the body of the email.

Closing date is 30 March 2006.















Thursday, February 09, 2006

THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE MASTERCLASSES



Felixstowe Scribblers

WOLSEY THEATRE THE NEW
MASTERCLASSES
with theatre writers
SPRING 2006
Call Box Office on 01473 295900 to book a place

Sunday 26th February 06
Will Averill – Comedy sketch writing
Great comedy sketches create catchphrases and payoffs that keep people
giggling for a lifetime. A comedy sketch is part-play, part stand-up, & you can discover how to develop conflict, character, and dialogue into a short comic piece. This master class will cover the essentials of comic sketch-writing, from idea development, to styles and dialogue, and finding venues that will produce your work.
American actor/playwright Will Averill is head sketch-writer for the Victor Continental comedy show and since arriving in Britain has worked with Visceral Theatre in Norwich & runs playwriting classes at the Garage.

Sunday April 2nd 06
Nigel Bryant – Writing drama for radio
Writer, director and former Chief Radio Drama Producer for the BBC, Nigel Bryant will discuss and illustrate the specific techniques of writing plays for radio, and encourage writers to explore the surprising potential of this fascinating medium.

Sunday May 14th
Fraser Grace – Public Theatre
Write about what you don’t know. Ask questions you can’t answer.
Thinking big does not mean adding a second sofa.
Helpful advice to aspiring playwrights, or a new writing heresy?
Fraser Grace leads a workshop on writing plays which look outward – and challenge more than writerly conventions.
Cambridge playwright Fraser Grace is the author of ‘Who Killed Mr. Drum’ for the Riverside Studios, London and ‘Breakfast With Mugabe’ for the RSC. His most recent work is ‘Frobisher’s Gold’ which will be touring the country in the Autumn.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

From Yours Truly

ONLINE JOTTERS CHALLENGE

Write a topical Haiku based on the five/seven/five syllables principal, create an impression in the seventeen syllables of something that is happening around you.

Send it to yours truly @onlinejotters.yahoo.co.uk before Friday 17th February

HAIKU by Jan McGeachie
The Humber Horror
Mittens attack river banks
Chinese crab alert!

Remember to include your permission for it to be included in the next post note

Yours truly


Authors OnLine: FREE PUBLISHING FOR SELF-PUBLISHING AUTHORS

Press Release from Authors OnLine ....

Do You Know A Budding Author?

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

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Press Release

FREE PUBLISHING FOR SELF-PUBLISHING AUTHORS

Date: 30th January 2006

Company - Authors OnLine Ltd,

Contact details - 19 The Cinques, Gamlingay, Sandy Beds SG19 3NU

Tel 01767 652005, theeditor@authorsonline.co.uk

Website – www.authorsonline.co.uk

UK rival to LULU - Authors OnLine offer FREE publishing DEAL

Authors Online, the original digital UK Print On Demand publishing company helping authors to self-publish their work, have launched a new UK and US based service to rival free publishing offered by LULU in the States. The first UK based company to do so. The concept works in exactly the same way in that any author who wants to simply publish and purchase a few books and who has the technical knowledge to produce print-ready files to a supplied template can now do so without having to pay any sort of setup fee. This is extremely useful for authors wanting to submit books to trade-houses, or for an individual, company, organisation or schools requiring copies for private distribution.

If an author then wants to make their book available through retail outlets, an ISBN and distribution services can be purchased separately.

Richard Fitt, The Editor of Authors OnLine says ‘We recognise that a lot people are now far more conversant with the software to prepare their work for printing than was the situation when we started distributed Print On Demand publishing 5 years ago. So if they have the know-how they probably don’t want to pay for us to do something they are quite capable of doing themselves. A lot of individuals and organisations use Word Processors, Graphics packages and Adobe Acrobat to a very sophisticated level nowadays and we are ideally suited to their needs. We also hasten to add that we still offer all our normal services for everybody who either can’t or doesn’t want to do it themselves.’

Authors OnLine doesn’t pretend to have the sophisticated software that LULU uses to help with uploads and tutorials and relies on a simpler system with a certain amount of manual interface, but it believes that the concept is perfectly workable using its own tried and tested publishing methods.

Ninety percent of our time is spent on layouts and formats, so if the manuscripts come to us already prepared the rest is simply loading the books and ordering copies, however the finished result is of course entirely the responsibility of the author, but if the manuscript is prepared with due diligence there is no reason why the books will be anything other than first class.’

Related Links
:

Authors OnLine
Lulu

The V.S. Pritchett short story competition from the The Royal Society of Literature.

Sally Ratcliffe writes ....

We are seeking (urgently desperately madly) calibre entries for the V.S. Pritchett short story competition and are really trying to tap into valued sources of committed writers. We are aware that many writers do not know of this prize. We hope you can encourage entries via email perhaps to your students or by displaying the poster? This is a great creative opportunity not only offering £1,000 together with prestigious publication, but the chance to write the 'long' short story - rare nowadays - of 2 -5,000 words. Please visit http://www.rslit.org/prizes/pritchett.php
Deadline: 14th February 06 but extended to end of week 3 of Feb.

Yours faithfully,

(Sally Ratcliffe) Deputy Secretary

The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House
Strand
London
t: 0207 845 4677 (direct line)
f: 0207 845 4679
e: julia@rslit.org

Related links:

The Royal Society of Literature

Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward.

Its one of the great 'truisms' of writing that you should write what you know. However there are also many famous occurences of people writing what there was no way they could ever know - the classic one being the old chestnut of a dowdy middle age man who has little contact with women writing very sensitive womens prose such as that portrayed by Jack Nicholson in 'As Good As It Gets'.

During a Workshop attended by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward one of the students expressed the opinion that it is a mistake to write about people of ethnic backgrounds different from your own because you might get it wrong, horribly, offensively wrong, and so it is better not even to try.

This opinion, commonplace among published as well as aspiring writers, struck Nisi as taking the easy way out and spurred her to write an essay addressing the problem of how to write about characters marked by racial and ethnic differences. In the course of writing the essay, however, she realized that similar problems arise when writers try to create characters whose gender, sexual preference, and age differ significantly from their own. Nisi and Cynthia collaborated to develop a workshop that addresses these problems with the aim of both increasing writers skill and sensitivity in portraying difference in their fiction as well as allaying their anxieties about getting it wrong.

Now a book has come out of this workshop. Volume 8. Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward or you can read about the Acclaimed 'Writing The Other' workshop.

Monday, February 06, 2006

EternalQuality.net - a circle and zine with monthly calls for writing.

Felixstowe Scribblers
Gary Smith writes....

Kati and I are caretakers for EternalQuality.net - a circle and zine with monthly calls for writing, art and music entries - focused on timeless values such as compassion, courage, playfulness and strength.

Cash, didgeridoos and other gifts of appreciation are awarded to participants for authenticity, originality and relevance to the theme.

The Awards will officially launch on February 1. I am interested in finding ways to reach writers with an announcement of the Awards and would appreciate any ideas you may have.

Also, I'd enjoy exploring ways to integrate the Awards into writing circles and workshops, such as making them a group project.

The web site is http://www.eternalquality.net/ in case you have the feeling and time to take a look. Thank you for considering this....

Warm regards,
Gary Smith

Saturday, February 04, 2006

2006 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

A quick competition Jan found....

2006 DORIS GOODERSON SHORT STORY COMPETITION Entries should be returned no later than 15th May 2006 to: -

The Competition Secretary, 29 Christine Avenue, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 2DX
Rules of Entry: -
Entries must not exceed 1200 words, must be in the form of a Short Story and written in English. Prizes are 1st = £80, 2nd = £40 and 3rd = £20. Further prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judge.

An entry fee of £3 is required for each entry or £10 for 4 entries. Entries from overseas can only be accepted with an entry fee in sterling.

This entry form can be photocopied if required.

The Closing Date is 15th May 2006.

No identifying marks should be on the entry.

Each story must have a title page containing title, word count and authors name and address.
2006 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Moving in to our new permanent home: the next meeting, Tuesday 7th February at 7.30pm in the Library's new Meeting Room .

Hi Scribblers,

Just a reminder that our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th February at 7.30pm in the Library. Access is now available by stairs as well as the lift to the upper floor and so we will be using the new meeting room for the first time.

The homework theme is DECEPTION which should be written in an historical genre if possible. At the meeting we will discuss how you feel about using a theme word together with a genre.

Two brief notes, the social proved another success with 14 of us attending. If you missed it, then there is another one coming up on MONDAY February 27th to help mark someone's birthday.

Jack

Jack's scan was cancelled until he has a minor operation already planned for March. Once this is over, Jack will then have his scan and hopefully he will begin to return to normality. The good news from Caz is that he has started to get his appetite back, and when Alex and I called in to see them, Jack was very chirpy.

PC Viruses


Morag has warned that a new virus strain of the Trojan Horse has been detected by her Norton Anti Virus system in an email and attachment sent to her. Whatever you do, don't open any attachments from anyone you don't recognise. Even if you do recognise the sender it may well be advisable to email back for clarification of the content before opening it.

'Plug ins'


From Les and Joan a warning about a possible cause of housefires -

One of the many Plug In devices on the marketThe insurance investigator said that a Plug-In fragrance device, in the bathroom was the cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires started with the plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the plastic they are made from is THIN plastic. He also said that in every case there was nothing left to prove that it even existed.

When the investigator looked in the wall plug, sure enough the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in there. Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it . She said she had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out.
She would walk in to the bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on again.
The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a warning sign .
The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many places that have been burned down due to them."

Feedback on Homework placed on Website

Talking of Les don't forget that he would like some feedback on the homework that was posted on the website, and also that from Kate too.

Until Tuesday

Keep Scribbling,

Dave

Friday, February 03, 2006

Online Jotters: Post Note 12 - Family History and Genealogy

Welcome to Online Jotters
Post Note No 12

Posted : 3rd February 2006

Yours truly writes: Thanks to Mark for the last Post Note. As promised this Post Note is devoted entirely to tracing your family history.

Shortly I start an Open University Course in Creative Writing – so if anyone else wants to edit future Post Notes then please get in touch as I can see life here in Yorkshire is going to become busier with my husband now being self employed, me studying for my course and us being assessed before becoming adoptive parents!

Family History Sources It’s a fascinating subject and one that very soon you will soon become hooked on. I have a maternal cousin in Felixstowe whose own distant cousin Eileen (on his father’s side) has spent a considerable amount of time researching a family tree and has managed to go back to the 15th century. She has found evidence of their family from as far afield as a Butchers shop in Hanover, Germany with the family name over the door since 1828 to a Memorial Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Another friend in Ipswich has spent the last two years finding his long lost relations and discovered them scattered throughout the country and even some who have emigrated to New Zealand and Canada, all of which he has been able to contact.

Post script: On the same subject I came across a flyer for the following book published January 2006 called Family Fables How to write and publish your family’s story by Maisie Robson ISBN 0-9542318-2-1.

It’s a unique guide to turning your family story into a compelling and publishable book. Using three simple planning documents and a step-by-step approach, you can transform your heritage into a shapely and meaningful work of art.

Copies can be ordered for £6.50 from Eynsford Hill Press, 14 New Street Wombwell South Yorkshire S73 OAE by sending your name, address, postcode and phone number.

Where to start? Ask your elderly relations for as much biographical information as possible. Like with any family there are photos hoarded away, often with dates and the people in them scribbled on the back. If there are really organised then there might be a box full of birth, death and marriage certificates from which you can start tracing back your ancestors. Most of all communicate with everyone in your family that you have contact with – you might even uncover the black sheep in the family whose notorious behaviour resulted in a scrapbook full of newspapers cuttings – you won’t know until you ask!

Any information before 1st July 1837 can either be found in Parish Records or through the Mormons at the International Genealogical index. Church of England registers go back as far as 1538, The first reliable census was held in 1851 - if you know the address of your relation you can find out who else was living there.

You can also contact the following:

Public Record Office http://www.pro.gov.uk/
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel 020-8876-3444
Fax 020-8878-8905

Family Records Centre www.pro.gov.uk/about/frc/default.htm
1 Myddelton Street
LONDON
EC1R 1UW
Tel 020-8392-5300
Fax 020-8392-5307

British Isles Family History Service Centre (The Mormons)
www.familysearch.org
185 Penns Lane
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
B76 1JU
Tel 0121-384-2028

Society of Genealogists http://www.sog.org.uk/
The Library
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
LONDON EC1M 7BA
Tel 020-7250-0291

Federation of Family History Societies http://www.ffhs.org.uk/
Administrator Mrs P. Saul
c/o The Benson Room
Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street
BIRMINGHAM
B3 3BS

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES INCLUDE

http://www.1837online.com/ Trace back to 1837
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ Search records
www.apgen.org/-apg/ Association of Professional Genealogists
www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory BBC Family History
www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/SurnamesList GenUKi surname list
http://www.cyndilist.com/ Cyndi’s list
http://www.direct.gov.uk/ Click on search family history
www.earl.orguk/famila Familia
http://www.familyhistory.uk.com/ Family History tools
http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/ Family History Online
http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/ Family records
http://www.familyrelatives.org/ Family relatives site
http://www.ffhs.org.uk/ Federation of Family History Societies
www.genealogypages.com/ Genealogy Pages
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ How to research your family history
www.obliquity.com/family/parish Parish records (limited)
www.onlinegenealogy.com/ Journal of Online Genealogy
http://www.rootsweb.com/ Rootsweb
www.surnameweb.org/ Surname Web

Debt of Honour Register members of the Commonwealth Forces who died during WW1 and WW2 http://yard.ccta.gov.uk/cwgc/register.nsf

Other helpful sites include:


http://www.nas.gov.uk/

www.rdg.ac.uk/rhc
http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/

Yours Truly

Thursday, February 02, 2006

From Yours Truly: Biscuit Publishing and Words Magazine Competition

Future Competitions

Biscuit Publishing International Short Story Prize 2006

Do you want to be published?

Here’s a Really Exciting Opportunity for You

Biscuit PublishingBiscuit will Publish and Record on Audio CD the Winning New Short Fictionand award prize money

First Prize: £1,000
Second Prize: £250
Third Prize: £100

The Top Ten will receive three copies each of the Anthology+CD in which their work appears

There will be two publications:

The Outright Winner's Collection - Book and CD
Biscuit will publish and audio-record a collection of the Outright Winner's short stories or a novella. The book will be perfect-bound with artworked covers and have the CD attached inside the back cover.

Biscuit LogoThe Top Ten Winners' Anthology - Book and CD
The Top Ten stories will be published and audio-recorded in the Biscuit 2006 Anthology, which will have the accompanying CD attached inside the back cover. All Top Ten winners will receive three copies each. The book will be perfect-bound with artworked covers and have the CD attached inside the back cover.

Check out http://www.biscuitpublishing.com/

Words Magazine - Competition Calendar 2006
Words Magazine Logo

SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS£100 prize in each.
Closing date: April 30th 2006 - Theme: "Murder"
Closing date: June 30th 2006 - Theme "Christmas"
Closing date: September 30th 2006 - Theme "Ghost"
Closing date: December 31st 2006 - Theme: "Author's Choice'

Go online for entry forms at Words Magazine Competition Calendar 2006 or visit the Words Magazine Homepage

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

From Yours Truly: Suffolk Poetry Society 2006 Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition.

Suffol Poetry Society LogoIs this you?

If you were born, were educated or have lived for at least twelve months in Suffolk then you are eligible to take part in the 2006 Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition

Closing date 31st May 2006

£3 for the first poem,  £1 for additional poems.

Entry forms available from:

The Competition Secretary
T Butler
9 Gainsborough Road
Felixstowe
Suffolk
IP11 7HT

www.blythweb.co.uk/sps

The 2006 Essex Book Festival: possibly the largest literary / writing event in the East yet.

Essex Book FestivalFrom Irvine Welsh and Germaine Greer to Tony Parsons, Joanna Trollop and Kate Adie and over sixty other events, there really is quite a lot of different things on in the biggest reading and writing festival in the Eastern region.

Highlights include....

Professor Germaine Greer, Simon Heffer , Martin Newell and Ken Worpole are in a group discussion ‘Talk About Essex’ .

Are Essex stereotypes a thing of the past and were they more fiction than fact anyway? What Is It About Essex? brings together four famous and always entertaining Essex commentators to decide what still makes their county so famous or infamous.

Authors appearing at the Book FestivalGraham Swift talks about his recent book 'The Light of Day'. With the East Anglian set Waterland and Last Orders this Booker-Prize and top Penguin author established himself as a creator of compelling fiction. Focusing on his recently acclaimed novel, The Light of Day, Graham Swift is a highlight of the Essex Book Festival.

For the Full guide to what's on at this year's Festival.

Essex Book festival homepage.

Related links:

  • Aldeburgh poetry festival
  • Ask Chris
  • BBCi - Essex features
  • BBCi - Get Writing
  • British Arts Festivals Association
  • Cambridge Word Fest
  • Chimera Magazine
  • Essex poetry festival
  • Extracts/ University of Essex
  • New Writing Partnership
  • Penguin readers' group
  • Redbridge Now - arts & entertainment
  • Southend Poetry Group
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