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Friday, April 28, 2006


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Welcome to the sixth 2006 Debut Dagger bulletin.

This Week:

The End
The Sequel

The End

The 2006 Debut Dagger closes tomorrow, Saturday 29th, at 11:59pm BST. If you haven't entered yet, now's the time to sprint down to the Post Office (if you live in the UK) or get on to our website and enter online. The website will stop accepting entries on the stroke of midnight Saturday; any postal entries which get delayed in the post will still be accepted if the postmark shows they were posted on time.

The Sequel

neneneneneneneWe've already started reading through the entries that have come in. Over the next three weeks, we'll draw up a shortlist of approximately ten authors. We'll write to all the shortlisted authors individually, and announce the shortlisted titles in an e-mail bulletin around the third week of May. A full list of the shortlisted titles and authors will subsequently be published in a CWA press release and on the website at the beginning of June.

The shortlisted entries will be distributed to our panel of judges, which this year includes editors from Orion, Constable & Robinson, Serpent's Tail and Simon & Schuster. They'll meet at the end of May to choose a winner, who'll be notified (probably by phone) shortly thereafter.

The winner will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner on June 29th at the Waldorf Hilton in London. This is our annual jamboree where hundreds of authors, editors and agents get together to recognise the best of the year's crime writing with the various Dagger Awards - including the innaugural £20,000 Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the largest award for crime fiction in the world. All the shortlisted Debut Dagger authors are invited and strongly encouraged to come; it's a great occasion.

And of course, there are prizes. The winner gets five hundred pounds, two free tickets for the Dagger Awards dinner and a night for two in the Waldorf Hilton. The other shortlisted authors will be sent a bumper pack of crime novels, and get a detailed critique of their entries from the judges. The winning entry will be published on our website, and we'll put together a pack of all the shortlisted entries to distribute to interested publishers and agents. Over a third of last year's shortlist found agents as a result of this process.

Good luck.

'Felixstowe Scribblers Weblog' counter passes 5000 mark.

It's nearly 18 months since the establishment of this weblog. We would just like to note the passing of this little mark for all of us - well maybe it is more of a notch, or maybe a tide mark or even a plimsol line.

Thanks to all concerned - particularly the readers but especially the contributors - huge thanks - you know who you all are and we are very proud of the work you have done.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

BBC Programme Catalogue: a huge and fascinating new resource.

The BBC Programme Catalogue is a new experimental archive from the BBC that gives us a vast new resource that can be used in a myriad of ways. It is an index of 946,614 radio and television broadcasts, dating back 75 years.

The first way it can be used is any subject you are reasearching you can immediatletly have a summary of all the BBC material on the subject. For instance a search of Felixstowe or Shakespeare reveals.

The second way is it has a way of giving you the schedules for any day in the past - a huge use for a writer trying to get the zietgiest for a day in the past http://open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax/on_this_day/1999/12/31/ - fiddle with the numbers in the link to get any day you choose. If you fiddle around with the information there are ways to get information on the running order of news programmes and a myriad of other detail.

Im sure there are a dozen other ways that we can use this resource

Related links:
BBC Programme Catalogue

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers


An early reminder that our next meeting takes place at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 2nd May with the usual start time of 7.30pm. It is expected that we will be back in the new meeting room this time. The homework topic this time is 'The Past' or 'the Weather' or both combined. That is entirely up to you!


The inaugural poetry competition is due to close on the 30th and so far the number of entries has been disappointing. Lets have a last minute surge and make this a fine competition. This is open to members of Online Scribblers only and to Felixstowe Scribblers who do not have access to the internet. If you are not a member yet, then it is easy to register simply by logging on to www.onlinescribblers.com Time is running out - so have a go! I'm sure you will do well!


Help is needed to help organise our day event at the Felixstowe Library next month. Please email me at scribblers@ntlworld.com if you think you can assist.


We thought we'd give you a chance to order a T-shirt now to make sure you don't miss out!

They will be black with white printing on the front and back, and will be available for only £9.50 (+ postage if you'd like it posted!). And as an extra special offer, if you order a Lost Sock T-shirt, you can also get a Felixstowe TV T-shirt (probably in red) at the same time, for only £7.00. They will be available in S / M / L / XL. We will show you the finished designs of both T-shirts early next week and the deadline for orders will be the end of this week.

If you would like to order yours now - or even just let us know that you might be interested - then email or phone me at the usual address/number.

Thank you!
Giles Meehan.sock@felixconnect.co.uk


Felixstowe TV's new Felixstowe Life web site is bringing up-to-date local news to web users who are missing out on video. The site is extensively linked from and to Felixstowe TV, but features much more text reporting of news and local stories. You can find it all here: http://www.felixstowelife.co.uk/


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Our Jack is spending today (Wednesday) at a bird sanctuary in Peterborough where he is learning to fly his favourite bird of all time, a peregrine falcon. The weather seems to be kind today so we hope he has a thoroughly enjoyable time.

For information on peregrine falcons go to :


Felixstowe Life: a new magazine style website from the Felixstowe TV team.

read all about the new changes in the Felixstowe plan image courtesy of Felixstowe Life Felixstowe life is the new felixstowe magazine from the Felixstowe TV people, it takes the core information from the Felixstowe TV project and puts it in a very polished and smooth new graphic feel - another welcome addition to the public sphere in felixstowe .... good luck with your excellent new project Chris from all of us.

Related links:
Felixstowe Life

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Musings of a wandering mind : Sean Clarke on a travel writing course in Granada

An interesting article from the Guardian....

"Sean Clarke leaves the writer's block at home to join a travel writing course in Granada, where the peer criticism is sweetened by healthy doses of spring sunshine and wine "

Guardian Unlimited Travel article - 'Musings of a wandering mind'


Felixstowe Scribblers

The 2006 Debut Dagger closes this Saturday, April 29th.

Depending on where you are, there's probably still time to put your entry in the post, and the website will accept entries until 11:59pm British Summer Time on Saturday. If you're not sure how that relates to your own time zone, our online entry form displays the current CWA time just above the 'Help Information' heading.

To everyone searching for those last few words to trim, or honing that perfect metaphor, or trying to figure out the delicious twist in their synopsis this week: good luck. We're looking forward to reading them.

Online Entry (1)We've recently discovered that a few people have been unable to find our online entry form, probably due to following old external links or having out-of-date bookmarks. For the record, the correct Debut Dagger homepage address is http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/debut/index.html and the online entry form can be found at http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/debut/form.php.

Online Entry (2)A few people have written in wondering if we received their online entries. To set your minds at rest, if you received an e-mail from Netbanx confirming successful payment for your entry, that also acts as confirmation that we received your file without any problems. It's impossible to proceed to payment until the file is successfully on our server. In the unlikely event that there's any problem with the file, we'd be sure to contact you to fix it.

P&Ls and how books make (or don't) money: part the first: the mass market original complete failure

the strange world of publishingI found this interesting article on Boing Boing....

How fiction paperbacks lose or make money
"Livejournaller and Tor employee Anna Louise has posted a brilliant, engrossing exposition on the economics of fiction publishing -- how a publisher makes or loses money on a book. It uses real numbers from real books to illustrate in painstaking depth how marketing, printing, and preparation costs interact with margins from different retailers and wholesalers to make or break a book. I think that every writer alive (myself included) harbors some cherished illusions about how publishing works. This lucid, entertaining and vivid portrait of the inside workings of a fiction publisher is an excellent way to disabuse yourself of them."

Related Links:
alg: P&Ls and how books make (or don't) money: part the first: the mass market original complete failure:
Boing Boing

"P&Ls and how books make (or don't) money:"

The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange ManchesterThe Royal Exchange Theatre has launched a National Playwriting Competition, for original, full-length stage plays that have not been previously performed.

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. The competition is absolutely inclusive and open to all.

This will be one of the most important competitions in British Theatre with major cash prizes and full-scale productions. The intention is to present productions of two winning entries at the Royal Exchange Theatre during the inaugural Manchester International Festival in 2007. Cash prizes total £45,000.

The prestigious judging panel includes actress Brenda Blethyn OBE, actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah and National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner.

From the royal exchange website....

"The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange will offer awards of �15,000 as a First Prize, a Second Prize of �10,000 and Third Prize of �5000. There is also a Regional Award for those living in the North West (�5000), an Under 26 Award (�5000), and a bursary for a promising writer to have a year�s residency as the Royal Exchange Theatre. This competition represents one the world�s biggest awards for playwriting. "

Related links....
The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Monday, April 24, 2006

Radio Drama Writing Competition linked with Mark Radcliffe / BBC Radio 2

I just wanted to let you know about a radio drama writing competition Ive heard of linked with the Mark Radcliffe show on BBC Radio 2.

Amy Buscombe writes....

What would happen if you met your music hero…?

A national competition for new drama on BBC Radio 2.

Imagine an encounter with your own music legend and use it to create imaginative, original drama. Be funny, be bold, tell a great story in less than 10 minutes. You can meet anyone, be anyone, go anywhere, do anything! Turn your dramatic ideas into a radio drama between three and ten minutes long and it could be broadcast on the Mark Radcliffe show. Deadline for entries midday Friday 2 June 2006.

Come along to one of our Q&A sessions to find out more and get tips on writing for radio from a BBC producer and an experienced writer:

Tues 25 April - Norwich
Assembly House, Pierce Room
*with writer Katie Hims*

Wed 3 May - London
RADA, Vanburgh Theatre

To sign up for a session and get more details on the competition click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/imagine/.

Amy Buscombe
BBC writersroom co-ordinator

1 Mortimer Street
London W1T 3JA

t: 020 7765 5598
f: 020 7765 5570
e: amy.buscombe@bbc.co.uk

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Sunday, April 23, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

It is most upsetting to learn from Caz that the cancer Jack has fought against for the last twelve months has returned. I know all the Felixstowe Scribblers and the Online Scribblers will join me in sending their love and best wishes to our youngest and most talented member Jack and his parents Caz and Karl.


Saturday, April 22, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Have you joined the Online Scribblers forum yet?

If you haven't then why not join up today by logging onto http://www.onlinescribblers.com/

There is an inaugural free poetry competition which is open to all members - and in a members only area. - The closing date for posting your entries is 30th April.

From the 1st May there will be a short story competition too - watch out for details that will be posted very shortly in the forum.

There is an ongoing story and many topics that may be commented on - you can even start off your own topic of conversation. Additionally, if you wish for feedback on some of your work, then there is a members own area for this as well.

The forum is open to everyone who wishes to join. It could be fun!

The conditions to enter the poetry competition are:

One entry per member.
One overall winner.
Your entry must be your own original work.
Anonymous judging by online and offline members.
By adding your entry here you agree that it may be featured on the Felixstowe Scribblers and Online Scribblers homepages should it be a winner.
Entries added by 'Newsbot' are entries by Felixstowe Scribblers offline members.
Five days after the closing date an anonymous voting poll will be added to this topic and a closing date for voting announced.
Members will have a maximum of two votes each.
You may vote once for your own entry if you wish.
In addition, votes will be collected anonymously from offline members and counted with the online votes.
Closing date for entries is: 30th April 2006
In the event of a tie a new poll for voting on the tied entries will be held in this topic.
Winner will be announced: 18th May 2006 or soon after.
Dates shown here may be subject to change.


Felixstowe Scribblers

Free Novel & Poetry Collection E-books by Dee Rimbaud

Because I am soon relocating to Spain in a camper van and will, for the most part, be without internet I have decided to offer up free PDF copies of my novel, Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God and my latest (award-winning) poetry collection, Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels to anyone who wants them.

The novel is about a failed art student/ ex-dealer living in exile, trying to get back into his art, but mostly just getting wasted and falling apart at the seams. Then he finds salvation through love...... or does he??? (Imagine The Horse's Mouth or The Moon And Sixpence on a cocktail of chemicals and you get the picture)

The poetry collection is both chemically and spiritually inspired: a deranged or re-arranged ride through heaven and/or hell, depending upon where you draw your lines in the sand. It has been described as both nihilistic and spiritually transcendent. It'll take you on 'a journey of experience and enlightenment' or show you 'a dark and gritty vision of the world' depending on which review you read.

If you would like to order a free PDF copy of either book (or both) email me at dee@thunderburst.co.uk

All the very best

Dee Rimbaud

Friday, April 21, 2006

WriteWords Courses - www.WriteWords.org.uk

write words logoWrite words are a UK online writing community many of you will already be aware of. From the 'writewords' website....

"Take your writing a stage further with a WriteWords one-to-one email correspondence course. Tutors are usually WriteWords Experts, so you can see their style of comment before you sign up. We also offer a range of critiquing and other writing services. "

Courses Available:
a.. Poetry & Verse
b.. Feature Writing
c.. Creative writing
d.. Short Story Writing
e.. Theatre Writing
f.. Biography, Memoir & Family History
g.. Academic & Business Writing
h.. Writing for Children

Thanks to Jan for spotting that for us.

Related links:
WriteWords Courses
WriteWords Website - www.WriteWords.org.uk


Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting held 18th April 2006

Apologies were received from Alex, Caz and Jack, Morag, Lisa, Scott, Christine, Gordon, Les and Allen.

In attendance were Judy, Ken, Liliane and daughter Rani, Zoe, Kay, Tony, Louis, Dick, Kate, Peter and Dave.


It was nice to welcome back Judy after a long spell away from these shores. She gave us a real insight into her visits to Burma, Australia and New Zealand including meeting up with Belinda and Geoff.

The attendance was lower than anticipated but this was caused through many reasons. With Jack due at Addenbrooks early on Wednesday morning both he and Caz needed an early night in preparation for the visit.

Lisa telephoned to explain that her daughter had broken an arm at Easter and they had spent a great deal of time in Epsom hospital and once home again in Suffolk needed time to recuperate. Lets all hope her daughter recovers quickly.

Alex had a prior engagement whilst Christine was under the weather with a badly aching tooth.

Morag is in the process of changing jobs, leaving the Library service after 14 years for a new direction. Currently she is working at both jobs and finding it quite exhausting. She hopes normal services will resume at the start of next month!

Young 'Twinkle Toes' - that's Scott - has been enrolled on a 9-week course of ballroom dancing by his wife to be Aimee. And of course it is a Tuesday night! He'll be missing a few meetings but intends to return as soon as he can!

Both Gordon and Les were unable to make the meeting whilst our senior member Allen was not well enough to make the journey. Hope he feels better soon.

Dick reported that former Scribbler Sue Smith had won a poetry competition and her winning entry was published in the latest Writing Magazine. Well done, Sue. A congratulatory email was sent from the Scribblers.

Another former Scribbler, Rob, was spotted by Morag at the Victoria Inn participating in some of the amber liquid. He is still writing his fantasy and horror stories and has been receiving some good feedback.


The new library is really taking shape now with racking being erected. The finished article will be extremely spacious in comparison with the old building and already looks light and airy. There is a coffee bar too! With all the work going on it was necessary to switch from the new meeting room to the temporary library area. We are assured that we will be back in the meeting room next time.

We are still looking for volunteers for Saturday 27th May when we will be at the Felixstowe Library in attendance from 10 am until 4 pm. Kay, Peter, Judy and Tony have agreed to come along to help. We need some articles, very short stories and poems for a display board. We also need to have a writing challenge, perhaps on the day an ongoing story and an ongoing poem. We will also need some handouts with meeting dates and times, website and forum details. Let's show 'em what the Scribblers are made of!

Morag is till in negotiation over dates for a RaW meeting at Woodbridge library and a date will be confirmed soon. It is likely to be a non-Scribblers Tuesday in June.

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS at http://www.onlinescribblers.com/

The inaugural poetry competition on the forum is due to close on the last day of April. So far the number of entries is quite disappointing despite the many very good poets amongst us. If you are not yet a member of why not take up the challenge, register for free using the above link and then post your entry. The poems will be displayed in a members only area which means that both our entries and your copyright will be protected from the non-members.

Following on from the poetry competition will be a short story competition and details of this will appear on the forum in the very near future. Open to all members including those without Internet access. Contact Dave for information.

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

The number of hits is rapidly homing in on the 5,000 mark which is a tremendous achievement for Alex and the Scribblers. Although the Online Jotters postnotes have now ceased there is still plenty of information being added to the site. So please visit it regularly and, should you have any news or items you would like included then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk


1,500 WORDS

Judy - Bouncing round Burma
A detailed and vivid account of her travels around Rangoon, including eccentric guides, paddy fields, water buffalo, overcrowded public transport, green tea, honey oranges and Burmese bum!
Tony - Turmoil
Another excerpt from his ongoing thriller; the conspiracy begins to unfold and the tension deepens in Alaskan independence and political assassination.


Ken - Neighbours
The identity of the assassin is closer to home than you think...

Rani- Milly moves on
A dreamlike and beautiful story of fantasy god-like lovers, love slipping away but no regrets.

Liliane - The City in the Desert
A visit to a ghost-town can be tempting when you feel that maybe you once lived there too.

Kay - The Shamans journey
The spirit of a Shaman searches the forest and caves for a boy lost from his tribe.

Louis - Kalen
An excerpt from a longer story features Dark elves and big lizard riding!

Dick - You Just Don't Know With Giants
Charming and funny story involving a deaf wizard and a giant 'who wants a bone', did he say?

Kate - Solitary Pudding
A woman is so late for a dinner date but she arrives just in time for dessert, luckily her date has two spoons...

Peter - Prime mover
A story of high level politics which asks the question, what could go wrong if we were in charge of the country?

Dave - Fantasy
Something right out of the Twilight zone here, a man is able to physically save his brothers life, but he's on other side of the world.

THE NEXT MEETING is on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30pm.

HOMEWORK THEME 500 words on either THE PAST or WEATHER, or both.

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be by Dick and one other Scribbler yet to be named.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

And for those under the weather, get well soon.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Village Hall, Just In Time For The Townswomen's Guild Coffee Morning.

Times have changedI had a message from a mate and thought you'd all be interested ....

If you're looking for something different to do later this week, why not come and see me in the latest FADOS play - 'They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Village Hall, Just In Time For The Townswomen's Guild Coffee Morning' - a comedy! Its been great fun in rehearsal. You won't see any award-winning performances but hopefully you'll have a few laughs.

The play is on Thurs 20th - Sat 22nd at 8pm at Walton Church Hall (opposite Walton Church).

Details of the play:
"They Came From Mars
And Landed Outside The Farndale Avenue Church Hall
In Time For The Townswomen's Guild's Coffee Morning
by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Jr
directed by Su Stedman
8pm on Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd April 2006
St Mary's Church Hall, Walton"

Related Links:
Details of play on the FADOS website.

Taking the art to extremes? by Jan McGeachie.

We all know what he feels likeJan writes....

Just read an article about a French playwright, who searching for inspiration for a drama about pandas, has spent much of the last week in a cage in a zoo in northern France. Norbert Aboudarham, 57, has been in a cage in Amiens zoo for ten hours each day for the past week writing "The panda's flea" which is his third in a series about animals which he began in 2002.

He has the support of the staff that say for the animals it makes no difference as they are used to people looking at them. He isn't entirely without his comforts as he is able to use a laptop and sits on a bale of straw but he ignores the visitors, immersing himself in his craft.

His explanation? To write about the universe, you have to put yourself in
a cage smaller than the universe.

Food for thought there?

....Alex writes....

Might be a way to get my Scribblers homework done.

Related Links:

BBC News article about Norbert Aboudarham, in the cage at Amiens Zoo for up to 10 hours a day writing The Panda's Flea.

A 'Short Cuts' writing competition and open stage night called 'Queer Flip'.

Heard of this writing oportunity ....

As part of the Queer Up North Festival, the Contact Theatre company is doing a special Short Cuts writing competition and open stage night called 'Queer Flip'. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday 8th May. 'Queer Flip' is on Wed 23rd May, 7:30 pm, Box 0161 274 0600. If you'd like to submit something or know someone who might, please have them send scripts, monologues, or even dramatic poems to:

Queer Flip
Contact Theatre
Oxford Road
Manchester M15 6JA

Or email raw@contact-theatre.org.uk with QUEER FLIP in the subject line.

Related links:

Queer Up North festival
Contact Theatre Manchester

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Episode 8 of The Lost Sock is now online at www.felixstowetv.co.uk/sock

Due to the extensive filming that has been involved with this project and the difficulty in squeezing all the shots in, this wonderful production is giving you - free of charge!!! - eleven episodes for the price of ten!

Can't be bad!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Sutton Hoo Mob's Peppy Barlow play writing workshop on Saturday 22nd April at The Ipswich Institute.

I wondered if any of you would be interested in hearing about a play writing workshop on Saturday 22nd April at The Ipswich Institute. It is being led by Peppy Barlow who currently has a production with Eastern Angles called The Sutton Hoo Mob. The cost is £27 and includes lunch.

Were sure it will be a really useful day but also a very enjoyable one as Peppy is such a character and has a wealth of knowledge having put on many other plays.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

East Anglian Writers: a Group with a Home Page and weblog....

From the East Anglian Writers website....

East Anglian Writers aims to bring together and help promote the work of professional writers working or living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

East Anglian Writers has existed, in various incarnations, since the 1960s, and since 1990, we have been affiliated to the Society of Authors. We have a growing membership, now with over 180 writers, from a wide variety of disciplines, including:

children's books
educational writing
life writing
technical writing

....and also from their forthcoming events page....

D.J. Taylor

18th April 2006, 8.15pm - 9.15 pm.

Novelist, Biographer and critic D.J. Taylor will be reading from his work and talking about his life as a writer. This meeting will take place in Norwich and is open to the public. For more information click here.

Annual Spring Jolly

20th May 2006, 9am to 6pm (estimated)

The Spring Jolly is a light-hearted adventure around East Anglia's literary landscape with frequent stops at coffee shops and usually a pub lunch. This year we plan to explore the area around Bury St Edmunds. More information coming soon.

....also they have a very useful weblog that focuses on the groups news at http://www.eastanglianwriters.org.uk/blog/. Im very impressed by their Regional Literary Events Diary
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006

Related Links:

East Anglian Writers: Home Page


Felixstowe Scribblers

Imagine... What would happen if you met your music hero?

In collaboration with BBC writersroom, BBC Radio 2 has launched a national competition for new drama, asking writers to imagine an encounter with their music legend and use it to create an imaginative, original drama.

You can meet anyone, be anyone, go anywhere, do anything... Turn your dramatic ideas into a radio drama between three and ten minutes long and it could be broadcast on the Mark Radcliffe show.

There are a number of Q&A sessions being held nationwide for people to get tips on writing radio drama from a BBC producer and an experienced writer.

To sign up for a session and get more details on the competition, visit the Radio 2 Imagine website:



Felixstowe Scribblers

Hi Scribblers!

An early reminder that our next meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, April 18th., at the Felixstowe Library with the usual start time of 7.30 pm If you are coming along but think you may be late arriving, then please phone my mobile for entry to the library.

You may remember that the homework assignment is for 500 words in the genre of "Fantasy" - which should be a nice follow-on from our last meeting. Judy and Tony have volunteered for the open themed 1,500 word work.

Another gentle reminder is that our forum at http://www.onlinescribblers.com/ is welcoming new members - the latest is our Jack - and there is a poetry competition available for you, as a member, to enter. Closing date for this is 30th April and then afterwards you will have the ability to select the winner.

Episode 8 of The Sock is having music set to it, so hopefully it will not be too much longer before it will go online.

Happy Easter
Keep Scribbling!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hotbed the Cambridge new writing theatre festival: short one act form with 18 commissions.

Rare theatre well done - www.menagerie.uk.com
Paul Bourne from the Menagerie Theatre Company writes....

Please pass this information onto writers you think may be interested…

We are looking for new voices and big hitters (!)

Hotbed is the Cambridge new writing theatre festival. For ten days in July, the festival celebrates new writing in the short one act form with an ensemble cast, 18 commissions in five and twenty minute plays and readings of full length plays along with workshops, training and panel events.

This year we are working BBC television and radio, with the desire for many of the pieces to be developed for future broadcast.

For details on the general commissioning process and specific information on the five minute (confessional) pieces please see the attached documents.

For information on the producing companies visit www.junction.co.uk and www.menagerie.uk.com and the previous festival site www.hotbedfest.co.uk

Previous commissioned writers include Naomi Wallace, Diane Samuels, Tim Etchells, Fraser Grace and Steve Waters.

Rare theatre well done - www.menagerie.uk.com
....contact details are as follows....

Menagerie Theatre Company
The Junction
Clifton Way
Cambs CB1 7GX

t. 01223 249300
e. alex@menagerie.uk.com

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Don't forget the poetry competition open to all members in our new online scribblers forum at www.onlinescribblers.com.

There is a plea also for poets from Ipswich to enter a national competition with the winner representing the town in an annual best of UK poetry book.

To enter simply send three unpublished poems up to 20 lines or 160 words each, to
Unitled Press, Admail 3735, London, EC1 1JB by June 30th and enclose a loose stamp if you wish for a reply.

Friday, April 07, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

I am contacting you in regard to an online project that your members may be interested in taking part in. The Million Pound Story is an online collaborative writing project which is open to the entire global online writing community.

The concept is very simple - we are offering contributors the opportunity to take part in a unique writing project which, if successful, will be turned into an interactive DVD and iTunes download. The characters, plot, theme, setting will all be put to the sites online community we hope to attract and they will decide how the project should develop.

Looking in to the future the idea is to give some pay back to every one who has contributed. We see this as a 50/50 profit share between green eye dv and anyone who contributed to the story. The profit share to individuals would be worked out on a percentage basis, simply put the more you contribute the more you stand to get be when the finished product is launched.

If you look on the site you will find all the information there. The site is free to use there is no subscription so feel free to browse at your leisure. We are currently running a vote to decide the genre of the story see the following links.


Johnathan Joy


Felixstowe Scribblers

To view the BBC Talent Teams redesigned website go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/newtalent
Visit the site regularly to see some great interviews and advice they have in all the sections.

Here is an extract from the current newsletter...

Screenwriting Master Class - Free Tickets:

In collaboration with the Commonwealth Film Festival, BBC New Talent is offering 10 people the chance to take part in a screenwriting master class with 'script wizard' Amnon Buchbinder. The master class will take place on May 5th, 4pm in Manchester.

If you would like to attend, email your details to talent@bbc.co.uk. The first 10 people to email will receive a ticket to the event.

Please note you must be able to make your way to Manchester yourself. The BBC takes no responsibility for your travel or expenses.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 4th April 2006

Apologies :Scott, Louis, Alex, Lisa, Kate and Judy

In attendance : Jack, Caz, Dick, Les, Kay, Peter, Christine, Di, Morag, Gordon, Ken, Tony, Zoe, Julie, Liliane, Dave.


Scott is on holiday and taking in a show with his better half, Amy.

Lisa is away on holiday visiting family in the school holidays.

Louis is looking after his better half who is unwell.

Alex is attending a Conference in Derby and was only just leaving as our meeting began.

Kate was attending a baby shower that was arranged on a Scribblers night.

Judy has arrived back in England after a very long holiday taking in parts of Asia the Antipodes before flying in, completely jet lagged two days ago. Too tired, obviously to make the meeting, she needs a holiday to get over the last one! She promises to come along next time complete with a journal of her holiday adventures.

It was lovely to see some faces at the meeting who have been missing for a while. Jack, looking so much better than before, came along just to make sure that everyone was behaving themselves! During the proceedings he wrote a lovely poem that he read out later as homework. Les also looked a lot better than before and was soon back on top form once again!

Nice to see Ken back in the fold as we have really missed his input over the weeks. It seems the course he has recently attended has helped him a lot so hope it will pay dividends in the future.

It was great to see Di back at Scribblers again after a long time missing from the ranks. This has been through masses of study towards her degree which obviously means a lot of hard work. She chose the Henham Estate as the topic for her research and has gleaned a tremendous amount of information from Hektor Rous and, of course, the Suffolk Record Office at Ipswich. She hopes to one day publish a history of the Rous family, but for now she to continue with her degree course. Asked about the novel she was writing prior to beginning her studies, Di told us that it had to on hold. Shame that, it was brewing into a very good read.


A second show of hands for the charity of Bill Budner's family was made and a majority vote declared that our cheque should be sent to the East Anglian Ambulance Trust in Bill's memory. The cheque was duly signed and countersigned and is now in the post.

We had a very nice letter from Maurice James who came along and gave us a talk last meeting. It reads:

'Just a short line to thank you for having me along to your Scribblers meeting a fortnight ago. I was expecting to just 'sit in' and enjoy the proceedings….. but I was grateful, however, for the opportunity to say a few words about Ouse Valley, the Coast to Coast competitions, etc.

'I have to say that I was knocked back by the quality of writing - be it prose or poetry - read out on that night and I do hope that, individually, all of you enter competitions on a national scale - and don't just keep it to yourselves ; taking the latter avenue would be a great shame, and a disservice to literature.

'Lisa's poem, which included, I believe "afraid to leave, depressed to stay," said an awful lot in just a few lines; that line made the poem in my opinion. Christine and Kay are doing very well at national level [as far as my competitions are concerned] and I think that all of you should enter - with confidence - as many national events as possible.

'That said, as promised, I enclose a few leaflets in relation to the Coast to Coast and wish you all the best.


p.s. It's not often I meet real live Aliens!'

Some amazing and very encouraging words from Maurice. The fact that several of us have had some success in competitions means a lot to our whole group, so perhaps with an 'outsiders' view of our work everyone should take heart and enter those competitions with a renewed confidence in their creative writing skills.

As reported last meeting, the Felixstowe Library will be officially re-opened on Tuesday 23rd May and it is understood that an official invitation will be sent to Scribblers for representation at the ceremony.

During the week we will be able to provide a display of our work and on Saturday 27th May the Scribblers will be in attendance from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

We need to think about this during the next week then plan what writing we should display, and what 'events' we can organise for the day. Something probably along the lines of an ongoing story, an ongoing poem and possibly a short story competition with, hopefully, a book or two from our published authors being offered as a prize. We may like to consider doing small handouts with meeting details, websites and contact information too. We really need to provide professional and positive activities on the day.

Your thoughts and comments are welcome. I think a small working party is needed to ensure that work is selected for the display and that whatever competitions or ongoing stories we run are well prepared. Volunteers please for the working party and also to help on the Saturday.

Whilst on the subject of the library, I now have the combination for the toilets on the upper floor so it will avoid having to dash off downstairs in an emergency! Also we can leave our mugs, preferably in a labelled box, in the kitchen at the back of the meeting room.

Liliane, our keeper of the keys, has thought hard about improving the selection of our writers to read out their work. We used to draw names from a hat, but when we reached the peak of attendance, it didn't work out too well. Liliane provided a bag complete with seating numbers that in theory should have worked out. It did to a certain extent but could do with a little tidying up. We'll work on it!

FOR "ONLINE JOTTERS" read Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums

As you will know by now, the Online Jotters has been revamped and renamed Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums. This can be accessed quite simply by logging on to http://www.onlinescribblers.com

The intention is to build an interactive community between our writers who can attend meetings as well as those who can't. Full details have already been circulated and also published on our weblog including how to register and use the site.

To celebrate, we have our first poetry competition up and running. Entries can only be accepted until April 30th and may be posted directly into a password protected members only area where, five days after the competition closes we will be able to read and vote on each work.

All competitions will be open to Scribblers without online facilities. Their entries may be passed to Dave who will ensure they are posted in good time. Printouts of all entries will then be available for the 'offline' members to make their vote as well.

If you are not already a member, then I would recommend that you join up. The more active members there are, the more enjoyment we will all get.

Obviously there will are still some small details still to be ironed out but these will be completed as soon as time allows.

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

The weblog is still attracting hits from all over the world which is absolutely marvellous. At one stage the UK had just under 60% of visits to the site with the USA and France claiming around 30%. The number of visits to the site is gradually closing in on the 5,000 mark which is really tremendous. Keep up the good work Alex.

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.

Some photographs have been received from Debbie of one of our early social events at the FBI [for the benefit of the cast of the Lost Sock this is the Ferry Boat Inn…] It is hoped that some of these will be included in a photo archive on the site. If you have any photos from other social events, then please send them in - they will be great archive and reminder of the many fantastic writers that have been part of the Felixstowe Scribblers over the years. Keep watching!

There will also be members pen pictures included and from the basic information from the forms that were completed an entry will go online. If you wish for a photograph to be included then perhaps you email one across to scribblers@ntlworld.com If you haven't provided details yet, please let me know and I will send a form to you for completion.

Additionally for those published authors with books still for sale, it is intended to produce a showpage. I have details and cover pics from Morag, so any other published authors please help us out! We can always arrange for covers to be scanned in…

The intention is to have the .com site fully completed and available to coincide with the relaunch of the library service.


First the 1,500 WORD open themed work. Two very contrasting offerings were provided by Liliane and Peter.

'After New Year' was Liliane's work that told the story of a marriage break-up and the need for the estranged wife to find lodgings for her and the child with relatives. Sombre it sounds, but in Liliane's unique style she crafted a very amusing story as only she can.

Peter did something entirely different. Entitled 'Blacksmiths' he told of his experiences as a youngster helping at the blacksmiths before explaining how the smithies and their strikers worked. Almost a workshop manual from the past on how to construct a cart wheel. Complete with facts, measurements and methods, it was a timely reminder of the importance of our heritage.

THE 500 WORD READINGS on the homework theme of either 'Make Believe' or 'Dreams' or both, once again produced an impressive selection of wonderful words.

Julia with her first short story attempt read out 'Golden Sands' that described two people together, the first half of the story being particularly descriptive and firing the imagination of the couple on the shore.

Morag was next up with 'The Reality of Dreams' an eventful story capturing the aftermath of an argument and a car accident.

'Two Scoops' was the title of Ken's amusing tale surrounding an ice cream war that was flavoured with a variety of different types of the product.

Les provided a brilliant and funny rhythmic rhyme entitled 'Dreams to Treasure' and when it started with nymphs in the nude you really knew what to expect!

Kay continued her enthralling writing with 'Make Believe' that started on a market stall in Slough High Street, onto a pilgrimage, then arrest and interrogation…

A true life drama from Christine, 'The Dream' told of Tina's Teddy boy boyfriend on a trolley bus that overturned on Bishops Hill, Ipswich.

Dave's 'Pulled' was an erotic sounding story of a man seeking perfection as he struggled to pull - the perfect pint!

Zoe created a vivid work of art with 'The Dragon Fly' so beautifully descriptive and likening it to a Sorcerers wand…

Dick still has his mind on socks 'Samantha's Sock' to be exact. An excerpt from a book he is writing, a follow up to chapters read out earlier and featuring Sock Paradise, and Talcum Dunes.

Caz read out 'I Dream a Dream of You' that was written by our late friend Martin Enticknap who lived on Sanday in the Orkneys but died shortly after a visit to see his family in Felixstowe in September 2003. A one time Scribbler Martin was a regular contributor via emails. He published two books, Exodus; The Dolph/in Saga and Arc of the Ancients and other Poetry. These books are in Felixstowe Library. You can read more about Martin and view samples of his work at http://www.dome2.com/proto/honors/memorias/monk/monkhome.htm A really lovely site.

Jack read out the poem called 'Good and Bad' that he wrote in the first part of the meeting - and is one to enter in the Coast to Coast competition.

Tony read out another of his inimitable works that is fully explained in its title - 'Flight of the Nightmare'

A great evening's prose and poetry - thankyou Scribblers!

THE NEXT MEETING will be on Tuesday 18th April at Felixstowe Library starting at 7.30pm

HOMEWORK THEME 500 words in the genre of FANTASY [chosen by Jack]

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be written by Judy and Tony

For those feeling under the weather - get better soon.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spelling poems: Poems showing the absurdities of English spelling.

The Spelling Society maintains a page of "poems showing the absurdities of English spelling" -- and they're a hoot! Try reading one aloud.

Spelling poems.: "Poems showing the absurdities of English spelling."


Felixstowe Scribblers


Felixstowe TV will be producing T-shirts for the cast and crew of "The Lost Sock" to buy (at a bargain price!) next month. This means we need someone to design a logo for "The Lost Sock" and "Felixstowe TV". The winning entry will be used on any publicity, and the winner will get a free T-shirt to keep, as well as a little bit of fame!!!

Designs must be black and white (or if in colour, please also send a black and white version that would look good for the T-shirts). Please send your entries as "gif" or "bmp" (or similar files) to controlroom@felixstowetv.co.uk with the subject heading "Logo Comp",

or on paper, post to:

The Lost Sock Logo Comp, PO Box 119, Felixstowe, IP11 2WH. Please include your name, telephone number and email address. Closing date for entries is Monday 1st May 2006, the competition is open to all residents of planet earth over the age of 0, the judges' decision is final, and correspondence is unlikely to be entered into.

Good luck!
Giles Meehan.



Felixstowe Scribblers

Welcome to the fourth 2006 Debut Dagger bulletin.

This Week:

Is It A Crime?
Gremlins parts I, II and III
Recently Asked Questions

Is It A Crime?

Listen to crime-writers speak, and you'll find a remarkable number report the same surprising experience. Once they finished their first novel they discovered, usually from their editor, that what they'd written was a crime novel. Until then, they'd had no idea they were writing crime. To which I'm often tempted to ask: 'Your main character is a policeman and your story's about how he catches a serial killer - what exactly did you think you were writing?' But I can understand their confusion. Bookshops have Fiction sections and they have Crime sections, and ne'er the twain shall meet. When my first crime novel was published, I lost count of the number of friends and family who reported sadly that their local bookshop didn't have any copies. Every time, I had to point out gently that they'd been looking in the wrong section. 'It's not fiction, you see, it's crime.' But who decides which book goes into which? And, even before you have to worry about where you'll find shelf space in the bookshop, how do you know if your book's suitable for the Debut Dagger?

In the publishing world, the boundaries are far more malleable than the strict delimitations of bookshops suggest. Unlike those authors who were surprised at being crime writers, I had the opposite experience: I wrote my first novel fully thinking it was a crime novel (a dead body! a mystery! the killer revealed on page 300!), only for my editor to decide it would do better as Adventure. Two rewrites later, the mystery quotient was down and the book duly appeared as general Fiction. My second novel went one better: the hardback was published as Crime, the paperback as Fiction. The serial-killer-hunting-copper will always know he belongs, just as much as the minutely-observed story of middle class mid-life crisis knows its place, but the ground between them is wide and endlessly shifting. The situation isn't helped at all by a certain snobbery that seems to dictate that some particularly outstanding Crime novels should be 'promoted' to Fiction. The Name of the Rose, The Secret History and Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow (Smilla's Sense of Snow if you're reading this in America - or Smillas Fornemmelse For Sne if you happen to be in Denmark) are indisputably crime novels - great crime novels, in my view - but you're unlikely to find any of them in the Crime section.

Fortunately, the Debut Dagger has more catholic tastes. We like our grizzled policemen, our sleuths, our hard-bitten private eyes and our softly-spoken old ladies; our burglars, murderers, terrorists and master criminals, our feds and spooks, spies and spy-catchers, our pathologists and coroners and psychologists. But we also like our protagonists struggling with the psychological effects of a crime; ordinary people driven to extremes of behaviour they might never have believed possible. We like to see crimes from all angles - victims and perpetrators, investigators and obfuscators, witnesses and onlookers and survivors. We like people caught up in something they barely understand, and people who've planned every move like a chess game. We like our crime any time and any place, in history or even out of history. And if it's something not on that list, something that's never even occurred to us in the context of a crime novel, we might like it even more.

If published authors want to join the CWA, we don't interrogate them to see how criminal their novels are. We don't count the number of bodies they've strewn through their books or the number of cases their characters have solved. If they consider what they've written to be a crime story, and they're happy with that label as at least a partial description of their work, they're welcome. The same criteria apply to the Debut Dagger.


Three technical glitches have come to light in the last fortnight. Two concern online entry, while the third is about these e-mail bulletins. First of all, between the 19th and 22nd of March a bug on the website meant that it wouldn't allow files to be uploaded. We fixed that as soon as we found out about it and it's now working fine - if it had affected you, you would know because you'd have got an error message when you pressed the 'Submit my entry button'.

Secondly, we discovered that a security feature on the website was making it a little too secure for some entrants: it was blocking them from going on to the payment page. This would have been characterised by pressing the 'Submit my entry' button and having nothing happen. We believe we've fixed this too, but if you think it might have affected you do get in touch. If you've had the transaction confirmation e-mail from Netbanx, then you can rest easy that your entry's come through without any problems.

Finally, we've heard from several people who were getting blank e-mails instead of these bulletins. We've resent the back issues to everyone who told us they'd been getting blank e-mails; if anyone else has had them and wondered what they were missing, please let us know. Of course, if you're still having the problem, then sadly you won't be reading this.

Many thanks to everyone who contacted us to report the problems they were having. Although we do extensive tests of our systems, there are some things we can't foresee (and some things we should have foreseen but didn't). If anyone else has (or has had) any difficulties with the website or e-mails, please let us know as soon as possible.

Recently Asked Questions

Q. When counting words, do you include the title page and chapter headings in the word count?
A. No. You only have to count the actual text of your story/synopsis.
Q. I've had novels published in a foreign language, but not in English. Am I eligible for the Debut Dagger?
A. Unfortunately not. The rules bar anyone who's already had a novel published in any language.


27 days to go...

Monday, April 03, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Episode Seven of The Lost Sock is online now at http://felixstowetv.co.uk/sock

You've been warned!

From Online Jotters to Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums

Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums

We were all sorry to hear Jan's decision to resign as organiser of the Online Jotters. She has left us with a solid foundation to build on and this is what is exactly what we intend to do. Just before leaving, Online Jotters began an online forum to enable members of the group to communicate directly with each other, post work and obtain feedback from fellow Jotters.

Whilst some members joined in during that short period the overall use of the forum was very low. However proposals were discussed by the Felixstowe Scribblers Committee members whom, along with the help of our friend Debbie, have decided the forum will take centre stage of the online group.

The hope is to develope it into a real community with both the Online Jotters and the Felixstowe Scribblers able to communicate with each other directly and not feel, as was suggested, totally isolated.

Both groups will now be able to use the forum that has been named the Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums. This should both bond and strengthen our interactive writing community which will allow us to :

* Communicate with other members about Writing & Literature
* Exchange opinions and ideas about anything you choose. (see guidelines)
* Tell us if you've had a good or bad day.
* You have some exciting personal news? Share it with us.
* Tell us where you are and what your hobbies and interests are.
* Take part in regular competitions
* Post your work in a password protected area for feedback from other members.

If you are familiar with online forums then just get going... but please remember to read the guidelines.

If you are not familiar with online forums please read the guidelines above each forum then click on the'User Help' forum for any queries you might have.

You must be a registered member to reply to posts or create topics.

To enter the forums click on the 'Go to - Forums' link on the left of the forums homepage.

To mark our new community, a poetry competition has been launched for all members. There is a link to this on the forums homepage and details of how to post your entry are shown in the topic. An anonymous voting poll will be added to the site five days after the closing date for entries which is 30th April 2006. This competition will also be open to offline members and details of how to enter and vote will be presented at the next Scribblers meeting.

Even if you do not consider yourself a poet, why not put a few lines together and enter. You never know...!!!

A short story competition will follow immediately afterwards.These are the basic guidelines to get started on the Felixstowe Scribblers Online Community Forums.

Getting started The homepage address of the forums is http://www.onlinescribblers.com
The forums To enter the forums pages click on the 'go to - forums' link on the left of the first page.
Browsing You may browse the public forums but you cannot post replies or start topics until you have registered, and your membership is validated. If you have already registered for the 'online jotters' forums then yourlogin name and password will still be valid for the new forum.
Registering as a new member Click on the 'log-in' link on the log-in strip just above the forum lists and follow instructions. You will be required to provide a valid e-mail address.After a short time you will receive an e-mail requiring you to click on a link in order to validate your membership.
After validation When you re-enter the forums after your membership is validated, you will see a members' only area in the forums list. This is for competitions, creative projects and sharing work.
Topics and Posts Each forum has topics . A 'sticky' topic is one that is pinned to the top of the list. A normal topic moves down the list as new topics are added. You may add a comment to a topic started by someone else. Or you may start, and add to, a topic of your own. Please read the site guidelines which appear below the onlinescribblers logo and above the public forums.
My Controls You may change how you wish to view the forums in 'My controls', the link is to the right of the log-in strip. In 'My controls' you may also upload an avatar and a personal photo if you wish; there are guidelines for the sizes of these. You may also send and receive Private Messages (PMs), you can also add a 'signature'to your posts.
Topic Tracking If you wish to be notified by e-mail of new posts in any topic you can click on the 'Track this topic' link above the first post in any open topic. You can stop tracking a topic in 'My controls'
Basic help If you need some general help you will find a link to the right of the log-in strip. Forum help If you need help with the onlinescribblers forums please go to the User Help (public) forum. Here you can read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If your query is not covered then start a new topic here with your question. A moderator or experienced user will reply with an answer.

For any other query, please PM a moderator or admin in the forums or e-mail forums@onlinescribblers.com

The onlinejotters@yahoo.co.uk email address will remain active for the time being.

I am sorry there has been a delay between Jan's resignation and providing this new forum for you but this has been caused as nobody has yet offered to take over as organiser. If you would like to be considered for this role please contact forums@onlinescribblers.com

The success of the forum depends on you so I hope you will join our community and use it regularly.

Dave Feakes

56th Felixstowe Drama Festival: May27th - Jne 3rd 2006.

felixstowe drama festival logoDetails are out for the next Felixstowe Drama Festival.

Saturday May 27th - Thurrock Courts Players present 'Cash On Delivery' by Michael Cooney
Sunday May 28th - Sawston Players present 'Ladies In Retirement' by Edward Percy and Reginald Denham
Monday May 29th - Deben Players present 'It Runs in the Family' by Ray Cooney
Tuesday May 30th - Parkside Players present 'Jayne Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte

Thursday June 1st - Cardiff Players present 'A Fistfull of Mondays'
Friday June 2nd - In Yer Space present 'Hannah and Hanna'
Saturday June 3rd - Stowemarket OADS present 'When we are Married'

For more information about the festival - sadly not updated for this year yet Drama Festival Info.

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