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Sunday, October 29, 2006

New Writing Partnership : New Writing Partnership

New Writing Partnership : New Writing Partnership: " New Writing Types event, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 November in central Norwich. The general theme is ‘Thriving and Surviving as a Writer’.
There will be workshops in the New Writing Lab, panel discussions in the New Writing Forum and some exciting Live events in the evening including An Evening with Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate. New Writing Types event, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 November in central Norwich. The general theme is ‘Thriving and Surviving as a Writer’.
There will be workshops in the New Writing Lab, panel discussions in the New Writing Forum and some exciting Live events in the evening including An Evening with Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate. "


Felixstowe Scribblers One of the Online Scribblers members, Jojo Eastern, has posted the opening lines to the second Ongoing Story. Could you add the next part to this story line? Who is the mysterious woman? Or the stranger approaching her? And just who is George Curtis and what did he see?

If you think you know, then go to http://onlinescribblers.com, sign in and enter the Members Only forum "Scribblers Interactive" where you will be able to find Jojo's entry and add your own follow-up.

Jojo's opening lines are:

George Curtis had watched the liner docking. From his distant viewpoint he trained his heavy old binoculars on the hundreds of tiny figures disembarking from the vessel. George knew who he was looking for and from a couple of five year old photographs had a pretty fair impression of how she might look. It was a long shot but perhaps he could pick her out.

The task was too immense for him to be sure, but there, just stepping onto the quayside, was a tall, leggy blonde, who was, perhaps, in her mid thirties and could fit the profile. Training his binoculars on her, he looked for any clue that would confirm her identitity. The only obvious pointer was that, amongst all those disembarking passengers, she was the only one who appeared lost and even unsure of what she was doing there, all that way from home.

As George scrutinised her, he failed to notice the figure moving frantically against the crowds towards the woman. Through his binoculars George saw the smile that appeared on her face suddenly change to a look of horror.

"No!" George shouted..........

Now it is your turn!


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Just to remind you that there is NO Felixstowe Scribblers meeting this week. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th November at 7.30pm in Felixstowe Library. Remember the homework has been set as "REVOLUTION".


Another reminder about Online Scribblers and the Autumn competition which closes on 31st October. The subject, as if you need reminding, is "HALLOWEEN". There is still time to enter this free competition and, who knows you could be a broomsticks flight from winning!

Submissions are now being received for both Jack's tribute and also the online anthology. Keep your work rolling in!

For all news and views, and competition entries, please go to http://onlinescribblers.com


Check out www.newwritingpartnership.org.uk/types for details of forthcoming courses.


Until next time....

Keep Scribbling!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Orhan Pamuk, the new Nobel laureate, on the mysterious art of writing novels.

Orhan Pamuk, the new Nobel laureate, on the mysterious art of writing novels | Review | Guardian Unlimited Books: "For 30 years, Orhan Pamuk has spent 10 hours a day alone, sitting at his desk. Literature, for him, is medicine, and he feels half dead until he's had his dose. Here, the new Nobel laureate reveals what his recent brush with Turkish law taught him about the mysterious art of writing novels "

Friday, October 27, 2006

EADT - Film theatre's future is secure

EADT - Film theatre's future is secure: "The future of the Ipswich Film Theatre is secure - that's the message from Ipswich Borough Council's arts and leisure chief Judy Terry after a meeting of the authority executive.

After a second consultation exercise, lasting three months and focussed solely on the use of the film theatre, the council has agreed that there is still a strong demand for specialist film in Suffolk. "

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wired: Very Short Stories

Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories: "We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ('For sale: baby shoes, never worn.') and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves."

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


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There is still time to enter the Autumn Online Scribblers competition on "HALLOWEEN"

This free to enter competition closes October 31st.

Full details can be found at www.onlinescribblers.com - and if you are not already a member then it's easy to join.


Felixstowe Scribblers

recently updated with an entry

In Memory of

Our Jack


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Discovered on the Internet! Your chance to read the

BBC - WW2 People's War - Child experiences of war from Antwerp to London.

Contributed by the Action Desk at BBC Radio Suffolk; This features the experiences of Liliane Sivaraj, nee White. See the article at


Sunday, October 22, 2006


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Reproduced here from the Evening Star website are Caz and Karl's thanks to the wonderful friends of Jack. At the end of the feature the Evening Star invites you to offer your comments on the Deben High School students' fundraising.

Parents thanks after Jack's tribute

Evening Star, 21 October 2006

PARENTS of 12-year-old Jack Wilkinson, who died after losing his battle against cancer, say they were moved to tears by a special assembly held in his memory by his school friends.
Caz and Karl Wilkinson today paid tribute to the seven youngsters, who are also fundraising for East Anglian Children's Hospices and Wish Upon a Star charities as part of celebration of Jack's life.

Jack, of Fairfield Avenue, Felixstowe, was first diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer when he was just two and spent much of his life in and out of hospital.

Mrs Wilkinson said: "Jack's dad and I were moved to tears when we went along to Deben High School to see Jack's friends when they performed their special tribute assembly for Jack.

"We were touched by how much Jack meant to them all and how they now want to raise money in his name.

"Jack himself would have been very humbled by their lovely tribute and very pleased to know that they are now raising money for charities in his name.

"We told them after the assembly that Jack would also want them to be happy and enjoy their lives to the full as he had."

She said the youngsters should be very proud of themselves and their efforts, and the family sent them a huge thank you for their heartfelt tribute.

Jack had only been a pupil of Deben High in Garrison Lane for a short while, but he had many friends among the pupils who knew him at Colneis Junior.

They put together a computer power-point presentation featuring pictures of him, showing how he made the most of his life right up to his death, and talked about things he did, his sense of humour, how he was loved by everyone who knew him and the great inspiration he was.

The family moved to Felixstowe from Wiltshire in 1997 and for the next eight years everything seemed fine as Jack's disease went into remission.

But in April 2005 they were hit with the bombshell that the cancer had returned. Scores of tests and trips to hospitals followed and then four months ago the family were given the news they had dreaded as doctors said he had only a short time to live.

WEBLINKS: www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk

What do you think of the students' fundraising? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Making Light: Conventional unwisdom on publishing

An interesting article on Publishing from Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

Making Light: Conventional unwisdom on publishing: "Bestsellers aren’t the whole of publishing. Every year, we publish a great many okaysellers. You guys buy them because they look interesting, or because a friend has recommended them, or because you liked another book by that author. Marketing push only goes so far. "

Thursday, October 19, 2006


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Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 17th October 2006

Apologies were received from Sheila, Judy, Tony, Les, Gordon, Scott.

In attendance were Debra, Dick, Liliane, Lesley, Trish, Kay, Zoe, Louis, Ken, Alex, Mavis, Morag and Dave.


A warm welcome to Trish who made her first visit to a Scribblers meeting. Trish enjoys writing both humorous and 'spooky' stories as well writing for children. She used to write a lot of stories for her children when they were young and now reads them to her grandchildren. Trish has recently rediscovered her love of creative writing and decided to join us after making enquiries at Felixstowe Library.

It was really nice to see some of our 'missing' members returning to the fold. Louis is now able to drive once again after his laser treatment on his eyes, and though still not 100%, came along to his first meeting for sometime.

Alex made a welcome return although his absence was one meeting more than it should have been. Apparently he had arrived late for one meeting but the Library bell did not work and he did not have Dave's mobile number for access. The bell will be reported! Alex has been published this week in the Ipswich Amnesty Group Newsletter with a conference report.

Talking of publication, Liliane has been published on the Internet in the World War series that was organised by the BBC.

Dick, maestro of Landguard Fort, has been commissioned to prepare a leaflet 'Landguard Fort and the Supernatural - Things That Go Bump in the Fort.' That's something to look out for.

Mavis has now begun her novel that she expects will take her a long time to complete. We wish her luck!

Judy emailed to say that she is heading down to her boat, Fram, and expecting to return on Sunday. Both Judy and Ron are hoping for a bit of solitude to commune with nature! She hopes to do some writing as well as preparing a presentation on Burma where they were on holiday earlier this year. Judy says her finalised manuscript of the book is now with the publisher but is not expecting to hear anything for a while. A new press release from Undiscovered Authors who shortlisted Judy, follows this report.

Missing for a second meeting but with just cause is our own www (wizard with words) Tony, who managed to accost the Scribblers with advertising leaflets, is rehearsing for next months Rushmere Players fish and chip supper presentation:


that includes The Hole by N.F.Simpson and a series of short plays and sketches.

The venue is at Rushmere Primary School, Lanark Road, Ipswich on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm

Advance tickets will cost £7.00 from Tony who will be along for a short time at our next meeting.


Caz has been in touch to let us know that the donations for Jack's funeral have been totalled up and for East Anglia's Children's Hospices received the remarkable amount of £1,160 plus $100 from our friends in America. (Since then a further £30 has been received and should be with the Funeral Directors today.) For CLIC Sargent £485.00 was collected. There may be more donations that were sent direct to the charities and not through the Funeral Directors but you have to agree a wonderful amount.

Caz says "Please thank all our friends at and associated with Scribblers for their wonderful generosity and continued love and support. Hopefully these amounts are helping other families to cope with their children's cancer as we speak."

She adds, "My apologies to those who have sent e-mails and I haven't replied but find it hard to reply and explain how I really feel."


The Ipswich Evening Star today (Wednesday) paid tribute to seven of Jack's school friends from Deben High School, Felixstowe, who are holding a series of assemblies at their school to celebrate Jack's life. Our Jack passed away so very recently at the tender age of 12.

His friends talk about his life, the things he did, his sense of humour, how he was loved by everyone who knew him and what a great inspiration he was to them. They showed a computer power point presentation featuring pictures of Jack, showing how he made the most of his life right up until his death.

Jack's parents Caz and Karl attended one of the assemblies and were very moved by the tributes.The seven school friends have been raising money for two charities, the East Anglian Children's Hospices and Wish Upon A Star and so far have raised £200 and hope to raise more in the coming weeks.


Morag will draw up rules for the writing competition in memory of our friend BILL BUDNER, who passed away suddenly this year. Details will be finalised with Bill's widow, Maureen, whilst the Library management have agreed to select a short list of work from which Maureen will select the winner. Details will follow.

Jan emailed the following through about the 'One Day in History' a one off opportunity to join in a mass blog for the national record. As many people as possible are needed to record a 'blog' diary which will be stored by the British Library as a historical record of our national life, however mundane, on Tuesday 17th October. Entries may be made retrospectively. Check the website at http://www.historymatters.org.uk/output/Page96.asp

FELIXSTOWE FILMS (formerly Felixstowe TV)

I understand from Giles Meehan that the only scripts that have been received for consideration for next years filming, have been submitted by our own Scribblers including the latest one by Les.

It is hoped that the result will be announced soon therefore allowing the author of the work and a small team of writers to get down to the hard graft of writing the next blockbuster…. Watch this space!

To view the episodes of The Lost Sock, please note the change in the website address. It is now at http://www.felixstowefilms.co.uk/sock/

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS http://onlinescribblers.com

Time is beginning to rundown on the Autumn competition "Halloween". This is open for prose and poetry, with the closing date for submissions on 31st October.

A reminder that Debbie and I are formulating a tribute collection of work in memory of Our Jack. Some lovely work has already been received with grateful thanks but we would ask that any of our members who either knew, or knew of, Jack could donate a story or a poem or some of their own words for this tribute. The work will be displayed on the Online Scribblers and with a copy being sent to Caz and Karl.

Additionally, it's your work we are after! We are formulating an online anthology that, once completed, can be sent out in pdf format. If there is sufficient interest it may be possible to produce hardback copies.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com/ and FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS WEBSITE at http://felixstowescribblers.com

Whilst the hits on the site have declined in recent weeks, news is still regularly posted. If you have any news of creative writing, competitions, local events that you would like to share with the Scribblers then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible. Remember visitors to the site come from all over the world. Similarly if you have any ideas or suggestions for either the weblog or the website then please let us know.

THE PLATFORM: Readings of members' work.

1,500 word open-themed topic.

Our new member Ken opened up proceedings with an excellent short story entitled "Gone to the Dogs" about someone who had committed suicide on Earth and was now in limbo where the after life was full of red tape and bureaucracy. Things don't change do they?

It wouldn't be the same without one of Liliane's wonderfully written tales of the family we have grown to know and love. "Homecoming" relates the story of Rosa and baby Lucas awaiting the return of Carlo who promises to marry her despite feeling less than comfortable with their renewed relationship.

500 word assignments.

Another of our new members, Lesley, had her first attempt at reading out "Memory" that surrounded the trauma of her fathers death through cancer following a long spell of stomach problems.

The newest member Trish read out a story that was written some time ago. "Wifely Duties" followed the humorous path of a husband not wanting his wife to go out with the girls yet still went to the pub for his darts. An excellent tale of the cold war that followed, complete with a brilliant twist at the end.

Kay again produced another excellent poem, "Memory" that she declared still needs further work done on it. Full of vivid vocabulary it included lines such as 'Like the cinema of the minds eye.'

Zoe also shared a lovely poem in her own special style. "Memory" told the story of her cat from its liveliest time as a kitten through to more sedate adulthood. Pets really do bring out some wonderful memories.

"The Memory of Blood" came from the pen of Louis telling of a son returning to his fathers butchers shop. All the graphic memories of the smell, of the carcasses, the hooks and old equipment flooded back.

"A Coffee" created by Alex with his powerful writing that made it feel you were sharing the concerns of the man in the café trying hard to avoid any contact with the scruffy, awkward stranger sitting nearby. What if….?

Ruth continued her story from last time but with a new title, "My Fathers House." Following her father murdering her mother, she questions why she heard nothing, and what she would have done if she had. Powerful words.

A true experience from Mavis with "A Recent Memory". She followed the Espresso sign to the café, overwhelmed by the high ceiling and its eight pillars, the extravagance of its décor let down by the cheapness of coffee served in polystyrene cups.

"An Unwanted Memory", written by Morag, involved something we dread. Clearing the effects from the home of a dearly departed. In the drawer of tickets and oddments a familiar letter addressed to her mother, written by the daughter when she left home at sixteen to be with her boyfriend.

Dave's "I Remember Every Single Word", written in the Suffolk dialect about an old boy who only, apparently, remembers what he hears but only hears what he wants to.

Debra's "Mirror Image" was a completely new direction. Based on a recurring dream, it tells of Gemma in her bedroom first thing in the morning. Rice paper eyelids, everything bright and beautiful until she looked in the mirror and saw an eyeball hanging down her cheek.

Dick's 'memory' homework was entitled "Lest We Forget Old Comrades" and written a few years ago when there were more Old Contemptibles on parade on Remembrance Day with minds willing but aged bodies weak. This moving poem deserves both recognition and publication.

A splendid evening's entertainment with some really excellent work from everyone. It is a humbling experience being amongst such a talented group.

THE NEXT MEETING: is in THREE WEEKS time at 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 7th November. The accommodation for this meeting will be on the lower level of the library but please enter through the usual door.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: 500-ish words on REVOLUTION. The head is spinning thinking of it.

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be undertaken by Kay and Louis.

Thanks to Liliane for regularly collecting the key and all the helpers setting out the room and clearing up afterwards. The help is valued and appreciated.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Information, Competitions, Advertisements [as available] etc
Please note that Felixstowe Scribblers do not necessarily support, nor guarantee the credibility of the following information, competitions or advertisements that have been received via the Internet.

Following the success of the 2005 Undiscovered Authors LiteraryCompetition, we are running the competition again for 2006/7.Undiscovered Authors is a nationwide writing competition aimed at seekingout new literary talent and is managed by the London based publishinghouse Discovered Authors.

Nationwide writing competition offers prize of £10,000

Undiscovered Authors is a nationwide writing competition aimed at seeking out new literary talent and is managed by the London based publishing house Discovered Authors.

Due to the success of Undiscovered Authors 2005, and the number of excellent works we received, we are running the competition again for 2006.

The competition is open for works of General Fiction, Non Fiction and Academic literature. These three categories are open to unpublished writers, plus we have introduced a new and separate category for Previously Published Authors.

There are regional prizes of £1,000 and a National prize of £10,000 for the General Fiction Category. The Non Fiction and Academic prizes will be judged nationally for a prize of £1,000, and the Previously Published category will include a National prize of £2,500. All winners will also receive a publishing contract with Discovered Authors Diamonds.

We require a synopsis and completed work at entry.

For further details and registration for the competition, please visit http://www.undiscoveredauthors.co.uk/. The closing date for the competition is January 2007 and there is an entry fee of £10. Please visit http://www.undiscoveredauthors.co.uk/www.discoveredauthors.co.uk to see samples from last year’s winners.

In today’s publishing industry it is unfortunately very difficult to persuade major publishers to accept manuscripts from unknown authors, and this restricts many able and worthwhile manuscripts from getting the exposure they deserve. Undiscovered Authors provides new authors with an opportunity to gain the recognition they deserve. They do say there’s a book in each of us!

To oil people’s literary cogs we will be holding some mini writing competitions around the country, inviting potential authors to come and start writing the first page of their book. Details of these events will appear on the Undiscovered Authors website soon.

Best of Luck with your writing!
Jayne CrawleyPublishing Consultant
BookForce UK
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


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The Ipswich Evening Star today paid tribute to seven of Jack's school friends from Deben High School, Felixstowe, who are holding a series of assemblies at their school to celebrate Jack's life. Our Jack passed away so very recently at the tender age of 12.

His friends talk about his life, the things he did, his sense of humour, how he was loved by everyone who knew him and what a great inspiration he was to them. They showed a computer power point presentation featuring pictures of Jack, showing how he made the most of his life right up until his death.

Jack's parents Caz and Karl attended one of the assemblies and were very moved by the tributes.

The seven school friends have been raising money for two charities, the East Anglian Children's Hospices and Wish Upon A Star and so far have raised £200.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


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Make history with us on 17 October by taking part in the biggest blog in history.

'One Day in History' is a one off opportunity for you to join in a mass blog for the national record. We want as many people as possible to record a 'blog' diary which will be stored by the British Library as a historical record of our national life.

Write your diary at http://www.historymatters.org.uk/output/Page96.asp
reflecting on how history itself impacted on your day - whether it just commuting through an historic environment, discussing family history or watching repeats on TV.

You may enter your diary retrospectively.


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Rushmere Players - including our own TONY SHEARMAN - present


*The Hole by N.F.Simpson
*A fish and chip supper
*Short plays and sketches.

Venue: Rushmere Primary School
Lanark Road
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November
Advance tickets £7.00 from ticketline 01473 604655

Please take your own drinks and glasses along.


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Stage Door Presents


26-28 October 2006
Spa Pavilion Theatre
Box Office 01394 282126
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The Autumn Online Scribblers competition is drawing to a close - but don't panic! There is still time to enter!

The subject is "HALLOWEEN" so bet you can guess the final entry date. That's right! October 31st.

Full details can be found at www.onlinescribblers.com - and if you are not already a member then it's easy to join.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


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A very quick reminder that our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th October at Felixstowe Library. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. The 500 word homework assignment was set as "MEMORY" whilst the two 1,500 open themed work will be read by Liliane and Ken.

Until Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!


Felixstowe Scribblers


A very quick reminder that our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th October at Felixstowe Library. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. The 500 word homework assignment was set as "MEMORY" whilst the two 1,500 open themed work will be read by Liliane and Ken.

Until Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


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Press release.

Two Suffolk writers named amongst East of England’s top ten literary talents in Arts Council England, East’s awards.

Suffolk writers Ruth Dugdall and Verity Hollaway have been chosen by Arts Council East to take part in their 2006 Escalator Literature Awards Scheme, for promoting the best new talent in Literature. Ruth who lives in Felixstowe with her husband Andrew and their two children has recently given up work to write full time and has just completed her third novel. She is a former probation officer who worked partly in a prison environment and her experiences there influence her writing. Her first novel, The James Version, was published in 2004. Her second novel, The Woman Before Me, won the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger in November 2005, but has yet to be published.

Verity Hollaway is studying for her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University and has had several poems published, she was awarded a runners-up prize in the Forward Press 2004 Top 100. Verity is particularly interested in fantasy, historical, and gothic short story and novel length stories.

Ten writers from across the Eastern region have been selected to take part in Escalator 2006, the Arts Council England, East scheme for promoting the best new talent in Literature.

Andrea Stark, Director of Arts Council England, East says "This selection of ten talented writers through Escalator Literature exemplifies our ambitions for new writing and, more broadly, for our Escalator talent initiative. We wish them every success with their creative careers in the years ahead."

Announced today by The New Writing Partnership, the ten winners will be mentored by leading writers in the region and will be fast-tracked through the Arts Council’s grants scheme.

Louis De Bernières draws art raffle for local charities.

This is the text of a press release from the Medical Foundation....

Revered author draws art raffle

Vivid landscapes and striking figure paintings are among 100 art works to be raffled off with the help of author Louis De Bernières. The event offers art enthusiasts the chance to add an original piece to their collection for just £45.

The event has been organised by the Medical Foundation’s Suffolk Local Group and Amnesty International Ipswich Group. It will take place on Saturday November 11 at Haughley Barn near Wetherden where all the pieces will be on view prior to the raffle.

Tickets cost £45 and entitle entrants to an artwork and a glass of wine at the raffle. The first name out of the hat will be first to select their piece from the range of work donated by East Anglian artists such as Richard Bawden, Lillias August and Deborah Ardizzone.

Tickets are available by calling either Clare Evans on 01359 242643 or Lydia Vulliamy on 01473 726037.

Editor’s Notes:

1. The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, a registered charity established in 1985, is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of torture survivors. The main treatment centre is in London, with branches in Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. Two more are planned for the West Midlands and Yorkshire.

2. The MF offers medical consultation, examination and forensic documentation of injuries, psychological treatment and support, and practical help. Since its inception, more than 40,000 people have been referred for help. In 2005, the London centre received 2,455 new referrals.Clients came from nearly 100 countries, foremost amongst which were Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Afghanistan.

3. More information about the MF’s work and recent campaigns from:


For further information call Aliya Frostick in the Press Office on 020 7697 7783

Registered Address 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW
Telephone 020 7697 7777 Fax 020 769 7799 Web: www.torturecare.org.uk
Registered charity no.1000340 Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 2398586

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Guardian Unlimited Film: British writers strike gold at box office

Movies based on the work of British authors have earned nearly £7b at the international box office since 2001, according to figures released by the UK Film Council. It states that six of the top 10 films in this period were adaptations of British books. Inevitably the top of the list is dominated by The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises.
Other British-based success stories include The Chronicles of Narnia, The War of the Worlds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the James Bond outing Die Another Day, based on the character created by Ian Fleming.

Guardian Unlimited Film | News | British writers strike gold at box office

Saturday, October 07, 2006


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Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting held 3rd October 2006

Apologies were received from Peter, Kay, Lisa, Louis, Morag, Mavis, Scott, Tony and Sheila.

In attendance were Christine, Les, Dick, Ruth, Liliane, Gordon, Lesley, Ken, Debra, Judy, Kate and Dave.


A special welcome went to another new member, Lesley, who has been in contact with the group for a few weeks. Lesley had some of her writing reviewed via email and obtained some helpful feedback. She is a doctoral student at the University of Sheffield and intends to write her thesis in the narrative, possibly including poetry. Being new to writing she is desperate to learn some pointers towards a successful written work and feels that the Scribblers, both at the meetings and with the online group, will help me with creating some of the descriptive text she will need. As a student she is aware of ethics and plagiarism and has to go through University ethics procedures to attest the originality of her work.

It was good to see Gordon back at Scribblers again after quite some time. Having had quite a worrying year, Gordon was recently father of the bride, involving writing and delivering a wedding speech for his daughter.

Caroline, Louis' wife, sent his apologies as he has had laser eye surgery and has to spend time recovering, which means no PC, TV or driving anywhere. Louis feels bad as he has been unable to attend meetings for sometime due to family commitments but will definitely be back as soon as he is able.

Morag's brother flew over from Los Angeles and with their sister will be helping to sort out their Mum’s house that has now gone on the market. Its going to be a hectic few days for Morag who hopes that one of these days she may get back to some writing.

Kay had to attend a school function with her daughter whilst Lisa had to go to a pre-school committee meeting and, as she is joining the committee, she needed to be present to be voted on.
Mavis is attending an arts function whilst Peter is setting out on something like a two month 'mini-break' in Portugal or somewhere over in the sun. Scott is dancing, Sheila is exhausted just having returned from her daughter's whilst Tony pinned a note to the library door that read:

"Sorry I can't be with you tonight but I have been summoned elsewhere. I hope you have all done your homework as I personally think you are all 'magic'. All the best to the finest writing group in Felixstowe and therefore the world. Tony. Ps Rushmere Players are performing 'The Hole' next month."

Talking of Tony, Kay says his music and mayhem party was great fun. Lots of good conversation, lots of good music, and very civilised mayhem.

Judy explained that along with the other shortlisted writers in the Undiscovered Authors competition, she now has to submit a full manuscript to the organisers who will choose the top three to publish and market whilst the remaining shortlisted writers will be offered a vast reduction in publication costs. So for Judy, let's keep our fingers crossed!

Ruth pointed out a rather sad and worrying announcement that appeared on the www.medicalcasenotes.co.uk/bursary website. The offer of an £18,000 bursary has been withdrawn meaning that many writers throughout the country are left feeling extremely disappointed and let down.The full statement from the website is produced below. Applicants will have their fees refunded in full, but it will not repay the anxiety, hard work and all the associated editing that goes hand in hand with entry.

At least one Scribbler was very disappointed by this, and another was working hard towards a submission by deadline date.

The offer of the bursary was immense and obviously whetted the appetites of hundreds of hungry writers. Questions were asked to begin with whether the bursary was genuine or just one of the many scams that we are faced with. This was genuine but obviously the research into offering such an opportunity could not have been as thorough as it should. At least they are honest enough to ensure that everyone knows and that all fees will be returned.Such is life for us poor struggling authors....

We regret to announce that we cannot proceed any further with the MCNA Writer's Bursary.
We apologise if you have recently seen our Writer's Bursary advertised in either the Writing Magazine, a newspaper or on the Internet.
Following increasing difficulty with administering the bursary, we carefully considered our options and sadly, reached the decision to bring the bursary to an end.
For those candidates who have applied, we will be writing to you very shortly and returning your administration fee in full. We strongly advise you to email us if you have applied under a pen name.
We would like to thank everyone who applied, expressed an interest or encouraged our initiative. We are very sorry we cannot proceed any further with the project and we wish all candidates the best of luck with their future creative-writing pursuits.
If you have any urgent questions please contact the Bursary Administrator, Michelle Sheppard.
Tel: 01843 232 859


The Library Accommodation

The Library has been in contact with us to ask if we would consider allowing the meeting room to be used by a paying group, an antenatal class I believe. This would mean that we would use another part of the library for our every other meeting. We cannot object because the Library has been very good to us for as long as I can remember and back beyond that. The options are either the teenage area or the café, and having looked round with other Scribblers we agree the teenage area is the best place to meet. We will still have use of the kitchen although there are a still a couple of items to agree. These new arrangements should begin at the start of November.

A competition in memory of Bill Budner

It is some time now since Maureen offered to fund a competition in memory of Bill. The time has come for two or three of us to sit down and plan the competition. The Library has agreed to display leaflets and also read and short-list the entries. We need someone to draw up some competition rules. Volunteers needed. Please email scribblers@ntlworld.com if you can help.

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS http://onlinescribblers.com

Debbie the Administrator has asked, as previously mentioned, for work in remembrance of Jack. We were going to write a TRIBUTE TO JACK but then Debbie thought 'Why should we write it when we have so many talented authors with their own thoughts?'

This is an excellent idea and the time is right for all our writers who knew Jack to share their own thoughts in a tribute. Whatever you write can be in any genre, memories, a poem perhaps, or even about something that Jack loved like animals, nature or the elements. Nothing morbid though, but something to remember him by.

It might even be nice to invite some of his friends to contribute in this way. Debbie will include the results in the forums, and hopefully Alex will post this on the .com site, and she will also create a sensitive and appropriate PDF file for distribution to members if they wish.


Some thought has been given to a winter e-zine similar to the one Jan produced last year under the Online Jotters banner. A decision has been reached that we produce an anthology containing poetry or very short stories about anything with a seasonal flavour. We could even include photos or illustrations to add to the variety and depth of the anthology and bring the work alive. Suggested length of work, say 200 words maximum for poetry and 500 for short stories.

All copyrights would of course be retained by the individual authors or photographers although if the decision is taken to make hard copies available at some stage then we must be allowed the right to publish.

Perhaps someone would like to submit a photo or design that we could use as a cover. Debbie will again provide a pdf file of the final version as a seasonal token to people and groups that we are in contact with.


The current competition is open for submissions up to and including 31st October. There have been several entries, both poetry and prose, but we invite you to write an appropriate entry. The subject is Halloween and so your entry should be just a little scary….

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com and FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS WEBSITE at http://felixstowescribblers.com

The number of hits on the weblog has fallen quite dramatically but I am hoping these will pick up once again. After all the effort Alex put into building the site in the first place it would be a shame to see its popularity wane. Don't forget to have a look at the weblog from time to time there may be something of interest for you there.

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.

THE PLATFORM: Readings of members' work.
1,500 word open-themed topic.

Ruth read 'The Good Daughter' something she began to create on the afternoon of the meeting. It is the opening of a possible novel but certainly a very good short story. Dealing with a poultry farmer who ends up wringing his chicken's necks, he strangles his wife….

Dave wrote 'Greta's Journey', a ghostly tale of a woman who had left a séance to catch her train home - except the train she caught wasn't exactly what it should have been….

500 word assignments.

Kate read out five short poems. The first four, 'Washing Line', 'Café Culture' 'Cathedral' and 'Evensong' were in sequence and relayed a visit to Bury St Edmunds. The final poem was called 'Weather to Blame'

Christine read out a funny short poem called 'Drunken Seafarer' before sharing her short story 'Millies Mountain' a wooden staircase that was her imaginary mountain in wartime Britain when her mother and father were killed by a bomb.
Ken's 'Lost' was set outside and inside the hospital's A&E Department. Smoking outside, waiting inside, an amusing atmospheric tale that altered as soon as the accidental deaths of his wife and children were revealed.

Someone must have put a spell on Les who came up with 'Gandark the Wizard' who, much to the King's concern was dying. Gandark spoke the truth to the monarch whilst his final spell darkened the skies…

Liliane's 'If I Could Work Magic' was well researched and followed on the family theme for which she is renowned. Her wizardry with words from a 'Little Book of Spells' came up with all the important and expensive ingredients needed for her magic.

Dick returned from holiday and wrote a poem, as he usually does, of the place he visits. This one called 'Shakespeare's Town' was a really lovely flowing work that deserves publication as a tremendous advert for Stratford Upon Avon.

Gordon wound up proceedings with a report of his daughter Karen's marriage to John after a 'quickie' ceremony in Shepton Mallet by an unsmiling minister followed by a reception in luxury. Hurricane Gordon delivered his speech and then thanked us, the Felixstowe Scribblers for giving him the confidence to write and deliver his work.

THE NEXT MEETING : 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 17th October.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT : 500 words on 'MEMORY' and the 1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be undertaken by Liliane and Ken.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Poetry Ipswich: Wednesday 18th October

Poetry Ipswich
Wednesday 18th October
Matthew Sweeney

County Library Lecture Hall
Old Foundry Road, Ipswich

£6.00 (£4.00 concessions)

Members of the audience are invited to read their own poetry before the main

Matthew Sweeney was born in County Donegal, Ireland in 1952 and lived for many
years in London. Recently has been spending time abroad, in Germany and Romania,
frequently returning to the UK and Ireland for readings and workshops. His work
is increasingly appearing in translation - across Europe and from Mexico to
Japan. Poetry Ipswich is pleased to welcome back Matthew for what promises to be
a great evening.

"Twenty five years' work finds Sweeney at fifty with a rich trove of memorable,
funny, alarming poems whose very readability at times disguises their
complexity. Here is a poet who has never allowed himself to be distracted - a
poet, too, whose work all those of us who think we know it well had better read
afresh." - Sean O'Brien, reviewing Sweeney's Selected Poems for Poetry London

"Funny, surreal, tender, fantastic, earthy..." - Helen Dunmore

"He is the true master of secret narratives... one of the best poets around." -
John Lucas

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bookslut : a differernt approach to websites about books and literature.

Bookslut : a differernt approach to websites about books and literature.

Bookslut | Issue 52 | September 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Irvine Welsh: podcast of an interesting interview where he discusses his take on the novel.

ITV - Irvine Welsh: "This South Bank Show about the controversial writer Irvine Welsh will surprise many people who see him soley as 'the Poet Laureate of the Chemical Generation'.

In a powerful interview with Melvyn Bragg, Irvine Welsh reveals that he takes a 'hard line on addiction' which he views as 'a disease of stupidity'.

Filmed at the Docker's Club in Leith (a hair's breadth away from where Irvine wrote Trainspotting), and walking with Melvyn around the local area, this film focuses substantially on his new novel, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs.

In a very relaxed interview Melvyn reveals Irvine to be a fitness fanatic - an image quite at odds with the received notion of an ex junkie and amoral wastrel."

Monday, October 02, 2006

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006 from The New Writer magazine

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006
from The New Writer magazine
major annual international competition for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July.
Closing date 30 November 2006

Further information including guidelines and entry fees at - http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

Writers can enter at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm

We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request.

The New Writer: the contemporary writing magazine which publishes the best in fact, fiction and poetry is published bi-monthly, annual sub £27.00 (UK), £33.00 (Europe airmail), £37.50 (Rest of World airmail). Good reductions for 2 and 3 year subs - see website http://www.thenewwriter.com/subscribe.htm
For a free recent back copy of the magazine send 3 x first class stamps (UK) or 5 International Reply Coupons (Overseas) to:
The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook, TN17 2ZR.

The New Writer email News is included free of charge in our subscription package. This monthly emailing to our subscribers covers (a) breaking news of urgent interest to writers, (b) important announcements that we receive too late for the next issue of the magazine, (c) other useful items including market updates.

If you would like to read the latest email News go to http://www.thenewwriter.com/ and click on the pink box.


Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006
Essays, Articles, Interviews - covering any writing-related or literary theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words. 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Single entry £4 (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee).
Short Stories, Serials/Novellas - stories up to 4,000 words, serials/novellas up to 20,000 words on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children's). Previously published work is not eligible. Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Novella: 1st prize £300. Entry fees £4 per short story (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee) or £10 per serial/novella.
Single Poems and Collections - single poems up to 40 lines and collections of between 6 - 10 poems. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a collection. Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50. Entry fee £4 per single poem (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee, £10 per collection.
All work should be clearly typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one side of white A4 paper and paperclipped. Entrants may make as many submissions as they wish but please include your name, address, title of entry, word count and category on a separate cover sheet with every entry. Preliminary judging will be carried out by The New Writer editorial board with guest judges making the final selection so there should be no identifying marks on the entries. Judges in recent years include Mimi Thebo, Simon Scarrow, Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, Margaret Graham, Phil Whitaker.

Last year’s winners are listed at http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizewinners.htm
The New Writer
PO Box 60
TN17 2RE
United Kingdom
tel 01580 212626
fax 01580 212041

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