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Wednesday, September 05, 2007



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In the Chair: Dave.

Apologies for absence were received from Morag, (holiday) Ally (moving house), Scott (dancing) Ken (housework!) Judy (off sailing).

In attendance were Tony, Rosie, Kay, Ruth, John, Alex, Trish, Louis, Liliane, Dick, Peter, Barry, Stephen and Dave.

A warm welcome to John, an elderly gentleman who stays at Ruth’s parents hotel a few times each year. John writes poetry although his family don‘t appreciate his talents! Invited along to the Scribblers he jumped at the chance! Pretty good as he must be the eldest person we have had at our meetings. John is in his nineties and although quite hard of hearing, took an active part in our meeting. Of course he will be welcome to come along whenever he is in Felixstowe.

It was also nice to see Stephen again after missing several meetings and Rosie back from her holidays.

Scribblers News:

Dick reminded everyone the Jack Wilkinson Memorial Walk whilst some Scribblers produced sponsorship forms for the walk that takes place next Sunday, 9th September. Details from Doreen Giff by emailing dorndg@talktalk.net.

Ken (Matthews) sent apologies for missing the last few sessions. He was off for a few weeks that included a little holiday and lot's of ticks on the list of things to be done around the house. Ken was going mad giving up the chance to challenge Tony for 'his' trophy, but he’ll get it next time!

Denise at UNESCO in Paris was on the Breakfast Show at Radio Suffolk last Saturday. Wonder if anyone heard her? Denise, who has worked at UNESCO for many years is due to retire in 20 months time and looks forward to writing for herself instead of others! She sends her wishes to the Scribblers.

Some good news from Judy. Although summer has whizzed past for her, she has been busy preparing her book for publishing as well as finishing my next book on Burma. In between she and Ron have spent a great deal of time on their boat - and were due to set sail again today (Wednesday) for around three weeks. Pretending she’s taking a sabbatical, she hopes to be back later in the year with, we hope, her book.

Caz wrote a poem for Memory Day for the Ipswich Children's Hospice and was asked if it could be used and she managed to read it out on the day. She also wrote a piece about her experience of the support received by EACH since Jack died. They have asked if she is happy for them to use her work in their Newsletter and their publicity for Children's Hospice Week (15 to 22nd Sept). Of course if anything she wrote will encourage someone to give their time or money to such a worthwhile cause then it will have been worthwhile.

Had a message from the Lost Scriptwriter Ken (May) - of Lost Sock fame. He says he no longer has his stall in the Britton centre but has opened up a small shop in the old High Street (Genesis Crystals and Reiki Treatment Centre) which is at the opposite end of the town to the Britton centre. Things are slow but they are moving forward which is always a good sign.

So, he says, all is going well apart from his writing which he hasn’t done much of and finds it frustrating. He’s hoping that when the shop settles down and there is a little more routine (or a ‘make a mint and retire‘) he will get some more time. At the moment he gets up about seven on a Sunday to try and get a couple of hours writing in before the world starts to demand his attention. He recently discovered a web site called short talk http://www.shortalk.co.uk, that takes short stories and turns them into audio. They pay around £75 for a thousand words he believes and it looked pretty good. From what I remember from Scribblers there is plenty of talent that could be earning a few quid.

He’s just been informed that the Lost Sock is on TV - and asks ‘What have we done eh!’

Ken wishes to say hello to all the Scribblers. He still misses the group and suspects he always will.

Have a message from Dick about our friend Christine who hasn’t been along to a meeting for a very long time. Poor Christine was suffering from acute dental problems at one stage although we are saddened to hear that her eyesight is very bad now and it is making it impossible for her to write. One day she might like to come along to a meeting to listen to our stories but would obviously nee transportation to and from the Library.


Remember to visit our weblog that can be found at http://nar8or.blogspot.com and our official website at http://felixstowescribblers.com Don’t forget that if you have any news of our old friends, or if you have some news you would like to share, then let us know and we will circulate it and include it on our weblog.

There is also our site at http://onlinescribblers.com, where the open themed competition for members has closed for entries and online voting is now taking place. Already Rosie, Morag and Dave have attracted votes so why not log on to the site read the entries If you are not already a member then contact Vincent West for details at organiser@onlinescribblers.com

The Bill Budner Trophy

The competition for attending writers to win the Bill Budner Trophy drew thirteen anonymous but excellent entries covering both poetry and prose.

With some of the work a little darker than last time there was certainly a high standard that left everyone wondering who had written which work. The format of the competition enabled all writers hear their words read out by another Scribbler and proved to be another very useful exercise in seeing how others perceive our work.

In the sequence of events the following gives the title, the reader then the writer followed by a few words about the entry. The writers were not revealed until after the winning entry had been selected by an anonymous vote.

1. Over The Edge. Read by Ruth. Written by Barry. A tale of escape from the Institute, the rape of a woman after she had been strangled and the murder of the ruthless assailant.

2. Avalon. Read by John. Written by Trish. A poem of bitterness and scorn.

3. Morning Sunshine. Read by Alex. Written by Tony. |Watching and desiring the beautiful gypsy girl, the protagonist enters her caravan; his head spins when the devil-like man appears.

4. Caught In The Act. Read by Trish. Written by Kay. The children’s birthday party and the boring magician who makes everything disappear, including bad tempered birthday boy Brad.

5. City Girl. Read by Louis. Written by Liliane. Girl likes boy and meets his competent and close knit family. She is a city girl. They live in the country. A marriage proposal and the anguish in making her decision.

6. In the Clouds. Read by Liliane. Written by Peter. Dialogue between friends applying for the same jobs, their discussions about qualifications and suitability and a missing invitation.

7. Wooden Roses: Read by Dick. Written by Rosie. Waking moments, the woman beside him with the concerned gaze. She left the hospital room. He fell asleep, the machinery keeping him alive.

8. Hotel Christina. Read by Peter. Written by Ruth. The sea view from the window, the town and shops. Mask in the cabinet, Christina allowed out at night, journalistic link with outside world. Plague. The suffering and hallucinations.

9. The Winds of Autumn. Read by Barry. Written by Alex. Graphic descriptive comparisons between the ages, what the Victorians think of the present generation. Embittered and stunted generations.

10. Not Much Fun. Read by Dave. Written by Dick. Planning a wartime raid on a German camp taking out a high ranking German. Luftwaffe airfield too close for a RAF attack and the precision planned ground attack suffers losses. Their target escaped.

11. Reflections. Read by Tony. Written by John. Reflections, a really enjoyable, well written rhyming poem.

12. Views From A Bus Stop. Read by Rosie. Written by Louis. Waiting at a bus stop. Martha by her side. Bus late. Broken down Volkswagen van. Woman doing her scratch card. Martha happy. The bus arrived.

13. Vendetta. Read by Kay. Written by Dave. Husband and her sister having an affair. Jealous wife carries out a series of avenging actions on husband . Wife seeks divorce. Her sisters husband seeks retribution.

After counting the votes the first three were announced. The winner of the Bill Budner Trophy was revealed. None other than our deserved young member Rosie with her extremely well written work Wooden Roses.

In second place, almost doing it again - but not quite! - Tony.

Third place went to Barry.

Congratulations to Rosie!

Wednesday. Barry sent in an email and photograph of the new champion receiving her trophy. Barry says he had trouble with his eyes again. He thought the picture he took at the Library was good, it turns out to be only good of Tony; his handing of the cup to Gina Lollobrigida instead of Rosie should make the national dailies! The picture is posted on the weblog!

Thanks to Liliane for collecting the key once again.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th September in the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library. Start time 7.30 pm.

Rosie selected the 500 word homework theme ‘BULBS’.

Ruth and Liliane will write the open themed 1,500 word homework assignment.

So until next time….

Keep Scribbling!


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