Welcome to Felixstowe Scribblers

Saturday, November 24, 2007





For all your research and information for writers

visit your local Felixstowe Library

and the Suffolk Record Office .




In the Chair: Dave.

Apologies for absence were received from Ken, Alex, Morag, Ruth and Judy.

In attendance were Tony, Dick, Rosie, Jane, Trish, Liliane, Peter, Barry, Dave and Stephen.


Ruth emailed some devastating news. She said:

“Things are not so good for me. I’ve discovered, after 4 months of waiting for news, that my agent never sent off the manuscript. I’ve sacked her, but received no apology or explanation. Now I have to find a new agent...I’m upset and angry but know I must persevere.

“On 19th Nov I go on a weeks writing course. It’s part of the Escalator award, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. It’s a long time to be away from the kids…”

It is hard enough finding an agent, but when you do, you would expect that they would do their utmost to place your work. Fingers crossed that Ruth finds a new one and that she enjoyed her course.

Judy sent in her apologies as she are Ron were going to their boat for a couple of days before sailing upriver to Melton to be hauled out for the winter. The rest of us are waiting to hear about her book…

Morag had a prior engagement for the evening and Alex texted to say he was off to the theatre with Susan Hawkes whose new play, Breaking the Chain, about Thomas Clarkson and the abolition of slavery was released earlier this month.

Following the meeting an email popped in from Ken that said,

“My sincerest apologies for missing the meeting. I got stuck in London until late last night, by the time I'd gotten home I'd given up the will to live let alone email. It was a last minute meeting, we did a delivery to the customer over the weekend, which went completely t*ts up, so yesterday was the 'post mortem'. Thankfully neither I nor any of our lads were the cause of the catalogue of errors, for a change..…”

Dave has booked his place and is due to read one of his short stories during the event. If you would like to go but haven’t yet booked a place then either phone 01473 432869 or email: info.ip-art@ipswich.gov.uk

January is going to be an interesting month. Our first meeting will be the AGM on the 8th January (that’s the second Tuesday of the month) followed on 22nd January (the fourth Tuesday) with the competition for the Bill Budner trophy that Rosie is keeping polished for us. Then it’s the CHRISTMAS SOCIAL on Tuesday 29th January 2008 at the Grosvenor in Ranelagh Road Felixstowe. Menu’s should be available at the start of January when bookings and meal orders will be taken.

Moving into February our meetings will revert to the usual 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.


Don’t forget that our official website at http://felixstowescribblers.com is up and running and there will be some additions to the site soon so please have a look from time to time.

Most up to date information is shown on our weblog at the usual address - http://nar8or.blogspot.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 or an event you‘d like to advertise, then let us know and we will include it on our weblog.

The Online Scribblers competition, dedicated to Jack Wilkinson, revolves around a picture that is posted in the competition forum at http://onlinescribblers.com The competition closes on 30th November so there is time to enter for members and still time to register and enter by following the online instructions or emailing Vincent West the organiser@onlinescribblers.com

The 1,500 word open themed homework assignments.

Dick: William Brown Eat Your Heart Out: (True Story) A tale about a group of schoolboys watching the inept training efforts of the Home Guard all ending up falling into the lake. The boys then invented a painful game of botching…

Peter: Where the Sun Shines Brightly: A geography lesson for us all as the author seemingly toured all the hot spots of the world including the first rain for two years in the Algarve, the Red Sea where they dived in to cool off even though it was frequented by sharks..

The 500 word homework assignment on ‘Birthday‘.

Liliane: Everything Will Be Alright: Mum and Dad were being nice to each other again. There was a birthday party for Dad, but Nadia knew the ghosts were still there. She healed Dads gunshot wound…

Jane: Archie: Used to have a 45 minute lunch time walk on the seafront until the letter arrived. Unwanted retirement. He stopped his walks and became scruffy until he was given a birthday and retirement present of a dog..

Trish: Just Another Day: A moving sonnet of 14 lines about another forgotten birthday and the hopes for ‘Happy Birthday Mum’ dashed once again.

Stephen: The Birthday: She was so different at the dance, in her blue dress instead of scruffy jeans. He fell in love with her. They went out onto the balcony where the romance began that ended in marriage.

Rosie: Rainy Day: Her 18th birthday, into womanhood. Mother knew she had gone. She came home early to meet her boyfriend Tom but it was Tom in a chat room on her computer.

Tony: Continuation of The Things We Do For Timothy Whiteboots: Another amusing Perry Tratchett instalment drifting on a boat on the lake which was placid. Looking up At the night sky and the constellations of Kipling the Cup Cake and Churchill the Pipe…

Dave: Birth Day: True story of the concern for mother and unborn first child in hospital, snow storm that cut the town off and the eventual safe arrival of baby.

Barry: Birthdays: A late attempt at getting inspiration for the theme. First effort was rubbished by wife, then he looked at all the pictures of the family pinned on the notice board and remembered the kids birthdays were the best.

Peter: On behalf of Chris in Cairns: Read out an amusing story that Chris had written both in the Suffolk dialect and in Australian, or was that English?

Thanks to Liliane for collecting the key once again, to Trish for supplying a delicious beetroot cake, and for everyone present for their great writing that provided another tremendous evening.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th December in the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library. Start time 7.30 pm.

The 500 word homework theme is ‘ABSENT FRIENDS‘. which, with Christmas approaching, may be an apt subject.

The open themed 1,500 word homework assignment will be undertaken by Liliane and Stephen.

So until next time….

Keep Scribbling!


Write a poem about Felixstowe.

United Press runs the biggest free-to-enter annual poetry contest in the UK and gives £1000 to each annual winner.
We also run other big-prize poetry competitions. All are free to enter, and open to both new and established poets, young and old.
On this website you can read about our free service to young poets, our charity work, and you can submit a poem of your own.

Visit www.unitedpress.co.uk for details of this national competition


A new Online Scribblers completion has begun and runs to the end of the month. Dedicated to Jack Wilkinson who loved nature and wildlife, this competition revolves round a picture that is posted in the competition forum at http://onlinescribblers.com


If you are not already familiar with us, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves: We are Novelize Book Print Ltd.

Novelize Book Print Ltd combines 10 years of print & publishing experience with 17 years of high quality print finishing, delivering a service to self-publishers, individuals, businesses and book publishers.

Here at Novelize we specialize in the production of high quality paperback books, and know that with our help you can minimize your financial risk by producing the exact number of books required whether that be 50 or 10,000 books!

With Novelize Book Print Ltd, you will work with a company that will not only print your books for you (including full colour), but also carries out our own quality binding, so that we can control the overall standard of the books.

Our design studio is available, if required, to help illustrate your book and design a highly professional cover making potential readers want to pick up and read your title!

For any enquiries, please contact us on:

Tel: 01473 832470, Mob: 07711 721887 or e-mail: keith@novelize.co.uk.

Alternatively, please visit our website www.novelize.co.uk with an on-line quotation form.



Refugee Week 08: FREE Workshop and Networking Event

January 25th, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library Training Room

New Writing Partnership would like to offer organizations who are interested the chance to develop ideas for projects and events for Refugee Week 2008 (16th to 22nd June).

Refugee week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

Specific times will be finalized at a later date. In the meantime, to register your interest or to book please contact: shenaz@newwritingpartnership.org.uk

A City of Refuge Project.


About Norwich, City of Refuge

Norwich is the first city in the UK to join the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) that extends across Europe, North America and Mexico. The City of Refuge programme in Norwich is the first in a network of over 30 to root the scheme in a practical community programme. We provide a platform for refugee writers and their work and also represent and raise awareness of others who remain under threat of oppression, violence and persecution.

For more details on Norwich City of Refuge Programme: www.newwritingpartnership.org.uk/cityofrefuge

For details on other cities of refuge visit: www.icorn.org



Post a Comment

<< Home

Felixstowe Scribblers Weblog Feed