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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Incorporating the

In the Chair: Barry.

No apologies for absence were received.

In attendance Jane, Dick, Rosie, Tony, Morag, Liliane, Scott, Les, Lauren and Steven, Ruth. Peter, Dave, Stephen and Barry. Megan and mother Penny.

There was a warm welcome to our guests for the early part of the evening, 9 year old Megan and her mother. Megan has written her first book entitled “Letitia Meets The Tooth Fairy”. She wrote the book following on from some school work and produced it, complete with its graphics and puzzles on her own. An enterprising young lady she has been selling copies for £1 in aid of her own computer fund. The story itself is very good, and flows quite well. Written for children in her own age group it is pleasantly surprising how well she uses the vocabulary.

Three of the Scribblers read the book and gave her a little bit of feedback which will hopefully help in her future work.

Megan emailed to say “Thank you for the hints and comments about my book. I can't wait to see you again I really enjoyed meeting all of you last night and listening to the stories even though I didn't understand what they meant.” She also mentioned: “I would like to read Mr Watershed's children’s story when he does one.”

For those unsure who Mr Watershed is, it is our one and only Les who decided his work should not be read out until after the Watershed! I am certain he will forward a copy of his children’s story to Megan in due course.


I am sorry to report that there will be a delay in announcing the winners of the Bill Budner competitions. This is because of an illness in our sponsor, Maureen's family, coupled partly by the volume of entries received.

I am sure that the results will be announced as soon as possible but hope you will accept the apologies for, and understand the reasons causing this delay. Please keep watching the weblog for fresh information

Our best wishes are with Maureen and her family.


Kay and Morag did an interesting interview on Felixstowe radio at the weekend with Anne Pearse and Denise Doggett, about their radio ‘soap’ which is going to be broadcast soon, on both Felixstowe radio and Ipswich radio. Anne read some of her historical novel set in Felixstowe which may have been influenced after a homework assignment two or three years ago at Scribblers!

The programme will be repeated Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 3pm – and possibly the late night slot at 1am!!! See www.felixstoweradio.co.uk for details.

Our Australian friend Belinda has won the recent Happy Memories competition with Online Scribblers. Well done Belinda. Since moving back home she has won two of our competitions!

Dave won an in-house competition to become a guest editor for the staff magazines - details will follow in the course of time.

The platform:

The Open 1,500 word work:

Jane: A Special Recipe
Les: Imitating Katherine Walker

The Themed 500 word assignments:

Dick: It could Have Been Like This.
Rosie: Modern Man’s Metal.
Scott: Dark Time
Lauren: A Random Story
Steven: Alan Greenacre’s Camelot
Morag: The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword
Liliane: Swords in the Cards
Tony: Chapter (Swords)
Peter: April Sword
Ruth: Poxy Pox
Barry: The Diary
Dave: The Dig

Another very interesting meeting!

Details follow for the SPRING WRITERS’ CAFÉ and also the BBC writersroom newsletter

Next meeting Tuesday 15th April

Homework subject is 500 words on “Migration” This has been selected because of the new IpArt short story competition - with cash prizes. The subject word is Migration and the maximum word limit is 500. That will fit in nicely with our own homework and could lead to a glut of entries from the Scribblers!

Volunteers for the two 1,500 word work are Morag and Lauren.

Thanks to Barry for providing the minutes and to Lauren and Steven for providing the cakes again.

Until next time,
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Lenny Henry and Danny Robins
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Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharaoh
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Ashes to Ashes script
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Submitting your script to BBC writersroom
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Abi talks about writing for Casualty and EastEnders, including the elusive scene 20a. Join the conversation.


North East Voices
Deadline: 03 April 08
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