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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


In the Chair: Morag.

Apologies for absence were received from Alex, Peter, Trish, Scott and Rosie.

In attendance Dave, Dick, Jane, Di, Ruth, Liliane, Morag, Tony, Steven, Lauren, Ali, Barry, Debbie, Steven, and Rob.

Welcome to Rob who came along for the first time. From Ipswich, Rob is an Ipswich based poet who has published two books of poetry. Rob has an interesting website at http://www.lenney.org.uk Although the evening was devoted to the anonymous competition, Rob entered and was able to take part in the interesting proceedings.


Trish and Peter were absent due to holidays, Alex attending the theatre in Bury St Edmunds, Rosie studying hard for her exams and Scott now recovering from his leg injury is starting a new class. It looked as if the attendance would suffer, but, with a trophy up for grabs, there was a healthy turnout.

Dick received a £10 book token as winner of the monthly Coast to Coast poetry competition with his entry “The School Bus Run”, so well done Dick!

Caz and Karl completed their sponsored cycle ride in memory of their son Jack and to aid EACH. The East Anglian Daily Times covered the story on Tuesday morning.

Snippets of news are that Rochelle Moore from the Online Scribblers has a publishing contract for her new book, “WITCH” with Green Magic Publishing UK. It will be available to pre-order from info@greenmagicpublishing.com and is expected in UK and European bookshops in October/November 2008 and will also be available on Amazon.

Susie Enoch a Scribbler in recent times who played Mrs Flint in the Lost Sock is currently working on some performance poetry which, she says, is a bit late for this year and Edinburgh - but there’s always next year!

Our newest author, Judy, was featured on Felixstowe Radio last weekend being interviewed by our own Morag and Kay. A great piece of radio with Judy coming across extremely well and with advertising her terrific book “Like Ships That Pass in the Night”, on sale as well. The interview will be repeated this Sunday, 25 May, at 12 noon on www.felixstoweradio.co.uk

The platform:

THE BILL BUDNER TROPHY: An anonymous competition open to attending writers only and up to a maximum of 1,000 words. Here are the entries together with first the name of the reader followed by the name of the author.

Suddenly That Summer : Lauren : Liliane
Loose Connections : Ali : Di
Midsummer Dawn : Barry : Rob
Water Firework : Dave : Ruth
The Sleepover : Dick : Morag
Firing Blanks : Debbie : Dave
Just My Luck : Jane : Lauren
Stranger : Rob : Ali
Night Time Excess : Di : Barry
Matricide : Ruth : Debbie
Goddess of the Sun : Liliane : Tony
An Arctic Wilderness : Morag : Jane
A Gift From The Sea : Tony : Dick

With each reader voting for their top three stories, the winner was declared as A Gift From The Sea, a story based on two characters from The Lost Sock and a bomb washed up on the beach.

The Winner Dick.
Runner Up was Di with Loose Connections
Third place went to Jane with An Arctic Wilderness.

Morag presented the trophy to Dick. Scott, of Mr Cobbler, will engrave the trophy.

An observation was that the standard of the competition was very high and the diversity of entries was truly enthralling. It is a shame that we have to wait for another four months before Dick hands the trophy back! The trophy is only on loan!


During the month of May 2008, LiteraryAgent.co.uk is offering lifetime Group Membership for a one-off fee of only £50.00.
The Members' Area at LiteraryAgent.co.uk is full of resources, information and advice, full details of which can be found by visiting Members' Area Information.
If you decide to take up this offer, all you need to do is to e-mail me a list of the names and e-mail addresses of the people in your group and at the same time, make the appropraite payment by visitng:
Once your list and payment has been safely received, we will organise access for you and your Group to the Members' Area. Each Group Member will be given individual access details and will be contacted individually. Should a new member join your Group at a later time, again, simply e-mail us the name and e-mail address of that new Member and we will sort out access.

Just a quick note to let you all know that LiteraryAgent.co.uk will shortly be running a Short Story Competition and later in the year a Poetry Competition.
If you have any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All the very best
Anita Lechmar


Next meeting, to be chaired by Ruth, is on Tuesday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library.
The homework assignment is to write up to 500 words on ‘Industry’, a subject that we made need to work at.

The two 1,500 opened themed work will be provided by Tony and Dave.

Forthcoming Social Event: Put this in your diaries - It is the Beach Party on 8th July at a Beach Hut near the Spa Pavilion. Full details will be given nearer the time. It is on a Tuesday evening and will start at 7.30pm. All Scribblers are welcome!

Another entry for your diary is the Ipswich Arts Festival that takes place from Saturday 28th June until Sunday 13th July with various events organised throughout including two creative writing workshops on Saturday 5th July each costing £20 including lunch, a poetry tent at the Music In The Park Day on Sunday 6th and the Writer’s Café @ Starbucks on Monday 7th July.

Thanks to Lauren and Steven for yet again providing the cakes and to Morag for taking the chair and notes.

Until next time,

Keep Scribbling!


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