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Friday, November 07, 2008

Report of our Meeting





In the Chair: Barry.

Apologies: Ruth (whose husband is working away) and Jane (attending a firework display in Woodbridge) whilst Kay was intending to visit but is unwell.

Present: Dick, Dave, Peter, Barry, Tony, Liliane, Rosie, Trish, Angela, Alex, Morag, Caroline, Sue, Stephen and a flying visit from Chris.


Back to usual for the usual format this meeting with the lights well and truly on!

There was a fleeting visit from Chris who had just flown in from Cairns in Queensland, this time on a very sad journey. His father died at the weekend aged 101, truly a great innings.
Chris mentioned that he is self publishing some of his stories and will send details to us when details have been finalised.

It was welcome back to the fold for Sue after some three years. A children’s writer, Sue has been kept busy in that time not least by becoming a grandmother twice over this year!

Now that her mother is safely accommodated in a care home, Morag has been able to return to Scribblers and has resumed her new book “Coach Trip” which is based on many of the characters and incidents she ahs witnessed on her travels.

Whilst on the subject of books, our friend Rochelle has her new book “Witch” due for release very shortly so watch this space! An extract was available at Scribblers for viewing, and anyone interested is welcome to see it and perhaps give a little feedback.

Judy will be giving a talk at Woodbridge Library on Sunday November 23rd at 2pm about her book, “Ships That Pass In The Night”. Wouldn’t it be great if some familiar Scribblers faces could go and support her?

It was nice to see Caroline from Hadleigh again, her colleague Angela (number 2!) was unable to attend this evening. Caroline has suggested to members of the Hadleigh group interested in creative writing that they might like to attend Scribblers in the future.

Tony reports that the Rushmere Players entered the Brantham Drama Festival and came away with four awards including the best play for Rhinoceros that starred Tony and best actress, our own Ruth! So very well done to them!

Tony also says his night of Musical Mayhem was slightly down on numbers of previous years but even so, a really good time was had by all.

Did anyone spot the Felixstowe photo in the Evening Star recently that was taken by a former member, Ann?

Bumped into former Scribbler and reporter Gilly Maddison recently. Gilly wrote a very interesting feature that was published in the magazine “Yours Fiction”. It compared two writing groups, one of course the Felixstowe Scribblers, the other the Wolsey Writers’ Group alongside two reading groups, from the Ipswich Institute and the University of the Third Age.

Led by playwright Sally Wilden there is a Playwriting workshop run by Tree of Life on Saturday 8th November in the Harkstead village hall. £12 including a light lunch & drinks. Details from marian.carter@btinternet.com

There is a WRITERS’ CAFÉ at Starbucks, in the Buttermarket, Ipswich on Monday 10 November 2008, starting at 7pm.

Places for this free event are limited and there are a maximum of 15 reading slots available. Please email aburton@wolseytheatre.co.uk if you would like to attend, making it clear whether you would also like one of the reading slots – which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Word has it that our Scribbling fraternity are becoming travellers and are fully expected to join Judy as a travel writer in the future. The international journeys coming up are Ruth visiting Russia, Angela off to Italy, Alex off to Cuba, Dick going down to Landguard Fort and Dave to Ipswich!


Consensus of opinion at Scribblers was for The Castle Lodge Hotel on Saturday 24th January next year. The cost is £15 per person but will be subsidised from our tea and coffee fund! Letter is attached at the bottom of the page and you are requested to email scribblers@btinternet.com with your preferences as soon as possible. We await details from Ruth concerning Maureen Blundell.

The Platform:

The 1,500 Open themed assignments:

Rosie: Snow Storm: An extract from a longer work “Fairy” cleverly incorporating a host of fairy tale characters.

Angela: The Further Adventures of Mavis and Dot in which Mavis Discovers the Cruel Madness of Love: The story was written for her best friend who was seriously ill in hospital and sadly passed away two years ago.

The 500 word assignments on “Fairies”.

Dick: First Aid for a Fairy
Trish: The First Fairy
Liliane: The Fairy Tradition
Morag: An extract from “Coach Trip”
Caroline: Fairy Grandma
Sue: The wrong Job
Peter: That Golden Stardust
Barry: BSF
Dave: In an English Country Garden
Stephen: A Chapter from “The Novel”
Tony: Where’s Hood Forest Revisited.

Next time:

The next meeting will be held on 18th November and the subject for the 500 word assignment will be ”Concrete” or “ Nightmare(s)” or both!” The choice is yours!

The 1,500 Open themed work will be by Morag and Barry.

Chairperson next time: Dave

Until then,

Keep Scribbling!

Support those who support us! Have a look at Scott’s website at http://www.mrcobblerandmrlocks.co.uk

Dear Scribblers,

We are thinking about doing something a bit different for our January meal, and wanted to canvas your views. The alternative suggestions are:

1. The Castle Lodge Hotel. We would have the whole dining room to ourselves, and there is a small bar. There is also a lounge area.
We could have a 3 course meal (starter/main course/dessert), followed by coffee and mints for £15. (Note: It is possible this price may be subsidised from the Scribblers account).

Another option would be a buffet, with quiche/meat/salads/puddings.

As this is a more `formal` do, maybe we should have it on a Saturday rather than a Tuesday?

Partners would be invited too.

2. A guest speaker. Maureen Blundel, who writes as Roz Collier, has self-published 3 novels. She is an editor who runs courses in Greece & Suffolk. She would come to our meal and give a brief talk (20 mins?) about a chosen subject. (self publishing? How to self-edit?)

As she would be staying in the hotel, she would also be available during the day for 1 to 1 editing, at a cost of £15 for one hour. This could be to look at a short story or part of a novel. Alternatively, she could run a small group session looking at narrative structure / character / plot development etc.

So, please can you let us know your preferences:

1. Keep the January meal at The Grosvenor as usual.

2. Go for the 3 course meal at the Castle Lodge Hotel.

3. Go for the buffet at the Castle Lodge Hotel.

4. Suggested day (Tuesday 27th January 2009 or on Saturday 24th or 31st January )

5. Suggested subject for Maureen to talk about………..

6. Would you be interested in a 1 to 1 session with Maureen?

7. Would you be interested in a group session on editing?

Please reply to scribblers@btinternet.com



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