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Thursday, February 19, 2009



APOLOGIES: Kay (Holiday) Sue (Holiday) Debbie (Work) Ruth (Rehearsing) Morag and Caroline F.

ATTENDING Barry (Chair) Dave, Di, Dick, Lauren, Rosie, Stephen, Les, Trish, Liliane, Caro, Alex, Angela, Connie, Peter, Tony and Jane.


Another superb attendance for what promised to be a really great evening of creativity and a welcome to Di who is attending her first meeting for some time.

A former regular Scribbler, Debra Parks, was recently featured on the front page and page three of the Evening Star. Debra was honouring her mother, Valerie Brown who has overcome three separate cancers in three parts of her body in six short years. It is wonderful news and was honoured by Debra who, last year, ran the Race for Life raising over £1,300 for Cancer Research UK and intends to run again this year and would doubtless appreciate sponsorship....

Ipswich ‘Til I Die’, a book based on the memories of Ipswich Town Supporters has been released and features a small article by Dave. Although pleased with the quality and content of the publication, he was not quite so happy with his name being altered...

On the subject of books, Dave recommends a fantastic read – Like Ships That Pass in the Night – by our own Judy Clements. It is a true story of her adventure with partner Ron having turned to a life on the ocean wave. If you haven’t already read it, then get hold of a copy quick before her next book is published – that’s about their love of Burma, parts of which she has already shared with us at Scribblers meetings.

Dave who is reading Rochelle’s book Witch, has just received a copy of It’s All Relative by our Cairns based Suffolk lad Chris and, according to Dave’s wife Ann she found the first few pages very amusing. Dave hopes you all slow down on publication as he can’t read that fast!

INVITATION: Caroline (Foster) informs us that Creative Writing Groups moved premises recently and are having a launch event on Thursday 26th February between 2pm and 8pm and she would love Scribblers members to join her and enjoy a glass of bubbly at 12 Court Farm, Stutton Road, Brantham CO11 1PW. Please RSVP caroline@cwgroups.org.uk or telephone 01473 858429

Secondly, a rare opportunity to take part in a Travel Writing & Photography Weekend Workshop is taking place in Hunstanton on 14th/15th March for more information visit www.cwgroups.org.uk

The next IPSWICH WRITERS CAFẾ is at Starbucks in the Buttermarket Ipswich on Monday 16th March at 7.00pm. Spaces are limited so anyone interested in attending should email aburton@wolseytheatre.co.uk to book their place and also to book one of the available reading slots.

Morag has kindly been in touch with Maureen regarding the Bill Budner Short Story Competition which will be open to everyone. The competition is for a fictional short story on the theme ‘The Last Day of the Holiday’. You must create an original title for your story which should have a no more than 2,000 words. There will be adult and children’s categories with a1st prize of £25, 2nd prize £15 and 3rd prize £10 in both categories. Closing date will be 25th April. Full details will follow before the competition is announced publicly. Thanks again to Maureen for again sponsoring this competition in memory of her husband Bill.

The 1,500 word open themed work:

Tony: Hunions Travels through the Forest
Dave: Valentine

The 500 word ‘Trophy’ assignment on “Smile”

Di: Friendly Smile
Dick: Smile Please
Lauren: Untitled
Rosie: Cambridge University Diary
Stephen: Quail
Les: Grumpy Old Man’s Memories
Trish: Mary’s Smile
Liliane: Mia’s story
Caro: Untitled
Alex: Smiley
Angela: Though Your Heart Is Beating
Connie: Childish
Jane: First Kiss
Barry: Change

Our Next Meeting

3rd March at 7.30pm in the Café Libra, Felixstowe Library.

Dave will be in the Chair,

The homework assignment is 500 words on ‘Comic slash Behind the Scenes’ (Dick’s words). In reality the subject is either ‘Comic’ or ‘Behind the Scenes’ or both.

The 1,500 word open themed work will be undertaken by Alex and Jane.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

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For Creative Writers Groups
Email caroline@cwgroups.org.uk or visit the website at www.cwgroups.org.uk

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