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Friday, July 10, 2009





APOLOGIES: Sue (holiday), Debbie, Morag, Angela P and Di.

ATTENDING: Dick (chair) Ros, Ali, Ruth, Jane, Jack, Sandy, Rani, Liliane, Tony, Barry, Les, Trish, Angela L, Dave and Peter.


Very Sad News: Liam Fairhurst, the 14 year old Soham schoolboy died from cancer on Tuesday last week. Liam, who began fundraising in memory of our Jack Wilkinson, raised a staggering £320,000 and met many personalities along the way. Liam won many awards in his life, praise for his courage and devotion to helping others. We may not have personally met Liam but we knew and admired him. He was an inspiration. Rest in peace.

And more sad news: We learned of the sudden death on Thursday last of our friend Diane’s father from a heart attack. The Scribblers send their heartfelt wishes to Di, and also to the parents and brother of Liam.

Morag cannot be present tonight as she has a problem with her eye and feels it would be unwise to drive at night. We do wish her all the best. It is not all gloom though for Morag has just had a story published in the People's Friend Summer Special No 30, which went on sale on 2nd July. Well done Morag!

Angela P, last year’s winner, has again been short-listed in the IpArt short story competition. At the present time Felixstowe Scribblers have been unable to obtain details of this years winning entry. If anyone knows the final result then please drop an email to us.

Poetry : The Orwell Connection:. The general rule of thumb is that the poems should be on a Christmas theme with a comical vent. There is a minimum length of 24 lines and a cut point of the end of September. Dick will act as agent for any poems we would like to submit so please pass them to him.

The Murder Mystery : Pressure of other commitments with the imminent publication of Strictly a Family Affair together with the anthology means that Barry has withdrawn from the writing group. There are four writers left and have just completed the third scene of the play. There is still a very long way to go before its ready for the Rushmere Players.

THE ANTHOLOGY – A REMINDER : Barry reminds us that all submissions for the anthology need to be with him by the end of this month. Time has virtually run out now so please try and and get your submission in before then. Don’t forget a few words bio and perhaps a photograph too.

The Summer Social Beach Party: Coming up next Tuesday 14th July is our 2009 Summer Social. The venue is the same as before, at Ruth’s beach hut nearest to the Spa Pavilion. Please bring along some little snacks and drinks. Starting around 7.30pm we are hoping for good weather once again. Should be fun!

Message from our secretary: Dave has informed the Scribblers that he will be stepping down as secretary in May next year. He will then have held the office of secretary for ten years and though he has suggested he will stand down on previous occasions this time it is for real. This early announcement was made to allow the Scribblers to discuss who they step into the role and allow a transitional period up to the handover.


The open themed 1500 word assignments:

Les : The Minutes
Barry : Chapter 35 of his book Strictly a Family Affair

The 500 word assignment on ‘Flying’

Roz :My Dearest Douglas
Dave :Up, Up and Away
Trish :Life
Angela L :The Bird That Was Afraid of Heights
Tony :There’s No Place Like Emoh
Liliane :On the Plane
Rani :Flying the Falcon Falls
Jack :Flying the Flag
Jane :Fear of Flying
Ruth :Flying Low
Ali :Flying
Sandy :Cut Short
Dick :Too Young (poem)
Peter :Bovine Flight


Is in two weeks time on Tuesday 21st July at 7.30 pm in the Room at the Top, Felixstowe Library. In the chair will be Peter. Liliane will again collect the key.

Please note that we now meet upstairs in the Library. This is because of all the new tables and chairs in Cafe Libra has created difficulties setting up and replacing the furniture before and after meetings. Late comers are advised that it will take a couple of extra minutes to answer the door.


There will be no homework assignment for this meeting. Instead please bring along four words each written on a small separate slip of paper. These will go into a hat followed by everyone drawing out four words then taking 20 minutes to create a work that includes those words. It should be fun!

For those who will miss the usual creative homework then this could provide your last opportunity to write a piece for the anthology!

Keep Scribbling!

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Don’t forget that Scott has special ‘Felixstowe Scribblers’ mugs on sale at £5 each. Not only does it have the Scribblers logo on the front, but your name can also be added on the rear.


An open invitation to enter a short story competition based on a selected song from Mick Jagger. Go to www.thewriteplace.org.uk for details.


I want to introduce Aesthetica, a bi-monthly arts and culture magazine with sections dedicated to visual art, literature, theatre, film and music. We are currently seeking short fiction and poetry entries for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition.

The competition attracts entries from around the globe which are showcased in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, available through Borders from December. Last year we featured some fantastic up and comers including Leni Kae, who will be representing Australia in the Florence Biennale; Neale Howells, who has go on to exhibit alongside Tracey Emin and Peter Blake at the Kowalsky Gallery, DACS's examination of Orwellian themes in the 1984 exhibition; and Kate Rudkins, who has been commissioned by Channel 4 to make a Three Minute Wonder.

• The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition seeks entries of Artwork, Photography & Sculpture, Fiction and Poetry
• Three winners will be awarded £500 each
• Additional prizes include an Olympus E-420 SLR camera and a boutique holiday for two
• All finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, in stores December 2009
• Entry to the 2009 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is £10
• This allows you to submit up to 5 images, 5 poems or 2 short stories
• Closing date to receive Creative Works is 31 August 2009
• For full details please visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/submission_guide.htm

Pauline Bache, Marketing Officer, Aesthetica Magazine, PO Box 371, York YO23 1WL
01904 479168 pauline@aestheticamagazine.com website www.aestheticamagazine.com

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2009
from The New Writer magazine
Closing date 30 November

Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website).
Further information including guidelines and entry fees at http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm
Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm
The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry.

The New Writer, PO Box 60, CRANBROOK, TN17 2RE. 01580 212626 admin@thenewwriter.com website www.thenewwriter.com


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