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Thursday, September 17, 2009



APOLOGIES: Dick (Holiday), Barry (holiday), Jane (family visit), Jack (family visit), Ruth (baby sitting), Les (knee op), Ros (Spanish student), Caroline F (work commitments), Trish (accident).

ATTENDING: Peter, Angela L, Rani, Liliane, Sandy, Rosie, Debbie, Tony and Dave (chair).

WELCOME back to Rosie who has been absent for a number of meetings through school work and holidays. She will be missing from our next meeting as she will be celebrating her 18th birthday so, happy birthday in advance!


A very small turnout this evening for what is one of the most enjoyable parts of our programme. The Bill Budner Trophy. This anonymous competition lost nothing in the high standard of work and the efforts of those present to lift the trophy – or in one case to retain it!

Details of the competition follow a few paragraphs below....

In view of the attendances which have slipped a bit in recent times, questions might be raised about the possibility our meeting format may need refreshing, perhaps the entire Scribblers programme should be revamped as well. There are some writers who would fight against change whilst others may have fresh ideas. Here is an opportunity for you to make any suggestions to improve our meetings so please let Dave know as soon as possible.

Once the saga of the Murder Mystery is completed, then the time will be right for a committee to discuss the coming months. Our AGM is held on the first meeting in January and whilst Dave would wish to continue as Secretary it is known that he wishes to step aside once he has completed his full ten years in office in May. Now is time for the Scribblers to select his replacement.

A bit of a setback for Dick whose holiday was booked as per brochure but, in fact an error in the print, his Canadian holiday was delayed for ten days. Consequently many of his commitments had to be hastily re-arranged. The main thing is he is on holiday now and out to prove that the Mounties don’t always get their man!

Dick reminded us that the 2009 Annual Jack Wilkinson Memorial walk takes place this Sunday 20th September, in aid of Cancer Research. Details and sponsorship forms can be obtained from Wendy Crampton on 01394-275751.

Another event taking place this weekend is on Saturday 19th September when Tony is hosting another ‘Evening of Musical Mayhem’ starting ‘when it begins’ and finishing ‘when it ends’. Worth going along in proper terms at approx 19.30hrs.

Details of the Anthology must wait until Barry returns from holiday whilst two dates have been suggested for the Murder Mystery at Colneis School. These are 30th January 2010 and 6th February 2010. We await confirmation of the date and also confirmation that Rushmere Players will be using our script as per the original arrangements.

Providing everything goes according to plan, our friend and fellow author Chris will be in the country from his Australian home to celebrate his mother’s 100th birthday in Felixstowe. Sadly his stay does not coincide with a Scribblers meeting but along with his wife Rebecca he has arranged to meet Dave and Ann for a meal on Sunday 20th. We all wish Chris and Rebecca well and of course send every good wish as his mother reaches her century. It is only two years ago since his father also reached that fantastic milestone. Must be the good Felixstowe sea air.....


And now, for those who are waiting (im)patiently for the result of the Bill Budner competition.... in order of reading, the title, the reader and the author.

Laughter Lines Read by Angela L, Author Rosie
The Scrying Tree Read by Peter Author Rani
Wedding Worries Read by Tony Author Liliane
Dying Soon, Last Call Read by Dave Author Debbie
Stranger on a Train Read by Debbie Author Tony
Look on the Brighter Side Read by Rosie Author Peter
In the Name Allah Read by Sandy Author Angela L
Where is Daddy? Read by Liliane Author Dave
So You Want to be a Mum Read by Rani Author Sandy


3rd place Where is Daddy? Dave
Runner-up Stranger on a Train Tony
WINNER So You Want to Be a Mum Sandy

Congratulations to Sandy who will hold the trophy until January 2010.

Surprising fact is that this was the eighth staging of the competition and it provided the eighth different winner. Now that really is an amazing fact and one that shows the creative writing strength of our membership.

THANKS to Liliane for collecting the key and also for providing the cake.


Is in THREE weeks time on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30 pm in the Room at the Top, Felixstowe Library.

The 1,500 word work will be read by Angela L and Liliane.

The 500 word homework assignment is on the subject “STONE”

Until next time

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.


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One of our former Scribblers, Kate has now invested all her creative talents in her love of art. Find out more about Kate’s work on her website at http://www.kateackerley.com/ Some of her paintings will be on display in the Reunion Gallery in Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe as part of their Art of the Docks exhibition which runs from 8th September to 3rd October.

Premier Screenwriting Competition 2009
‘From page to screen’
Writers International Premier Screen Talent:

First Judge Announced

Vibe Tv are pleased to announce the first judge on the Wipst judging panel – John Rhys Thomas
John Rhys Thomas is a graduate whose career spans education and the arts. As a university student he performed regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe playing such diverse roles as First Voice in Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’, Proteus in Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’. Scrivens in ‘A Scent of Flowers’ and Chekov in a play of the same name that toured the U.K. Other roles have included best actor awards as Shylock in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and Pop Dennison in ‘The Wooden Dish’. He worked for the B.B.C. Drama as production Manager for the B.A.F.T.A. award winning television play ‘Shadowlands’ with Claire Bloom and Joss Ackland. He is a founder member of The Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain having directed the poet’s work ‘Under Milk Wood’ in the U.K. and North America including New York, Ohio, Toronto and Vancouver while he is presently the Society’s Chairman. Today he works for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as an examiner of Performance and Communication, travelling extensively in the United Kingdom and abroad while continuing to work as a director.

Get your entries in now, there is just over 10 weeks left until the closing date.

WIPST is a new competition looking for raw talent, and the winning writer will see a pilot of their script on screen. It is so difficult to break into the business, to get seen or heard, but with a short movie/television programme to show you can enter film festivals or send it to directors and producers and all the people that make things happen.

Vibe Tv.Tv Ltd is an industry partner looking for great stories in any of the following genres:

Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Horror, Romantic Comedy, Thriller/Suspense, Documentary, Fantasy, Ghost and Open genres.

Our Mission is to create an opportunity for screenwriters to have a 10 min pilot of their work made available for distribution, e.g. to film festivals or Production/TV/Film companies to promote their work and to generate funding for the full project.

The closing date is November 30th 2009, and the overall winner will be announced on January 18, 2010. A pilot (10 minutes) will be commissioned to promote the screenplay which will be filmed in March/April 2010 at an appropriate location for the screenplay.

For more information about how you can enter the competition, download the attachments, or visit www.vibetv.tv



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