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Saturday, December 19, 2009

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Incorporating the


Apologies: Trish, Dick, Ros, Amanda, Angela P, Rosie.

In attendance: Debbie, Tony, Liliane, Jack, Jane, Peter, Ruth, Ann and Dave (chair).

Orwell Connection :

Dick was unable to attend Scribblers as three of his four poems for the Orwell Connection Christmas Poems were selected and were being performed at Walton Church, ironically on a Scribblers night. So well done Dick!


Received after the meeting was a review of the Felixstowe Anthology 2010 by Bernard M Jackson, an international review writer from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Summing up our group as a Fellowship, Bernard has made mention of every writer included in the anthology, spreading over four sides of paper. This will be available to see at our AGM in January.


”The Crabby Arms Affair”: In response to an email from the Scribblers to Rushmere Players on 14th December, we are now informed that the play will not be performed by them and consequently the proposed evening at Colneis School has been cancelled. It is understood that the decision was taken on November 30th but nobody had the courtesy to inform the Scribblers. What happens now? Watch this space.

Help sought

Our friend Di is looking for any members of Scribblers who have been published (short stories, novels, self-publishing etc) who have a couple of hours to spare on a Monday between 10am and 12noon who would be willing to come along to the little creative writing group we have at Suffolk Family Carers in Claydon and chat to our Family Carers about their publishing experiences. The dates for our next meetings are: 11th Jan, 8th Feb, 8th March and 12th April. They do not have to commit themselves to all sessions. Tea/coffee and biscuits are freely available!

Suffolk Family Carers is a charity and our budget for events in the Centre is to all intents and purposes, non-existent. It wouldn’t be possible for us to pay an hourly rate for a Scribbler to attend, although we would be happy to reimburse any travelling costs (petrol, buses fare etc) getting to and from our centre in Claydon. If anyone is interested, please ask them to email me at Diane.Relf@suffolkfamilycarers.org Many thanks.Di

United Press

For those who attended the meeting, we were pleased to receive and distribute amongst our members several free copies some excellent publications from United Press who cover mostly poetry but also include the Short Story Society.

Also included were a variety of leaflets including poetry competitions and details of how to publish your own work. Go to http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/ for information.


The meeting decided to each place a word in a hat and then draw out four of them. Each writer would then use those words within their own creative masterpiece in approximately twenty minutes. The four words were :

Blackmail: Cuddly: Communist: Catflap:

The results were quite remarkable with eight very different stories.

Ruth’s work was entitled “Monty’s Return”, Liliane’s “Cat Chaos”, Tony “It’s all Ann’s fault” and Dave “It’s a Hoot”. The work by Peter, Debbie, Jack and Jane were all untitled.

With the writing over, it was down to a little party with plenty of eats and drinks.

It was then time to say

“Merry Xmas”

OUR NEXT MEETING at The Room at the Top Felixstowe Library is the AGM which takes place on Tuesday 5th January 2010 at 7.30 pm

If you have any item you wish to include on the agenda then please email scribblers@btinternet.com with details.

Have a very Merry Xmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Keep Scribbling!


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Felixstowe Scribblers Anthology 2010

Over 120 pages packed with short stories and poetry from 37 past and present Felixstowe Scribblers,

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