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Happy Christmas everyone!



P.S Has anyone worked out how to add word documents yet.

P.P.S Farewell Oliver Postgate and thanks for Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss, Poggles Wood, Ivor the Engine and my childhood.

Thanks Mr Postgate

The Pogles were always my favourite.

News about Next Meeting

I had a call, yesterday, from a lady named Marion who is interested in broadcasting a number of stories on community radio – it’s part of a course she is doing on radio broadcasting. She had been advised to seek out writers’ groups and so she found us.

She is looking for two or three short stories, of about 12/13 minutes. She will either read them out herself, or if the author prefers, he/she can read them on air.

She has a February deadline, so I asked if she would like to come along to our next meeting (2nd January) and make her pitch. I suggest we dig out our old stories, ex-Maynah Lewis comp entries, perhaps, or anything else we have in the pipeline or the recycle bin, and bring them along. She says we should be mindful of our audience, who are likely to be elderly, so not too much gore and profanity.

So – here is a chance to get your stories out there, to get your name bandied about, and it could be a bit of useful free publicity for the group. I think it’s an opportunity we don’t w…

Unoffical minutes (21/11/08)

I met some folk the other night,
both cerebral and amusing.
We traded rhyme and coffee time,
in a manner most unbruising.

A brightly lit room, we slayed autumn's gloom
and duelled with words and meaning.
Then after a break, re-sharpened the stake
and did it once more, with feeling.

Round the planet in one night,
on a Wirral Line zone ticket.
Dodging Chinese mother-in-laws, poisoned soup, talking doors,
batting sibling rival's sticky wicket.

The Knights of the Horseshoe table returned from Kent,
chivalry unspent, but geography in defeat.
They reached Singapore, but will travel no more;
They only wanted Liverpool, James Street...
(A pantoum or something like one)

We meet together on a Friday night
a group of cheerful scribblers all
who bring their words, profound or sleight
to please or tease, appal, enthral.

A group of cheerful scribblers all -
the Wirral Writers do their best
to please or tease, appal enthral
and always welcome every guest.

The Wirral Writers do their best
to pen some lines of prose and rhyme
and always welcome every guest
so why not join us - now’s the time

to pen some lines of prose and rhyme
concerning love or maybe spite.
so why not join us, now’s the time.
We meet together on a Friday night.

Crime Might Pay

If you missed the AGM last week, we decided that our Maynah Lewis competition this year will mirror the theme for the Writers Magazine July competition, whatever that turns out to be.
Well, I've been rummaging around my magazine filing system (an old printer box I keep under my desk) and I have found the Competition Pull-out for 2009.
So, here it is... (pause for a drum roll and fanfare)
This year will be a Crime Story. "Anything from murder to parking on a yellow line." More details will follow, but for the moment you can all be thinking about your summer crime spree. And while we're on competitions - here's the theme for the October competition. We took this from one of the paintings at Brook Meadow during the summer meal. You need to work your magic on it in 500 words or less. There's a long time to go on this one but it doen't do any harm to let your subconcious loose on it for a few months. Who is the girl? Why is she sad? Why is she holding what appears t…


I have the honour of making the first post on Wirral Writers' members-only blog.
I'm hoping this will be a new way for members to share their thoughts, ideas, triumphs and moans.

The site will only be visible to our little Wirral Writers' community. Anyone in the club can post, so long as I have your email and can add you as a user, and anyone can comment on posts. I'm hoping we can use it for updates on club competitions, diary items, market news, and useful writerly resources. Anyone who wishes to post stories and poems can do so, and anyone who reads them may comment. This way we can share advice on grammar, layout and punctuation - things that are not always apparent from an oral reading.

And we want it to evolve! Any other ideas for using the site can be aired and discussed.

A full launch will take place at the AGM (in case you stumbled upon the site in advance) at which time I'll sound out opinions on whether this is something we are all happy to persue.

In the me…