Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Tom had written a special christmas play in which we all had a part. So many thanks for that, it was great fun to do and we take our hats off to Tom's super casting skills.
For those who couldn't make it, we were thinking of you and hope everything is fine.
Looking forward to next year and our first meeting in January.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and Sucesssful New Year.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Competition in magazine Gardeners World Closing date 28th February 2011
A poem of no longer than 40lines
submit by post or email
email to gwpoetrybbc.com
Post to Gardener's World Magazine, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ
Include your name, address, telephone number, email address and Poem title
Winner's poem will be published in the June 2011 issue
Prizes 1st Prize £100 National Garden Gift vouchers, Runner-ups will receive £50 of vouchers
Main terms of conditions Must be your own original work must not have been published in print or online. Nor have been entered into any other competitions.
On entering you grant the BBC perpetual irrevocable and royalty free licence to publish or broadcast your poem in any media.
Winner to be notified by 30th April 2011
June magazine will on sale from 27th May
The meeting on 19th November was cancelled due to so many members being unable to travel because of the fog. Unfortunately this was our Winter Comp. night so our competition will have to be postponed. Next meeting is the Christmas party night, so we'll try and fit it in then if time permits. It is a disappointment to all, especially after our long November lay-off (it seems like ages since the last meeting) but hopefully our Christmas night will make up for it, with food, prizes, games... and new for this year, we are promised a spectacular Christmas play by Tom, our favourite playwright.
So cheer up, listen... are those jingle bells I hear?
I hope tonight's fog isn't a sign of things to come this winter. It unfortunately put paid to our winter competition night as so few of us could make it to Bebington.
It has been suggested that the competition could be included as part of our Christmas Evening so please bring your entry with you on the 4th December. However if you have written your Christmas piece please bring your seasonal offering too.
Just to remind everyone the Christmas Evening has an open invitation to friends and family to join us. Members are requested to bring something for the Christmas Draw, it's more like a Lucky Dip really as most years everyone gets to receive something.
Please bring your favourite nibbles and drink.
And most of all bring yourselves.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
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Saturday, 18 September 2010
Next meeting, 1st October, is our AGM. If anyone has anything to go on the agenda please email me.
15th October is the night when we learn who wins the Maynah Lewis Cup for 2010. We are pleased to welcome this year's judge, Judith Railton, who has agreed to announce the winner, present the cup, and give a little talk. Looking forward to it.
Now, important, THERE IS NO MEETING ON FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER. This is because the annual fireworks display and ritual burning of Mayer Park takes place that night, and there will be nowhere to park our cars. So it gives us an extra night of writing at home to prepare for Friday 19th November, when we will hold our annual short competition.
For those of you who are new, here's how it works: We each write a 500 word piece (this year it is an article about a hobby or interest) and on the 19th Nov meeting we read it out. Nobody says a word, instead we mark each story out of ten, on a score sheet, and write some brief comments. Then we add up the scores and somebody wins.
Then on 3rd of December we wrap up the year with our Christmas Party. More details about this to follow.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
No photo this year I'm afraid. I spent so long trying to set up the camera and figure out the self timer that the batteries died before I managed to actually take the picture. Ho hum.
Cheryl presented us with a new challenge - a flash fiction piece in just 75 words, five of which were specified in advance. As we only had yesterday to knock something together it was great to see so many having a go. If anyone wants to post their efforts, feel free to put then up on the blog.
This year's Maynah Lewis competition is in the process of being judged. We're pleased to have Judith Railton, the creative writing tutor from 3L's as our competition judge this year. Judith is also editor for The Wirral Society and for The Wirral committee for CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England. We're very grateful to her for giving her time to do this. Details of the grand prize ceremony to follow.
I promised some info from Dee Rivaz about writing activities in the Mold/Ruthin area. Here goes:
Mondays Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 10am to 12 noon.
Weekly Workshops for Pinboard Writers’ Group at the
Daniel Owen Centre, Mold.
Free taster workshop sponsored by NIACE Dysgu Cymru for their ‘Sign Up
Now’ Autumn Festival of Learning.
Venue: Nantclwyd y Dre, Castle St Ruthin, LL15 1DP.
All levels of skill and experience welcome.
This workshop will concentrate on stimulating ideas for new writing in the atmospheric parlour of this 15th century town house and its peaceful gardens.
Thurs 16th Sept: 7 pmOpen Mic evening, Haydn Rees Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru. Free slots for participants:£2 for audience tickets. Book your slot early as they are limited! Great opportunity for writers to share their work – poetry or prose. Contact Academi North Wales Fieldworker, Sioned Jones on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01766 522 817 to book.
Sat 25th Sept : 11am to 4 pm
Free taster workshop sponsored by NIACE Dysgu Cymru for their ‘Sign Up Now’ Autumn Festival of Learning.
Venue: Y Caban. Plas Newydd, Hill St, Llangollen, LL20 8AW.
All levels of skill and experience welcome.
This workshop will concentrate on stimulating ideas for new writing in
the extraordinary grounds of Plas Newydd, home to the Two Ladies of Llangollen.
Take advantage of this opportunity to work in the company of other writers, and see what there is to sign up to this autumn.
Mon 27th Sept: 1 to 3.30pm
Bilingual blankets, banners and bunting! Free Bilingual craft and writing workshop at Rhydymwyn Valley Park Visitor Centre. This is an experimental project, supported by Menter Iaith, Everyone welcome but the hope is that Welsh learners will take the opportunity to explore and practise their Welsh in a totally informal situation. The focus of the craft activity will be to fashion squares that interpret an idea through images and words in each language, in any media (that’s workable!) and by any method preferred - collage, printing, appliqué, embroidery, felt, knitting, crochet and so on. The idea would be that these smaller pieces could then be made up into larger items like blankets, throws, hangings, friezes or even flags or celebratory bunting (dare I say there might be a few ideas for Christmas here?).
We are going to meet once a month for a few months to see if the idea takes off, so please do come and join us. There will be tutorial support and ideas and resources to start us off, but the more people who can bring their own skills and materials to add to the equation, the better!
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
got your email, thanks, but unable to reply via email all my post is being returned to me. Can't think why and I don't understand the reasons given.
Lovely barbie weather during the day, though this morning the fog was so thick it stopped the ferries running and slowed the rush hour traffic so much that the carpet layer arrived at 7.30am instead of 7am. I don't know what surprised me most the fog or the fact that tradesmen start early here.
I'm glad everything is on the way with John Oakden and hopefully I'll be back before June, ash permitting of course.
Will contact again through this link if anything crops up that might be of particular interest.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
From Thursday 1 April until the end of May she and novelist Jenn Ashworth will be running a series of weekly workshops for residents of HMRI areas in creative writing and blogging.
I'll pass on more details at the next meeting, but in view of the short timescales any members who are interested could email me and I'll pass on Elaine's email address for more info.