Sunday, 20 November 2011

Meeting Report: 3rd October 2011

The brief for the final of this year’s five HWG Writer of the Year competitions was to write an autobiographical piece inspired by a photo of own choice, in a maximum of 1500 words. Victoria Seymour, local social history author, had suggested this topic so it was fitting that we should invite her to judge it and come along to our meeting on 3 October 2011 with the results and her comments.

Before giving her judgment Victoria spoke about her own writing and publishing experiences, showed us her books, including the most well-known Letters from Lavender Cottage’ and also emphasised the importance of photographs. She said that she had very much enjoyed the challenge of judging, complimenting members on the overall high standard of writing, which had made it difficult to decide on the order of winners.

The final line-up was: 1st Carol Pullen The Confident Girl; 2nd Mark Towner ‘Scars’; 3rd Roz Balp A Bunch of Dandelions and 4th Jill Fricker Dear Danny Boyle’. Special mentions were also given to Charlie Menzinger’s ‘Breaking the Ice’ and Amanda Giles’ ‘Wow, Amazing! They’ve Still Got It.’

The Group launched its new publication Ghost Writers – which is helping to support local Young Carers – at the recent Books Born in Hastings event at the Town Hall. Chairperson Monica Percy, writing as Monica Tracey, also launched her new book Left of the Moon so it was a double celebration. Sales enquiries can be made to and both books will be available in Waterstones in the near future.

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