Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Presentation Evening: Friday 9th December 2016

On Friday 9th December, group members, plus a number of very welcome guests, celebrated the successes of the year.  After a substantial buffet and a glass or two of wine, the winners and runners-up of all competitions held throughout 2016 collected their certificates.  After an extremely impressive year of writing that saw her winning or placed in all competitions, Vicky Armstrong won the writer of the year shield. The outcome of the judging for the annual Catherine Cookson competition was announced. This year the cup was awarded to Sandra Daniels for her short story ‘Boy’, a story of a young girl tormented by an annoying cousin, which leads to chilling consequences. Second place went to Sam Davey for ‘The House of Her Dreams’, third to Jill Fricker for ‘The Second Life of Amina Choudbury’ and fourth to Vicky Armstrong for ‘And Then There Was Silence’. The judge felt that the standard of submission has been so high this year that a highly commended mention was made for ‘The Jar of Ideas’ by Marcia Woolf.