2015: Archived Meetings

Tuesday, 3. Mar 2015 - Annual General Meeting

The proposal is to elect the Programme Secretary, Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and Publicity Officer at the AGM.  The current officers are all willing to stand for re-election.

Tuesday, 7. Apr 2015 - Catherine Belsey

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Catherine teaches at the University of Swansea.  Her most recent work A Future for Criticism puts forward the case for increased attention to the joy of fiction and the way it engages readers.

She supports the work of GENCAS, the Centre for Research into gender and culture in Society.

Tuesday, 5. May 2015 - The Writers’ Resources Evening.

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Useful aids that help with writing – discussion of reference books, writing courses, ‘learning-to-write books’ - are they any good?

Writers associations (Romantic Novelists, Historical Novel Society, etc.), companies that will criticize your writing (such as Cornerstones), short story competitions, information about agents and publishers, inspiration and sources for what we write, websites and writing software, in fact anything that members have found useful - or not. 

All members are welcome to bring along their experiences, good and bad, and should be prepared to participate.

Tuesday, 2. Jun 2015 - Flash Fiction Competition

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Competitors bring a printed copy of their anonymous entry to the meeting.  Word limit of 250 words.

Tuesday, 1. Sep 2015

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Les Brookes and Hannah Hooton

Cambridge Writers Les Brookes and Hannah Hooton share the floor and talk to us about how they approach their writing, and their experience of being published.

Tuesday, 6. Oct 2015 - Workshop

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Richard Gould

Richard Gould leads a workshop on the challenge of describing physical features of characters.

Be ready to participate in group discussion, listen to ideas and share your own.

Tuesday, 3. Nov 2015

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Wendy Cope

Come and meet one of Britain's best loved poets.  Since her bestselling debut Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was published in 1986, Wendy Cope has been responsible for some of the best-known and most-quoted lines in contemporary poetry.

She was voted the listeners' choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll in 198 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 .

Tuesday, 1. Dec 2015

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Virginia Bergin

We welcome a popular children's author, Virginia will come and speak to us about her latest work Storm  which manages a dark and mysterious feel, though not without humour:
 
Welcome to The Rain (H2O in the US) and The Storm . . . I’m Virginia and I – did not write this story. Ruby did.  She's my main character and she wrote a story about what happens when a totally ordinary (and utterly unique, because everyone is) British teenager finds herself caught up in a global apocalyptic/dystopian horror-thriller - with comedy, unsuitable footwear and a bacterium from outer space.  It is also a story about love; love for your home, for your family, for your friends; love for strangers . . . for the planet we live on . . . and for the wrong guy. (Possibly.)