Writing in troubled times

At the time of the Coronavirus lockdown, the biggest success to report is the continuing functioning of the Circle on-line. Ian Harker’s “Places of Poetry” workshop successfully moved to Zoom and proved a great success. The first remote Manuscript Evening was held on Monday, April 6th. Hosted by Graeme and chaired by Lucie, with no less than 18 members appearing on screen at the same time, it worked very well . The other groups are continuing to function too. Writers are irrepressible people.

The adjudication evening for the poetry competition had to be cancelled. The brief from judge Mark Connors was for a Persona Poem and the full results are now on the Competitions Page. Many congratulations to Gail Mosley, Andrew Lambert and Joanna Bucktrout as the main winners, and also to Sue Ryder, Adelle Kirk and Sunyi Dean. Hopefully we can celebrate and hear your poems at an event later in the year.

Other reported successes:

Pat Belford is set to be People’s Friend writer of the week in May to coincide with the publication of ‘The Maypole Dance’. She has also sold another story, ‘Words in my Ears’, a family story about a deaf woman, who, on wearing her new hearing aids for the first time, overhears something very disturbing. She says this one was written from the heart!

Graeme Hall has had his story ‘The Gift’ published with Litro Online. You can read that here.

Emma Storr has been commended in this year’s Hippocrates Poetry Prize. She also has a review of Deadpan, a new collection by James Norcliffe, published in the London Grip. That can be read here.

Keep safe everyone.

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