The Wight Fair Writers & Artists Circle

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Carol on The Recent Competition


Enthusiastic Isle of Wight writers and their families gathered at Newport Minster on Wednesday night to hear whether their entry had impressed the judges enough to win a prize, in the annual Wight Fair Writers’ Circle Crime & Intrigue short story writing competition.

Joining the WFWC members were officers from the Isle of Wight Police. Dog handler PC Nathan Lucy gave a short talk about his ‘sniffer’ dogs, Rebel and Jen. PCSO Chris Urry took fingerprints and made them into badges for the delighted audience and the children and adults tried on the police uniform. And Andie Penn the entertainer came along and did magic tricks and made balloon animals for us. All good fun! There were stalls to peruse. Lovely homemade cakes, biscuits, jams, jewellery, and cards were on sale, and there was also a County Press book stall as well as published authors, available for people to talk to about writing. Refreshments were available by the WFWC.

‘We were delighted that the Isle of Wight High Sheriff Nick Hayward could be with us and he also brought along his lovely wife Nicky. Also in attendance, to applaud the winners were the Vice Chairman of the IW Council and his wife,’ said Maggie Jones, Deputy Chair of the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle.

Bob Bridgestock, retired Detective Superintendent from West Yorkshire Police, who now lives on the Island, told the spellbound audience about his long and established career dealing with murderers, and how he uses that experience now to write crime fiction with his wife Carol, before announcing the prizes, that were presented by the High Sheriff, Heather McCallum from IW Radio and Kate Young Feature Writer for the County Press.

‘Congratulations to everyone who took part, as we couldn’t do it with you, but particularly to the winners who produced the most amazing, imaginative and inspiring stories,’ said Carol.

And the winners are …

Andrew Preskey – Adult category with his story ‘Identity Theft’.
Eloise Preston – Under 18’s for her story ‘A Desperate Crime’.
Clare Dugidden – Under 12s competition for her story ‘A Murder with a Knot’.

Support from The BritWriters Awards 2012 Unpublished was very much appreciated…

‘Sponsorship of the Adult 1st prize money (£75) & also the Under 18s prize money (£50) enables us to continue running the competition for yet another year and we are so very grateful,’ said Carol. ‘CEO Imran Akram has also kindly invited the winners of the two categories to their award ceremony in November, in London, along with the Adult winner’s partner and the Under 18s family (ticket for two adults and two under 18s). I can’t tell you how excited the winners are about this prize,’ she continued.

Not only does the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle yearly competition inspire others to read and write but also ALL the monies raised go to charity. This competition raised money for the IW Homeless, Youth Carers and Carisbrooke Priory. For more information on our competitions and the winning stories please click here.


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