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Trudy’s Talkback November 2012


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The Wight fair Writers Writing circle had a busy meeting in November with the highlight being news that another member of our group has published a book.

Huge congratulations go to Irene who has had 1500 copies of her book, ‘One Wren’s War,’ about Margaret the wren published. She has a book signing at the County Press Shop, Newport on Saturday (Nov 24). Irene’s publicity plan includes a review by the Wrens, and books on sale at The Christmas Market in Newport at the IOW tank museum, the Roman Villa, Brading and a museum in Portsmouth. Irene has shown that it has taken just six months to complete and publish a book – an incredible achievement.

Members’ news:

Trudy has written a story for our in-house Christmas story competition and is writing a political comedy.

Linda has also written a story plus a poem for the contest – a first try at fiction and her family of husband and two sons have also entered the main contest.

Anouska is suffering from writers’ block complaining her imagination has crashed temporarily.

Maggie has been busy as usual writing a poem for the musical competition and a short story for our contest. She is busy trying to get a literary agent for her novel and had a pleasant rejection letter not the usual standard one. Don’t give up the search yet, Maggie.

Anne said that once she writes she never stops and is hoping to enter two competitions in two magazines.

David said he has lost heart trying to find a publisher or agent for his poems. He has a collection of 36 poems plus illustrations drawn by a friend and is thinking about an e-book or self publishing.

Carol reported that lots of prizes have been donated for our Christmas competition (Irene gave £10 for a prize in the children’s competition and Maggie has got two presents for the children’s competition too).

Carol and Bob will be on IOW radio on Heather McCallum’s show on December 13 to talk about our presentation evening. As usual the evening will be full of stalls to raise money for charities. Our busy duo have written series 3 for the crime drama details of which are secret so far. Their books have gone to 360 degree films, a London literary agent wants film and TV rights and their first book, Deadly Focus is now going out to Korea and talks are ongoing for it to go to Denmark as well. They go from strength to strength, well done!

Chris was involved in an event at the college called The Future aimed at 14 to 24 year olds.

Hazel, who has not written before, outlined a synopsis of a story idea which centres around a porter in a hospital.

Doreen, who was a guest of David & Hazel’s for the evening came along to see how the group runs, and has never written before, but is going to write an article for the County Press about a club she runs.

So as usual the writing life of all our members is full of different activities. We are a very versatile lot.

The next meeting will be on Friday December 14th at chairman, Maggie’s house in Godshill, when we will join in a secret Santa. Subs are a bargain 50p a meeting to be paid at the beginning of the New Year. At the January meeting will everyone bring £6 subs please and give to Chris. Many thanks.

Talkback is compiled from notes written by Linda and Maggie.


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