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Trudy’s Talkback July 2013


trudy draperThe very hot weather is taking its toll on our members; they have wilted into their swimming pools and gardens with just five stepping out to attend the July meeting.  I’m sure numbers will pick up once this un British heat wave is just a distant memory.

The members, who made it to the meeting generously joined in the ‘go yellow day’ for the island hospice, by wearing yellow and raised £8 for the cause.  Maggie took the cash to them where it was gratefully received and Maggie adds her thanks to all who contributed.

Two items discussed were our joint novel Abbott’s Bay – we need a progress report from Chris and Louise who volunteered to take on the project.  If interest has waned then are others interested?  Report back please?

The merits of Kindle v paper was discussed with the group’s conclusion that paper would prevail against media products.


Caroline Whittle – is a fairly new member and not present; she wanted to tell us about a show of her wonderful illustrations this weekend July 20/21 at the Vestas Building, Atrium, Stag Lane, Cowes.  Try and get along to see them – show opens 10am to 4pm both days.

Maggie Currie – again not present, reports she is writing her third book, this time on divorce.  Good luck with the book, Maggie.

Irene – has started her second book – the plot is taken from an incident in her own life.  Interesting one!

Dave – said he entered the Isle of Arts and Wight Fair Writers spring Dr Who contest, unfortunately, he was not placed.  He is busy rehashing a story he wrote some time ago.  It is his version of Three Little Pigs from the viewpoint of the wolf.  He has found a site by Lynn Viehl to help with story layouts; we don’t have full address just Google it if interested in finding out how to do it.

Maggie – our star of the month was interviewed by Ian Mac from Vectis Radio (thanks to Maggie Currie for arranging it) about her writing.  One of her stories has been included in a compilation of short stories.  It is called Came as me, Left as We and was out on Friday 12th, and contains 21 feel good short stories now available on Amazon for Kindle or in book form at £6.99.  You can also download the whole book from for just £1.99.  Maggie is also having her eighth story published by Alfie Dog on 24th July – no ends to her talents.  Well done Maggie.

Anouska – is re editing the Vicar’s Daughter (first series) and is editing the second series, which is in draft form.  She is also working on Dimensions – a very busy time ahead.  In addition to her writing talents, Anouska is an accomplished artist and the group was thrilled to see her art folder called 365 Days of Art.  Anouska recently held an art exhibition of her pencil drawings of animals, but had no internet to tell us about it.  We are looking into having our next meeting at her house so we can see these wonderful pictures ourselves.  Maggie will confirm this nearer the time.

Val – is shortly going into hospital for a minor op, so we all wish her well and a speedy recovery.

Trudy – not at the meeting; is not writing much, so looking at old short stories and novel to see how they can be improved.  She has also offered to take on Abbott’s Bay, if no one else is interested.

Annual Winter Competition – name to be decided.  There will not be an in-house competition for members this year.   It was felt if we wished to enter, we could join in the main competition.  Forms will be available at Waterstones and from WFW as soon as the competition is announced in September.

REMINDER – for all the new members, if you have not yet forwarded your photo and a couple of lines about yourselves, please can you do a.s.a.p. to chairman Maggie?  The details will then be added to our website by Jamie.

NEXT MEETING will be on Friday 16th August – venue to be decided nearer the date.

Written from notes by Val and Maggie J – with thanks.

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