Saturday, 24 April 2010

Open Poetry Competition Anthology Success

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, within days of its launch, our latest Poetry Anthology's first run has sold out, and is currently being reprinted.

The book, entitled Keeping The Fire Going, features all 70 winning entries in our Open Poetry Competition, alongside a foreword by OPC adjudicator, Hilary Mellon.

To order your copy of this highly enjoyable read, please visit

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Open Poetry Competition Prize-Giving Evening

At The Assembly House this evening we held the prize giving for our Annual Open Poetry Competition.

This year's competition, which had over 600 entries, was adjudicated by Hilary Mellon. The local poet commented on the variety of the poems entered, plus also how much she enjoyed judging the competition.

After the compeition prize-winners were announced, a selection of poems from the Anthology were read aloud by the poets to a packed, and very appreciative, Pierce Room.

The main competiton winners were:

1st - £200.00
Failing Fire
by Tim Lenton

2nd - £100.00
by Peter Watson

3rd - £50.00
The Dog In The Painting
by Helen Burke

In additon to the above, the OPC's sponsored prizes were also announced. The winners in these catergories were as follows:

Family - H G Powell - £35.00
Mother Love
by Andrew Heron

Minimalist - Hilary Mellon - £15.00
by Shirley Ann Percy

Humorous - John Coleridge - £15.00
Laptop Computer
by Gerard McKee

All the winning poems are now featured in an Anthology called Keeping The Fire Going, which was also launched this evening.

The popular Winners' Anthology is also now available to purchase via our website, by going here.

Please visit to see the full list of winners.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Andrew Brammer's Tall Tales

Thanks to a programme change earlier in the year, we welcomed Andrew Brammer to Norwich Writers' Circle tonight.

The award-winning storyteller gave us an entertaining evening on Writing Humour Based On Personal Experiences. The night included Andrew giving us a taste of his tall tales, which feature various characters growing up in 1970s Dunstable. We were then informed of the techniques Andrew uses in bringing his stories to life. These techniques included his use of language, with the emphasis of making things immediately clear to the listener.

The meeting concluded with an interesting Q&A session with the visiting writer, before we were given the opportunity to buy Andrew's latest CD, Stumpy Sanderson's Scrapbook.

This evening also saw Andrew launch our in-house competition to write a Humorous Article, of between 750 and 1,000 words, for The Colin Sutton Cup.

Our next meeting is in The Pierce Room, and will be the adjudication and prizegiving evening for our Annual Open Poetry Competition. This meeting, which will be hosted by Hilary Mellon - the competition's adjudicator - on 20th April, is one of the most popular events in our yearly programme.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter

Wishing you a Happy Easter
from everyone at Norwich Writers' Circle.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Spotlight On Norwich Writers Circle

A history of our increasingly popular writing group has been featured in the Spotlight On... section of Writers' News. The interesting and enjoyable article has been written by Norwich Writers' Circle committee member Maureen Nisbet, and can be seen in the April edition of the magazine, out today.