2019: Archived Meetings

Tuesday, 5. Feb 2019 - Short Story Competition Judging Event


The annual Short Story Competition is judged this year by Ingrid Jendrzejewski who has given us a presentation in May, 2018.

Ingrid received a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English literature and has since won 11 writing competitions, judged three short-story contests, had around 100 pieces published, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Vestal’s VERA Award, and twice for Best Small Fictions.

Tuesday, 5. Mar 2019 - Annual General Meeting

Of all our meetings, this is the gem,
the much looked-forward-to AGM.
Well, yes, there will be a little formal business, but don’t cower at home in fear. There is only one vacant Committee post, that of Publicity Officer. It involves writing a press release about those general meetings when we have speakers, and once a year trying to get on local radio stations, together with one or two members, to talk about what we do. Quite a lot of fun really.
At the meeting we shall decide the shape of the next Short Story Competition. For those who enjoy a little light reading I attach the Agenda.
The Quiz
Here is a starter for nothing.
fabaceous is it? :
(a) 1960s slang term of approval.
(b) describing delicate gold and enamel ware.
(c) bean-shaped.
There will be 26 such questions. Of course, use of smart phones, or miniaturised copies of Chambers Dictionary, are strictly forbidden. Each member of the winning team will receive a box of chocolates.

Tuesday, 2. Apr 2019 - The link between poetry and prose


Leanne Moden

All writers seek to convey a message, a story or a feeling through their work, but writers of prose and poetry often work in very different ways. As a result of this, many people believe that the two types of writing are polar opposites, and so different as to appear almost incompatible. But this is simply not the case. There is a huge amount of overlap between poetry and prose, and the lessons that poets can take from novelists, and that novelists can learn from poets, should not be underestimated. Join poet and writer Leanne Moden for a talk about the links between poetry and prose.

Leanne Moden is a poet and performer from Norfolk, now living in Nottingham in the East Midlands. She has performed at events across Europe, including recent sets at Prima Vista Festival in Estonia and Día Mundial de la Poesía in Spain as well as festivals in the UK including WOMAD, Edinburgh Fringe, TEDx UCL WOMEN at University college London, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Leanne is currently Poet in Residence at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham, and she runs the Crosswords Spoken Word Collective in Nottingham.

Tuesday, 7. May 2019


Anne Atkins

Anne Atkins has written three novels, all with a Cambridge aspect: The Lost Child, On Our Own, and A Fine and Private Place. Her fourth (working title: An Elegant Solution) follows the life of the child protagonist of On Our Own, living in the famous Cambridge College where he sang as a chorister, now working as a Junior Research Fellow in number Theory. Demonstrating to an eager supervisee that, contrary to popular opinion, it is in fact possible to trace the provenance of cryptocurrency (bitcoins), he never thought to uncover such horror...


Tuesday, 4. Jun 2019 - Flash Fiction Competition


This is a members-only competition.

A few rules to make this a successful event:

  1. Stories must be no longer than 250 words. They must have a title, which is not part of the word count.
  2. Bring a printed copy of your story to the evening. It must not bear your name.
  3. Stories will be read by one of two readers without identifying the authors.
  4. Prizes will consist of boxes of chocolates.
  5. Those present will vote to determine the first, second and third winners.
  6. You are honour bound not to vote for your own entry.
  7. Anybody coming after readings have commenced may submit their entry, but may not vote.

Tuesday, 3. Sep 2019 - Interactive Storytelling


Hannah Hooton

Hannah Hooton will give the presentation "Interactive Storytelling: The Art of Reader Engagement", which explores different creative writing techniques that help to give our readers a more personal and immersive experience with heightened emotional impact.

Hannah is the author of eight indie-published novels, writing both adult equestrian romance and Young Adult paranormal mystery, with two number one Amazon bestsellers within their genre. She has won or placed in numerous international writing competitions. A screenwriter as well as a novelist, she is presently teaching screenwriting at Anglia Ruskin University where she studied a Writing and Film Studies bachelor's degree followed by a Master's degree at the University of East Anglia in Creative Writing.