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Send in your news items to webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org

7 Sep 2018: Summer Homework - A Toughie!

At the last meeting everyone agreed that the theme set for this event was really difficult, resulting in many only managing to come up with an idea during the last week (last week-end, even) of the holiday season. If you haven’t written something yet, there is still time. Go to it, and read it at the next meeting! Lastly, a reminder to those who have not sent a copy of their entry to the webmaster for inclusion in the Library, please do, as soon as you can - it may encourage others to have a go.

11 Sep 2018: Open Competitions Entry Forms Now Available

These competitions are open to anyone, not just NAWG members so there is an entry fee.
NAWG

Short story and Poetry Competitions

Entry fee £5 for each entry. For the poetry competition, you can enter three poems for £10. Judges critique can be obtained for a further £5. First prize £200 Second prize £100 Third prize £50

Novella competition

Entry fee £10 with optional feedback a further £10 First Prize £300 Second Prize £200 Third Prize £100
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL COMPETITIONS - 31ST OCTOBER For full competition rules and entry form, go to the NAWG website.
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN'S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. The one area where it is kept going is women's magazines. In the past, I have sent short stories into various titles but with no luck. Was it I wondered because I was a man and they only wanted woman writers. A little deception is called for I thought so I sent in a story about a young lady caught up in the suffragette movement but using my grandmother's name, Charlotte Sawdon, as it's author. To my delight they loved it or so they said and a few months later it appeared in the totally fiction edition of Woman's Weekly. Looking through the magazine at the other stories, I was surprised to see that two of them were written by men under their own names. It seemed I had got it wrong. They don't mind who writes their stories as long as it suits their readership. Dick Sawdon Smith

13 Nov 2018: Rob wins this year’s One Act Play Competition

Congratulations to Rob whose play, Scraps, won this year’s competition. Arthur Burke of the Progress Theatre judged the event and provided a critique on each of the entries. Colin’s The Homecoming was second and Sally’s The Pantomime was third. Most of the entries are now in the library for you to read.
Arthur (left) presents Rob with his prize

20 Nov 2018: Helen Published

Congratulations to Helen Collett. Her short story, Christmas and Birthday, will be published in the Christmas edition of The Weekly News on 22 Dec. The Weekly News is a sister publication to The Peoples Friend and should be obtainable through any shop selling magazines and newspapers.

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial Competition

The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.
18 Dec 2018 - Arthur Redway - First Story Is In!  Go to the Library, 2018 page, to read the first entry to arrive for this event.

18 Dec 2018: Dick Goes Global

Dick Sawdon Smith wrote an article for a football refereeing magazine about speeding up the game for the benefit of spectators. An organisation called V&A (no, not the museum) have spotted it and want to distribute it around the world - well done Dick! However, V&A need our help to do it! The help they need is an online home for the article, so we have provided it. Now you can read it too! Just click or tap the title: Speeding up the Game.

8 Jan 2019: Record Breaking Start to the Year

The 2018 Arthur Redway Memorial Competition was a record breaker. There were 21 entries which included poems and short stories, with the winner an epic poem by David Baldock in which he offers an alternative view of ‘Silent Night’. A short story about a teenager who is confronted by real life, by Sarah Cox, and a Gothic tale by Nick Telepneff, tied for second place. Twenty people cast their votes - about half our membership - and 25 attended the first meeting of the year at which the results were announced. Fortunately, there was more than enough fish and chips to go round!
David Baldock with the Arthur Redway Memorial Trophy

21 Feb 2019: Reading Chronicle Report

Forensic talk is a winner

Talk on police forensics to Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

A woman who spent 20 years in the police force - specialising in forensics - was the guest speaker at a club’s latest meeting. Thames Valley Writers’ Circle welcomed Hayley Scott for a unique talk about what happens at crime scenes. During her time on the beat in London, she learned how forensic units take control of murder and burglary investigations to preserve vital evidence Thrilling plot lines are often at the centre of the Circle’s discussions and this proved to be a thought provoking session for members. Since leaving the police, she has established her own company, The Forensic Experience, making presentations to groups across the country.

30 May 2019: Recycle Inkjet Cartridges

Dick has kindly offered to accept used inkjet cartridges for recycling, in support of the Reading MenCap charity. The makes that you can recycle include HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost, Epson and Kodak. Please note that the cartridges must be original manufacturers’ cartridges that have not been previously refilled, and in good condition. For more information, see www.recycle4charity.co.uk.

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story Competition

Announced

Requirements For This Year’s Event Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019.

Full details on the Competitions page.

12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah!

On Tuesday 18 th June 2019 at 5pm, you will find Sarah in a bookshop, signing books - the Dobrovsky book shop - in Prague! - Czech it out! She will be promoting her first novel in the DC Charlie Stafford series, ‘Mummy’s Favourite’, which has been out in paperback since January this year, and is now available in the Czech language.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.SarahFlintAuthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 or via Facebook on @SarahFlintBooks
Sarah’s latest publication, ‘Daddy’s Girls’ (the fifth in the DC Charlie Stafford series) will be published on 6th September 2019 in e-books and is available on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and other e-book sites.

15 June 2019: Claudette would like some help.

Her novel, ‘Isabelle Tchang in my Home Town’, is available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback) and she is now looking for advice on how to promote it. Claudette hopes to attend a meeting soon. In the meantime, perhaps members can put on their thinking caps. The story is set in Nice during the 1960s. Sophie and her friends, born and brought up in the town, have to deal with parents, school, fashion, religion, and of course boys, at a time of great change. The character Isabelle Tchang was inspired by one of Claudette’s school friends who left France for Cambodia just before sitting the Baccalaureate exam. Her parents asked her to come back immediately (it was the time of the Khmers Rouges) but Claudette never saw her again. You can get more about the book from its page on Amazon.

25 June 2019: Sarah in Prague - Update

Sarah busy signing books and being interviewed via an interpreter for a video report - more later.

28 June 2019: Michael’s Play “Tulips” is in Reading

“Alex doesn't want to lose Scarlet - but refuses to be the good person she needs. Jason's lost his wife and child - can he help Alex avoid the same fate? Exploring the influence of gender and identity on domestic abuse, our play asks - is it more important to "be a man" or to change? The performances will be followed by a Q A session with cast and crew.”
Sorry this news is so late - Sat 29 June is the last performance - we only just found out ourselves!
The Oakwood Centre, Reading Headley Rd, RG5 4JZ  Sat 29 Jun - Time: 8:00pm      Tickets: £10-£12		Tel: 0118 969 0356
Just in case you have Saturday free, and there are still tickets available, here are the details.
9 Jul 2019: David wins this year’s Iain Pattison judged competition
Iain says: “…one of the most imaginative and ingenious short stories I’ve read in years.” [and no buts]
A list of prize winners and a full list of entries are now in the Library - 2019 page.
Thames Valley Writers’ Circle Notice of Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held during our meeting of 30 July 2019 - the last meeting before the summer break. The documents for this meeting are in the Library on the 2019 page. It is suggested that you print a copy of these documents and bring them with you to the meeting.
21 July 2019: Summer Homework Marta's choice for our summer homework is as follows. Flash fiction, up to 500 words,. The theme is: university life. It must contain the word “ghost”. We will have the readings on our return after the break (Sept 3rd).
 
by Mary Pooley Most of you will already know that Joyce resigned from the committee at the A.G.M. and is no longer our secretary. A very big thank you, Joyce for all you have done for the Circle over the years. She has been a member of the Circle since it began in 1993 and became secretary in 1995. Being secretary in those days was very different. She would spend her time at the meetings making notes of who read what and what it was about. She then photocopied them and distributed them at the next meeting.
7 Aug 2019: Thank You Joyce!

Secretary Extraordinaire

In the early days, there were few members. Twice when we needed to raise funds, Joyce and husband Gerry, had car boot sales selling items given by members. Writing the pantomime (Snow White and the Seven and a Half Poets) was a joint effort and Joyce also produced and directed it. Coming up to date, Joyce finished writing her second novel “Saluting the Magpies” recently and is now writing a sequel.
That evening is also the peak time to see the shooting stars known as the Perseid meteor shower - clear skies permitting. Could be an omen; Sarah’s star is about to shine brightly.
9 Aug 2019: Sarah’s on the Wireless Tune in to BBC Radio Bershire on Monday 12 August at 11:00am. Sarah will be interviewed on that station about her career and crime writing.
Not such a good day for the grouse, though. It’s the Glorious 12 th ”, start of the shooting season.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
Send in your news items to webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org

7 Sep 2018 Summer Homework - A Toughie!

At the last meeting everyone agreed that the theme set for this event was really difficult, resulting in many only managing to come up with an idea during the last week (last week-end, even) of the holiday season. If you haven’t written something yet, there is still time. Go to it, and read it at the next meeting! Lastly, a reminder to those who have not sent a copy of their entry to the webmaster for inclusion in the Library, please do, as soon as you can - it may encourage others to have a go.

11 Sep 2018: Open Competitions Entry Forms Now

Available

These competitions are open to anyone, not just NAWG members so there is an entry fee.
NAWG

Short story and Poetry Competitions

Entry fee £5 for each entry. For the poetry competition, you can enter three poems for £10. Judges critique can be obtained for a further £5. First prize £200 Second prize £100 Third prize £50

Novella competition

Entry fee £10 with optional feedback a further £10 First Prize £300 Second Prize £200 Third Prize £100
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL COMPETITIONS - 31ST OCTOBER For full competition rules and entry form, go to the NAWG website.
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN'S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. The one area where it is kept going is women's magazines. In the past, I have sent short stories into various titles but with no luck. Was it I wondered because I was a man and they only wanted woman writers. A little deception is called for I thought so I sent in a story about a young lady caught up in the suffragette movement but using my grandmother's name, Charlotte Sawdon, as it's author. To my delight they loved it or so they said and a few months later it appeared in the totally fiction edition of Woman's Weekly. Looking through the magazine at the other stories, I was surprised to see that two of them were written by men under their own names. It seemed I had got it wrong. They don't mind who writes their stories as long as it suits their readership. Dick Sawdon Smith

13 Nov 2018: Rob wins this year’s One Act Play

Competition

Congratulations to Rob whose play, Scraps, won this year’s event. Arthur Burke of the Progress Theatre judged the event and provided a critique on each of the entries. Colin’s The Homecoming was second and Sally’s The Pantomime was third. Most of the entries are now in the Library for you to read.
Arthur (left) presents Rob with his prize

20 Nov 2018: Helen Published

Congratulations to Helen Collett. Her short story, Christmas and Birthday, will be published in the Christmas edition of The Weekly News on 22 Dec. The Weekly News is a sister publication to The Peoples Friend and should be obtainable through any shop selling magazines and newspapers.

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial

Competition

The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.
18 Dec 2018 - Arthur Redway - First Story Is In!  Go to the Library, 2018 page, to read the first entry to arrive for this event.

18 Dec 2018: Dick Goes Global

Dick Sawdon Smith wrote an article for a football refereeing magazine about speeding up the game for the benefit of spectators. An organisation called V&A (no, not the museum) have spotted it and want to distribute it around the world - well done Dick! However, V&A need our help to do it! The help they need is an online home for the article, so we have provided it. Now you can read it too! Just click or tap the title: Speeding up the Game.

8 Jan 2019: Record Breaking Start to the Year

The 2018 Arthur Redway Memorial Competition was a record breaker. There were 21 entries which included poems and short stories, with the winner an epic poem by David Baldock in which he offers an alternative view of ‘Silent Night’. A short story about a teenager who is confronted by real life, by Sarah Cox, and a Gothic tale by Nick Telepneff, tied for second place. Twenty people cast their votes - about half our membership - and 25 attended the first meeting of the year at which the results were announced. Fortunately, there was more than enough fish and chips to go round!
David Baldock with the Arthur Redway Memorial Trophy

21 Feb 2019: Reading Chronicle Report

Forensic talk is a winner

Talk on police forensics to

Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

A woman who spent 20 years in the police force - specialising in forensics - was the guest speaker at a club’s latest meeting. Thames Valley Writers’ Circle welcomed Hayley Scott for a unique talk about what happens at crime scenes. During her time on the beat in London, she learned how forensic units take control of murder and burglary investigations to preserve vital evidence. Thrilling plot lines are often at the centre of the Circle’s discussions and this proved to be a thought provoking session for members. Since leaving the police, she has established her own company, The Forensic Experience, making presentations to groups across the country.

30 May 2019: Recycle Inkjet Catridges

Dick has kindly offered to accept used inkjet cartridges for recycling, in support of the Reading MenCap charity. The makes that you can recycle include HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost, Epson and Kodak. Please note that the cartridges must be original manufacturers’ cartridges that have not been previously refilled, and in good condition. For more information, see www.recycle4charity.co.uk.

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story

Competition Announced

Requirements for this year’s event Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019.

Full details on the Competitions page.

12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah!

On Tuesday 18 th June 2019 at 5pm, you will find Sarah in a bookshop, signing books - the Dobrovsky book shop - in Prague! - Czech it out! She will be promoting her first novel in the DC Charlie Stafford series, Mummy’s Favourite’, which has been out in paperback since January this year, and is now available in the Czech language.
Sarah’s latest publication, ‘Daddy’s Girls’ (the fifth in the DC Charlie Stafford series) will be published on 6th September 2019 in e-books and is available on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and other e-book sites.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.SarahFlintAuthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 or via Facebook on @SarahFlintBooks

15 June 2019: Claudette would like some help.

Her novel, ‘Isabelle Tchang in my Home Town’, is available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback) and she is now looking for advice on how to promote it. Claudette hopes to attend a meeting soon. In the meantime, perhaps members can put on their thinking caps. The story is set in Nice during the 1960s. Sophie and her friends, born and brought up in the town, have to deal with parents, school, fashion, religion, and of course boys, at a time of great change. The character Isabelle Tchang was inspired by one of Claudette’s school friends who left France for Cambodia just before sitting the Baccalaureate exam. Her parents asked her to come back immediately (it was the time of the Khmers Rouges) but Claudette never saw her again. You can get more about the book from its page on Amazon.

25 June 2019: Sarah in Prague - Update

Sarah busy signing books and being interviewed via an interpreter for a video report - more later.

28 June 2019: Michael’s Play

“Tulips” is in Reading

“Alex doesn't want to lose Scarlet - but refuses to be the good person she needs. Jason's lost his wife and child - can he help Alex avoid the same fate? Exploring the influence of gender and identity on domestic abuse, our play asks - is it more important to "be a man" or to change? The performances will be followed by a Q A session with cast and crew.”
Sorry this news is so late - Sat 29 June is the last performance - we only just found out ourselves!
The Oakwood Centre, Reading Headley Rd, RG5 4JZ  Sat 29 Jun - Time: 8:00pm      Tickets: £10-£12		Tel: 0118 969 0356
Just in case you have Saturday free, and there are still tickets available, here are the details.
9 Jul 2019: David wins this year’s Iain Pattison judged competition
Iain says: “one of the most imaginative and ingenious short stories I’ve read in years.” [and no buts]
A list of prize winners and a full list of entries is now in the Library - 2019 page.

Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held during our meeting of 30 July 2019 - the last meeting before the summer break. The documents for this meeting are in the Library on the 2019 page. It is suggested that you print a copy of these documents and bring them with you to the meeting.
21 July 2019: Summer Homework Marta's choice for our summer homework is as follows. Flash fiction, up to 500 words,. The theme is: university life. It must contain the word “ghost”. We will have the readings on our return after the break (Sept 3rd).
7 Aug 2019: Thank You Joyce!
by Mary Pooley Most of you will already know that Joyce resigned from the committee at the A.G.M. and is no longer our secretary. A very big thank you, Joyce for all you have done for the Circle over the years. She has been a member of the Circle since it began in 1993 and became secretary in 1995. Being secretary in those days was very different. She would spend her time at the meetings making notes of who read what and what it was about. She then photocopied them and distributed them at the next meeting.

Secretary Extraordinaire

In the early days, there were few members. Twice when we needed to raise funds, Joyce and husband Gerry, had car boot sales selling items given by members. Writing the pantomime (Snow White and the Seven and a Half Poets) was a joint effort and Joyce also produced and directed it. Coming up to date, Joyce finished writing her second novel “Saluting the Magpies” recently and is now writing a sequel.
9 Aug 2019: Sarah’s on the Wireless Tune in to BBC Radio Bershire on Monday 12 August at 11:00am. Sarah will be interviewed on that station about her career and crime writing. That evening is also the peak time to see the shooting stars known as the Perseids - clear skies permitting. Could be an omen; Sarah’s star is about to shine brightly. Not such a good day for the grouse, though. It’s the “Glorious 12 th ”, start of the shooting season.
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