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.
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.
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
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. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019 .See Competitions page for full details.
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12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah! On Tuesday 18th 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.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
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! Just in case you have Saturday free, and there are still tickets available, here are the details.
The Oakwood Centre Reading Headley Rd, RG5 4JZ Sat 29 Jun - Time: 8:00pm     Tickets: £10-£12		Tel: 0118 969 0356
Thames Valley Writers’ Circle AGM

13 Jul 2019: 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.
Created with Xara Designer Pro X
9 Jul 2019: Iain Pattison Comp
And the winner is…
David Burnell with: Game, Set and Match
Iain says: “one of the most imaginative and ingenious short stories I’ve read in years” [and no buts]
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).
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 Radio 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 ”, the start of the shooting season.
Frances Brindle was second with Star Bright - “fast paced, intriguing, oozing originality and emotional punch” Equal third was Les Williams with Dreaming of Home - “I felt I was actually there” and Brian Ennion with Georgie Poor Gee - “teasing entry that oozes imagination” The entries are now available in the Library for you to read at your leisure.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.sarahflintauthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 pr via Facebook on @SarahFlilntBooks
16 Sep 2019: Colin’s Latest Book Available

Behind the Crime

“Whatever the crime, there is a human story behind it…” Based on Colin’s experiences as a probation officer, the book looks at some of the cases he dealt with, with a sympathetic eye. Without excusing their crimes he looks at the real people and their individual stories. See Colin for a Limited Special Edition copy.
We support this event each year by linking up with Hospital Radio Reading and Progress Theatre, Reading. We supply stories. Actors from Progress Theatre read them at a recording session and the Hospital Radio broadcasts the recordings to the patients during the week of the event. We don’t yet know whether the stories will be broadcast at lunchtime or in the evening, or both.

12 Oct 2019: National Short Story Week (11-17 November)

If you would like to submit stories for this event, send them to Dick at sawdonsmith@hotmail.com in time for the recordings. Stories should generally be between 1200 and 1500 words but shorter ones might be accepted if we can double up. Remember that stories must be suitable for people in hospital. Dick will pass the stories to the Chairman of Hospital Radio Reading who has the final choice on which will be recorded. The recordings will be made on Monday 4th November, so please let Dick have stories well in advance of that date so that choices can be made and decide which will suit each reader, who we hope, as usual, will be a present or past member of the Progress Theatre.
16 Oct 2019: Neil’s Latest Book is Published Congratulations to Neil as his latest book is published. You don’t have to be an Archers fan to enjoy this book just a fan of all manner of puzzles. To quote from the back cover:
“As one of Britain's best-loved and longest running radio serials, The Archers has a special place in our lives and affections. But when you're not tuning in for the latest goings-on in Borsetshire, how about a puzzle or two to pass the time? From quizzes and riddles to crosswords and sudoku, whether you're an expert on all things Ambridge or merely a casual listener, there's plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and tease your brain.”

5 Nov 2019: Halloween/Bonfire Night Comp Results

2nd Sarah

3rd Colin

Castro’s Bangers

A jolly tale of youthful enterprise - ask Les C about the ‘in’ jokes.

All That Glitters

An imaginative story with a charming twist.

Buzz Bomb

A melancholic story from World War II.

1st Les W

A wide ranging collection of short stories, covering both Halloween and Bonfire night themes, kept us entertained for a couple of weeks. The votes produced the following results.

12 Nov 2019: Relay Novel - The Starting Gun Has Fired

Some months ago, it was decided to attempt a novel/novella in which one of us would write a chapter then hand the story over to another who would continue the story (what I call a ‘relay novel’). As each chapter is written it will be read at a meeting and the next author decided upon. Brian has got us off to a great start with his first chapter called The Lady on the Beach. The story is set in a small seaside village called Heedlesham (which which we can use as a working title for the story). Every year, in the summer months, the only topic of conversation in the local pub is the caravan park on the edge of the village and its hated population of holiday-makers. Just one person did not share this hatred; soon to be joined by another - or is he? The baton has now been passed to Nick, who will write the next chapter. You can keep up to date with the progress of the story by going to the Library. On the Home page there is a panel with three links to files that contain the story so far, a list of the characters and a list of the chapters and their authors.

24 Nov 2019: Looking for an Agent?

(This item is from Walter)

Recently, when submitting my story to a publisher, I was given a link where I could find out what has happened to my submission. The image on the right shows what the link displays. At the bottom it refers to QueryTracker - which I followed up. It’s a web site which allows you to search for publishers and agents. I should explain that “Query” seems to be the American word for “submission”, and yes, this is a US web site and most of the information in it is US-based. However, I have found that it contains enough UK information in it possibly to be a useful source of literary agents. It’s free to use - you must register first, then you can search for UK agents (or American ones if you wish), but if you pay the £25 per year fee you can do more sophisticated searches. Could be worth it if you’re so busy that you can’t afford the time to do the searches manually. I have registered, used it to find an agent and emailed my story to her. I’m now waiting for the response which should give me a link to the Tracker page for it. I will let you know what happened to my submission (query?), and how it compares with traditional methods, at one of our meetings. The QueryTracker link is at the bottom of the Links page, but just this once, I’ll put it here. Good agent hunting!
Some months ago, it was decided to attempt a novel/novella in which one of us would write a chapter then hand the story over to another who would continue the story (what I call a ‘relay novel’). As each chapter is written it will be read at a meeting and the next author decided upon. Brian has got us off to a great start with his first chapter called The Lady on the Beach. The story is set in a small seaside village called Heedlesham (which which we can use as a working title for the story). Every year, in the summer months, the only topic of conversation in the local pub is the caravan park on the edge of the village and its hated population of holiday-makers. Just one person did not share this hatred; soon to be joined by another - or is he? The baton has now been passed to Nick who will write the next chapter. You can keep up to date with the progress of the story by going to the Library. On the Home page there is a panel with three links to files that contain the story so far, a list of the characters and a list of the chapters and their authors.
We support this event each year by linking up with Hospital Radio Reading and Progress Theatre, Reading. We supply stories. Actors from Progress Theatre read them at a recording session and the Hospital Radio broadcasts the recordings to the patients during the week of the event. We don’t yet know whether the stories will be broadcast at lunchtime or in the evening, or both.
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.
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.
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!
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. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019 .See Competitions page for full details.
Top
12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah! On Tuesday 18th 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.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
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! Just in case you have Saturday free, and there are still tickets available, here are the details.
The Oakwood Centre Reading Headley Rd, RG5 4JZ Sat 29 Jun - Time: 8:00pm     Tickets: £10-£12		Tel: 0118 969 0356
Thames Valley Writers’ Circle AGM

13 Jul 2019: 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.
Created with Xara Designer Pro X
9 Jul 2019: Iain Pattison Comp
And the winner is…
David Burnell with: Game, Set and Match
Iain says: “one of the most imaginative and ingenious short stories I’ve read in years” [and no buts]
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).
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 Radio 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 ”, the start of the shooting season.
Frances Brindle was second with Star Bright - “fast paced, intriguing, oozing originality and emotional punch” Equal third was Les Williams with Dreaming of Home - “I felt I was actually there” and Brian Ennion with Georgie Poor Gee - “teasing entry that oozes imagination” The entries are now available in the Library for you to read at your leisure.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.sarahflintauthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 pr via Facebook on @SarahFlilntBooks
16 Sep 2019: Colin’s Latest Book Available

Behind the Crime

“Whatever the crime, there is a human story behind it…” Based on Colin’s experiences as a probation officer, the book looks at some of the cases he dealt with, with a sympathetic eye. Without excusing their crimes he looks at the real people and their individual stories. See Colin for a Limited Special Edition copy.
Send in your news items to webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org

12 Oct 2019: National Short Story Week

(11-17 November)

If you would like to submit stories for this event, send them to Dick at sawdonsmith@hotmail.com in time for the recordings. Stories should generally be between 1200 and 1500 words but shorter ones might be accepted if we can double up. rememberi that they must be suitable for people in hospital. Dick will pass the stories to the Chairman of Hospital Radio Reading who has the final choice on which will be recorded. The recordings will be made on Monday 4th November, so please let Dick have stories well in advance of that date so that choices can be made and decide which will suit each reader, who we hope as usual will be a present or past member of the Progress Theatre.
16 Oct 2019: Neil’s Latest Book is Published
Congratulations to Neil as his latest book is published. You don’t have to be an Archers fan to enjoy this book just a fan of all manner of puzzles. To quote from the back cover:
“As one of Britain's best-loved and longest running radio serials, The Archers has a special place in our lives and affections. But when you're not tuning in for the latest goings-on in Borsetshire, how about a puzzle or two to pass the time? From quizzes and riddles to crosswords and sudoku, whether you're an expert on all things Ambridge or merely a casual listener, there's plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and tease your brain.”

5 Nov 2019: Halloween/Bonfire Night

Comp Results

1st

2nd

3rd

Castro’s Bangers

A jolly tale of youthful enterprise - ask Les C about the ‘in’ jokes.

All That Glitters…

An imaginative story with a charming twist.

Buzz Bomb

A melancholic story from World War II.
Les W
Sarah
Colin
A wide ranging collection of short stories, covering both Halloween and Bonfire night themes, kept us entertained for a couple of weeks. The votes produced the following results.

12 Nov 2019: Relay Novel - The Starting

Gun Has Fired

24 Nov 2019: Looking for an Agent?

(This item is from Walter)

Recently, when submitting my story to a publisher, I was given a link where I could find out what has happened to my submission. The image below shows what the link displays. At the bottom it refers to QueryTracker - which I followed up. It’s a web site which allows you to search for publishers and agents. I should explain that “Query” seems to be the American word for “submission”, and yes, this is a US web site and most of the information in it is US-based. However, I have found that it contains enough UK information in it possibly to be a useful source of literary agents. It’s free to use - you must register first, then you can search for UK agents (or American ones if you wish), but if you pay the £25 per year fee you can do more sophisticated searches. Could be worth it if you’re so busy that you can’t afford the time to do the searches manually. I have registered, used it to find an agent and emailed my story to her. I’m now waiting for the response which should give me a link to the Tracker page for it. I will let you know what happened to my submission (query?), and how it compares with traditional methods, at one of our meetings. The QueryTracker link is at the bottom of the Links page, but just this once, I’ll put it here. Good agent hunting!
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