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
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.
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.
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
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
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.
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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 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 ”, 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
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN’S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. 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
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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!
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.
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.
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
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
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 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 ”, 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
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN’S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. 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
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