24 Apr 2018 Iain Pattison Short Story Competition The 2018 competition is now open. Entries on the theme of Anniversary”must be not more than 1500 words in length. Closing date for entries is end of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Full details of entry on the Competitions page. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners. 13 Dec 2017 Christmas Homework For those with strong enough constitutions after the coming festivities Christmas homework has been set: Either short stories or poems are welcome, with a word limit of 1000. The theme is "what I found in my Christmas stocking". 29 Nov 2017 Visiting Speaker - Dr Geoff Harvey Next week's meeting will be a presentation by Dr Geoff Harvey, on the subject of poetry, the construction of verse and how it can be used in story-telling. Geoff was Head of English at Reading University until he retired. He has previously talked to us about beginnings & ends, plots and characters in stories. 17 Nov 2017 Arthur Redway Memorial Competition 2017 The 2017 competition is now open! Click here for results. 25 May 2017 TVWC Anthology 2017 - Writers Reign The (long awaited) Anthology is NOW ON SALE for only £4.99! 90 pages of your Short Stories, Poems and Puzzles... ...order from Sally at a Circle meeting - or e-mail Stuart. 12 Feb 2017 Congratulations to Elizabeth.  Her second Montailhac brothers story, The Rake and his honour, has been released by Endeavour Press.
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8 May 2018 Cat Wisdom Goes International Neil’s new book, Cat Wisdom - 60 Great Lessons You Can Learn from a Cat, has had some great reviews in the UK and has attracted attention from abroad. Its success in Britain was followed by being translated into French and Portuguese. The latest news is that it has now been noticed by publishers in Turkey so Neil’s book will soon be available in four languages!
12 May 2018 Gongs for TVWC Members Congratulations to two of our members who received awards at this years’ Berks Festival of Arts & Music: Dick Sawdon-Smith was awarded a silver medal in the poetry section, and   Walter Jardine a bronze in the short story section.
20 Jun 2018 Iain Pattison judged competition. Congratulations to David Burnell, winner of this year’s event with his story Act of Remembrance. For full results see the Competitions page. There will be many, especially those who could not attend the readings meeting for this competition, who would like to read the entries. Please send in your stories by email to the address below. Your stories (and the critiques, if you care to include them) will be added to the Library. The email address is: webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org 
Richard is visiting the UK and will be coming to a couple of meetings. Here is his introduction to the first of the tales he has to tell.
In my days as a journalist I travelled the outback gathering stories for my editor. I was a million miles from anywhere and came across a roadhouse where I stopped to replenish my spirits. It so happened that although the roadhouse was in the middle of nowhere, it did have cold beer and a jukebox playing House of the Rising Sun. This was back in the 1960's and the first time I had heard the song.  My tale is about that meeting... and this pic is of a typical Aussie roadhouse.

Richard Holdsworth visits - 3 & 24 July

3 Jul 2018 Congratulations to Dick - he has sold his short story, 'A Watered Down Protest', to Woman's Weekly and it should be appearing later in the year. This is a suffragette story and of course this is the 100 year anniversary of votes for women. The right story, the right time and the right publication!
11 July 2018 AGM Notices Available We’ve made the documents for the AGM available in the Library so that you can come to the meeting on 31 July, well prepared.
This will be the last meeting before the summer break so we’ll be setting some summer “homework” - keep your creativity going during the summer break.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
8 May 2018 Cat Wisdom Goes International Neil’s new book, Cat Wisdom - 60 Great Lessons You Can Learn from a Cat, has had some great reviews in the UK and has attracted attention from abroad. Its success in Britain was followed by being translated into French and Portuguese. The latest news is that it has now been noticed by publishers in Turkey so Neil’s book will soon be available in four languages!
24 Apr 2018 Iain Pattison Short Story Comp The 2018 competition is now open. Entries on the theme of “Anniversary”must be not more than 1500 words in length. Closing date for entries is end of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Full details of entry on the Competitions page. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners.
13 Dec 2017 Christmas Homework For those with strong enough constitutions after the coming festivities Christmas homework has been set: Either short stories or poems are welcome, with a word limit of 1000. The theme is "what I found in my Christmas stocking".
29 Nov 2017 Visiting Speaker - Dr Geoff Harvey Next week's meeting will be a presentation by Dr Geoff Harvey, on the subject of poetry, the construction of verse and how it can be used in story- telling. Geoff was Head of English at Reading University until he retired. He has previously talked to us about beginnings & ends, plots and characters in stories.
17 Nov 2017 Arthur Redway Memorial Comp The 2017 competition is now open! Click here for results.
25 May 2017 Anthology 2017 - Writers Reign The (long awaited) Anthology is NOW ON SALE for only £4.99! 90 pages of your Short Stories, Poems and Puzzles... ...order from Sally at a Circle meeting - or e-mail Stuart.
12 Feb 2017 Congratulations to Elizabeth.  Her second Montailhac brothers story, The Rake and his honour, has been released by Endeavour Press.
12 May 2018 Gongs for TVWC Members Congratulations to two of our members who received awards at this years’ Berks Festival of Arts & Music: Dick Sawdon-Smith was awarded a silver medal in the poetry section, and    Walter Jardine a bronze in the short story section.
20 Jun 2018 Iain Pattison judged competition. Congratulations to David Burnell, winner of this year’s event with his story Act of Remembrance. For full results see the Competitions page. All those who entered can have their stories (and the critiques, if you like) added to the Library. Email your story as an attachment, to  webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org 
In my days as a journalist I travelled the outback gathering stories for my editor. I was a million miles from anywhere and came across a roadhouse where I stopped to replenish my spirits. It so happened that although the roadhouse was in the middle of nowhere, it did have cold beer and a jukebox playing House of the Rising Sun. This was back in the 1960's and the first time I had heard the song.  My tale is about that meeting... and this pic is of a typical Aussie roadhouse.
Richard is visiting the UK and will be coming to a couple of meetings. Here is his introduction to the first of the tales he has to tell.

Richard Holdsworth visits - 3 & 24 July

3 Jul 2018 Congratulations to Dick - he has sold his short story, 'A Watered Down Protest', to Woman's Weekly and it should be appearing later in the year. This is a suffragette story and of course this is the 100 year anniversary of votes for women. The right story, the right time and the right publication!
11 July 2018 AGM We’ve made the documents for the AGM available in the Library so that you can come to the meeting on 31 July, well prepared.
This will be the last meeting before the summer break so we’ll be setting some summer “homework” - keep your creativity going during the summer break.
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