LOUISE PALFREYMAN to speak to WWC on Thursday 14th June – REMINDER

Schedule Change

Due to illness, it was necessary to make a last minute change to Walsall Writers’ Circle’s programme back in March, when the scheduled meeting was replaced by a WRITING AND FEEDBACK NIGHT led by Dawn Rhind-Tutt.

Notification was given then that the scheduled presentation by LOUISE PALFREYMAN, Writer in Residence at the University of Wolverhampton, would instead be given on 14th June 2018, when she would tell us about her Black Country Blog and run a workshop of life writing. That change stands, and this post is a reminder for members and potential visitors.

Check out her blog: blackcountryartsfoundry.wordpress.com for more information!

More information on Walsall Writers’ Circle meetings via this link.

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Change to WWC meeting on Thursday 8 March

Schedule Change

Due to illness, it has been necessary to make a last minute change to the Circle’s meeting programme. The meeting this Thursday 8 March will now be a WRITING AND FEEDBACK NIGHT led by Dawn Rhind-Tutt. Please bring along any of your own work that you want to continue working on, receive feedback or edit. You will have the opportunity to share what you are currently working on with the whole group, small groups, or 1-1 to receive constructive comments.

LOUISE PALFREYMAN, Writer in Residence at the University of Wolverhampton, will now be coming along on 14th June, when she will tell us about her Black Country Blog and run a workshop of life writing.

Check out her blog: blackcountryartsfoundry.wordpress.com for more information!

We apologise for any inconvenience.

More information on Walsall Writers’ Circle meetings via this link.

Walsall Writers’ Circle meeting 11th January 2018 – CITIZEN JOURNALISM

The first Walsall Writers’ Circle meeting of 2018 takes place this Thursday 11th January, and will also be the first at our new venue, The Hub in Walsall, starting at 7.30pm.

This month’s talk and workshop is presented by A. Stuart Williams.  The subject is  CITIZEN JOURNALISM and writing for news blogs and the local press. Stuart will talk about the basics of citizen journalism and his own local work in the field.

Members attending will have the opportunity to ask questions, and also to try their hand at writing a fun news item, based on a quirky headline supplied by Stuart!   So be sure to bring a notebook and pen or pencil with you.  Originally scheduled for December 2017.

NEW VENUE

From this  meeting onwards, the venue for meetings of Walsall Writers’ Circle changes to ROOM HS210 in The Hub, a multi-purpose venue which is adjacent to and part of Walsall College.  The Hub has its own parking (see below) and is not far from Walsall Leather Museum, being an easy walk from Walsall Bus Station and Tesco or the bus stop outside The Prince pub in Stafford Street.

WWC meetings are from 7.30pm til 9pm, plus time to socialise in the Littleton café/restaurant afterwards. The Restaurant will take card payments over £5.00.

The Hub

Littleton Street West

Walsall

WS2 8ES

HUB PARKING

The car park at the rear of the building is free for Hub users, so there will be no parking charge for Circle members attending our meetings or when using the Littleton cafe/restaurant afterwards.

HUB WEBSITE

For more venue details, visit the Hub website by clicking on this this link.

WWC Meeting this Thursday

SPEAKER: SANDRA JOHNSON

This month’s meeting of Walsall Writers’ Circle takes place this Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm, when SANDRA JOHNSON will be speaking to members on the subject of Creative Writing and Poetry.

For venue and subscription details please click on this link.

FICTION COMPETITION

This meeting is also the opportunity for members to hand in their entries for this year’s fiction writing competition.

Entries have been invited on the theme ‘treasures’. Manuscript specification is as follows: 1500 words, 12pt Times New Roman, double line spacing, no names, one entry only, and title appropriate to the piece of work.  NOTE: a special feature of the competition is that the target audience can be either children or adults.

DECEMBER MEETING

Next month’s meeting, on Thursday 14th December, will see the announcement of the winner of the Fiction Competition, and readings from the winning entrant(s).

There will also be a talk by author, freelance journalist and photographer A. STUART WILLIAMS, on the topic of Citizen journalism and writing for news blogs and the local press.

Kerry Hadley Pryce welcomed by Walsall Writers’ Circle

 

 

Author Kerry Hadley Pryce (centre) with members of Walsall Writers' Circle
Author Kerry Hadley Pryce (centre) with members of Walsall Writers’ Circle (pic by Alison Reed)

Last month, Black Country writer, Kerry Hadley Pryce, author of the Michael Schmidt 2013-14 prize-winning novel The Black Country, visited the Walsall Writers’ Circle on 12th October 2017 to talk about her work and her writing.

She read from her marvellously macabre debut novel The Black Country and gave the members a taste of her second one, Gamble, which is due out in 2018.

With such a friendly and engaging speaker, there were many questions (not all of which could be answered due to shortage of time) but one member did manage to pose the one question that Kerry has always wanted to be asked – How do you write so convincingly from the point of view of a man?!

The evening was rounded off by members buying signed copies of the book and commenting on how much they had enjoyed her visit! Members also expressed the hope that Kerry will be able to make another visit to the Circle when her second book has been published.

Alison Reed

Author Jon Hartless gets up steam at WWC

Kidderminster-based Steampunk fiction author Jon Hartless certainly revved up Walsall Writers’ Circle’s enthusiasm for the genre at their first meeting of the new 2017-18 season last night, when he visited the group at the Broadway Centre to talk about his recently-published alternate history motor-racing novel, Full Throttle, which is aimed at a young adult readership.

The book, published by Accent Press, is an exciting but also thoughtful steampunk (Victorian/Edwardian science fiction) tale which transports readers to a world which in many ways mirrors our own, depicting an alternate Edwardian timeline where over-privileged toffs with stiff upper lips race powerful steam-powered cars to win – at all costs. Standing against them for her family and for social equality is a one-armed working-class girl, Poppy, whose father is a wizard with the ‘lower-class’ and looked-down upon motive power of the internal combustion engine.

Mr Hartless, who is based in the Birmingham area, was warmly welcomed by WWC members, including Secretary Dawn Rhind-Tutt, and was introduced by Stuart Williams.

With twenty or so shorter works to his credit, some under the pen-name Arabella Wyatt, Jon has been waiting a while for his big break, and through sheer hard work and persistence, the new book could well be his breakthrough to bigger things.

The publishers describe Full Throttle, which is available both as a paperback and e-book:

 ‘In a world that refuses to let her move forward, can Poppy stay ahead of the pack?
 
Sixteen-year-old Poppy Orpington seems destined for a life of poverty until her father perfects a petrol-fuelled engine. Their success allows Poppy to get a new prosthetic arm, giving her the mobility she’s longed for all her life.
 
But can a working class family crack open the aristocratic world of motor racing? Can Poppy overcome prejudice as she fights to find a place in the world? Or will the ruling elite crush her only chance of a better life?’

Apart from the book itself, Jon imparted useful advice about writing, publishing, and most important of all, persistence – something which every writer needs to succeed.

At the end of the evening, after a round of applause several members purchased books and Mr Hartless was presented by the Secretary with a gift from the Circle – plus the group’s hearty thanks for a very entertaining evening. Walsall Writers’ Circle wishes him every success with Full Throttle.

Further information

For more information about Jon Hartless and his work, see his Amazon author page, his Facebook page and his Goodreads page.

Pictured  Jon Hartless (dressed in black) with members of Walsall Writers’ Circle holding Full Throttle.

 

 

New WWC programme announced

 

The Secretary of Walsall Writers Circle, Dawn Rhind-Tutt, has announced the group’s new annual meetings programme.

The programme will be publicised on both the new and old websites; the WWC Old Site is currently our main site, while we transition to the new (this site), as well as through the WWC Twitter and Facebook feeds. It is expected that this site will take over completely by the end of the year, if not before.

Dawn has spoken to Park Hall Community Association, who organise the Circle’s meeting venue, and has confirmed that the Broadway North Centre will remain as our venue up until Christmas 2017, though it is possible that we will have to change venues in the new year as the Centre may close.

The first meeting of the new season is on Tuesday 14th September 2017, as listed below for your convenience, and on the main Programme page.

For further information, please contact Dawn on the following email address: walsall.writerscircle@hotmail.co.uk

WWC new programme

The 2017-2018 programme is as follows.

Meetings start at 7.30pm prompt and finish at 9.15pm.

2017

Thursday 14th September 2017   Jon Hartless ‘Writing “Full Throttle: a steampunk exploration of social inequality.’ Copies of his new young adult novel, “Full Throttle” will be for sale.

Thursday 12th October 2017   Kerry Hadley-Pryce ‘Writing “The Black Country.”’ Talk about her novel “The Black Country” and the motivation and inspirations behind it as well as discussing her new novel. Copies of “The Black Country” will be on sale, approx. price £8.99.

Thursday 9th November 2017   Sandra Johnson ‘Creative writing and poetry evening.’

Also on 9th November 2017 Hand in fiction competition entries on the theme “treasures”, target audience children or adults. (1500 words maximum, 12pt Times New Roman, double line spacing, no names, one entry only, and title appropriate to the piece).

Thursday 14th December 2017 A. Stuart Williams ‘Citizen journalism and writing for news blogs and the local press.’

Also on 14th December: Announcement of winner of fiction competition and readings from the winning entrant(s).

2018

Thursday 11th January 2018   Writing and feedback night, led by Dawn Rhind-Tutt. Please bring along any of your own work that you want to continue working on, receive feedback on or edit. You will have the opportunity to share what you are currently working on in small groups or 1-1 to receive constructive comments. Writing prompts will be available for those wanting to start writing something new!

Thursday 8th February 2018   John Lester ‘How to enjoy poetry.’ Please bring with you six lines of iambic pentameter (the metre of Gray’s “Elegy in a Country Churchyard”) which you have either written or copied from an existing poem.

Thursday 8th March 2018   Alison Reed ‘Dialogue workshop.’

Thursday 12th April 2018   Richard Archer ‘Poetry Workshop: ‘Spring into Spring.’ Please bring pen and paper with you! Copies of his books will be for sale, £6 each.

Thursday 10th May 2018   Paul McDonald  ‘Experiences and ‘how to’ of magazine submissions’.

Also on 10th May 2018  Hand in non-fiction competition entries on the theme “the world’s worst problems”, (1500 words maximum, 12pt Times New Roman, double line spacing, no names, one entry only, and title appropriate to the piece).

Thursday 14th June 2018   Writing and feedback night. Please bring along any of your own work that you want to continue working on, receive feedback on or edit. You will have the opportunity to share what you are currently working on to the whole group, small groups or 1-1 to receive constructive comments.

Thursday 12th July 2018  Annual General Meeting followed by announcement of non-fiction competition winner and the reading of the winning entrant’s and runners-up’s work.

Any further updates or changes to the programme will be announced on the Programme page and as news posts. 

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