Dear Fellow Writers…………
Greetings to everyone. I trust that
practice is not too stressful and that your writing is fulfilling and
successful. I am afraid that the SOMW has some very sad news. Our Editor, Michael Lasserson, is retiring from his post as
Editor of The Writer due to ill health. Michael has been a remarkable editor
and the journal has flourished under his leadership. This is a huge loss for
the Society and we send Michael our best wishes for a speedy recovery. We thank
him for his wonderful dedication and faithful service over many years. We are very
grateful to Mary Anderson for agreeing to collect articles
for the Journal; Electronic submissions if possible please. It is our plan to
create an editorial team, subject to agreement at the October AGM.
We are pleased to announce that Oliver Eade will be leading a Creative Writing Workshop at the forthcoming Medical
Humanities Conference. We are delighted that Oliver can represent us in this
way. Anyone who has taken part in one of Oliver’s sessions at an SOMW
conference will know just how good his session will be.
Also, I would like to ask people
to let us have news items to include in future newsletters – copy to the
several vacancies on the Committee, Vice Chairman, Competitions Secretary and
Journal Editor. Who will
volunteer? Please do consider joining us – we would make you very welcome and
we are all well ‘house-trained’!
Spring 2011 Writing Competition Congratulations to the
respective winners and runners up:
Winner – Paula Lawrence;
Runners Up – Mary Anderson & Dorothy Crowther; Commended – Henry Tegner & Oliver
Winner – Harold Selcon;
Runner Up – Oliver Eade
Winner – Richard Westcott;
Runner Up - Norbert Hirschhorn;
Commended - Norbert Hirschhorn & Christopher Cameron.
Certificates will be posted to
you all in the near future. Our thanks to our judges for the time spent on
judging and for their comments on the work presented, also to Competitions
Secretary, Dr Dorothy Crowther, who despite wearing this hat also wears that of
Chairman and still has time to process your all entries!
Spring 2011 Conference Report
13th April – Our SOMW Spring Conference was held at the Art Workers
Guild, Bloomsbury: a lovely historic building
in a central location. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a success.
One delegate emailed:
talks were fascinating and thought provoking, and the free flow of coffee and
delicious sandwiches were very much appreciated. It was also lovely to
have plenty of time to chat with many old friends and to make some delightful
Andrea Holland, (Writing Competition Judge) presented the
prizes and we persuaded Chris Cameron to read his prize-winning poem. After
the meeting several of us went to a
nearby Italian Restaurant for a chat and an early supper. A full report will
appear soon in 'The Writer.' We are planning to hold another one in April 2012.
We hope to see you there. Dr Mary Anderson (Co-convenor)
The Richard Asher Prize for Medical Writing. (previously named the ‘Scientific Writing’
Nominations required – only
the name of the paper, by whom and in which publication required.
Self-nomination acceptable! Email details to our Secretary, who will then pass
details on for consideration.
Association for Medical Humanities are putting on a fascinating conference: 11th -13th July 2011 at Leicester University.
The Drama of Medicine – "All the Ward's a Stage". Special Guests:
Danny Abse and Jed Mecurio. Booking and programme via their website: www.amh.ac.uk
Dr Oliver Eade will be representing SOMW and running a Creative Writing
Workshop at this event.
Academic Summer School – plans are still being formulated and details awaited.
Irish Medical Writers AGM: River Lee
Hotel in Cork on Saturday, 1st October
2011. More details will be posted on their website at: irishmedicalwriters.com
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org - direct.
Autumn Conference & AGM – 7th and 9th October. Details are
enclosed with this newsletter.
Address / email changes.
Please continue to ensure that your personal details are correct. Especially
your email contact –if incorrect emails get ‘bounced’ with no way of finding
out your new contact details!
Writing Competition – Please submit entries for the
Summer Competition as soon as practicable, but by mid July if possible. Please mark envelope ‘SOMW
Competition’ when submitting entries and ensure that each entry is
accompanied by the appropriate entry form – no multiple entries on one
submission form please!