Newsletter May 2013
Dear Fellow Writers
Many members attended the Spring Conference at the Art Workers Guild. We had an excellent day and I came away brimming with ideas. I found the afternoon session especially enjoyable. Geraldine Green is an excellent tutor.
I am looking forward to the Autumn Conference, the stimulation of the conference and exploring the Ironbridge area again. I hope as many people as possible will manage to attend the AGM as we have an important matter to consider. Even if you are not coming please do study your agenda, (both sides!) and send your comments either to the listserver or to me.
Best wishes for the success of your writing. Dorothy Crowther (Chairman)
Spring Conference 2013
This was held on 17th April 2013 at the Art Workers Guild, London. Once again it was a very well supported and excellently organised event — thank you, Mary and Richard.
Firstly Peyton Skipwith (what a great name!), as erudite as ever for this, his fourth talk to us, spoke about John Piper, the talented twentieth century artist renowned for his stained glass window designs but also famed for his paintings, book illustrations, and textile and theatre set designs.
We were also entertained by story teller Martin Riley’s lively performance of one of Chaucer’s Tales, aided by various props pulled out of a battered trunk and the assistance of some audience participation (Oh yes we did!).
Calm was then restored by Rebecca Stephens, in her own words a “recovering academic”, although she confessed to still getting “happily lost in research”. She guided us through her world of fascination with Sherlock Holmes, analysing his character and his apparently perpetual appeal.
After an excellent lunch, poet and creative writer Geraldine Green expertly engaged us in three writing exercises, gently stretching our imaginations further with each one, as the time allotted to these tasks progressively increased from five to ten, then fifteen minutes.
Finally, the winners of the recent writing competitions were announced and certificates awarded.
Spring 2013 Writing Competition
Congratulations to all the winners, as listed below. Winning entries will be published in the next journal.
Category A –
1st ‘Whispers in the Wind’ by Oliver Eade
2nd ‘An Eye on the owls’ by Richard Westcott
‘The Battle of Aughrim’ by Tim O’Brien
‘Duck Business’ by Oliver Eade
‘Still Waters run Deep by Neil Wilson.
1st ‘A Road More Travelled’ by Karen O’Reilly
2nd ‘Retirement Home’ by Alan Davis
‘Tree Creeper’ by Teresa Black.
Category B – Non Fiction:
1st ‘From Fear to Fiction’ by Teresa Black; ‘A Short History of Dentistry’ by Harold Selcon; ‘Hiccup Man’ by Karen O’Reilly.
Competitions and prizes
The Autumn 2013 Writing Competition
Please send entries to the Competition Secretary, Moira Brimacombe, as soon as is practicable, but by 30th July 2013 at the latest. Click here for the entry form.
The Richard Asher Prize for Medical Writing.
Once again you are invited to nominate or self-nominate, paper(s) which you feel should be considered for this award. Only the name of the paper, by whom it was written, and in which publication it appeared is required. Please email our secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org who will then pass on the details for consideration.
Poems on Prescription
Copies of this anthology of verse from SOMW members, launched 5th October 2012. Selling well but some still available. Paperback, 104 pages — £10.00 ISBN 9780957357501. To ensure your copy contact - Mary Anderson, 1 Ballbrook Avenue, Manchester M20 6AB Tel: 07887 984 266 email@example.com
Irish Medical Writers
Their website has been revamped and can now be located at www.irishmedicalwriters.com
And finally… (but certainly not least!)
Please see the proposal, to be voted on at the AGM, in respect of a possible merger with the Society of Apothecaries, thus becoming part of their Faculty of History and Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics. The Society of Apothecaries is a Livery Company and as such has a Royal Charter. Your comments & views are invited. For more information follow this link.