Saturday, July 13, 2024

Thurrock Writers Circle: June report

By Joy Ridgewell

AT the June meeting of the Thurrock Writers Circle, chairman Joy Ridgewell welcomed three new members. Two of whom came to the workshop at the Thurrock Writer’s Festival at the Grays Library last month.

Members that attended, enjoyed a successful day with their anthology on sale.

Following this was the day spent on Bank Holiday Monday at St Margaret’s Church Stanford-le hope fete where the weather was kind and a lot of interest was shown in our book.

Our speaker this month was Bryan Roskams, a very entertaining man, who told the group how he had written down stories and poems all his life; when he decided to try to get his work published it was not easy. He decided to self publish.

Persistence paid off in the end and he now has an agent and has two novels on the market. He also enjoys writing poems and gave a comic rendering of his daughter’s feisty cockerel that defended his harem of hens against a marauding fox. This is to be entered in another book of short stories and poems.

Preparations are being made for a writing weekend in Oxford in September.

After refreshments work was read out and everyone agreed the standard has improved.

Next meeting is at The Hugh Delargy Close Defoe Parade Chadwell St Mary on 26th June 2013: 7-30pm to 9-30pm.


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