vale royal writers group 2/2/15, meeting blog – nick monks

Vale Royal Writers Group took place on Monday 2/2/15. Was as usual well attended. And expertly chaired by Bob. Why not come along. A friendly supportive group for total beginners and jaded old timers like me

I don’t know people’s names yet as I’ve only been going for two years. Deborah was probably the highlight in readings , a short story about a utopian/dystopian society which as Lee said maintained a constant tension starting with a bus journey and ending with pressing a button to terminate the life of a deviant in the new paradise. Les read a short story about “Erick” a journal of his day complete with disharmonious urban living?

Nick did this week’s exercise but was unfortunately and regrettably knackered due to lack of sleep. The exercise encompassed writing a poem from a theme. Then radical editing, changing every word except for conjunctives. If this is not for you. As Andrew Morley says, there are as many as 200 approaches to writing poetry, mine is just one. It depends on the psychology of the person and what they wish to achieve. Some people write one excellent poem every two months which are better than my 500 attempts

Group business was dealt with and it was agreed Marion did an excellent and valuable job. If she was happy to continue. I think a workshop was discussed. Then individuals gave their “news” about writing and other things

Fiona read out a colloquial poem as ever accomplished. Joyce read an academic piece on women in 1950’s (?) Warrington which caused much discussion and input. Bill read out two poems, a seasonal poem for spring which somehow managed to encompass his mother in law? If I’ve remembered correctly

I’ve probably got all this wrong as I was busy sipping my drink. Gellis read out a prose piece which encompassed the Cuban missile crisis and Fountain Abbey.  Apologies for other readings I can’t remember. And for “comments” on ones i do. I wasn’t really paying attention

Then there was a break for Amphetamines and Whisky.  We discussed Albert Camus and wondered if he’d got over his troubles.  I found myself at home  after driving at 90 mph along the M6. The task prompt alarm went on my mobile and I set off to the writers group.  If I keep going for another two years I might learn some names, the names are just made up. The evening was enjoyable as ever and the quality of the work good


Next meeting- 2nd March 2015

Forthcoming Events- Gladstones Library Workshop- May 16th

Picture a Poet exhibition- current- Harris Library Preston

Workshops- Geraldine Green, varying dates towards end of each month, near Kirby Londsdale







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