rvwg meeting February

  • We’ll see how this goes; i believe in the indeterminancy approach to writing-
  • Apologies i don’t know the ladies name- read out a 100 about, flash fiction about two lovers in a garden and ending with the male lover burying her/a flower as she had rejected him
  • Group business was short and Bill and Tonia have full placement for there funded workshops with one person on wating list- well done
  • Bob who again expertly chaired and said he’d already sold 85 copies of his kindle book, which is a very healthy number
  • Then there was a hush and the first cords of  Rolling Stones- Midnight Rambler- we sat in etiquette pose. Then alternate people stood up then sat down.”And you won’t go out until the light of morning”-G then Eminor. Then the other people stood up and sat down. Then a phone rang, three people got up to answer it then it stopped. Alternate people sat with hands on legs the others with hands on table. The last strains of the song ended
  • A gentleman informed us “he was getting there” which is better than anyone else
  • There where two new people (sorry i’m terrible with names)one writer who even as an English teacher professes writing is not that easy. And someone who works in law and already has an accomplished writing CV. Hope they come back
  • A lady read out an excellent prose piece about a girls premonitions in which the threads came together in a horrible car crash
  • Another lady read out a prose piece on a visit to Amsterdam and interest in the residents. And an excellent poem on her daughter contrasting it with a reading from Yeats- A prayer for my daughter
  • Les read out an interesting and original short prose piece about drinking coffee? at work from a statistical point of view. Which was very good. And he says is one of many
  • Marion read out a bleak Dickensian piece in response to the exercise on a childhood bedroom  set by Jan
  • Subs where handed over to Bill and i looked furtive and tried to make my escape without paying
  • The standard of work was high in the convivial settings of the Blue cap Sandiway. And the high numbers of attendees must testify to something. Apologies to items, readings, news i’ve missed out

posted by Nick Monks on 3/2/16


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 http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk/