Sunday, 21 November 2010

Brit Writers' Awards.

Thought I would share this link with you for the Brit Writers' Awards. This competition looks exciting and there is something for everyone, including songwriters'.

Awards categories

Submit your story, poem or song to the Brit Writers' Awards and be in with a chance of winning £10,000! Please read below details about the writing categories you can enter your work within:

These awards are open to all unpublished and self-published writers from the UK and across the world.A UK and International winner will be selected for each category (i.e. 2 awards winners per category)

1. Poetry (collection of five entries)
2. Short stories (minimum 1,000 and maximum 5,000 words)
3 Novels
4. Non-fiction
5. Stories for children
6. Songwriting
7. Stage and screen plays (new for 2011!)
8. Published Writer of the Year (the only category for published writers)

Young people (aged 16 and under):

1. Poetry (collection of three entries)
2. Short stories (maximum 3,000 words)
3. Songwriting

These categories are open to Key Stage 1 (5-7 years), Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) and Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-16 years) age groups.

Saturday, 20 November 2010


Script Writing

For a writer the internet is such a powerful tool. It can be used to inform our writing. A writer may never need to leave their desk in order to research their novel. Having written it, they are then able to market it with the use of blogs and websites. The writer is also able to keep an eye on emerging markets, works by other authors - connect with other writers.

For script writers there is a plethora of websites where you are able to read scripts, from play, film and radio. You are also able to watch short screen plays (known as shorts), listen to radio plays on BBC Radio four or find out where the best place is to send your script.

Below are some links that you may find useful. Some of you may already be familiar with them, for those who are not; I hope you find them helpful.

Website of Steve Walker who has written 42 radio plays for BBC Radio 4. He has won many awards including two Giles Cooper Awards for Best Radio Plays. Some of his scripts can be read at the following address.

The Generic Radio Workshop – Vintage Radio Script Library.

BBC Radio Four Afternoon plays.

Film Script Writing

Scripts from well known films such as ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’, ‘Alien’ and ‘Braveheart’.

Film Network Showcasing new British Film Making.
Some great ‘shorts’ on this website.

BBC writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers for a changing Britain.
If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then BBC writersroom wants to know about you

Sunday, 14 November 2010

'Inviting You To Write' Night

Last Wednesday the writers' circle came together for their monthly meeting. This month we held a "Inviting you to Write" evening. I am glad to report that it was a great success and everyone had a very enjoyable evening.

It is always good to hear stories written from the same prompts but with individual interpretations. There was a high standard of writing and a good variety of stories.
Our new member Gerry, wrote a story 'A FEEBLE CASE OF NON-CONFORMITY'. We were pleased to see 94 year old Maxine, an x member of the circle. She wrote an interesting piece entitled REBELLION, about the suffragette movement.

Our winner of the evening was Sheila Alcock with her story "MAN'S WORK".
Runners up were Phillip Arrand with "REELECTIONS ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JONATHON HALL" and Caroline Mazzey with "FINAL SCORE".

Monday, 8 November 2010



It will be held on Wednesday 10 November at 7.45pm - 8.00pm.

Write 250 words on ONE of the following topics:REMEMBRANCE or REBELLION or REFLECTIONS

Bring your piece along prepared to read or have it read aloud. The author of the story anonymously voted to be the best by the other participants will receive a prize. To enable everyone’s stories to be read on the night, there is a limit on numbers for this event. Please LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ALONG. If you are not sure until the night then you will still be very welcome but those who have notified me of their interest will have priority should there be too many entries.

Many people have now expressed an interest in joining us so it should be a fun evening.

The venue is St John’s Church Centre, Amherst Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9LG. St John’s is the large Victorian church on St John’s Road – the main road through the centre of Tunbridge Wells - almost opposite the Shell and BP garages. It has its own car park which can be accessed via Amherst Road at the rear of the church.Directions from Tunbridge Wells Town Centre: from St John’s Road turn right into Woodbury Park Road (next to the bus depot) and Amherst Road is the first left. The car park is on your left at the other end of the road immediately before the church. Directions from Tonbridge: from St John’s Road turn left into Queens Road (beside the church green) and Amherst Road is the first right. The car park is on your right immediately after the church.We are meeting in the Church Centre which is the new building alongside the church. We will have access to tea and coffee making facilities but if members fancy something stronger before or after the meeting, the highly thought of Saint John’s Yard pub is just around the corner.

Sunday, 7 November 2010


This morning our chair Hilary Mackleden was interviewed on BBC Radio Sussex by Gavin Ashenden. Hilary spoke about the inspiration for her highly successful play Beyond Redemption and how it can speak to us today, in the 21st Century.

Her interview can be heard at the following link.

You will find Hilary's interview at 1hr 38 mins and 24 seconds - 1hr 41 mins and 40 seconds.

By popular demand the play will be performed again on Saturday 13th November at All Saints Church Crowborough. There is a matinee at 2.30pm and an evening performance at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked on 01892 652081.

Beyond Redemption is being performed as part of the Festival of Faith Celebrations at All Saints Church.