Crewe & District Writers' Circle
The Story so far....
Crewe and District Writers' Circle was formed when a group of students, who had completed a writing course, decided to keep their interest going by meeting at regular intervals. The very first meeting took place on 14th January 1964 and it was in September of that year that a committee was formed and the circle became fully organised.
In 1966 the first Short Story Competition was launched and all the entrants were invited to an event where the prizes were awarded to the winners. This event proved so successful that it swelled the membership significantly.
Over the years there have been many events, including radio broadcasts with BBC Radio Stoke, guest speakers, competitions for short stories and poetry, and open nights. In 2012 The Circle hosted an event as part of The Nantwich Festival of Music and Words where we held a morning session entitled "Poetry and Prose at the Museum" in Nantwich Museum with members and guest poets reading their work. This event was hugely successful and by the end quite a lot of people were standing at the back because the museum had run out of chairs.
Since 1966 members have enjoyed relaxed and informal meetings in the comfort of the home of the Circle's chairperson, Mrs Waltraud Field. Recently we have relocated to a meeting room in Audlem, where our chairperson currently resides. Though membership has swelled and diminished periodically numbers are currently buoyant. The Circle continues to meet every month and new members are always welcome.
We offer the opportunity for writers to share their work with other like-minded authors in a friendly and supportive environment, an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, and to celebrate each other's successes. We have now produced our own booklet of members' work which was launched on 23 September at the Nantwich Bookshop.
The Circle acknowledged with sadness the sudden passing of Tom Field in July 2015.
In 2016 the Circle published its own anthology of poetry and short fiction.Our book, "Word Weavers", is now on sale and copies can be obtained by emailing the group at: CreweAndDistrictWritersCircle@gmail.com - all proceeds raised by the pamphlet will enable the Writers’ Circle to continue to organise future events and activities to support writers.
MEMBERS' SUCCESSES JANUARY 2019 ONWARDS
JANUARY: Steve Goodwin's YouTube Site, STeveRhymes now has 22 subscribers and over 500 views. The Festival of Music has asked permission to use one of Trixi Field's children's songs for a week of performances in Dorchester Cathedral and possibly at the Wembley Arena. She is awaiting more information. FEBRUARY: Sheila Blackburn and Steve read at a Key Stage 2 Assembly at Wistaston Academy. Steve has been asked to read at a Key Stage 1 and 2 assembly at Underwood School on World Book Day in March. He has also been asked to do a reading at a Frodsham Nursing Home. Helen Kay has won 2nd place in the Leeds Peace Poetry Prize with her poem "Kibbutz Canteen". She has also won 2nd prize in the Wakefield Sanctuary Competition with a poem on the theme: Sanctuary.
Love writing? Want to meet like-minded people?
Come and join us!
Regular meetings of the circle take place in Nantwich on the second Tuesday of each month. If you are a budding writer or indeed, a published writer, and are interested in joining us, or would like to know more about the circle please contact us: CreweAndDistrictWritersCircle@gmail.com