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 JUNE - END OF YEAR
Claire Bassi reported that the Nantwich Speakeasy is growing. Sue Moult had a poem accepted on Redshift Radio. Sheila's short story "Daisy Banks" was longlisted in a national competition. Trixi's book "Lyrics of the Meres" and CD "Songs of the Meres" are now on sale at the Shropshire Wildlife Shop, at the Boathouse, Ellesmere.
Trixi had two poems accepted for Redshift Radio,"The Oak" and "Morning Face". Sheila won a national competition (Writestars) for her flash fiction "Find Me", and her redrafted short story "After the Storm" has been accepted by My Weekly magazine.
Kevin Skinner has now released his children's book: "Fluffy the White Kitten" on Amazon. Steve's book "Zombie Kitten" is being illustrated by Helen's daughter. He hopes to release the book in October. Helen's pamphlet "Dyslexia Poems" has been shortlisted for the Paper Swans Pamphlet Collection.
Helen's two poems "Red Geraniums" and "Rachel in the Kibbutz 1993" have been published in The Stand based at Leeds University.
Steve has now published "Zombie Kitten" and it is on sale at £5.99. He is to be interviewed on InkPantry and also on Artslab this month. Sheila is working on the publication, with Steve's help, of her illustrated "Little Lost Angel" book. Moragh shared to the group the beautiful front cover of her story book.
The Circle ran two events during the Words and Music Festival in Nantwich on 14 October - a creative poetry workshop and an Open Mic poetry session. Both events were highly successful! A delegation also went to the IRIS centre in Crewe to give readings. This event also went down very well.
Sheila’s short story: Sweet Little Christmas has been accepted by My Weekly Magazine and will be published on/around December 16th
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