About Paignton Writers' Circle

A writers' group for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Our Christmas Meeting, 2019, with Prizegiving

For the first time, we had a Christmas meeting without a 2- or 3-course meal. In fact, it was more like ten. Or twelve!

Instead of a sit-down meal, we had decided to bring Chrstimassy foody bits in and have a buffet. This fitted nicely with our move from Churston Golf Club (which had a restaurant) to our meeting room at Paignton Library (which doesn’t). Our move to the Library has led us to ‘ring the changes’ a bit, which can be a good thing!

It worked out well, with those present saying they felt it was a more relaxed atmosphere – much easier to chat to everyone! Lucy Lepchani, our judge for this year’s Christmas competition, also enjoyed it – glad to have you with us again, Lucy!

After we’d eaten our fill (or more than!) the winners of the various competitions were announced, with Ken taking one trophy, and Julie taking the other two! We even have a photo to prove it….

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We were then treated to hearing their winning entries – and those who were runners-up or honourably-mentioned – which rounded off an excellent afternoon.

Our next meeting will be in the new year – 6 January, 2020 – when we hope to hear more stories and poems of the high standard we’ve come to expect, and have more writerly chat and general friendly interaction.

See you then!

Christmas Competition Winners 2015

The winners of the Christmas Competition 2015 are as follows:

The Marjorie Waters Cup for Poetry:
Winner: Julia Montanjees. [Read Julia’s winning entry HERE.]
Runner-up: Ellie Davies.

The Amelia Burns Cup for Prose:
Winner: Phil Eley. [Read Phil’s winning entry HERE.]
Runner-up: Ray Coleman.
Honourable Mentions: Danny Milne, Liz Cook, Julia Montanjees.

The George Reade Cup for Humour:
Winner: Liz Cook. [Read Liz’s winning entry HERE].
Runner-up: Ron Dickerson.
Honourable Mentions: Kate Liversedge-Miller, Ellie Davies.

The subject was Redemption.

Congratulations to the three winners and runners-up, and to the ‘honourables’!
Many thanks to Competition Judge, Lucy Lepchani.

 

 

 

Christmas Competition Winners 2014

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A somewhat belated announcement – again! ;-)
The winners of the Christmas Competition 2014 are as follows:

The Marjorie Waters Cup for Poetry:
Winner: Danny Milne. Read Danny’s winning entry.
Runner-up: Ron Dickerson.

The Amelia Burns Cup for Prose:
Winner: Ellie Davies. Read Ellie’s winning entry.
Runner-up: Adrian Worsey.

The George Reade Cup for Humour:
Winner: Julie Sedgman. Read Julie’s winning entry.
Runner-up: Joanna Gawn.

The subject was Ancestors.

Congratulations to the three winners and runners-up!

Many thanks to Competition Judge, Lucy Lepchani.

 

Image from Danilo Rizzuti at FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

 

 

Christmas Competition Winners 2013

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A somewhat belated announcement! ;-)

The winners of the Christmas Competition 2013 are as follows:

The Marjorie Waters Cup for Poetry: Avis Bruten. Read Avis’s winning entry.

The Amelia Burns Cup for Prose: Philip Eley. Read Philip’s winning entry.

The George Reade Cup for Humour: Adrian Worsey. Read Adrian’s winning entry.

The subject was Somewhere Else.

Congratulations to the three winners!

 

 

Independent Booksellers Week

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Independent Booksellers Week: 29 June to 6 July 2013

Events at The Torbay Bookshop (address: 7 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 3DU)

  • Sat 29 June 11am
    Ann Widdecombe signing her new autobiography Strictly Ann
  • Thurs 4 July 6pm
    Hodder & Stoughton / John Murray Book Boffin Quiz at The Paignton Club. Tickets £4pp (includes free book.) Teams of 4.
  • Sat 6 July 10:30am
    Kate Furnivall signing her latest novel Shadows on the Nile.
  • Sat 6 July 2.30pm
    BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall signing his latest novel Shadows of Justice.

Find out more:
Tel: 01803 522011
Web: http://www.torbaybookshop.co.uk

Page Turning Quality

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We invited one of our members, Fiona Ross, to lead a workshop for the group on
18th March. Fiona chose the theme of “Page Turning Quality In Fiction”.

She began with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examples and exercises.

The workshop focused on a variety of techniques to create tension in a scene, to create mystery and unanswered questions designed to keep the reader engaged with the story.

Fourteen members attended and the session was generally well received.

Paignton Writers’ Circle would like to thank Fiona for preparing and presenting the workshop.

Competition Winners 2012

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The winners of the Christmas Competition 2012 are as follows:

The Marjorie Waters Cup for Poetry: Janet Sharp. Read Janet’s winning entry.

The Amelia Burns Cup for Prose: Debra Westlake

The George Reade Cup for Humour: Danny Milne. Read Danny’s winning entry.

You can find the original competition entry post here. The subject was Changes and the entries were judged by Cathie Hartigan, Chair of Exeter Writers.

Congratulations to the three winners!