Writerly News Round-Up

This month we have news of a step forward for the group; a new book in search of Advance Readers; a short story competition closing very soon; and an Art Exhibition featuring some of our friends.

A baby step into the future…

Last week, for the first time since February 2020, Chudleigh Writers’ Circle held a face to face meeting in their traditional location, Chudleigh Town Hall. We’ve had a couple of outdoor events, but this was the first ‘proper’ meeting since lockdown began.

We were a small group; not everyone felt comfortable in attending. And it all felt very strange. We spent much of the time just talking about what we write, what we’d been doing in the past sixteen months, and how this was so much better than Zoom! Then we began the discussion on where we wanted the group to go next.

So, a long way to go. Like many groups, we suspect, we need to get to know one another once more. But it felt like the first baby step on the journey into the future…

Elizabeth’s looking for advance readers

Elizabeth Ducie’s next novel is due for launch in mid-October. Murder at Mountjoy Manor is a cosy murder set in the fictional village of Coombesford, not a million miles from Chudleigh. The Advance Reader Copy is currently being finalised and will be ready for release by the end of this month. If you fancy getting your hands on a pre-launch copy, just email Elizabeth and she will add you to the list. The copies are free and there’s no obligation attached, although Elizabeth very much hopes you will consider posting a review and helping with the publicity around launch time.

Into writing flash fiction?

The Exeter Literary Festival short story competition is running at the moment. With a maximum limit of 750 words, the organisers are looking for sparkling flash fiction. It’s just £5 to enter, or £9.50 for two stories and there are three prizes on offer: £200, £100 and £50. The closing date is this coming Saturday, 31st July. So why not get those stories out and start polishing the words?

Art exhibition at Newton’s Place

For some years now, Chudleigh Writers’ Circle has been taking part in Joint Arts Projects with local artists and photographers. And one of those local groups, Newton Abbot Art Group, is holding their Summer Art Exhibition right now at Newton’s Place. The exhibition is open today, Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and then from Monday through to next Saturday 31st. The group would love people to come and visit the exhibition. It would also be good opportunity for everyone to see the exhibition space at Newton’s Place which will be used for the next Joint Arts Project exhibition in October.

One of the exhibitors and organisers, Virginia Griem had this message for local art lovers: “Normally we would have had an exhibition preview/opening event, but have decided that this would not be appropriate given that restrictions have only just been lifted. We would love to see you on a drop in basis.”

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