Exeter Literary Festival

logoGreat news for both writers and readers in Devon; Exeter will be hosting a three-day literary festival in November. There will be presentations from local authors, both well-known and less so; a series of free workshops; and a great wrap-party featuring a quiz on banned books and some wicked cocktails. Continue reading

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Now We Are Ten (part 1)

In August 2008, a group of writers got together to chat about the possibility of setting up a writing group. One month later, the first meeting of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle was held. So tomorrow is our tenth birthday! Continue reading

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Update on Peter’s New Play

Edna.jpgPeter Whittle, Chair of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle, has been entertaining Chudleigh for a long time with his funny and often highly irreverent songs; and with his musical performances. In the past few years, he has branched out into plays where he writes the lyrics, the music and the script. He produced three comedies: Float Yer BoatCankerbury Tales and What A Way To Go,  before turning to a more serious work with the heartbreaking and thought-provoking Mind The Gap. This week he tells us about progress with his new play, Edna’s Emporium, which will be performed in Teignmouth at the end of November. Continue reading

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Elizabeth’s New Books

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It’s a busy few weeks for CWC Treasurer, Elizabeth Ducie, who writes both fiction and non-fiction. In August she published one book and began trials of a second one. In September, she will be launching her latest novel. And to cap it all, she’s running a sale  for two of her earlier novels. Continue reading

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Fleeting Impressions of Swanwick (Part 2)

Last week, Steve and Bea talked about their first three days at the Writers’ Summer School in Swanwick, Derbyshire; Bea from the point of view of a first-timer (or white badger, as it’s known) and Steve from the point of view of someone returning for their second visit. Now read on… Continue reading

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Fleeting Impressions of Swanwick (Part 1)

LogoSwanwick is the well-known summer writing school held every year in, well, Swanwick Derbyshire, the Hayes Conference Centre.

Sometime ago, we decided to attend and share the drive up and back together. Of course, once Kate McCormick, who is more involved in the organisation, heard she suggested we wrote a joint posting for the CWC blog. So, here is our daily joint impressions of Swanwick from Bea Hutchings a “white badger” (first visit) and Steve Male more a grubby grey badger (second visit). Continue reading

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Imagine a Short Story Workshop at ChudLitFest…

On the morning of Chudleigh Literary Festival, we were treated to a short story workshop with Jenny Kane.

Jenny is well known for her Another Cup of Coffee series of novels, The Folville Chronicles, written as Jennifer Ash, and is also renowned erotica writer, Kay Jaybee. She is the co-founder of ‘Imagine Creative Writing Workshops’ along with writer, Alison Knight, and runs workshops and writing retreats throughout the South West. Continue reading

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Facing The Chudleigh Dragons (Part 2)

Last week, we heard from two members of CWC about the new feature of the Literary Festival. This week we hear from  Suzanne McConagy, a guest from Torquay who heard about the competition via the internet and decided to come along and have a go. Continue reading

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Facing the Chudleigh Dragons

A new event took place at this year’s Literary Festival; ‘Face the Chudleigh Dragons’. This week we hear from two members of Chudleigh Writers: Angela Wooldridge, talking from the point of view of a member of the audience; and Bea Hutchings, who was one of the first contenders to enter the Chudleigh Dragons’ Den.  Continue reading

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Duet In Words And Pictures

PicturesVice-Chair, Anne Chinneck, reflects on DUET IN WORDS AND PICTURES, a recent exhibition in Chudleigh Church in which Chudleigh Writers’ Circle collaborated with Newton Abbot Writers Group and Newton Abbot Photographic Group. Continue reading

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