We were led by Lathom Park Trust secretary Dot Broady-Hawkes who is an absolute fount of knowledge about the different historical periods of Lathom House.
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Although it was a freezing cold day we were all fascinated and very grateful to Dot for giving up her time, especially as she was preparing to jet off to America the next day! We were glad to repair to the nearby Plough inn t o thaw out with hot drinks and then a lovely lunch. We discussed what we had learned and felt it should go further to produce some joint writing. Could this be the start of a new anthology for the group? Or maybe we could help Lathom Park Trust with one of their writing projects?
We agreed to ask the group to consider this at our AGM and possibly to invite someone from the Trust to talk to us as part of our programme for the second half of the year. The shortlist is to be announced on 1st May. Fingers crossed but just thrilled to be on the longlist. Cath was there all day, stewarding and I am grateful to her for her assistance in getting there and getting me sorted out!
Carol will show how the local landscape and history have influenced her writing and trace the journey from a single image to a whole novel. Visitors are welcome to attend at a small charge to cover refreshments. More events are forthcoming, see the events page of this website. Monday 26th March we welcomed author Rhona Whiteford to our group. Rhona brought with her lots of her own artwork which she uses to illustrate her books and design the covers. In the second part of the meeting she gave us some exercises to use imagination to create characters that children will love and also to create effective settings.
It was a fantastic night that we all enjoyed so many thanks to Rhona for sharing her experience and skills. Bring a food bank item and write about it Led by Heather Cowley. Happy New Year to writers everywhere. Skem Writers have already started off the with our first meeting for constructive comments on our work. We have a new programme for the next six months which you can see below. All welcome to come along have a glass of wine or cup of tea and hear us read from our latest collection.
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Next meeting is Monday 21st August, note this is a change from our usual routine to avoid the Bank Holiday Monday. This meeting will be a workshop on serendipity in your writing and will include Oulipo fun and games. Come prepared to play.
lkilabitra.tk Bring with you a short piece of writing, your own or something from a book, it can be prose or fiction and a dictionary if you have one. I will have some spares and you can also use your mobile phone instead. Visitors welcome as usual. Hooray, publication of our new anthology Endings is now under way. Next meeting is on Monday 24th April when Elizabeth Brown will be taking us through the self- publishing process with FeedaRead.
Promises to be an interesting night. It promises to be a varied collection of poetry and fiction and should be available in May of this year. Not only talented writers but talented graphic artists too! Our next meeting is on the 27th March when we welcome guest speaker Dennis Conlon who will be telling us about his exciting life both as a writer and television actor.
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- Qui gardera nos enfants ?: Les nouous et les mères : une enquête de Caroline Ibos (At large) (French Edition).
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Visitors are always welcome. See our full programme below for more details.
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- Oh Africa 1968-69 e-Photobook Oh Africa 1968-69 e-Photobook (Japanese Edition).
- Jack the Ripper: The Terrible Legacy!
- A Christmas Wish: A twenty-minute festive read from Carole Matthews.
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Skem writers kicked off the year with an informal read your own work night then followed up with our annual night out to our local Wetherspoons where we were able to catch up with socialising which we often do not have time for at meetings. This will be our fourth anthology.
- Homosexianity: Letting Truth Win The Devastating War Between Scripture, Faith, and Sexual Orientation.
- lol...OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying!
- A Christmas Wish by Carole Matthews?
- The Nobodies Album.
- Keep it casual like Pippa in Le Chameau.
- A Christmas Wish by Carole Matthews.
- Handwritten Girl.
The first two are completely sold out, although Tales of a New Town is now available on Amazon kindl e. We expect to publish Endings around Easter so watch out for this new collection from the strange and wonderful minds and pens of Skelmersdale Writers. Skelmersdale Writers group is celebrating publication of two new books by members Joe Welsh and Carol Fenlon. Plotlands is a collection of linked short stories by Carol Fenlon featuring the residents of a seaside shantytown in North Wales. Both writers will be at Skelmersdale Library on Monday 21st Novemer from 5.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available. I spent most of the week doing final revisions on a novel I hope to publish next year. Five of us were staying in two beautiful pine lodges right on the river Wye, with spectacular views front and rear and absolute peace at this timeof year.
I came home very happy and feeling very organised. I think we all had a productive and enjoyable week and we will certainly be going again. Lots of people showed interest in the group, we were canvassing for new members and also showcasing our books.
Our next public event will be at Skem library, news of this to follow soon.. For November our own member Ruth Slater who has recently completed a publishing MA gave us an excellent workshop on the merits of getting traditionally published and self-publishing. Ruth intends to set up her own publishing company in the New Year which is great news for Northern writers. October meeting We welcomed Alison Chisholm who led a great workshop on writing mini memoirs and also gave us some super tips on how to perform and read our work in public. We had a really enjoyable open evening at Skelmersdale Library on 17th August.
Three new visitors came along and it was quite an eye-opener as we all discussed what benefits we gain from coming to the group. Definitely something we would do again. Thankfully we are lucky to have such good support from our local library so many thanks to Noreen and the staff for organising everything and providing the refreshments.
And last but not least, the rest of us will be strutting our stuff with some of our favourite pieces of poetry and prose so please do join us, attendance is free. Happy New Year everyone. We had a New Year party instead of a Christmas one this time and it was a right good do. Last month we were visited by Liverpool comedy actor Gary Skyner. Gary has worked with many national celebrities including Ricky Tomlinson and has appeared many times on national TV.
Fruits of Life is a collection of poetry and prose dealing with a wide range of health issues. You can also find it on eBay or order direct by emailing me. Free delivery on direct orders to Skelmersdale and district. A wonderful evening with Carys Bray last Monday 28th October. We are pleased to be hosting another of our open mic evenings at Skelmersdale Library next Monday 19th August from 5. We will be strutting our stuff and invite other writers from the district to contribute. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. We had to postpone our Christmas party due to people being on holiday or ill so we had a party in January instead.
Unfortunately we picked a night when it decided to snow heavily and had a hard time getting home but it was good fun anyway. Our next meeting on March 25th is a literary debate night, suggestions for topics so far are: should writing be political? Our first guest speaker of the year will be Cy Ferguson who is coming to talk about self-publishing in May. Many thanks to ASDA for hosting us and providing us with free tea and coffee. Last meeting of this year will be on Monday December 10th for Christmas hilarity and Readings from our own work.
We submitted pieces in advance to Jenny and on the night the whole group was involved in discussing the pieces and giving feedback. It was not only a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a professional writer and tutor but a great exercise for us all in how to give constructive feedback. July — Writers on the move. This month sees our group move to a new home. Asda has kindly offered us a meeting place at the Asda store on Ingram Way, Skelmersdale. Times of meeting remain the same, as above, 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7.
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