The apologies came in thick and fast, we had members away visiting Oxford and Prague, not sure which part of the globe Val is currently but we’re sure we spied her in Tammuf last week. Other writers were unable to make it today but Caroline is back from her school holiday imprisonment and we also had Sean, Sue and Anna with us.
Last weeks evening meeting was discussed, it was a positive start with plans made for the format of future meetups. The October date is now being advertised on Eventbrite and the first ticket has been claimed by our friend from Readers and Writers, Sue Flint. It was agreed that Tamworth Writers would act as hosts, inviting local writers to share, promote and if needed, develop their work. A creative hub for writers of all genre’s to meet and network.
Another event takes place this weekend Where the Rivers Meet is a fringe event for Tamworth Litfest set up by Darran Cannan and hosted by Tamworth Litfest. The event takes the form of Poetry in the Park. Poets and storytellers from the Midlands will unite near to the rivers Tame and Anker to celebrate the magic of rivers and the history of Tamworth. The event will include a short walk stopping off at a number of key locations adjacent to the rivers. It takes place on Saturday 14th September 11-3pm around the Castle Grounds.
Caroline also told us about an event at Kingsbury Water Park, Mental Health Mates which meets every two weeks to walk and talk around the park. Next meet up this Sunday 15th at 10.30am
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Today’s subject was Nightmare and Moya got us started with a hilarious account of a fictional nightmare. We were taken from the dread of leaving the house knickerless through to being wound tightly by a monster spiders thread. This horrendous scenario ended with a frightening account that saw a blundering TV personality becoming our Prime Minister, oh hang on…!
My autobiographical piece paid homage to the thankless tasks facing our NHS staff and the ever increasing burdens placed upon them. Unfortunately, this nightmare has no end in sight currently.
Sean read from his current work, Second City Storm. The excerpt deals with the immediate aftermath of the Birmingham pub bombings. A gripping account that takes the reader back in time to memories that nightmares are made of. Sean is on the lookout for first hand accounts from this time to help with the novel. Sue’s brother-in-law, sadly no longer with us, was a paramedic whose experience that night in 1974 had a devastating effect on his life. One suggestion was to listen to the documentary marking the 40th year of the bombings, made by Radio WM.
Sue had prepared a poem for us that spoke of the storms of life. Things that go wrong and turn our lives upside down. Thankfully the nightmare scenarios had a positive end, lovely piece of poetry.
I’ve chosen an image, especially for Caroline this week who, although didn’t have a piece of written work, did share her personal nightmare of house spiders. Wicked I know!
It was time for me to up and leave at this stage, hope I got the gist of the meeting and if you fancy coming along, we are at Tamworth Library every Wednesday between 1-4pm.
Tara a bit.