EAW has just received the following email from Megan Dennis of Norfolk Museums (Gressenhall):
'We are currently creating a children’s literature temporary exhibition called Once Upon a Time here at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. This is designed to inspire family reading and a nostalgia for reading. It has been co-curated by our visitors and local library users.
I am writing to ask three things:
1) We are developing a section on children’s authors with a link to Norfolk – would you be happy to be featured in this section and do you have anything we could use to illustrate your work? This could be a working copy of one of your books, something that illustrates your writing process or something that inspires you.
2) Are you available to do book signing/workshops/story telling sessions? If so would you be interested in doing something for us next year? What types of costs would you charge?
3) Who should we contact to try and obtain copies of your books for sale in our Museum Shop?
Do get back in touch with me with the answers to my questions, or if you have any of your own.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
T. 01362 869253
Norfolk Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4DR
We awarded our Book by the Cover Award at the East Anglian Book Awards ceremony for the fifth time last Friday. And for the first time, the award went to a local designer who actually attended the ceremony! So congratulations to Niki Medlik of Studio Medlikova, who designed the cover of Devoured by Anna Mackmin, published by Propolis Books (Henry Layte of the Book Hive). Congratulations to Niki, and thank you to all EAW members who voted for this award.
... are due to the following EAW members:
Rory Clements, awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Historical Dagger for 2018 for his novel Nucleus, published by Zaffre;
D.J. Taylor, shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards, category Fiction, for his novel Rock and Roll is Life, published by Constable & Robinson;
David Bedford and Mandy Stanley, shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards, category The Mal Peet Children's Award, for their book Birdy & Bou: Th Floating Library, published by Simon & Schuster;
Phyllida Scrivens, the winner of the East Anglian Book Awards, category Biography & Memoir, for her book The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich, published by Pen & Sword.
All EAW members should have received their invitation to our annual Christmas lunch party, happening this year on Sunday 16 December from 12.30 until 4 pm. Cost is the usual low £5 per person, to cover wine, soft drinks, cutlery etc. If you haven't received an invitation, please let me know. Alison Pressley, EAW Chair
EAW has received the following email:
Keith Packer <Keith@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk>
I am contacting you regarding the Talking Statues Creative Writing Competition, which is being run by the National Centre for Writing (formerly Writers’ Centre Norwich) and Creative Nation – with funding from Arts Council England.
The competition aims to give budding writers the chance to bring two Norwich “statues” to life – being the missing statue at the Church of St John, Maddermarket, and the Snap the Dragon ceremonial mask at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.
The missing statue competition is open to anyone aged 16 and above, and the Snap the Dragon competition is open to anyone aged 16 and below.
In both instances, writers are asked to submit a short monologue (maximum 350 words) from the perspective of the statue. The winning entry will be professionally recorded and included as part of Talking Statues Norwich, commencing early 2019.
Both competitions will be supported by free writing workshops held in Norwich during October half-term break, including this:
Full details, including entry guidelines and terms and conditions, can be found here:
The deadline for entries is midnight on 30th November 2018, and all entries should be sent to: email@example.com
I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached information to any of your members that may be interested.
Our 2018 AGM will be held at 7 pm next Wednesday, 3 October, at 26 Christchurch Road, Norwich. Under the terms of our constitution ordinary members are welcome to attend, but please note that as this is a private home and there are currently eight committee members, space is extremely limited. If you'd like to attend please email Alison Pressley at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please come along and join fellow EAW members next Monday, 1 October, from 5 pm until about 7 pm at The Plough, St Benedicts Street, Norwich. Bring a book or two to swap or give away if you like.
Please come and join fellow EAW members at our next pub get-together in Norwich on Monday 6 August at The Plough, St Benedicts Street, from 5 pm until about 7 pm. With any luck we'll be able to meet in the garden again, which is at the back of the pub. Otherwise we'll be in the front room. Look forward to seeing some of you there.
We are sad to report the recent deaths of two of our distinguished members: Clive King, best known for his bestselling book Stig of the Dump, and Dr Tom Stuttaford, at 87 still writing a column on health matters for The Oldie magazine until his death on 8 June 2018.
Dear EAW members and website visitors: sincere apologies for the lack of posts over the past few months. This has been due to a combination of new computer and the intrusion of something called Life. But here we are again, and I hope there won't be another huge gap in communications. Since the last post in April we have had several pub get-togethers, a terrific spring outing to Scolt Head Island at the end of April, and an absolute belter of a summer garden party at Low Tharston on 9 June. We have also of course become the official east of England branch of the Society of Authors, which changes things for future membership applications. Essentially, to join EAW from now on you need to be a member of the Society of Authors.
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