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Formed over forty years ago, our Writers Circle is based in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Meetings are held in The Room at the Top in Felixstowe Library, normally on the first and third Tuesday of each month commencing at 7.30pm and finishing by 10.00pm. Check this weblog for details of meetings.

There is an annual November to November fee of £30, April to November is £20 and June to November £15. For members preferring to pay at each meeting the charge is £5 per meeting. To contact Felixstowe Scribblers simply email scribblers.1@btinternet.com or the Secretary, catherine.stafford1@ntlworld.com

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A terrific night of flash fiction.

What a terrific meeting with some excellent short stories all written expertly within thirty minutes of writing time. The stories could be chosen from the following subjects:

"It was no use pretending"
"Elastic" or
"Oh wind blow gently"

The well attended meeting heard much applause for so many of the completed stories which obviously brought a proud smile to the faces.

The meeting was preceded with an update on the phone conversation between Beryl and the HSBC business manager. It appears that the situation will be resolved quite soon. We'll just wait and see!

Also was an update on the Anthology which has now been sent to Gipping Press as has the cover design although we have since discovered an anomaly in the font used. We will discuss this with the printers very soon.

Liz has kindly said that she will represent the Scribblers at the Felixstowe Horizons event at the Orwell Hotel on Tuesday 11th June from 9am to 1pm.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 4th June when Dave will ask for feedback on approximately 1,500-2,000 words of his ongoing novel. This will be followed (or preceded) by a 500 word homework assignment on Photo Album. 

Until next time,

Keep Scribbling!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Writing in the Vineyards of Tuscany

IN VINO VERITAS

Creative Writing Workshop in the Vineyards of Tuscany
September 1 – 7, 2019
Alison MacLeod
(Author of Unexploded, long-listed for the Booker Prize)
Last few spots available!

In Vino Veritas is a residential writing workshop in the vineyards of Tuscany, featuring personalized encounters with teacher/writers, morning workshops, guided wine tastings, and wonderful Italian cuisine. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants, In Vino Veritas brings together a small group of international writers who work on memoirs, fiction, and poetry, learning about writing in the morning and wine in the evenings. All is accompanied by exquisite food and conversation.
The backdrop to this exciting week is the Donatella Cinelli Colombini wine estate in Trequanda, between Florence and Siena. The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour workshop—perfect for writers working on short stories, memoirs, translations and even poetry. The afternoon is free for writing, wandering, and trips to the nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, or Bagno Vignoni. In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include sommelier-led guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.
Participants stay in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak from the nearby Val di Chiana, and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).
Please do not hesitate to contact me for an electronic brochure!
Details may be found at:  invinoveritaswriting.com
Thank you for your attention. Cin-cin! Cheers!
Suzanne Branciforte
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Suzanne Branciforte
Director
Grapevine Experience
+39 338 6814378
www.grapevineexperience.com


Sunday, 19 May 2019

Our next meeting and updates...


Hi Scribblers!

First let me confirm that our draft anthology has been forwarded to Gipping Press along with our cover design. Entitled 'Characters' we anticipate the copies will be with us in four weeks time.

Regarding our accounts at the HSBC in Felixstowe, the situation borders on absolutely farcical. As you will know both Caz and myself, along with Treasurer Beryl, went to the branch FIVE YEARS ago. Filled in the mandates to be appointed as signatories. The form was witnessed and accepted with the verbal confirmation from the lady employee that we were the new signatories. I have countersigned countless cheques in those five years only to find that when we tried to register Cathy as a replacement for Caz we were informed that neither Caz nor myself were signatories. What happened to the mandates that were signed that day?

Can you believe it? In those five years, with all the cheques that have been signed and countersigned, not once were we challenged over the signatures. Where, I wonder, is the security in relation to cheques drawn on our, and doubtless scores of other, accounts?

Why, when I wrote to the bank, they did not have the courtesy to acknowledge my letter nor reply to me? Instead they wrote to Beryl complete with fresh mandates that require two signatories before any change can be made? With only Beryl recognised by HSBC we are quite frankly stuffed if you will pardon the phraseology.

Despite this, when the bank refused to acknowledge their mistake or misfiling of documents, they placed £150 in our account for the inconvenience! If that doesn't ring of some kind of admission of their error then I don't know what does.

You would think that would end there and then, but oh no! Beryl wrote to them and never received a reply. She has written to the Ombudsman as the bank kindly stated that this is what we must do. With no reply from the Ombudsman, Beryl arranged a meeting at the local branch which was set for Tuesday. Only Beryl found out, via a third party, that the Branch/Business Manager doesn't visit the branches! The meeting would be in Ipswich! Only we were never told that.

Beryl tried to obtain the manager's phone number but was told we couldn't phone her. She would phone us. Which she did. She couldn't make a decision herself and had to phone her Head Office in London who, apparently, support the Branch decision to block access to our accounts.

Beryl received a recorded message to say that mandates would have to be completed along with details of our own meetings that named who was being replaced and by whom - information that had already been passed to them! Then what? Who knows.

But for the kindness of one of our members who has loaned the money to clear our Library charges, we may well have lost the use of our accommodation. And, of course we have a big bill due soon for our anthology.

I am afraid the whole situation stinks. We have lost faith in that bank but are stuck in the quagmire and can't even transfer the funds out!

Ongoing rant will continue!!!

Now, our next meeting is on Tuesday coming, that is 21st May. The start time is 7.30 when the door will be locked. So please be there a few minutes early for what promises to be another fun evening of Flash Fiction. Obviously there was no homework this time, so we await to see what subject or subjects are drawn from Cathy's collection.

Until Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!!!

Settle Stories


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Felixstowe Book Festival Workshops



So far we have only sold one ticket for each of your workshops and between 0 to 5 for each of the other workshops, including the session by The National Writing Centre which is mad!

There's so much on offer where are the aspiring writers?

Please can you help?


Meg Reid
Director Felixstowe Book Festival
www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk

Here's hoping Felixstowe Scribblers and their friends can boost the Workshop programme - not forgetting our own involvement - see final page of the programme (page 4)



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