Hastings Writers’ Group

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WE had an exceptionally busy evening on Monday, January 28.

More than 20 members braved the lashing rain to present their entries for our first internal competition of the year – Memoir Writing.

Everyone had a chance to read out a sample of their work, and it was fascinating to gain insights into such an astonishing variety of lives.

The extracts were in turn inspiring, funny, poignant, intriguing – and raunchy. Among other things, we heard about a love for music, an irrational fear of bandages, a trip in a runaway car, being a VIP cab driver, house moves, ‘Bob a Job’, schooldays, fostering adolescents, boxing, being an army child, fraught holidays, working in a casino, and many strange family secrets.

The entries now go off to our judge, former group member and creative writing tutor Andrea Samuelson. We hope she enjoys reading them as much as we obviously enjoyed writing them.

The Hastings Writers’ Group is one of the longest established, the biggest and most active groups of its kind in the country. We meet fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. If you are interested in joining (there is currently a waiting list), or in finding out more about our activities, please contact the Membership Secretary, Amanda Giles, on 01424 442707 or email membership.hwg@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at www.hastingswriters.co.uk.