Hastings Writers’ Group

ON Monday, October 15, it was time for us to get the results of our Writing for Children competition. Our judge this time was our own Kate O’Hearn.

As vice-chairman of the group, Kate is one of our loyalist supporters. She is the author of seven (nearly eight) published children’s novels, including the highly successful Pegasus series.

As ever, the standard of entries was high, and Kate had a hard job to choose the eventual winners. Highly commended were Charlie Menzinger with Making Mischief and Stephen Martin with Zombiana Bones. In third place was Mark Towner with a science fiction story, Callie. Rosemary Bartholomew was second with Changes, her story of contemporary marriage breakdown.

In first place was Mike Walsh, with an absolutely terrifying tale, Dick Ears and the String Bean Creeper. When we all emerged from our hiding places under the table, Kate assured us that children enjoyed being scared.

On a different theme, we heard about two competition successes. Ron (Nick) Nicola had won second place in the HRVAB annual Memories writing competition for his story Wayward Memories, and Steph Gaunt had won the Daily Telegraph Just Back travel writing competition with a piece about buffalo mozzarella, melons and ancient architecture.

Our group meets 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.