Hastings Writers’ Group

IT was yet another cold night on Monday, March 25, but the Hastings Writers’ Group soon generated some warmth with our entries for our current competition.

This time, we had been asked to write a crime story, and members read out extracts from their entries at the meeting. Murder seemed to be the most popular theme – settings included ancient Rome, a dystopian world of the future, Cornwall – and Bulverhythe Beach.

We had several killers – including Ruth Ellis – sitting in their prison cells pondering on the nature of their crimes. Going from the bloodthirsty to the other end of the spectrum, we also heard about the theft of a kitten, and some very strange goings-on in South Africa that had something to so with Jack and the Beanstalk. As ever, our judge will have a hard job.

Also, on the night, long-standing group member Anne Hooker brought us cakes to celebrate the publication of her book ‘Inspired’. This is a moving collection of thoughts, prayers and poems that have inspired famous people, and is intended to raise funds for Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The book is now available on Amazon, or directly from Anne at inspired@addiesmith.co.uk.

The Hastings Writers’ Group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. Our current group anthology, Strandline, is available at the Hastings Waterstones, in Priory Meadow.

If you are interested in joining the group, 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.