Hastings Writers’ Group

OUR meeting on Monday, June 3 started with the sharing of exciting news: several of us are in the process of having work published for the first time, including one of our most talented writers, Mike Walsh, and newer member Kate Giles – more on this to come.

Our chairman, Jill Fricker, has just had a poem shortlisted for a major competition, and acclaimed children’s writer Kate O’Hearn is enjoying great success with her latest novel Valkyrie – she has just returned from a book promotion tour to the West Country. Finally, long-serving member Anne Hooker is also pleased with the success of her book, Inspired, an anthology produced to benefit Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The main business of the evening was to hear the entries for our current competition – producing a rhyming poem of up to 40 lines. As ever, the entries were of a high standard, ranging from the passionate to the comic, with topics ranging from Hastings smugglers via childbirth and hens to writers’ block.

The highlight of the evening was a poem presented as a piece of performance art, Obadiah’s Observations, by Marcus Towner. Our judge will have a hard job deciding on a winner.

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.

We currently have vacancies for a few new members - 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, or find our page on Facebook.