Hastings Writers’ Group

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HASTINGS was basking in the heat on Monday, July 15 as a large group of members gathered to present their entries for our latest Flash Fiction competition.

The task was to create a complete story in 250 words, and the challenge was clearly popular. As the stories were short, we had the unaccustomed pleasure of hearing everyone read their complete pieces, and as ever, there were an enormous variety of styles, themes and topics.

Our members are quite fond of dark deeds, disaster and general mayhem – the total body count for the stories was alarmingly high. We finished the evening with an informal discussion about where we liked to write – locations varied from on the sofa in front of the telly via the utility room in the company of the boiler to a purpose-built log cabin.

We were glad to welcome two new members to the group, and another prospective member attended the meeting as a ‘taster’. We also heard that one of our members, Kate Giles, has finally clinched a big publishing deal for her children’s books – in Norway. Her work is to be issued as a hard copy, e-book and audio-book in August.

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.