Local writing group hosts Aussie-themed evening

Nick Nicola and Richard Holdsworth
Nick Nicola and Richard Holdsworth

A HASTINGS writing group enjoyed an evening of Aussie fun at its Australian-themed evening held at the Isobel Blackman Club (WRVS) centre in St Leonards last Monday (June 9).

Greeted with all things Aussie, such as boomerangs, and corked hats known as Hobbly-Bobs, members of the Shorelink Community Writers group enjoyed fascinating tales of the Australian Outback.

The themed event was organised by two members who, combined, lived in the land down under for nearly two decades - Richard Holdsworth, a herdsman who became a journalist, and Nick Nicola, a bushman and one-time prospector who sought his fortune with priceless opals.

Sally Gardner, who runs the Shorelink Group with her husband Roland, said: “Not every evening is such fun and games! We have our serious moments while also encouraging new writers to our weekly meetings and constructive critiquing that has over the years helped them get even more satisfaction from their writing.”

The group combines social events throughout the year with weekly meetings, alternating between members’ reading evenings and workshops. There is no subscription to join but writers are asked to donate £2 to go towards tea and coffee for the meetings which are held on Mondays at 7.30pm at The Isobel Blackman Club (WRVS) centre in South Street. Sally added: “We’d love to hear anything you have written over the years, be it prose or poetry.” Email sallygard@gmail.com or visit shortfuse1066@shorelinkwriters.org.uk.