The first full meeting for Reading Writers in 2016 was a jam-packed affair, filled with plaudits, applause and a little bit of sad news.
A highlight was the announcement of this years recipient of the Don Louth Award. Named after our legendary ex-Secretary, the silver salver is given each year to the member who the group felt had achieved the most significant personal success in their writing career over the previous twelve months.
The 2015 award went to Steve Partridge for his work on a book documenting the music scene in Basingstoke. As ever, the silverware was presented by Jackie Louth. Steve now gets the honour of choosing the subject of our summer book discussion group. Be gentle with us, Steve…
In slightly sadder news, Vice-Chair Julie Cohen stepped down from the ordeals of the Reading Writers committee to focus on her alternate career as a best-selling author and wrangler of Lego serial killers. We presented Julie with a signed poem by our rhymin’ Finance Sec Charles Whittaker, and a silver bookmark, with which she can… mark books, probably. Don’t be a stranger, Julie!
Somehow, we also managed to pack in a manuscript session, and announced the subject of our Spring Writing Competition: Reading–Its Lighter And Darker Sides. Along with our upcoming anthology, Reading Writers are really doing their bit for the Year Of Culture in Dingtown.
Our first meeting of 2016 was a great start to the year, and a taster of an exciting year ahead. With an anthology to plan for, two competitions, guest speakers, workshops and those all-important manuscript evenings, it’s never quiet at Reading Writers!