Spring in our step

Last group meet in April and after last time's lack of participants we were a bit worried for a second. Worries be damned, we had members turn up! A small but lively group. New member David introduced us to a selfish librarian, Sajidah's protagonist turned over a new leaf and Marsha's retiree made his escape.  Good discussions where had about how horrid women characters are allowed to be, the manifestation of grief and staying true to your voice. That's what we love about the group, you never know where the work will take enquiring minds. 

Next group May 5th. 

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Can it be true?

So, due to neither of the usual facilitators being available last night, Lynn boldly stepped up and girding her loins declared herself ready and willing to take the group.  

However, upon enquiring, later that night, 'Went the day well?' I received this reply...

 Wash out! 

Come on you writers!

Oh dear, we must do better wgwg'ers.  You know that novel/slim volume of poetry/collection of short stories is never going to get published at this rate.

So, yes Lynn, we will see you on the 21st....

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An intimate gathering.

We thought Willesden Green would be heaving with emerald St Patrick's day celebrations but it seemed rather muted.  Saying that, it might explain our low numbers this week... First there were 3, then we became 4.

Sajidah's new chapter led us into the cosy environs of wise leaders and set up the beginnings of what promises to be a life-changing relationship between a weak man and a strong woman. This led to a varied discussion on scene-setting, character, dramatic build-up and spirituality. Marsha read a short story about what happens when artefacts are dug up and ascribed meaning. Then, we were done.

No pub, though we did walk past one Irish pub heaving. Someone's Everyone's probably got a very sore head this today.

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Hello, Goodbye

Tonight we said hello to one new member and a sad farewell to another, for Abidah is returning home to America.  So, after hearing one last fine poem from her, we bid her a fond farewell - we hope you come back and visit us again sometime Abidah! 

The new member is Judy ( although she's not really new, as apparently she came once before years ago, but as neither of us could remember the occasion, we will just count her as a newbie) A fine poem about a puddle was her contribution and it just shows what treasures can be found in the most unlikely of subjects. In fact, I don't think I will ever look at a puddle in the same way again.

Steve returned to the fold tonight with a great piece that included the word 'aileron' which none of us knew and had to look up ( see, the group is still being educational...) Don't forget to go to Liars' League on Tuesday if you want to hear more of his work, as one of his stories featuring the unforgettable Carmencita will be being read out by an actor. 

We heard another extract of Sajidah's continuing piece about a boy searching for meaning in the world and ended with Marsha reading out another piece from her very funny Sci Fiction series. As always, her story had a kick in the end with a very unusual way of defeating invading aliens. Don't make me tell you what it was - you will just have to wait until it's published...

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Stop Press!

Well, look who's got a story being read out at Liars League on March 8th...
Our own Steve Moran, that's who.
Liars League
Justice and Mercy
Crimes of Passion by Michael Skansgaard *NEW AUTHOR*
Jailbreak by Stephen Moran *NEW AUTHOR*
Rated by Matthew Harrison *NEW AUTHOR*
The H-Meister Gets Hitched by Quintin Forrest
Judgement Day by James Smyth
Mercy Road by Liam Hogan
This month we've got disputed virginity and disgraced royalty, absconding prisoners, eager-to-please executioners, a taste of post-apocalyptic justice, and the thoughts of an actual fly on the wall, plus our merciless book quiz and of course the chance to judge our chosen stories for yourself. Entry costs a bargain £5 (cash only)
7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) downstairs at:
The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0PP
The Phoenix is a five-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines.

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Like a Box of Chocolates...

As Sajidah said last night after the group, 'Gosh, you never know what you are going to hear each week do you!' And it's true.
Last night we were treated to some flash fiction from Cris that just might lead on to greater (and longer) things, a beautiful, sad poem about cancer from Abidah followed by another very funny and insightful piece from Marsha ( and here's a tip - never, ever diss James Brown in her presence ) plus another extract from Lorna's story. She has such a great voice in her young protagonist, a young lad confused by life, especially after his sister disappears, but is it YA or adult - and does it matter?

There was also another extract from Sajidah's story with another confused young man with the added bonus that, as he plays a crwth in the story, (no, me neither!) she bought in some footage of someone playing a crwth so we could hear what it sounds like. So here it is:- 

Now you can't say wgwg meetings aren't educational :-)

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Like I said...

Well, that was a really good night even if I do say so myself.  We had a full house, with eleven people around the table and six readers, so for two hours we were treated to one great reading after another. 

We had a short piece from Lorna that I certainly want to hear more of (it was so good I will even overlook her unthinkable faux pas in not coming down the pub with us) Jessica, on her first visit, gave us a very witty piece and again, I'm looking forward to hearing more of her work. It's a great feeling (and something of a relief to be honest) when new people turn up and you just know as soon as they start to read their work that you are in safe hands. William's new poem was very clever and I think it fair to say that everyone enjoyed it, and that's no lie ( a little in-joke for those who were there folks...) 

Mary read a really strong new piece that led to a discussion with our resident trainee midwife about what colour new born babies are when they emerge - you can't say this group is not educational!  We had a further installment of Chris's creepy story - just what is it that's lurking out there?  And Marsha made it with minutes to spare in order to read a piece that had us all laughing out loud, what a great performer she is.  

This is what it's all about - great readings from everyone, laughter, discussion and help with work in progress, with a few jars at the end - what's not to like?  And this week there was the added bonus that again we were able to meet in the Education Room and we were led to understood that Lee is happy (yes, you heard it here first) and last, but not least, we were blessed (?) by a rare visit from Bilal.

Like I said, it was a good night, just you make sure you don't miss the next one!

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