Meeting Programme for 2017 published

The Worcester Writers’ Circle meeting programme for 2017 has now been published. Click here for details.

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The Somme Project

‘The Living Memory project remembers the “forgotten front” – the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK.

Worcester Writers’ Circle (WWC) is taking part in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and Big Ideas Company’s Living Memory Project; the first in a series of projects about WWI.  The project we’re working on commemorates those lost on return home following the Battle of the Somme which lasted 141 days. Many of the servicemen died as a result of injuries sustained overseas and a proportion of them lost their lives to Spanish Flu later.

There are upwards of 156 war graves in Worcester Cemetery and several WWC members have been there to view them, we found 20 within a 50 metre radius. We learned that all UK war graves are the same shape and have name, regiment, rank and number engraved on them along with date deceased and age at time of death. There is a regimental emblem either over or on an engraved crucifix. Below the crucifix there is sometimes, though not always, a family engraving such as R.I.P. or ‘At Rest For King And Country’ or ‘Thy Will Be Done’. All war graves are looked after by CWGC and are upright, clean and well-maintained despite being 100 years old.

Boys and men ranging from 18 to 63-years-of-age are buried in our local cemetery: some will have been conscripts or Military Servicemen; some would have been in service as officers and men of British and Imperial forces as the war began.  18 to 40-year-olds were deemed available for Military Service in 1916 when the British Government passed the Military Service Act which applied to England, Scotland and Wales, Ireland was exempt due to the political situation. Later, the age limit was raised to 51-years-of-age.

WWC members are writing poetry and prose about the war graves and The Somme and plan to create a pamphlet of the work. Readings will be available and can be booked by contacting secretary@worcesterwriters.org.uk. Walks around the cemetery with readings will be organised and publicised on this website.

Here is an illustration of one of the war graves, this one an RAF serviceman, with the inscription faded out as a courtesy to potential family members.

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If you would like to join in a walk or book a reading for your organisation, or if you have a relative from WWI in Worcester Cemetery and would like to tell us their story, please contact our secretary: secretary@worcesterwriters.org.uk.

News

Fab news from Circle member Mark Billen, his play ‘Seeking Sleeping Beauty’ is being performed by  Arc Juniors Theatre Company, Pontypridd in December…

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‘All in the Stars’ is being performed by International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November.

Congratulations!

WWC AGM

Prof Rod Griffiths agreed to continue as Chairman of the Worcester Writers’ Circle (WWC), with Janyce Davies remaining as Events Officer and Tony Judge continuing as Programme Compiler. A new Secretary Sylvia Herbert, Treasurer Linda Murray, Vice Chair Polly Stretton who continues as Web Editor, and  Archive Officer Brenda Bell-McKenna were voted in by all members present.

Thanks and gifts were given to the outgoing officers with especial thanks to Jillian King and Kevin Brooke for their outstanding contributions over the past years.

Launch Of First Poetry Collection

Lacuna - front cover

Wonderful news! WWC member Kieran Davis launched his first collection of poetry ‘Lacuna’ at Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP Sunday 14 August 2016.

There were book signing and poetry readings from Kieran, ably aided by Alan Durham, Mike Alma and Polly Stretton. Worcestershire Poet Laureate Suz Winspear also performed some of her poems.

The launch started at 4pm and ended with a karaoke party – great fun.

An article about Kieran, the launch of his book and the award he recently won appears in Worcester News.

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Kieran Davis

Worcester Writers’ Circle

Worcester Writers’ Circle (WWC or The Circle) is an enthusiastic group who enjoy writing for pleasure and publication. Some of us are beginners, and waiting for our big break, others are experienced professionals who have had their work published.
WWC was established in 1941 and is one of the longest continuously active groups in the country.
Novelist Caroline Graham is our Patron and lifetime member.

If you write, we may be able to help you.
We encourage all aspects of writing from short stories, novels, articles, poetry, plays and even pantomime. We provide you with a forum to test out your ideas.

At meetings we:

  • Share our work
  • Offer help and constructive criticism
  • Suggest possible markets
  • Hold discussions on different aspects of writing
  • Host speakers

Why not come along and see if we are what you are looking for? Guests are always welcome.
The annual subscription is £18.

Background

WWC had its first meeting on June 26th 1941 and has met continuously ever since. During that time it has had a variety of members who have all shared a common enthusiasm for writing.

WWC includes both professional writers and beginners, and everyone is encouraged to bring work to read at the twice monthly meetings which are currently held in Dancox House, St Clement’s Gardens, Worcester on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Starting at 7.30pm, they last for two hours. Encouragement and gentle criticism are offered together with suggestions on markets that could be approached.

WWC occasionally have talks by experts in some field. All types of writing are covered: novels, stories, articles, drama, poetry and ‘fillers’.

Joining Worcester Writers’ Circle

Guests are welcome to attend two meetings and to read their work (or have it read for them) at the second. If they then wish to join the Circle, the Committee will review and consider their application for membership.

Twitter, is used by WWC members:

Twitter @WorcesterWC

and there is a WWC LinkedIn Group:

LinkedIn Worcester Writers’ Circle

Please ask to join WWC on LinkedIn

Worcester Writers’ Circle is a member of the National Association of Writers’ Groups.