The Journey Begins

We are a collection of amateur writers who belong to Beeston U3A’s Writing For Pleasure Interest Group.  We enjoy playing with words, using our imaginations and trying out different styles and genres.  Our members, if they so wish, can have their work showcased on this website so that their writing is available to all members of Beeston U3A, to other U3As around the country and to our friends and families.

Happy Reading!

2019 Short Story Writing Competition

It is with tremendous pleasure that the winner for the 2019 Short Story Writing Competition can be announced.   Peter Hilton won the £25.00 prize for his uplifting story, “An Act of God”.

For the last three years Peter’s stories have made it to the final judging so we are all delighted, that this year, he has won it outright.  Peter’s stories are beautifully written and always show the goodness in people and their actions.  Despite this year’s theme of “The Seven Deadly Sins”, Peter managed to capture a story with a decent person at its heart.

The two runners up were John Gallagher with “One Man’s Meat” and Frances Nugent with “A Time Before Google”.  Congratulations to them as well.

Our judge this year was the local poet, Becky Cullen, an established friend of the group.  Our thanks go to her for the time she spent on the final judging and the insightful comments she made on all of the last six submitted to her.

Next Meeting


There will be no meeting on Wednesday 1st January for obvious reasons.

Wednesday January 8th:  the first meeting of the year will be held at Tesco, Swiney Way.  Those members who wish to bring along their stories for feedback may do so but please let the group know before hand so that copies of those stories can be brought along.