Until further notice all meetings have been cancelled. This includes the poetry evening we were planning in April to coincide with Nottingham’s poetry festival. We were taking a break from running a short-story writing competition this year.
We had hoped to make it a celebratory evening at the Victoria Hotel, Beeston, as a follow-up to our monthly meeting back in March. For that meeting we had booked our long-standing friend, Becky Cullen, to come along and inspire us to write some more poetry. Unfortunately, Becky could not make it but she arranged for Lytisha Tunbridge, well known on the Nottingham poets’ scene, to run a poetry workshop for us. We had a tremendous morning which inspired a real torrent of writing. Thanks to the medical emergency, namely the coronavirus, we have now had to cancel all our plans until later in the year or even 2021. An evening of poetry will happen. It is just a question as to when.
In the meantime a two-week writing challenge has been set. The first subject is to write about how technology played a part in your or the life of a character. The closing date is April 1st (when we should normally meet) at 10.00 . The pieces will be judged and there will be a winner. Work will be displayed on a page entitled “Self-isolation. The 2-week challenge.” It has been suggested that the prize should be a toilet roll. Who knows?
Let us hope that we all survive this year unscathed. Keep healthy and keep writing.
Every year Beeston U3A runs a recruitment morning. As part of Beeston U3A the Writing For Pleasure group ensures that someone is there to show the work that we do. We have been willing to do this even though our group size is now up to sixteen members and those members have stressed that, to make it larger, would ruin the intimacy of the group. We would also have great difficulty in fitting into our room at the Pearson Centre.
At the 2019 Open Meeting it was obvious that several new members of the U3A, as well as existing members, wished to be involved in some writing. We, regretfully, had to turn them down. After that meeting we decided that we would help to set up a new group if enough people were interested. My admiration goes to John Gallagher who, not only attended the initial meeting of the new group, but has even attended follow-up meetings to lead them in a few “starter” topics.
The new group is called the Scribblers and those of us in Writing For Pleasure wish them well. Hopefully, we shall be able to welcome them onto this website when they feel they would like to pass on their work. If anyone is interested in joining this new group then please look at Beeston U3A website for further details and to contact Alison the group facilitator.