The Grantham Writers Group celebrates its 30th anniversary this month and will be holding an event at The Grantham Museum, St Peter’s Hill on Saturday 16th October from 11am to 1pm.
At 11.30am a celebration cake will be cut by one of the founder members of the group.
At 12 noon winners of the flash fiction competition The Iron Lady will be announced by the judge The Reverend James Farley and prizes will be awarded. There will then be time for the entrants to read out their entries for everyone to appreciate.
Closing Date extended to 12 noon on Thursday 30th September 2021.
Prizes to be awarded on Saturday 16th October, during the group’s anniversary month, a week later than originally stated.
The first prize is £100 and the second prize is £50. In addition there is a £20 Book Token prize for the best entry from anyone still a pupil at school, under 19 years old on 1st April 2021.
Current Grantham Writers Group treasurer and chairman, Lisa Geary hopes that removing the entry fee and giving a longer deadline will encourage more entries from local people. “The entries have started to arrive, but so far the numbers are small. We’d like to encourage more entries so we have removed the entry fee. At a time when so much is getting more expensive we’d like to give a free gift to the town. Given that the unveiling of the statue of the Iron Lady has been delayed for so many months it seems appropriate to delay the prize giving for a week too, to give us more time to prepare a special event.”
Grantham Writers monthly meetings have restarted in June this year and the group is once again meeting monthly on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Club on Welham Road. Meetings are free to attend. Once a writer has attended for a few months they are requested to pay a small annual membership fee to cover the running costs.
The Saturday morning weekly group was restarted by the group’s vice chair Val Odell when the museum reopened, but this did not attract writers regularly so it has currently stopped meeting. It needs a group of at least four writers for each meeting so anyone who would prefer to attend then can get in touch with Grantham writers. It would be possible to arrange a monthly group if the numbers of writers requesting this was large enough. If this group restarts we’ll let the Journal know and we’ll update our website and Facebook page.
Grantham Writers is launching its second annual book festival this November, following the success of last year’s inaugural event.
Grantham Book Festival 2018 will be held at Grantham Museum on St Peter’s Hill on November 3rd from 10am until 4pm.
New for this year is a poetry slam, where participants will be able to compete for the cash prize of £100. The competition will be hosted by multi award winning poet Sue Gerrard alongside Peter Clawson, one of the founding members of Grantham Writers. There will be a small charge of £3 per poem (with a maximum of three entries per person) and the group is keen to encourage writers of all ages and abilities, from across the East Midlands, to take part.
Visitors to the book festival will also be able to enjoy six talks from local authors, who will be reading extracts from their books, answering questions and carrying out book signings throughout the day.
Confirmed authors include Lisa J Rivers who has published a number of books, including popular poetry collection Why I have so Many Cats?, as well as Grantham Writers own Riis Marshall. Riis is currently working on the follow up to his first published novel – a political thriller called Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Die, which follows the adventures of Os Doran, a Close Protection Security Consultant.
In addition, there will be 24 stalls, selling a wide variety of books and some gifts.
Peter Clawson said, “We are thrilled to be holding our second annual book festival and are in the process of getting a great line up of authors involved. The event will be a fantastic way to celebrate the local writing talent that we have in and around Grantham, as well as provide a platform to encourage and inspire more writers in the area to share their work.”