Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The BWC meetings 2017 - NO cookies are used here

Provisional Schedule
2nd/16th January
6th/20th February
6th/20th March
3rd/17th April
1st/15th May
5th/19th June
3rd/17th July
7th/21st August
4th/18th September
2nd/16th October
6th/20th November
December - no meetings

7.15 - 9.30 pm

The Brown Jug Inn

204, Ramsgate Road


CT10 2EW

All writers welcome

No subscription

Just turn up and join in - rear bar

[There is usually no specific topic, but please bring a few
copies of any written work (prose, poetry... etc) if you can].

Read what you hear. It helps.

And you get better feedback.

Use: Links/Writing Groups

Contact: naomiparkerkent@gmail.com

Tel: 01227 760619


Saturday, 23 August 2014

The BWC Meetings for September are: 

Monday: 1st and 15th September

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs

All writers welcome

No subscription.  
Just turn up and join in!

Mss Readings

We hope you all had a great summer break 
and you're now ready to turn out some brilliant writing!


Contact Details:

Trisha Scott - 01843 602853




We are sorry to have to start this blog with news of the death of Howard Evans, presenter of the Sunday Night Live Show on 107.8 Academy FM Radio.  Howard died suddenly on Sunday, 27th July 2014.

There have been many tributes on Facebook and the Academy FM Website to Howard.  From our personal points of view, we were shocked and very upset to hear of his death.  He had befriended Philip, Naomi, Trisha and Catherine through his radio show, and had been an avid supporter of the Broadstairs Writers Circle.  We are very grateful to Philip who, at very short notice, represented us at the Celebration of Howard's life held at the Bandstand in Broadstairs on the evening of Tuesday, 29th July.

Howard was always enthusiastic about the BWC, and we were interviewed by him three times at Academy Radio.
It was only three weeks before his death that we were on the air with him at the Marlowe Academy - laughing at Philip's amusing poetry and discussing different aspects of writing.  We had no idea that our 6th July slot would be our last with him. Luckily, Naomi took her camera and we include, below, some pictures of us all together.

Howard was an amiable, professional and really nice guy - one of nature's gentlemen.  From our first slot with him, he managed to calm our nerves for a fun and relaxed interview.  Each of the subsequent times we were on his show, he brought out the best in both us and for the BWC.  And he made it fun!!

Howard did much for Thanet - and especially Broadstairs - during his radio career, and he's been very much missed by his work colleagues and the thousands of Broadstairs people - from MP's to business enterpreneurs and artists - that he knew from his show.

Our sympathies go to Mary, a lovely lady who helped Howard with his guests, and who was also brilliant at helping us overcome any nerves and answering questions about our radio interviews.

Many thanks, Howard, for all your wonderful support of the BWC.  
We will miss you.

Rest In Peace.  

Philip, BWC Chairman

Philip, Trisha, Naomi and Catherine with Howard

Other News:

The Writers & Artists Yearbook 2015 short story competition is now open for entries.
The theme for this year's competition is ‘Joy’- up to 2,000 words and entries by 15th February 2015.  Prizes include £500 and an Arvon residential writing course of your choice. It’s free to enter and all you have to do is email your story to competition@bloomsbury.com


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The BWC Meetings for July are: 

Monday: 7th and 21st July

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs

These are the last 2 meetings before 
the summer break.  No meetings
in August until the 1st September meeting.

All writers welcome

No subscription.  
Just turn up and join in!

Mss Readings

Thanks to all for your excellent
contributions at the last meeting.


Contact Details:

Trisha Scott - 01843 602853




We're back on 107.8 Academy FM radio!!!
On 6th July - the Howard Evans Sunday 
Night Live Show.
Should be great fun!!!
Tune in from 8 pm!

The next Open Mic Poetry and 
Spoken Word evening:
Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 
at the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
from 7.30 pm. Free Entry.
More information or to book a slot contact Jamie Thomson
on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
Also at Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.

Some interesting facts

Ebook sales overtook Hardbacks in the UK in 2012:

Paperbacks: 74,829
Hardbacks: 26,732
Ebooks: 57,999
(Market Research & Statistics/The Publishers Association)

Points from an article by Alison Flood,
13th June 2014 at theguardian.com:
Print sales fell by 10% last year and book purchasing overall was down 4%, but ebook sales continue to grow - up 20% in the UK in 2013, with 80 million ebooks bought by UK consumers.

Self-published books' share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013, with 18 million self-published books bought by UK readers last year - worth £59 million.

Self-published books still account for a tiny proportion of the overall market – 5% of the 323 million total books bought, and 3% of the £2,185 million spent on books last year.  

The fastest-growing genres in self-publishing were thrillers and fantasy titles.  Price and blurb are the top prompts to buy self-published ebooks on impulse buys - discovered by browsing in genre, or in the recommendation or offer sections.  But, as authors are becoming more established, they get followings, just like mainstream authors.  

Self-published ebooks tend to be fiction, but they are growing fastest in children's.

Self-published ebooks tend to be bought by women: 37% of purchases were by females older than 45, 32% by younger women - and this was the fastest-growing area.  20% are bought by males older than 45, and 11% by younger males.  

PriceWaterhouseCoopers predict that the ebook could overtake the physical book by 2018.


What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
A cat has claws at the ends of its paws and a comma is a pause at the end of a clause.

How many mystery writers does it take to 
screw in a light bulb? 
Just one, but he's got to give it a good twist at the end. 

What five-letter word becomes shorter 
when you add letters to it?

How many editors does it take 
to screw in a light bulb?
Two - one to change the bulb and 
one to issue a rejection slip to the old bulb.

"A man came to my door and said, 'I'd like to read your gas
meter.'.  I said, 'Whatever happened to the classics?'"
Emo Philips


"I put all my genius into my life; 
I put only my talent into my works."
Oscar Wilde

"Times are bad.  Children no longer obey their 
parents and everyone is writing a book."
Cicero (43BC)

"Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are,
what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, 
every piece you finish."
John Jakes

"What we need is a story that starts with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax."
Sam Goldwyn

"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to 
go away and give birth to a book."
Steven Fry


Saturday, 31 May 2014

The BWC Meetings for June are: 

Monday: 2nd and 16th June

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs

All writers welcome

No subscription.  
Just turn up and join in!

Mss Readings

Good meeting last time,  
and many thanks to those who 
shared their excellent mss.


Contact Details:

Trisha Scott - 01843 602853




Our slot on 107.8 Academy FM radio for 8th June is now going to be in July or August 
on the Howard Evans 
Sunday Night Live Show.  
Watch this space for dates!!

Broadstairs Writing Workshops
On 14th June - 2 workshops: 
1: "A suitcase with two of everything"
about writing family stories.
2: "Writing Short Fiction: Location! Location! Location!"
exploring ideas about place and landscape with an afternoon at Broadstairs Rugby Club and Park.
Free copies of books by Maggie Harris and Maria McCarthy are included in the 
price of £15 per workshop or £25 for the two - 
you can pay on the day.
Full details of both workshops and booking are at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-with-maggie-harris-and-maria-c-mccarthy-tickets-11182090935
or email: Maria McCarthy 
on: maria@medwaymaria.co.uk

The next Open Mic Poetry and 
Spoken Word evening:
Tuesday, 10th June 2014 
at the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
from 8 pm. Free Entry.
More information or to book a slot contact Jamie Thomson
on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
Also at Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.

The following websites have submission information
for poetry and/or fiction: 






How many proof-readers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Proof-readers aren't supposed to make changes to lightbulbs. 
They should just query them.

I've been thinking about writing a mystery novel.
Or have I?

Q. How many reference librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Well, what kind of light bulb were you thinking about?

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then why do actions speak louder than words? 

Let's eat Grandma! 
Let's eat, Grandma! 
Punctuation can save life! 


'One reason for writing, of course, is that no one's written what you want to read.'
Philip Larkin

'Every writer I know has trouble writing.'
Joseph Heller

'Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.'

'You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.'
Ray Bradbury

'I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.'
James Michene