Monday, 29 September 2014

CWG Meeting Monday 29th Sept

Hi guys

How you all?  Tonight was a good meeting with myself, Pauline, Andy, Karen and new member David.

We introduced ourselves to David and described what we write.
David writes alternative world steam punk - plus with his stories he adds music - sounded like War of the World's!
He is influenced by George Mann and Sherlock Holmes books.

We told David how the group works with an agenda including feedback session.

We all discussed our work in progress I mentioned making notes for my environmental apololyptic story.

Andy read two funny stories he had written a while ago - the second one being the better of the two.

We discussed we may do Nano Wrimo in November.

Pauline told us she's still writing for the 89 year old author Harry who has 5 books he wants publishing.

I told the group I had bought a ticket to see Sci fi author Peter F Hamilton in Waterstones,  Leeds on 14th October.

We also discussed about cliff hanger endings to chapters and dodgy toilets in Bradford Interchange among other things!

A good night - welcome David - hope you enjoyed it?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Kirklees Libraries Events

Hi guys

Just thought would share below which I received by E Mail - think will attend the free How to Get Published and maybe the Jodi Picoult event - again (she hot).

Hello everyone,

Here are the latest events coming up from Kirklees Libraries including a new storytelling event next week at Marsden Yarn Spinners.

Mondays 29th Sept and 6th October
Marsden Jazz Festival Poetry Jam workshops
Marsden Library, Peel St, Marsden 7.30-9.30pm £3.00 each workshop.
Julian Jordan will be running two linked workshops to help you choose, adapt or create a poem for the jam, with chance to practise performing at the mic. This year’s workshop features jazz music as inspiration for writing or adapting a poem for you to perform at the jazz festival poetry jam. To book, please call Marsden Library on 01484 222555.  See: Marsden Jazz Festival website/poetry   Poetry writing workshop details

Wednesday 1st October
Marsden Yarn Spinners: storytelling club, everyone welcome, the first Wednesday of every monthOctober sees a special event: A very special guest, Ursula Holden-Gill, presents The Bard’s Bridge at Marsden Yarn Spinners. Everyone welcome.
Storytelling for adults with something for everyone including a good measure of comedy, haunting, traditional song and some Westmorland clog dance. More information at: The Bard's Bridge from Ursula Holden Gill
Marsden library. 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Adults £3. Tickets will be available from Marsden library or online now through Kirklees Box Offices

Saturday 11th October
How To Get Published and How to Set Up Your Own Business
1.30-3.30pm at Huddersfield Library
Free event from publisher Martin Rothery, Fishcake Publications: how writers can get published and the ins and outs of starting a business. Come for all of just one section.
How to get published: 1.30-2.30pm
How to set up your own business: 2.30-3.30pm
Please register your free place on Eventbrite. Register for the fishcake event

Sunday 12th October2014
Poetry Jam at Marsden’s famous jazz festival
Railway Inn, Marsden 
Pub open from 10.30 when you can sign up for the open mic, which runs from 11.00-14.00 with a break
Free entry
Very popular, so please be early if you want to read.
Compère Julian Jordon. Sponsor Kirklees Libraries.
Our fifth year of running this fantastic event. See Poetry Jam Directors Cut video from last year.

Special Offer for Readers Group members: Ruby Wax   Sane New World
Tuesday 14 October, 7.30pm at the Lawrence Batley Theatre
This theatre show is based on her critically acclaimed book Sane New World which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. This performance shows us how to rewire our thinking to find calm in a frenetic world and how to become the master, not the slave, of our own minds. 
Members of Kirklees Reader’s Groups can purchase tickets for Ruby Wax for £15, saving you up to £3. To book call the box office on 01484 430528 and quote ‘Kirklees Book Club offer’.

Wednesday 15th October
Marsden Write out Loud: open floor poetry evening at Marsden Library, Peel St.  7.30-9.30pm.  Adults £2. Tea and biccies, then Riverhead pub afterwards.  Compere Julian Jordan

Tuesday 28th October
2-4pm  Poetry workshop for children aged 7-10yrs at Huddersfield Children’s Library  with poet Angela Topping.  Book your place at the Children’s Library tel 01484 221956 email

Monday 10th November
Tickets are now on sale for Jodi Picoult at Dewsbury Town Hall, 7.30-9.00pm. £3 (£2 concessions). She will be talking about her new book, ‘Leaving Time’ which will be published in the UK on 4th November. There will be an opportunity to buy copies of this book from Waterstones on the night and have copies signed by Jodi after the talk. There’s a lovely review of her previous event here which points out that ‘Jodi’s writing is not only emotional and relevant, but also moral and moving.’

If you fancy Saturday afternoon open-mic poetry sessions, check out David Lindsay’s Talking Zebras in Cleckheaton, first, third and fifth Saturdays monthly.

And for all our readers please do send us book reviews for our blog.

Looking forward to seeing you at our events,

Diane, Pam and Laura
Reader Development Team
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Huddersfield HD2 1YF
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Author talk/ comp win

Hi guys

Quick update - havent written much but had loads of ideas and been writing notes!  I guess from no comments in last post you don't want me to write another Dr Who story lol - last one that bad eh?

Just bought tickets to see Sci Fi Legend Peter F Hamilton in Leeds Waterstones  Tues 14th October - should be fun review soon - best read his work!

Also won 6 tickets to next years Scifi Weekender in Wales next March so going to save up for that taking a couple of mates and one of the CWG crew!
More news on that as and when - but theres Sevenrh Doctor Sylvester Mcoy and Ace !
At first thought was a dodgy scam but find out when there lol

Will write and post soon guys x


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Quick update

Hey guys

How you all? Hope you've all been busy reading and writing!

I haven't written anything - again but been thinking off some good ideas.

Unfortunately Dr Who beat me to the post on one idea as I thought up a beginning of a story where a young girl was scared hiding under the bed and the Doctor and Clara turn up - last night's episode kind of covered that but if anyone wants me to still write that then let me know in comments box - if I get enough people wanting me to write it anyway I will and post on here.

Talking of Dr Who I'm really enjoying this series with Peter Capadi more than the last two Matt Smith series.  Ok its not perfect but enjoy this darker, manic and quite mysterious Doctor.  He's a cross between the classic Doctors William Hartwell and Tom Baker with a splash of Jon Pertwee.

The stories are quite different too loved the dark monster under the bed one last night and the Dalek story and even the Robin Hood story which had some great one liners and jibes in.

Anyway got Steve at CWG doing a character workshop tomorrow so hope that will get my writing going got at least two novels on go and hardly done plus short stories - from tomorrow going to up my game!

Well folks will go do notes and remember if you wanting a new Doctor Who story from me let me know in the comments box.

Night all

Neil x