Hastings Writers’ Group

On 1st June, members met to read out their entries for our third competition of the year: journalistic writing. Seventeen aspiring reporters had risen to the challenge of writing an article or opinion piece, including current affairs or topics f ongoing interest, as well as items that might appear in the middle of a newspaper. Everyone marvelled at the astonishing range of styles and subject matter. We found out about youth schemes, the transgender issue and how to prepare a teenager for A levels. We heard heartfelt rants about parking, racism and inequality for the poor and disabled. We travelled along Grey Owl’s trail, explored the secret prehistory of the Bexhill bypass and rattled around in an ossuary in Hythe. We heard reviews of a festival, a book and a restaurant and found out about people’s claims to fame. All in all, it was a fascinating and informative evening, and we look forward to our judge, Kathryn Flett’s feedback.

At our Quiz Night on 15th June, four teams spent a sunny summer’s evening pitting their wits against fiendish questions set by Dr Eizabeth Allen and Not-Dr Roz Balp. The nine devilishly difficult rounds included Classic and Contemporary Literature and Crime Writing as well as the cryptically titled ‘Rainbow Round, ‘Plant Life’ and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’

After a bitter battle, Team Writers’ Block triumphed, so congratulations to Vicky Armstrong, Sam Davey, Kate Giles and Anne Spiring, who showed themselves to be the best-read members in the group. No prizes were necessary as the glory was more than enough.

For more information about Hastings Writers’ Group, visit our website: http://hastingswriters.co.uk/ or email us on: membership.hwg@gmail.com