Welcome to Slough Writers

Slough Writers is a friendly and supportive group for writers of all abilities, living in the Slough area. To learn more about the group and our meetings, check About Us or see our latest programme of activities.

We meet most Monday nights upstairs at the Palmer Arms in Dorney, from 7:30pm. If you're interested in joining, drop in and say hello.

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RESULTS ARTICLE COMPETITION 2017 (2017-12-31 09:02:16)

Mike wins article competition for fourth consecutive year

From left: Robert Kibble, Mike Pearcy, William Campbell and Edward Harte.

Report by Lorraine Forrest-Turner

Mike Pearcy has beaten the odds and taken first place again in this year's article competition.

The theme of the competition was the world we are living in today, and his article Hunger In The Shadows (about food banks in the UK) was a clear winner with the highest number of first place rankings.

Two articles were awarded second place The Chains Of Convenience by Robert Kibble and You Have Never Had It So Good by Edward Harte.

Robert's article asked whether we are in danger of being ruled by the convenient world we have created, while Edward looked at rising student debt and the legacy his generation has left for the next.

Mike was both delighted and embarrassed to have won the competition four times in a row. Last year, he even ran an evening on how to write a winning article for the group.

But, while the standard of entries was exceptionally high this year, no-one matched Mike's ability to research an important modern-day subject and write a well-rounded, fact-filled article.

The competition was judged by all nine entrants, each one writing a short review of the other entries before ranking them from first to eighth place.

While Mike's article remained in top place throughout the ranking, every entrant received a first, second or third place by at least one other entrant.

Adjudicator William Campbell was keen to point out that "the value of entrant-judged competitions is not necessarily in the ranking but in the writing of the article, the reviewing of others' work and the assimilation of feedback on one 's own work."

The theme of the competition attracted a wide range of subjects, including technology, psychology, religion and education.

News of the next Slough Writers Group competition will be announced in January 2018.

Results of the 2017 Summer Competition. (2017-11-09 15:07:21)

The challenge this time was to write a 10 minute dramatic monologue. The Judge was actress Debbie Christie. Debbie organised three actors to read her selection of the top three monologues. There were 13 entries from members. Debbie said that all the monologues were or a very high standard and it was incredibly hard to pick winners. She changed her mind many times. Debbie announced the result:

  • 1st and the SW Summer Competition Trophy: Frankie by Sonya Weiss
  • 2nd: Beautiful Morning by Terry Adlam
  • 3rd: The Right To A View by Paul Stimpson

picture shows back row Terry Adlam, Sonya Weiss and Paul Stimpson. Front row: Louise Punter (who read A Right To A View), Christopher Lyne (Beautiful Morning), the judge Debbie Christie and Jess Hadleigh (who read Frankie).

Highly Commended...

Circular Lies by Juli Lindskog

Remembering Garry by Mike Pearcy

Time Out by Wally Smith

Thank you for Coming by Dave Smith

The picture below includes the four highly commended writers.

Joining the back row are Mike Pearcy and Juli Lindskog; inset left is Dave Smith and right is Wally Smith.

These pics show: Jess Hadleigh reading Frankie the winning monologue; Debbie Christie answering questions from the writers and the acting team with Debbie on the left.

Everyone agreed the actors brought the monologues to life with their inspired interpretations. The readings made a gratifying end to the evening.

DRAMA SHOWCASE IV - Created by Slough Writers (2017-10-10 14:37:03)

The fourth of our annual drama showcases will be at Burnham Library starting at 7pm for 7.30pm on 27th and 28th October.

To obtain tickets for the Drama Showcase go to Friends of Burnham Library On their home page you will find a payment link for both evenings.

Slough Writers Annual Awards for 2016/17 (2017-09-02 11:35:00)

Annual Awards: from the left: Robert Kibble (Endeavour Award), Edward Harte (Services to the Group), Lorraine Forrest-Turner (Writer of the Year) Claire Dyer (Visiting author who made the presentations), Harvey Martin (Newcomer of the Year)

Results of the 2017 Poetry Competition. (2017-09-02 11:01:30)

The full result was announced on 17th July 2017

  • 1st and the SW Poetry Competition Trophy: Golden Phase by Sally East
  • 2nd: The Lucky One by Elaine Simmonds
  • 3rd: One Of The Fifty Percent by Michael Pearcy

Picture left show Sally East who now lives in Suffolk displaying the poetry trophy on the seafront near Southwold lighthouse accompanied by fellow member Wally Smith. Picture right shows Elaine Simmonds (second) with judge poet Claire Dyer and Michael Pearcy (third).

On the left Claire Dyer delivers her comments on the poems. On the right, Claire Dyer listens to Elaine Simmonds reading her poem which won second place.

Stonewylde author Kit Berry visits Slough Writers (2017-07-18 23:09:28)

Tonight we met the author of the Stonewylde Series of young adult novels.

The folk of Stonewylde farm their land organically, living simply and in harmony with nature as their ancestors did before them. Everything seems perfect - the wind farm and solar panels, the rural celebrations in the barn, the ancient stone circle and megaliths clustered all over the landscape. But of course nothing is ever perfect.

Stonewylde has captured the imaginations of a huge following of all ages. The conflicts between the characters and the tension builds throughout the five books.

Stonewylde is a green and idyllic place where darkness hides malignantly in the corners, waiting to be unleashed.

The Financial Times said she soon spots the serpents in this paradise.

The Guardian said her ideas and imagination are absolutely brilliant.

With her husband Mr B (I have to ask, is the B for Mr Big?) she has eight adult children. And then she adds "none of whom actually live with us!" Maybe that explains how she finds the time to write five successful novels.

She is inspired by Dorset

She has a little room of her own for writing.

She reads a extensively and invests a lot of time in promoting what she does

Kit gave an interesting talk about her difficult journey to publication, and the importance of self-promotion through social media, talks, merchandise, etc.

Slough Writers Submit Plays to Stoke Poges Players (2017-05-02 10:19:09)

Two members of Slough Writers will have plays performed by local amateur dramatics group Stoke Poges Players at The Village Centre in Stoke Poges for three nights beginning 11th May.

Julie Cawood who is producing the show for The Players said, "We want to put on a show that is modern and different from the usual plays available to amateur groups. And do something community based so working with a group like Slough Writers ticked all the boxes."

Eight of the Slough Writers responded by submitting plays and The Players chose Zoo, a farce by Terry Adlam and Whistleblower, a drama by Michael Pearcy.

Zoo is set in a Zoo and the manager, Richard Blount, wants everything to be perfect for a very special visitor. That's what he wants but it's not what he gets.

In Whistleblower a family's future security is threatened when they are drawn into a political scandal and they struggle to answer the question - what personal sacrifices are they prepared to make to protect the truth? Millions of lives are in danger if they don't speak up.

This mixture gave Julie Cawood exactly what she was looking for:"Both plays run for about 45 minutes so it makes a perfect evening of comedy and high drama for the audience. For The Players it is brilliant to be working on comedy and drama for the same show; the two disciplines present very different challenges for our actors and directors."

The show will run for three nights from Wednesday 11th May and tickets can be obtained from the box office at 01753 677032 or online at www.stokepogesplayers.org.

"We are really excited with this new format for our show and we will certainly be doing it again," said Julie Cawood.