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AWG Summer Outing 2018 - Attleborough


AWG members plus guests enjoy a wonderful summer outing to Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough.



St Mary's Church Advent Display 2017

  The countdown to Christmas has begun!

Festive photos of AWG's contribution to St. Mary's Church, Attleborough advent calendar display. A box is opened every day from 1st December.

Happy Christmas to you all.  


Winning Entry - September 2017

Huge congratulations to AWG member Jo Carr who won the Fosseway Writers' Group 500 word Flash Fiction prize 2017 with the theme of `waiting'.  Here is Jo's wonderful winning piece.


Lady in Waiting                                  

There’s little here to preserve me. The daylight ends when the light from the window is a tiny sliver, bisecting the lines of iron set into the cold, stone walls.

My vision of the sky is the only fascination in this nether-world. Sometimes birds flutter past, singing. When the heavens brighten I can just see the walls of my cell. Then is the time to make my mark. With a rusty nail I count the days in scratches, steeling myself for the dusk.

Someone, somewhere, is flying a kite. Wet or dry, people laugh, people cry.

I make another mark.



AWG Summer Outing 2017 - Norwich

AWG members (+1) enjoy a delicious lunch at Cafe Britannia after finishing the Words and Wanderings walking tour of Norwich.  The tour is inspired by local authors and writers and the places they frequented.  The very knowledgeable tour guide also pointed out other historical and architectural gems of the city.  A good day was had by all.




Author Talk by Ralph Jackman - May 2017

Local author Ralph Jackman visited the group and gave a very entertaining presentation about his life and what inspires him to write.  Ralph's first novel `Actium's Wake',  a thriller set in ancient Rome, was published to critical acclaim in 2014.  We eagerly await the sequel which will be launched this summer.



Watton Literary Festival - February/March 2017

A wonderful selection of work created by the group is currently displayed at the Wayland Literary Festival, Dragonfly Gallery, Watton.  The Once Upon a Time Exhibition which runs from Feb 25th to March 11th 2017 is aimed at young adults with a love for prose and poetry.






Bethlehem in  a Box - December 2016

AWG members Sheila and Pauline work hard to create an impressive display of work from the writers at St. Mary's church in Attleborough.   Groups throughout the local community were invited to produce an imaginative exhibit with the theme of `Bethlehem in a Box', reflecting the story of Christmas.  Why not go along to view our wonderful contribution between 17th December 2016 - 2nd January 2017.   Merry Christmas to you all.






Farewell to Margaret - May 2016

Today we bid our Treasurer Margaret a fond farewell.  Margaret is moving to pastures new and we will miss her greatly.  Good luck for the future and keep up the excellent writing Margaret.





AWG Publicity - March 2016


The Group has been getting considerable publicity recently. A  free newspaper aimed at the 'over fifties' in north Suffolk and south Norfolk, started at the end of 2015, used a whole double spread in the latest edition to include details of the Group together with nine short pieces of writing by members on the subject of 'hitting fifty'.

More locally, issue 6 of 'Attleborough Matters', an A5-sized colour magazine that is delivered to all the households in Attleborough, carried a whole page article on the Group and included a couple of photographs of recent activities.




National Poetry Day - Thursday 8th October 2015



    World Book Day - Thursday 6th March 2014

Five members from Attleborough Writers' Group thoroughly enjoyed spending the morning of World Book Day at Old Buckenham Primary School. They were working with children from Classes 4, 5 and 6 who participated, with great enthusiasm, in a game of Pictorial Consequences. Members also brought along foreign artefacts from faraway places such as China, Australia Turkey, India, Japan, Spain and Russia to inspire the creation of an international character. Over 90 children took part. After half hour sessions each child returned to their classroom with inspired ideas to start writing stories about their own special person and the AWG members are looking forward to reading them.





    Christmas Hamper Donation

 AWG members have donated a Christmas hamper to be raffled in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).  The hamper can be seen at the EACH  Charity shop in Exchange Street, Attleborough where a £1.00 donation may be made to enter the hamper draw.  Please support this wonderful charity by buying a ticket.

Enquiries have been made regarding this years AWG book of short stories and poems.  However, this year we did not publish one and instead decided to concentrate on writing and collecting our thoughts with a view to publishing another book in 2014.

Whilst the content and format is still being considered we would very much welcome feedback from our past readers regarding themes or topics which they would like to see included, already some have suggested some World War 1 content would be appropriate.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Picture shows AWG members Rosemary Davies and Rosemary Ford with EACH charity shop volunteers.



Murder Tour in Diss, Norfolk

AWG members recently enjoyed a sunny autumnal day out in Diss.  The group met with Diss Museum curator Basil Abbott for a most entertaining and informative Murder Tour by car which started by The Mere and ended in Victoria Road.  The group then went to look around the beautiful St. Mary's church which dates from the 13th century before sitting down to a delicious lunch at Amandines restaurant.


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Dean Parkin - Poetry Workshop

All except Charlie attended an extremely successful workshop with Dean Parkin, poet and wordsmith.

The morning flew by, with exercises, readings and discussions, and delicious cakes provided by Iris and Pauline.

Everyone agreed it was a stimulating morning, and hopefully our future poems will reflect this. Dean was very approachable, and happily agreed to come again in the future.


Talking Newspapers

We contribute to the local Talking Newspapers which supplies news and a monthly magazine for blind and partially sighted people and is part of the RNIB group.  Over the past few months we have had two stories from our book entitled 'Highlights' read to listeners for their magazine, and a Christmas story planned for the end of the year should bring a timely smile.  Feedback from the listeners has been rewarding and the group hopes to continue to be participants next year.

    Attleborough Community Awards 2013


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AWG were recently awarded a certificate of appreciation by Attleborough Town Council in recognition of their valuable contribution to the town over the past five years.



    Winning Letter

AWG member Margaret Dutton recently won a moleskin notebook in recognition of her published letter in the Writers' Forum magazine.


International Women's Day 2013

AWG were invited to join staff and inmates at HMP Wayland to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March 2013. Margaret Dutton and Iris Welford attended on behalf of the group.  They read some of the group's short stories to prisoners who have been doing a creative writing course.  The all male prisoners especially appreciated a poem by Deborah Dunseith entitled "Pitch Perfect" that painted in words the agony of watching a football match.  Margaret and Iris were then asked to judge the prisoners poems and prose about a woman who had influenced them. The pieces ranged from Margaret Thatcher to girl-friends and the unanimous winning piece was about "My Strong Mother".  The winner received a phone card as his prize. AWG were also asked to judge the painting competition and chose a stunning depiction of Amy Winehouse.

The visit ended with a "Bake Off" by the female members of staff producing wonderful home made cakes, and to their great delight and embarrassment, one of AWG won the raffle cake.

AWG were warmly welcomed by both staff and prisoners, and HMP Wayland indicated that they would like to continue the contact. 

Winning Story

Attleborough Town Council's Diamond Jubilee short story competition was won by AWG member Myra Oakenfold with 'A Day to Remember'.  Many congratulations!

Myra is pictured below receiving her award from Mayor Karen Pettitt.





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