The sea air inspires writers.

DSC06018Does the sea air cast a spell on those who wander the streets of seaside towns, for so many seem compelled to pick up a pen.

On Thursday night Saltdean Scribblers (a creative writing group) took the stage, sharing the evening with 14 open micers  two of whom belong to Rottingdean Writers group.  I went along wondering how come there are so many writing groups by the sea?

As well as extracts from novels, there were short stories, sketch writers and poets, as well as a performance from a popular local singer songwriter, Antonia Redding. DSC06039

DSC06021Rob Upward is a painter as well as a writer and he compered, starting off by reading a short piece by Jim, a member of the group who has recently died and who apparently was a real character.

Rob also has an ebook to his name but tonight read a lively account of two cowboys he met in the midwest.   It was an extract from a second book he is writing about his family, who were early settlers there.


Marian Philips, who organised the event, is also a writer and she shared  a very funny dialogue piece about two people on the telephone seeing the same event from very different angles.

‘Uprooted’ by Andi Pearson was originallyDSC06029 a biography but is now a self published novel. A dramatic, often sad but touching story based on events in her own family. The extract read  was about a group  escaping from Czechoslovakia and walking in the snow to Prague in 1939.


DSC06022Marion Tracy read two poems from the Scribblers Anthology and from her pamphlet published by Happenstance. Her poem featuring Beachy Head was particularly interesting.

Tony Frisby who is also a poet and married to Dawn Austin-Locke the librarian, read two of his many love poems. Tony has self published three poetry books. DSC06044 Several other poets read their poems on a wide range of topics. Pam was sick so could not attend but her funny poem was read in her absence, which was a nice gesture.  DSC06046DSC06050 - Copy

Jason Evans, a keen poet, is now into performance poetry and was happy to try some new material!

The duo pictured performed a double act reading poems  DSC06055to a theme of their choice. I’m sorry but I did not get their names.  If anyone can help I will add them to this post!

Some of the people who also read from their work.

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ellyEllie Griffiths a professional writer who lives locally, made a guest appearance to read extracts from her new novel ‘Zig Zag Girl’ which is set in the variety theatre in the 50s, It features a gruesome murder connected to a magician.  I was in variety myself in the 50’s, my first professional engagement at Eastbourne Hippodrome.  I guess variety would add to the rich tapestry of a ‘who done it’! (just noticed it’s on Kindle too)

DSC06053Last but by no means least, a spirited performance from Brian another librarian, featuring fleas in a circus from what I could  gather and part of an on-going saga, I think!

Sorry if I missed writing up some of the contributions but it all goes to prove that a good time was had by all and perhaps the sea air does hold some special magic.DSC06034DSC06031

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