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?
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 originally 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.
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. 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.
Jason Evans, a keen poet, is now into performance poetry and was happy to try some new material!
Some of the people who also read from their work.
Ellie 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)
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