Hastings Writers’ Group

At our presentation evening on December 5, our new chairman, Eileen Masters, greeted everyone and summarised the group’s activities over the year, highlighting the award-winning anthology, Animal Writes.

Our first guest, Catherine Smith, judge of the Catherine Cookson Cup competition, told us what she looked for in a short story, likening the genre to a fish tank, which provided a glimpse into a different world without distractions from the wider sea.

The winner was Liz Allen with Growing Pains, described as a polished gem with a distinctive style. Sam Davey was second, Roz Balp third and Diana Lock fourth.

Our patron, Tamara McKinley, spoke about the hard work and passion that goes into professional writing, giving fascinating and inspiring examples from her own long and successful career as a best-selling novelist.

She then handed out certificates to members who had been placed in the group’s five competitions before announcing the winner of the Writer of the Year Award given to the member with most points across all competitions. Joint winners were Jill Fricker and Roz Balp.

The evening ended with a raffle and a group photograph.

Enquiries to membership.hwg@gmail.com or visit our website: http://hastingswriters.co.uk.