Friday, 8 November 2013
Followers of The Interpreter's House Poetry Magazine may well have realized by now that due to ill health, Dr Simon Curtis has had to step down from editing the publication. This is sad news for a man so dedicated to the world of English literature and poetry. However, we are fortunate that Martin Malone has so energetically stepped forward to take up the mantle of poetry editor for the foreseeable future. We are all indebted to Simon, for his wisdom and counsel on various aspects of literature. Many a visit to his home over hospitable cups of tea have led to multifarious sparkling analysis of literary views and discussion. Those still continue as best as possible in the nursing home. His sharpness and observation on life in general are second to none. We wish him well in the care he is receiving. And to Martin, for taking on The Interpreter's House at a time in his life which is seeing seismic change. Moving house to Warwickshire and on to study his PhD while becoming a new father to the new born son Fionn and ably supported by the lovely Jenn (creator of the new website for The Interpreter's House which is: www.theinterpretershouse.com ). Much change; but all something well within their literary capabilities. The magazine will do well. Thank you also to Dr Merryn Williams for her guidance as creator of The Interpreter's House and for stepping in with some timely advice and recommendations which were much needed. Thank you so much Merryn. We all had an enjoyable day when Martin, Jenn and Merryn travelled to Plymouth for a meeting to discuss the way forward. Grateful thanks to Molly Mitchell for joining us and giving advice on the financial mechanics of the magazine. In the meantime we encourage everyone to continue supporting The Interpreter's House as much as possible and thank Simon Curtis for helping base it in Plymouth for a few years. Good luck to the new team in Warwickshire and have fun with what concludes to be one of the best collections of international contemporary poetry. Best Wishes Ruth Muttlebury Plymouth, Devon.
Friday, 30 August 2013
Friday, 31 May 2013
Ruth has now stepped back from co-ordinating the Plymouth Proprietary Library Writers Group due to a variety of other commitments (least of all her full time job!). Thank you to everyone for all the support since I started the Group up in 2009; we've had considerable success in seeing some of our members published. I now have more serious literary aims I need to achieve and Plymouth is generally a literary desert - a Ground Zero for culture. It is an uphill climb to obtain the right support. So, I am spending more and more time away from Plymouth in order to harness the right help for my creative writing. Good luck to all the writers - I will still be around but need to catch up on many elements of my life which all went on hold for the library. I've realised the best thing about Plymouth is the road leading out of it ...
Saturday, 4 May 2013
The gathering of the Plymouth Proprietary Library Writers Group will take place on Saturday 1 June 2013 from 10:00 - 12:00. The outcome of the library's AGM on 18 June 2013 may dictate how and where the Writers will meet in future, as we will remain autonomous and not be connected in any way to any other institutions. Other venues have been offered to us if required but attendance and membership will be closely regulated to PPL members only. We will enact our own Conflict of Loyalties for the purpose of the Writers Group.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
There will be a Thomas Hardy Walk around parts of Plymouth on Sunday 28 April 2013. Thomas Hardy's wife, Emma, was born in Plymouth and the writer himself often mentioned the city in his work. The walk will be led by Bob Mann, a Devon historian and people will meet outside Plymouth Railway Station at 11:15am. There is no charge and a gathering in the pub will follow.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Plymouth Proprietary Library Writers Group is receiving a phenomenal amount of interest at present. At the last session there were seventeen people in the room and more want to join us (bearing in mind we aren't accounting here for the people who were absent at the last session). This sudden interest may be fuelled by a supposed bid for Plymouth to become a city of culture but is not something we are involved with, or intend to support in any way. We work very independently of other artistic activities in the city and do our own thing. However, due to such popularity the issue now is time and space. I like to think Plymouth Proprietary Library Writers Group offers quality and not quantity. It is essential to work through as many people as possible and offer a democratic, constructive feedback. This is difficult with seventeen people and more. We are therefore building a waiting list of prospective members for the future. If you are interested in joining us then please get in touch but also understand you may need to be patient. However, please feel free to go and browse the library during its opening hours and talk to the staff about the literary delights we hold. The important thing is we are obviously doing something very right in creative writing for this area .... Thank you, Ruth