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
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Lunchtime Lecture on Friday 8 March 2013 - Angela Thirkell (Writer 1890-1961) Born in Australia in 1890, Angela Thirkell displayed a talent for writing. On moving to England in 1929, she worked as a journalist and also embarked on short stories, children's stories and novels. Many of her books are in print today. Described as 'having a keen social sense and lively eye for telling details of everyday life' - Plymouth Proprietary Library is pleased to welcome Jayne Vicarage, a member of The Angela Thirkell Society to give a talk on this very talented writer. To book a place please call the library on 01752 660515. The lecture starts at 12:00 noon. There is a small entry fee and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Lots of ideas are coming in for the development of creative writing in Plymouth. It is often more helpful to look further afield than Plymouth for inspiration. We will not be involved in the proposed bid for Plymouth to become a capital of culture as there is no benefit for us in supporting this venture.
To mark National Short Story Week, Plymouth Proprietary Library held a short story competition. The results are as follows: First Place: Andrew Campbell-Kearsey Story title: Spies Like Us. Home Town: Brighton. Second Place: Norman Kitching Story title: Through a glass darkly. Home Town: Gosport. Third Place: Jennifer Blake Story title: Goodbye, my love. Home Town: Saltash. Congratulations to them and many thanks indeed to all those who took the time to enter. Grateful thanks also to the judges: Lori Butterworth and Clair Wyman, who deliberated carefully over all the entries.