Thursday, 30 October 2014

Short Story Competition Winners

Josie Pearse, October's Judge has chosen the winners.
Andrew Dutton - Mr E Plays Dead
Second Place
Freya Morris – The Scales Fall
Third Place
Deborah Bowkis – Hollow Oranges 

Andrew Dutton - Mr E Plays Dead
Alice Elliott - Jimmy's House
Jo Derek - The Other Side of the Lake
Jacqueline Pye - Exhibition
Michael Thomas - Bugsy and Wally
Chris Grice - Eileen's War
Susan Harrop - Creature Comfort
Freya Morris - The Scales Fall
June Armstrong-Wright - Sorry...I think
Deborah Bowkis - Hollow Oranges


Andrew Dutton - Mr E Plays Dead
Alice Elliott - Jimmy's House
Paul Trafford - Goody Two Shoes
Richard Watson - An Arm and a Leg
Anna Meryt - The Spaghetti Bolognese Incident
Jo Derek - The Other Side of the Lake
Alison Wassell - Smile
Kate Howard - Be My Baby
Jacqueline Pye - Exhibition
Liane Florin - I Know Many Things About You
Julie Swan - The Blanket
David Deanshaw - A Small White Envelope
Pam Eaves - All things come home at Eventide
Michael Thomas - Bugsy and Wally
Chris Grice - Elieen's War
Susan Harrop - Creature Comfort
Freya Morris - The Scales Fall
Marion Turner - Broken
Alice Elliott - Chicken
June Armstrong-Wright - Sorry...I think
Deborah Bowkis - Hollow Oranges

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Poets, Writers, Performers, join us for a writing walk!

Sunday 9th Nov. 2014 at 12-15pm

A delightful autumn walk from Friary Park to Oak Hill Park.
Meet at the statue in Friary Park at 12-15pm for a 12-30pm start.

For our autumn walk we will head east and north towards Osidge. From Friary Park we will walk across Bethune Park for a lunch stop in New Southgate Recreation Ground. There are
no nearby eateries so a packed lunch is essential. After lunch we will head for a very picturesque stretch of Pymmes Brook that takes us through woodland and open space. After
a quick look at Brunswick Park we will follow Pymmes Brook along the garden village of East and West Walks for a finish at the café in Oak Hill Park. The café serves freshly prepared
food and a range of sandwiches and cakes. The pace will be leisurely and there will be dropout points along the way. After tea the 382 bus will take us back to Friern Barnet and
Finchley. We recommend that you bring a packed lunch and bottle of water with you.

Poets, Writers and performers are very welcome to join us to write a poem or piece of prose that will then be shared at the end of the walk with tea and of course that most important ingredient: cake!

Distance to lunch stop - 1.7 miles. Total distance to Finish - 3.9 miles

All welcome but £3 donation requested from non society members. 

The Finchley Society normally show a slide show ahead of the walk but thought that late November was a bit late to see the autumn leaves at their best  There is a pre-walk slide show at Trinity Church Centre on Tuesday 4th November. For full details see the link here

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Ryhme and Rhythm Jazz - Poetry Club

You may remember that Maggie Butt read from her book “Ally Pally Prison Camp” at the Finchley Literary Festival. 

Maggie is going to be one of the guests at the next Rhyme & Rhythm Jazz-Poetry Club on Sunday 19th October, 6pm at the Dugdale Centre. 

Maggie will be reading from “Ally Pally Prison Camp” with a specially composed jazz accompaniment. Rehearsals are currently ongoing for what  is going to be a stunning show and will be an innovative performance. 

The evening will be hosted by the lovely Sarah Doyle and super-organised Allen Ashley.

The other guest is Chris James, a winner of the National Poetry Competition. 
Plus Open Mic with the band.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Writers Monthly Meet-Up

Greenacre Writers are organising a monthly writers meet-up.

To begin with it will be a social gathering. It may turn into a bring and read event but that will be decided by those who attend.

When: Monthly Every 2nd Wednesday 
Where: The Bohemia Pub762-764 High Road, North Finchley London N12 9QH

Saturday, 20 September 2014

New Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce the Greenacre Writers monthly Short Story Competition

Closing Date: Monday 20 October 2014 (midnight GMT)
Word Count: Maximum 1000 words on any subject.
Prizes: First Place – £45; Second Place – £20; Third Place – £10
Entry fee: £4.00

Entry Information:

Story length – maximum 1000 words.
The story can be written on any theme or in any genre.
Stories must be written in English.
Please write it in an easily read font such as Ariel 12pt.
Send your story by email, as an attachment, to Put ‘Story Competition’ in the subject line of the email. Please include your name and story title in the email and add your PayPal receipt number as well. (If you are unable to pay by PayPal and post your entry to: Greenacre Writers, 25 Chislehurst Avenue, London N12 0HU) 
Pay the £4 entry fee via PayPal using the button above. You may enter more than one story but each entry costs £4.
We will email confirmation that we have received your entry and PayPal payment.
We will publish a longlist of 25 and a shortlist of the best 10 stories as well as naming the prizewinners.
The winning story will be published on our website but the copyright remains with the author. We are happy to put a link to your blog, website or email with your winning entry if you wish. 
The shortlist and winner will be announced on this website by 31 October 2014.
 Click here for the RULES  

All stories will be read and judged by Greenacre Writers. They have a mixture of backgrounds in publishing and teaching, as well as qualifications – Writing MA.

Happy Writing!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Dragon's Pen Winner and Runner-Up

Greenacre Writers and the Finchley Literary Festival are delighted to announce the winner and runner-up of this year's Dragon's Pen. Here is the announcement:

We three Dragons are delighted to let you know that Lindsay Bamfield has won this year's Finchley Literary Festival's Dragon's Pen for her novel-in-progress Do Not Exceed Fifty. 

Lindsay writes extremely well. Her narrative voice is engaging and convincing and we were impressed with the flow of the story, the immediacy of the voice, the structure of the narrative and the tone of her dialogue. Her internal and external observation is excellent and we found ourselves drawn in to Xanthe's life, eager to know if her quest to 'find a man' works out. There is an effortless tone to her writing -  a fiendishly difficult skill to pull off. 

Lindsay will now have the opportunity to be mentored by Gillian Stern, an editor and writer for Bloomsbury, Orion and Penguin. 

In addition, we are also awarding a runner-up spot to Anne Oatley, for her novel-in-progress Blue Devil. We were excited by the strength and originality of her writing, which is taut, intriguing and surprising. Anne will also be given the opportunity to be mentored by Gillian. 

We loved being Dragons and over the next couple of days, will be sending some feedback to all the writers who entered. Thank you for having us and we hope to be back next year.  

Gillian, Cari and Mary

This is fantastic news. A well-deserved winner and runner-up. Congratulations Lindsay. And congratulations Anne. We are very pleased for you both. Well done. 

And a huge thank you to Gillian, Cari and Mary for all their hard work. All the writers who were brave enough to enter the Dragon's Pen will receive feedback from the dragons in the next couple of days. So, keep an eye on your inbox.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Congratulations to Katie Alford

We'd like to wish Katie Alford, member of Greenacre Writers - Finish That Novel2; many congratulations. She has finished her novel and been published. 

When Katie first joined Greenacres and brought along some of her Steampunk writing for critiquing, it ended up Katie explaining how the writing should be read rather than the other way around. You may ask, as we did, What is Steampunk?

The quick answer is: Steampunk is modern technology—iPads, computers, robotics, air travel—powered by steam and set in the 1800’s. But if you want a more detailed definition, read more here: Ministry of Peculiar Occurences 

Katie has been writing novels since she was 16 and is very excited to finally have one in print. 

Atlantis and the Game of Time

Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (26 Aug 2014)

About the book:

Their goal is a single culture, a single history, threatening to obliterate all others, with peace forged only through oppression. 

From the dingy annals of human prehistory, a new culture emerges. Like the Atlantians, they too can travel through time, but these are no passive, desk-soft anthropologists, and they will not be satisfied with coexistence. They desire to absorb, to assimilate, and will crush any civilisation that stands against them. The Atlantians know the price of complicity is too high; they will not risk the annihilation of human advancement, culture, art, and freedom. Instead, they send their overworked operative, Professor Lokyne, and a select group of book-loving, academic activists to face this new enemy. Atlantis’s only hope is that they can employ their research and cultural integration skills to study their new enemy, find a weakness, and then strike from within. Only then can they hope to bring down this parasitic new civilisation and return the flow of time to its normal course. 

In this fast-paced, exquisitely detailed adventure, we follow the trepidatious group as it struggles across time and culture from ancient Egypt and Babylon, to China and beyond, exploring equality and the injustice inherent when one culture seeks to extinguish another.

As well as a writer, Katie is also an artist and designed the trailer for her book. You can find out more about Katie here.

And, for people wanting to buy a copy it is available from the following links:



Or you can order it from your friendly local high street bookshop using the paperback ISBN : 978-1-909845-59-6