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July 28th
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Tags: This week

This week on Writers Abroad\

Quite a few of us dropped in for champagne and nibbles on Sunday to congratulate Vesna on the release of The Fastro Connection.

 

There’ll be another party on the 29th when Vanessa launches her novel, The House at Zaronza.

 

Here’s hoping both books become bestsellers. Well done to Vesna and Vanessa. That’s my summer reading sorted.

 

Dropbox is filling up nicely with contributions to our first e-magazine, which looks as if it will be a great success.

 

Rilla’s prompts are on the theme of reunions. Anyone who has been to an embarrassing school reunion will know there’s a lot of mileage in that topic.

 

Sally’s blog takes us to a literary festival and asks the question “Why do we read”.

 

If you haven’t already done so, pop over to Chris Allen’s blog, www.imustbeoff.com and read the four WA shortlisted entries in his travel essay competition.

Alyson's about bathing monkeys in Japan:
http://www.imustbeoff.com/2014/07/genki-deska-by-alyson-hilbourne.html
Jill's about a brothel tour in Australia:http://www.imustbeoff.com/2014/07/the-scarlet-mile-by-gillian-brown.html
Rilla's about the Rice harvest in Bangladesh: 
http://www.imustbeoff.com/2014/07/harvest-time-by-rilla-norslund.html
Paola’s about an alternative tour of Kolkata:
http://www.imustbeoff.com/2014/07/oh-calcutta-by-paola-fornari.html

 

Happy  writing!

Sally's blog July 28th 2014 Tags: Well reading actually!

I am just fresh from joining literary festival Ways with Words at Dartington in Devon. A beautiful setting and a chance to hear, amongst others, Sandi Toksvig, Helena Kennedy, Helen Dunmore in a large Medieval hall set in beautiful gardens. Deck chairs across the lawn and books, books, books. A lovely escape from the usual humdrum.

Perhaps the one I liked best was Salley Vickers talking on why we read. How it takes the reader out of herself/himself and into herself at the same time. How it provides opportunity for both entertainment and learning. Learning, not in the instructive sense, but through entering other worlds and different personalities. It enables the reader to enter the consciousness of another in a way that real life cannot. It reveals to us our darker side. It even allows us to succumb to temptation and commit by proxy any of those 7 deadly we don't normally allow ourselves. Most of us that is; hopefully, that is! Murder, fraud, sexual deviance - you name it. 

It shows us the consistency of human nature. From Homer and the Illiad through to Dickens and to modern literature Man stuggles with the same issues.

For the lonely amongst us we discover that we are not alone.

In humour we learn to relativate our egos. Is it not In the Koraan that we read something like 'For he who brings laughter, paradise awaits.' (take note ISIS?).

 

 

Monday July 21st
Category: Site News
Tags: This Week

My apologies for being absent from all things WA for so many weeks. I hope to be back on board from here on in.

A truly interesting blog from Jany today - I love the flow of ideas she has created. I have based a piece of writing on a fleeting glimpse or chance remark but I am impressed by Jany’s thoughts and think she has an informative article in the making in this blog.

Taking note of yesterday’s minutes, we have a comprehensive list of challenges for August which are re-posted here:

Jo suggested Erewash, Historic House and First Page for unpublished novels.

Vesna suggested:

http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/costa-short-story-award/

 

http://thebohemyth.com/submit/

 

http://www.thezodiacreview.com/#!submissions/ccbt

 

http://www.givalpress.com/

 

http://wigleaf.com/

 

http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/fiction2014/online_entry.php

 

http://shortaustralianstories.com.au/submissions/the-carmel-bird-award/

 

http://overtheredline.com/submissions/

Members are doing extremely well at present and putting me to shame.

VESNA is launching The Fastro Connection on 27 July

VANESSA is launching The House at Zaronza on 29 July

DOREEN is interviewing VANESSA for her local newsletter

PAOLA is actively seeking an agent for Joyriding in Dhaka

RILLA, ALYSON, JILL and PAOLA have made the shortlist of seven in Chris Allen’s I Must Be Off travel Essay competition. He’s posting a shortlisted piece every day till the end of the month, so do get over there and vote for them.

Everyone appears busy with tasks for the magazine, submissions and production.

Glyn has posted this link to his interview with Sharon Zink – it is well worth reading:

http://segorastclementincelebratetheword.blogspot.fr/2014/07/welcome-to-sharonville-sharon-zink.html

A huge thank you to all members who are working hard to get lift-off.

If I have inadvertently forgotten anyone or anything, please forgive me. This is the first writing I have done in months due to feeling unwell and unmotivated so I feel I have achieved something today.

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