Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society - OWLS - was established in 1963 by Dora Doyle to promote local writers. Founder member Ron Bartholomew contributed to the Waverly Encyclopaedias and was widely published in Practical Mechanics Magazine. A successful playwright, he opened his house to us for weekly meetings and served us with tea and home made cakes for many years. As Otis lifts Chief Engineer he also designed the press button control boxes used in lifts to this day. ALT="Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society">

Tuesday, 6 January 2009


Present. Tim, Sarah, Tom H., Alex, Tom Mc. And myself Judy.
Apologies. Pat, Bryan, Cecil, Margaret, Julie, Sue, Ishbel, Liz and Lynn. (Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out). Get well soon, Pat, Bryan and Liz. For others hope problems resolve soon and a happy new year.


  1. Letter and Cheque for £50 from Christine Chesshyre, (Dora Doyle’s daughter.)

  2. Cecil wrote in response to Mike Wilson’s request for 400 word summary of network day to put into Link. Thanks Cec.

  3. Thank you letter from Jackie, Inklings, for Network Day.

  4. New Church House being decorayed. Next meeting may need to be in a different room so be prepared.
Manuscript News.

Alex’ play has been accepted for Premiership and for Leverhulme Competition which links to All England Festival. Congrats.


  1. Tom Mc presented a short play “The Gobstopper” using Tim Judy and himself which he’d been given as an exercise to include the following phrases: a) Did I ever tell you what happened to Brian, b) I had to distract him in the garden from erecting a bouncing castle, c) Well I think Mars bars are the answer. Thanks Tom a lot of fun and maybe we can use a similar idea for one of our workshops or for a homework task prior to a meeting.

  2. Judy brought her poem called February’s Children. Her first copy and a copy she has worked on since. Thankfully all there could see the improvement. Group were also able to give her some good advice to help her to continue working on it Thanks esp Tom H.

  3. Alex shared his first scene from “One More Rainbow” read by Sarah and Tom H. Excellent doialogue and so intriguing we’ll all have to go to see it at Civic Hall in March. Date to be given out later.

  4. Tim and Sarah shared some thoughts about what is interesting them at present. Tim feels he’s concentrating on the future from teenage perspective and Sarah is targeting particular short story competitions.

  5. Recommended books discussed were as follows. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, Cloud Atlas by Mitchell, The Road by Cormack McCarthy.

The meeting finished 9.15pm NEXT MEETING Mon. Jan.19th Manuscript again so please bring any writing you are involved in with a view to reading 1,000 words Max.

Please note Committee meeting Tuesday 13th Jan at Ishbel’s garden house 7.0pm. We will be looking at programme for coming year so if anyone has suggestions please pass them on to any committee member and if any member would like to attend meeting with view to becoming a committee member please come along. We are short on the ground.

All best for 2009


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