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, 14 April 2009



Margaret (Chair), Julie, Tom Mc. Cec, Carol, Alex, Sylvia, Trish, Ishbel and Judy.


  1. Lynn, Liz, Sue, Graham, Tim, Pat, Bryan, Tom H. (We all wish you well) (Sorry if I’ve not included anyone I should have done.)
  2. Jo Cowell. Please send entries to Graham, any Genre about 1,000 words before end of June. (We are clarifying whether you identify yourself on each entry which will cost £3.50p. and let you know later. In meantime please be thinking of your entry.
    Anthology. Much thanks to Cec and Ishbel for all their hard work. They should be ready for sale by next meeting.
  3. Next meeting is our Dora Doyle poetry evening 20th April and we have hired the larger room downstairs on the left as courtesy of hard work by Julie it will be open to the public and other groups for a nominal fee of £1 as wine and juice and nibbles will be offered as well as usual tea and coffee.
  4. Carol reminded us of Pulp Idol Comp. which has been sent to you all who would like to send in first 3 chapters of your novel and meet at Engine rooms May 5th for one of the heats. Tonight at Engine rooms are readings from their own Skelmersdale Anthology. All welcome.


  1. Tom Mc. "An Independent View of the Welfare State." Centring mainly on idea to pay Grandparents for minding their own grandchildren.
  2. Julie gave an entertaining and humorous account of "Love your Papergirl or Else!!"
  3. Margaret treated us to a very informative history and up to present day on "Costume Jewellery"
  4. Judy had an axe to grind over there being no minimum wage for small time employers in "The Minimum Wage in today’s climate"
  5. Ishbel also had a bee in her bonnet this time about cars parking on pavements and wrote about "Paths are for Pedestrians!"
  6. Sylvia amused us all with an unfinished but definitely worth finishing piece on "Bombardments from the Media."
  7. Carol treated us to a piece entitled "Dolls Prams on Parade" and again informed many of us about the development and changes in pram styles.
  8. Cec finished with a very apt article to remind us "Do Not Despair." This told us the reasons why our works could be rejected and warned us all how to avoid the pitfalls.
    All pieces created a great deal of varied discussion and all of us were encouraged to try and get our writings published and come back and inform the club.


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