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">

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Present Ishbel, Cecil (Chair), Tricia, Jean, Keith Alex, Tom Mc. Judy and guests Saime, Sheila, Elizabeth and Shelma. (12)

Apologies Bryan, Pat, Margaret, Jean Finch, Liz, Sarah, Sue and Tim and all those others I have forgotten to mention.

1. Committee Minutes sent out to members and reminders to anyone not paid up to do so as in arranging new up to date list we will only be sending minutes and general information to members (and guests up to 3 visits.) £24 p.a. can be paid in 2 instalments see treasurer Alex.

2. Any comments on Committee minutes please mention to any one on committee and anyone wishing to help in any way please contact with ideas and suggestions.

Manuscript Night.

Tom began with his play called “Fools Mate” helped by Jean, Sheila and Alex. We were well entertained and concerned for the CAT!!!!

Cec enthralled with his new short story called “Amy’s Story,” involving a traumatic memory, a present concern re. a job and finding her Dad.

Judy read a little poem “A Bee-eautiful Kindness” about a dying Bee.

Ishbel interested us with a piece on “Penfriends” and delighted with her experiences which expanded her knowledge of far and near places.

Elizabeth shared her creative ideas but was encouraged to put pen to paper or type on computer and think about endings to spur her on.

Jean kept us on the edge of our seats with “I never saw that one coming” wonderful characterising of Lily and her relationships with Jim and Ted.

Shelma kept us spellbound with “The Wedding Day” especially the pesky robin!!

Keith shared the prologue of his thriller which was thrilling enough and hooked us all.

Alex finished us off with another extract of the vet stuck in the well and again I played the gossipy Marjory wanting to be the centre etc
Before we knew it, it was time to wash up and go home.

Next time is Sept. 6th and it is our Literary evening. Bring along a piece from your favourite book or published writings to read a small extract explaining why it is special. This is always a social occasion so wine juice and nibbles will be provided.

Please also be thinking if you would like to come in and share the Secretary’s job as I really do want to opt out after AGM next year. To find out more contact myself or Ishbel. All best Judy

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