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">

Monday, 4 October 2010


Present. Margaret, Sue, Ishbel, Graham, (welcome back) Liz, Sarah(Mrs Schofield Congrats ),Tricia, Tim, Carol, Alex, Cec, Saime, Julie, Sheila, Elizabeth, and Judy. (16)
Apologies. Dave, Jeans (F and G.), Pat, Helen, Michael, and anyone else whom I have not mentiones
Thanks to Julie for providing all the nibbles wine and juice for this evening, and to Treasurer for paying on our behalf.
Congrats to Carol who has a piece written about her achievements in Writers News and she has mentioned OWLS.

Please will someone give me a break and consider being Secretary from March next year. Job is not arduous and it would be nice to have a change. I’ll willingly help anyone interested.
Next meeting 20th Sept will be “Work in Progress” reading up to 1,000 words in place of one written into programme.

Recommended Books by those Present.
Elizabeth chose “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks.

Sheila chose to read a piece from “Jane Eyre” Charlotte Bronte.

Tim read a piece from Laurie Lee’s classic, “Cider with Rosie.”

Sue read poems from R. L, Stevenson, Ogden Nash and Pam Ayers.

Alex horrified with an excerpt from Michael Crighton’s “State of Fear”

Cec Recommended “Boy in the World”& “Boy and Man” Niall Williams

Saime took us into the mad world of Patrick McGrath “ASYLUM”

Julie entertained with “Miss Bunckle’s Book” by D.E. Stevenson.

Judy advised “Mr Pip” by Lloyd Jones reflecting “Great Expectations.”

Carol recommended Graham Mort’s Short stories, esp. “Daniel”

Ishbel was taken by “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” Kim Edwards.

Graham amused us with “Diary of a Nobody” George Grossmith.

Liz brought illustrated childhood favourites eg “Butterfly Ball”

Sarah got spooky with Bill Brody’s “Swimmer”

Tricia Recommended “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

As usual a very varied and entertaining evening with lots of ideas for new reading. Sorry I’ve not added some extras brought by people but thought this was enough to be going on with. Thanks to all especially our Chair Margaret who couldn’t choose a favourite because it was either the one she had just finished or the new one begun!! How’s that for a get out clause!!!

All best wishes and as I won’t be there next time be prepared to be a volunteer to minute for me. (Committee please note someone needs to bring milk and biscuits) See you in October Judy

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