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">

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Minutes April 15th 2013 Present: Judy, Val, Saime, Tim, Sarah, Graham, Cec, and Alex. Judy Shot to piece Short story (mystery) Agnes enjoys growing fruit and vegetables, when one she makes a startling discovery. The “metal thing” turn out to be a riffle. Agnes debates who to call, the police? 999? How had the riffle got there? And why? Had anyone been killed? Agnes remembers a police car at her next door neighbour Maggie’s house, on boxing day looking for Maggie’s brothe who was suspected in a shooting. Agnes remembered being given a number to call at the time, but can’t find it. Would the police believe her? Would they think the gun was hers? Agnes finally calls the number. Tim Freshers weeks Short story (contemporary/comedy) The antics of Freshers week between a group of very diverse students, all forced to live and function together. Cec Pocket dictionary Short story (quirky) From the point of view of personified lonely pocket dictionary. Point of view a member of a fictional writers group, who struggles to write a piece on the uncanny after a presentation. Sees an apportion of an old woman in a bonnet. Starts to write in an unfamiliar hand, the story is about Ermintrude, the lady of the bonnet, who was due to marry a ship owner, but ran off with a poor man. Her daughter dies before her, leaving a girlchild, who should have inherited but was never found. One of her descendants was in the room. Alex Henry the Camel book 2: Henry’s Adventures: The Journey of a Lifetime A chapter from a longer work in the Henry the camel series. Chapter, Expect the Unexpected Henry tries to convince Oboe the gerbil that the elephants are his friends, but it all goes wrong when the elephants mistake Oboe for a mouse and try to squash him. We convinced Alex to read from the next chapter Travelling in Convoy as we feared Oboe had died. Graham Horror 1836 Short story (historical) About reviewing child labour laws in the 1830s.

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