Some of our 2013 publications and prizes include the following:
Felicity Fair-Thompson's new book is The Kid on Slapton Beach, launched at Waterstone's. It's set in the context of preparations for the D-Day landings in Devon at Christmas 1943. It's about twelve year old Harry, a boy who has to leave everything behind when his whole town is mysteriously evacuated from the area.
Pat Murgatroyd's poem Beyond His Capacity appeared in the Spring issue of Poetry News. Pat also had a great week at Arvon.
Shelley McAlister was commended for the Hippocrates Poetry in Medicine Prize for her poem Dysthymia and the Netherlandish Proverbs.
Camilla Lambert's poem A Fine Amalgam was short-listed in the short poem section of the
Poetry on the Lake competition, for a poem on the theme of metal.
Our community performances continued throughout 2013 and we have booked quite a lot of WIs and historical societies for next year.
We were with the Friends of Freshwater Library on November 18th.
In September we worked from the theme of Islands for the Ryde Social Heritage Group's week-end of exhibitions and performances. We were accompanied by the Solent Singers Trio, who provided lovely songs to bring our poems to life.
In June we welcomed the Chandler's Ford Writers for a day of shared writing and workshops here on the island. Also in June we hired a beach hut at Small Hope beach in Shanklin where we made ourselves at home and did some reading and writing.
On May 12th we joined flutist Siobhan Cosgrove for an afternoon of music and Benchmark poems at Yaverland Church.
In March Shore Women made a trip to London together, a rare journey off the island for us as a group. We attended a fabulous flamenco performance at Sadler's Wells and spent a day at the Foundling Museum in Russell Square.