Mighty penmanship from writers

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A group from Angus Writers’ Circle came back from a national conference recently with a haul of nine awards across a range of categories.

The writers attended the annual Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) Conference in Cumbernauld, and their trophy trove included a Highly Commended in the Children’s Novel Competition by Zoe Mitchell (13) the youngest ever attendee at the conference, for ‘Monster and Dragon’.

Betty Doe was shortlisted for the final four of the Al Guthrie Challenge, and was also Commended in the General Short Story Competition and the 2015 Scholarship Drama Competition for her entries ‘Jasmine’ and ‘The Artful lodger’ respectively.

The group lifted three awards in the Dorothy Dunbar Rose Bowl Competition for Poetry, Eleanor Fordyce took the first place trophy with ‘On The Edge’; Elizabeth Frattaroli’s ‘Anonymous’ was Highly Commended; and Ann Craig’s ‘The Watchman’ was Commended.

Ann Craig took second place in the Margaret McConnell Trophy for Woman’s Short Story with ‘Child With Wings’ and Eleanor Fordyce received a Highly Commended award in the SAW Council Trophy for Flash Fiction with ‘The Lost Shoe’.

The inaugural Barbara Hammond Self-Publishing Award was won by Chris Longmuir for her novel ‘The Death Game’.

The weekend conference programme includes competition adjudications, workshops on a variety of subjects and writing genres, the chance to pitch to agents and/or publishers in a Dragons Pen event and a gala dinner.

The Angus Writers’ Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30-10 p.m. in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath. New members are always welcome.

For further details call the secretary, Sandra Ireland on 01241 410346.