Encouraging more writers in Ely

Ely Writers’ Day will take place in Ely Library on 19th March 2016 from 1000 to 1500 when there will be a number of speakers talking about writing and time to network. At the end of the day, the winners of the Short Story Competition will be announced.

The event is free to attend Ely Writers’ Day and to enter the short story competition, although donations will be requested at the end of Ely Writers’ Day.

Refreshments – morning and afternoon coffee and lunch – will be provided free.

You are advised to book early to attend Ely Writers’ Day by contacting rjwestwell@hotmail.com for we had a full house last time.  

Announcing Brenda Mead will be one of three judges for the latest Short Story Competition for the next Ely Writers’ Day.

Brenda MeadBrenda Mead is a qualified Librarian and has been working for Cambridgeshire Libraries for eight years, in various roles relating to reader development and community engagement She is involved in teaching adults to read, encouraging readers to read more widely, encouraging more people to engage with Libraries – in a word, helping to develop any interest in literacy, be it reading or writing. 

In 2016 Brenda will be helping to launch a group for people with visual impairments using ‘Living Paintings’, a conversation and reading group for speakers of English as a foreign language (in Littleport) and a group for adults with learning disabilities, using ‘Books Beyond Words’. More information about all of these is available from Ely Library.

The Short Story Competition is now open. To enter, send an unpublished 500-word short story to rjwestwell@hotmail.com by midnight on the 26th February 2016. You should include your name, address and contact details. There will be cash prizes: first prize £50, second prize £25 and third prize £10. It is free to enter the competition and to attend the Writers’ Day. You are advised to reserve a place for the Writers’ Day on the 19th March by contacting rjwestwell@hotmail.com.

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