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This Week Monday 1st May
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Tags: Muse Blog. Meetings

This Week – Monday 1st May 2017

This has been a busy week on Writer’s Abroad so I will start with the Bragging Stool which is almost toppling over with achievements.

Alyson was long-listed for this quarter’s Flash 500 competition.

Lesley was long-listed for the To Hull and Back Challenge.

Sue, Angela and Chris were all successful in the Ad Hoc challenge.

Sue had an essay accepted for a book called Where’s Home?’  (For publication in 2018)

Congratulations to you all, ladies!


Member’s Meeting

Hot on the heels of Angela meeting up with Nicola in Spain, Nicola then met with Jo and Chris.

From all accounts these were great times and the three husbands, Rob, Simon and Rod bonded well too. There are some wonderful photos on site – take a look if you haven’t already seen them.

Another meeting is imminent; Jo, Lesley & Vanessa are catching up in Millau soon.

Monday Muse

Angela has given us some wonderful ideas, including writing about something mythical and including the word Bewitched. Additionally but not only, there is a great photo of Warwick Castle which if you haven’t been has a very scary dungeon! Plenty of choice here for a quick Monday Muse which may take you – who knows where!

The Blog is scheduled to be written by Jo but given that she is away, she may have swapped with someone or set it on the automatic timer facility. (The correct name of which escapes me at the time of writing!)

Challenges & Opportunities

Plenty of choice in this forum! Why not head over there now and take a look?


The next Formal meeting is scheduled for Sunday May 21st at 11am CEST with Vanessa in the chair.


Six degrees of Separation Tags: Separation

Six Degrees of Separation

This is a phrase I confess to having used occasionally but have never really taken into consideration. Until recently...

The internet says this theory was conceived in 1929 by a Hungarian writer, Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called ‘Chains.’(The link to Goodreads is here just in case you can’t resist a peep!)

There have been numerous tests since the theory came to light and there is plenty of information available online. It means a person anywhere in the world can be connected to another, through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.

Keep the above in mind and before you go to sleep wondering where this is leading, let’s digress, let’s talk about -

The Perth Writers Festival 2017.

This event is held annually at the University of Western Australia. This lovely institute of learning began life in 1911 and is a mere 3963.9 kilometres from where I live on the east coast, 41 hours in the car or five hours by plane, take your pick!

The 65 hectare campus is situated right on the Swan River. Many of the sandstone buildings feature coastal limestone arches and Romanesque features nestling side by side with lush green lawns and wonderful gardens. Moreton Bay Fig trees and many species of oak trees flourish there offering a welcome respite from the searing West Australian sun.

It is the perfect setting for the three-day festival.

There was something for everyone. Topics were numerous and varied – the local paper says “sharp, satirical and provocative.”  Speakers were carefully chosen, an intelligent mix of international and local. There were workshops to attend for a reasonable fee, lectures with a nominal fee and numerous free lectures alongside panel discussions with many writers. Music could be heard floating through the courtyards in the evening as people sipped wine under the stars and listened to poetry.

The weather was hot, in fact too hot at times but the organisers had the foresight to provide plenty of food and beverage outlets with many shady umbrellas and places to sit. More than 43,000 people attended this year, a testament to how popular this event has become.

The atmosphere was one of genuine camaraderie, a feeling of being united by a real love of literature and understanding of words.

On the second day it was necessary to make a phone call, so slipping outside I found a cool spot among the trees and away from the crowds. Sitting on an empty bench I was joined minutes later by a smartly dressed lady with blonde hair and reading a book. On finishing the phone call she leaned over and said,

 “Excuse me, but if you don’t mind me saying – you should always get a second opinion.”  She’d overheard me talking to one of my daughters about a very sick friend who was looking for advice.  I agreed with this lady and we began chatting.

In a few minutes, she’d told me quite a bit about her life and that she’d once lived in Bangladesh. Not really thinking there was much chance, I asked her if by any chance she knew Paola. She did!

For those who don’t know, Paola is an accomplished writer and was a long-time member of WA.

On my return home, I contacted Paola by Facebook and she remembered the lady with blonde hair whose name was Nana Lye. She was happy to know Nana remembered her.

Now what was that about six degrees of separation?!


This Week - January 23rd 2017
Category: Site News
Tags: Sharing news. This week's events

This Week – 23/1/17

 Apart from a new President in America and a new Premier in the state of New South Wales, what else is going on?

Monday Muse – Angela has given us some great topics. Combining various words in a sentence is always fun and can be a challenge so do check them out. In addition she has given us two photos, one of which is ex-member Sally at the Volksrant ...had to Google that and I think it is the Dutch daily morning paper. (please correct me, Angela if I am wrong!) As for the poem, ‘Still I rise’ by Maya Angelou, there are some beautiful lines to choose from.

Jo is doing The Blog this week and promises it will be up later. She is having trouble with the Planner which keeps assigning the January jobs to the bin!

As for The Bragging Stool Sue is firmly perched aloft with her Ad Hoc tale published again. I doubt they have had any writer appear 48 weeks in succession so well done, Sue! Are you going to stop at 52 or keep going I wonder.

January Opportunities  There is still plenty of time to enter the two comps closing in February;

The January Formal Meeting was held last night (well, night time my time in Sydney anyway!) The entire meeting was dedicated to a discussion about the magazine so please check out either the discussion on Skype or review the minutes which will be up shortly.

The next informal meeting will be held on Sunday 12th February at 11am CET

The next formal meeting will be held on Sunday February 26th at 4pm with Maggie in the chair.

If I have missed anything please let me know so I can make amendments – otherwise, have a wonderful, writing-filled week. Crilly





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