Back in October 2016, as part of the Age Takes Centre Stage programme, The Next Page agreed to start running a group for writers, based in North Tyneside Libraries. One tea- and shortbread-fuelled planning session later, and the North Tyneside Writers Circle was born!
Having started in January 2017, we’ve made it through our first quarter, and we’ve been delighted with how it’s come together. We’ve had two great speakers in Sue Miller and Steve Urwin, we’ve had round-table discussions, meeting new people and, oh yes – we’ve even had some writing!
As somebody who loves attending events with other writers, whether readings, workshops or anything else, having our group has been a fabulous opportunity to meet new writers in the area. Hearing people share their freshly-written material is always inspiring too.
Seeing the tables fill up the last three months has spurred us on to keep looking at new things, like the guided discussion section, and although there’s no session in April, we’re already looking forward to May, and welcoming Mark Iveson along to talk about his writing.
I’d best go get those prompts sorted!