Here's a short introduction to the event by Sarah Passingham, followed by Stars In My Eyes, a review by another Sarah - Sarah Tanburn. Many thanks to both!
Months ago, Words And Women asked me if I could give a hand with the inaugural members’ event, signing up new members as they came through the door. I was promised cake! I always say yes to cake, but I really didn't need the bribe as I’d have jumped at the chance to help at another event, after the success of the fantastic readings and films in the Forum earlier this year.
A good number of writers had signed up before Saturday, and it was great to see a small crowd of women and curious onlookers waiting for us to open the doors. With free refreshments on the bill, a buzz started immediately. And, looking around, it was clear that this first event had attracted a real patchwork of writers: some beginners, others aspiring and emerging (a description I particularly favour), to the more advanced, published writers. By the time it all kicked off - as so eloquently described by Sarah T below - about 30 members had gathered, mostly from the Norwich area, but one keen member having travelled all the way from Cambridge.
Another first for me, was the venue itself. The Appleyard in Exchange Street, had given over their whole space to Words and Women, with a bright, airy upstairs room just perfect for some very informative and enjoyable talks; I hope we meet there again. And, of course, the cake (homemade by The Appleyard boys) was absolutely delicious!
Me: writer new to Norwich, looking for congenial groups and opportunities to learn.