Tah Dah! At last the Blog for 'Scribbling Voices' joint literary event!
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 marked another ‘first’ for City Voices Creative Writers Group. A joint literary event! CV joined with Stone Scribblers Writers Group, who meet in Stone Library on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Your editor is an active member of the group, which was founded by Lisa Culligan. The group has grown amazingly well in a relatively short time and this must be down to Lisa’s enthusiasm and let’s face it charm! In 2015 Lisa began her BA in Creative Writing with Open University. She loved the writing process but felt isolated. She volunteered with Staffordshire Libraries and in April 2018 Stone Scribblers was born. Lisa is thrilled and amazed at the level of talent the group attracts, particularly the mix of the young and not so young that support the group.
The joint event was hosted by published writer and Flash Fiction fanatic Debbi Voisey, the City Voices Chair. Debbi took the Chair in January 2018 after the resignation of Alan Barnett who left after 11 years at the helm. Debbi works so hard, has done a great job, is always full of new ideas for the group and runs Fiction workshops on the afternoons that CV are not meeting. The Rock of City Voices. Since 2018 then the Committee has had several changes, and now consists of five members, whom Debbi introduced at the event as The Spice Girls! Debbi was Baby Spice in tribute to her soft, white-blonde hair, I was Ginger (for obvious reasons), Bev was Posh (she is a bit!), Adam was Scary Spice (you should read his stories) and Heath was Sporty Spice, so he has a lot to live up to in the next London Marathon.
Both groups cover a wide range of writing genres. Fiction in the form of novels, short stories, history and children's stories; Flash Fiction (very short stories), poetry and memoirs. Poetry and Flash Fiction were popular with performers due to time constraints, there were books for sale, free wine and nibbles and even time for a short open mic session.
The event was a great success and everyone enjoyed the night. Thanks to all who read their work, all who came along simply to enjoy the writers and performers, the open mic volunteers and once again to Hanley Library for their support, publicity and providing such a great space for us.