60th birthday celebrations at writers’ circle

Celebrating 60: Members and guests of Burnley Writers' Circle at their 60th anniversary celebrations
Celebrating 60: Members and guests of Burnley Writers' Circle at their 60th anniversary celebrations

Sixty years of diamond poetry and prose was celebrated when Burnley Writers’ Circle marked a major milestone.

The group, which encourages people to write both as a hobby and for a living, held its annual presentation afternoon at Sion Baptist Church.

Unfortunately, its honorary president TV dramatist Paul Abbot was unable to attend as he is working in Los Angeles, but members marked 60 years of the group with readings from prize-winning works, and a buffet tea.

The results of the annual competitions were announced and the winners read their entries to the gathering. This followed a talk about the advent of digital journalism in newspapers by Burnley Express news editor Margaret Parsons.

Award winners were – Josephine Hilton cup for a short story: 1, Barbara Lister; 2, Anita Thorpe; 3 and highly commended, Fred Duerden. They were judged by creative writing tutor Rose Marsden.

Elsie Collinge poetry cup: 1, Andrea Catton; 2, Freda Argyle; 3, Laura Sheridan. Judge, librarian Rebecca Hewitt.

Paul Abbott Cup for monologue: 1, Irene Crook; 2, Laura Sheridan; 3, John Garry; Commended, Anita Thorpe and Kathleen Bulcock. Judge, poet and writer Phil Burton.

Ellis Cup for children’s story: 1, Laura Sheridan; 2, Irene Crook; 3, Andrea Catton; highly commended Anita Thorpe. Judge, Mary Whitham, a primary school teacher.

Kathleen Bulcock Cup for articles: 1, John Howard; 2, Irene Crook; 3, Anita Thorpe; highly commended, Vivienne Ware; commended Barbara Lister. Judge, journalist Dave Hall.