A volunteer-led creative writing group which meets fortnightly at The Forum has launched its first book of members’ work.
Time Pieces by the Norwich Forum Writers includes 37 pieces by 16 members of the group, with short stories, poetry and play scripts.
The book was officially launched on November 15 with readings in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and Café Bar Marzano, and is now available to buy at three Jarrold stores.
Gill Wilson, who was part of the editing group which brought the book together, said: “We started with a theme of age, and subsequently came up with the title Time Pieces so it could include historic pieces or futuristic pieces, anything set in a time.
“We are enormously proud of the book and the launch was fabulous because we had people doing readings from their work so it was nice to vocalise it to a very appreciative audience and we sold lots of copies too.”
The Norwich Forum Writers were formed in 2014 by the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library as an inclusive writing group for all ages and abilities. In 2015, Anthony Rosie was appointed as volunteer coordinator, with the group going from strength to strength supported by the library.
Lyn Hazleton, another member of the editing group, said: “We started work on the book about 18 months ago as the writing had to be done before we could move it forward.
“I have a feeling that the group is going to grow from this and that it can be a springboard to other projects for us to consider, for instance we are thinking of doing an audio version next year.”
The project was funded through a generous donation from a member, and the group is planning to use sales of the book to repay the money.
Linda Ford, also part of the editing group, said: “The people who have written it are just ordinary people, we’re not published authors. We decided to do it because we felt that we gain so much from the group and lots of us have got so much confidence from it. And having done the whole process has helped us to grow as writers too.”
The book includes illustrations and artwork from a member, with Gill’s husband helping out as the book designer.
Linda said: “My proudest moment was when they gave me a copy of the book last week with its dust jacket on from the library I thought we’ve made a real book which is in the library for anyone to borrow and I really felt quite touched. I’m immensely proud of everyone for their pieces and there’s some smashing stuff in there.”
Gill added: “I like the fact that there were so many contributions from so many members. We had someone illustrating, various people editing, organising and fundraising and it was amazing how many different skills we had that complimented each other and got it past the post.”
Copies of the book can be found in the Norfolk Heritage Centre inside the library, as well as other local libraries, and it is available to purchase at the main Jarrold store in Norwich as well as the Jarrold Forum Shop and Cromer branch of Jarrold. Bookbugs and Dragon Tales in Norwich and Kett’s Books in Wymondham are among the other stores stocking copies, with the book available for £5.99.
Norwich Forum Writers is free to attend and meets fortnightly on Fridays at the library from 10.30am to 12pm.