My favourite books: Steve Redshaw

In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers talk about the books which have made an impact on their lives. Today, it’s the turn of Steve Redshaw. Steve has spent most of his life as a Primary School teacher, a thoroughly rewarding career. A late change of direction was taken in 2007 when he,Continue reading “My favourite books: Steve Redshaw”

My favourite books: Wendy Goulstone

In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers choose the books which have made a lasting impression on them. We begin with Wendy Goulstone, who began writing plays from the age of four when given a model theatre. She then performed in story-time in primary school, where she was encouraged by a wonderful headmaster whoContinue reading “My favourite books: Wendy Goulstone”

What happened on Friday

It’s Behind YouThe theme was ‘Something on the Wall Behind You’. This was suggested after we became fascinated by the backdrops to Zoom calls. There was a good variety of responses inspired by pictures or photographs or even statues which are behind us when we appear on screen. Some of your responses are now onContinue reading “What happened on Friday”

Rugby Cafe Writers feature at Southam Book Festival

Several of our Rugby Cafe Writers are appearing at the (virtual) Southam Book Festival, 2020, which takes place this week. We have supported the festival in previous years, with our writers promoting their own books. This year, the event has had to move online. But it will still feature our own Bella Osborne, Madalyn MorganContinue reading “Rugby Cafe Writers feature at Southam Book Festival”

Are you inspired by your background?

You are invited to the next meeting of the Rugby Cafe Writers this Friday at 10am (online). Our theme this week is Something on the Wall Behind You.  Let me explain. There have been so many Zoom calls recently and we have become fascinated by what appears in the picture behind people. It could be aContinue reading “Are you inspired by your background?”

Rugby Writers featured in magazine

The Rugby Cafe Writers are featured in the new edition of the Rugby Register, a consumer magazine delivered to thousands of homes in the borough. The feature includes a picture of some of the writers – meeting in St Andrew’s Church, Rugby – and a description of our new book, Get to the Point. TheContinue reading “Rugby Writers featured in magazine”

How does the Lockdown affect our writing?

The next Rugby Café Writers meeting (on Friday September 11th) is about Lockdown Writing. How did it affect you? Did you write more, having extra time, or less? Like you, I felt deeply affected by all aspects of the Lockdown, from having to cancel all my plans, meetings, seeing friends for coffee etc, to comingContinue reading “How does the Lockdown affect our writing?”

How do you write comedy?

Rugby Cafe Writer Lindsay Woodward has some advice for readers on how to write comedy. In her latest blog article, Lindsay says: “If you want to write a comedy, don’t start off with a few jokes. Don’t think about what has made you laugh in real life. Don’t put in silly or stupid characters thatContinue reading “How do you write comedy?”

Should stories have a moral to them?

Next Friday we’re talking about stories/novels that have a moral to them. This doesn’t mean they’re ‘moralistic’ but more that they have a meaning which underlies the story at ‘face-value’. I immediately thought of a book, a novella, by Steinbeck called The Pearl. It’s the most gripping story which delivers its message in the lastContinue reading “Should stories have a moral to them?”

Wendy’s poem is in new anthology

Rugby Cafe Writer Wendy Goulstone has contributed a poem to a new anthology raising money for NHS Covid-19 charities. The new book features writers’ impressions of the 2020 pandemic: life under lockdown, loss and love, visions for the future. It includes the top picks of judge Andrew McMillan, a people’s vote winner based on videosContinue reading “Wendy’s poem is in new anthology”