Writing inspired by an object

Rugby Cafe Writers were challenged to produce a piece of writing inspired by an object or picture. Here is a selection of their contributions. Against All The Odds by Madalyn Morgan Against all the odds, fourteen-year-old Vladimir – now in his nineties – drew this windmill. Vladimir gave me the windmill (circa 1943) when I leftContinue reading “Writing inspired by an object”

These Things Are Sent To Try Us

The writing prompt for our meeting was ‘These Things Are Sent To Try Us’. Here is a selection of pieces from members of the Rugby Cafe Writers. Love Is Great, Except When It Isn’t by Jim Hicks Years ago, I was in the south-east and an old college friend kindly agreed to give me aContinue reading “These Things Are Sent To Try Us”

Writing about Spring

Rugby Cafe Writers were challenged to write a story, poem or article on the theme of Spring. Here is a selection of their contributions. Hot Cross Buns by Christine Hancock Spring means Easter, and the start of Easter is Good Friday, which means Hot Cross Buns. I got married in 1977, in May, but thatContinue reading “Writing about Spring”

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’s that on the wall behind you?

Members of Rugby Cafe Writers have been noticing pictures on the wall behind speakers in our Zoom meetings. Is there a story attached to those pictures? Here we present a selection of pieces on that theme. It’s behind you by Christine Hancock Behind me is a painting of my favourite view. In fact, it oftenContinue reading “What’s that on the wall behind you?”

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?”

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”

What makes a good poem?

I heard this morning on the radio that Poetry as a subject is being dropped from the National Curriculum in the next academic year. I hope it’s not true. To quote one brave young activist “How dare they?” Music also apparently seems to be under threat, according to some ‘leaked’ reports. While trying not toContinue reading “What makes a good poem?”