Literary Competition

Many thanks to the Lowestoft Journal and the East Anglian Daily Times for these articles on our literary competition. The competition is now closed and we’re delighted to have had such a great response. All entries are on their way to the judges houses. The winners and those highly recommended will be notified early October and their work will be published in a book. The entry fee of £1  and all royalties from this book will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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East Anglian Festival of Culture


CATEGORIES: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children, Teen, Poetry

ENTRY LEVELS: Up to 12 years, 13-16 years, Over 16 years

SUBJECT: View of the sea             WORD COUNT: up to 1500 (poetry up to 30 lines)


To take part, Get Writing!

  1. Your writing must not already be published, or due to be published this year, and be your own work.
  2. Your work can be hand written or typed. (Please note we will not be able to return your work to you and advise you to keep a copy).
  3. Complete an entry form. Please do not write your name or any of your details on your entry.
  4. Put your entry form into an envelope, ensuring you have completed it fully, with your writing and a £1 coin (no cheques) and hand it in or send to The Coconut Loft, 8 Waterloo Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. NR33 OAA. Please mark the envelope FAO: S. Collins.
  5. Please note one entry per person and you must not have entered it into another competition during 2016. Each winner will receive a free copy of the anthology.PRIZE:
  6. Four winners from each category will be chosen and published in an anthology.

Ten highly commended writers will be included in the anthology.

The winners will be invited along to read their work at the Meet the Authors event at the Coconut Loft Art Gallery Sat 12th & Sun 13th Nov 2016.

CLOSING DATE: 6pm on Saturday 3rd September

Winners and those highly recommended will be notified by Monday 17th October.

Competition will be judged by the Waveney Author Group

By entering you are giving us permission to publish your work but you retain the copyright. The anthology will be published by East Anglian Press with ALL royalties going to Alzheimer’s Research UK. To download your entry form please go to

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Eafoc tomorrow!

Tomorrow is day one of the first ever East Anglian Festival of Culture (Eafoc) 2-3rd July and final preparations are taking place.

Authors, both locally and from across the country, will be at the festival, some reading their work, all showcasing their books. And there’s more… a critique 1-1 feedback session with author Rosy Thornton, an auction for you to bid to have your favourite pet named in one of Suzan Collins’ Chatty Cat books, a literary competition and lots of fun.

These fabulous authors will be spread across three venues in Kirkley, South Lowestoft. Authors: Barbara Lorna Hudson, Caroline Simmons, Darren Barker, Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Ellie Holmes, Enid Thwaites, Gareth Davies, Janet Denny, Jeanette Hewitt, Jo Wilde, Jocelyn Blakey, Lottie Thorn, Lucille Rayner, Pam Finch, Penny Canvin, Phyllida Scrivens, Rosy Thornton, Ruth Dugdall, Sandra Delf, Suzan Collins, Terry Tarbox and Tricia Cass.

Eafoc flyer ~ Overview ~ FINAL   Piece in The Journal~1st July 2016


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Beach Read

Really looking forward to the Beach Read this Friday on South Lowestoft Beach.

Why not join us? There’s plenty of parking. Postcode for your Sat Nav NR33 0DF.

The local train station is a 5 minute walk to the beach. To book your train to Lowestoft

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East Anglian Festival of Culture #eafoc

Busy planning the East Anglian Festival of Culture #eafoc. We have booked fabulous authors in various genres, in three different venues and we are raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. And… it’s right next to the beach!

As you will see from the poster below, loads of authors, children’s activities and critique and feedback sessions.

Eafoc flyer ~ Overview ~ FINAL


Two fabulous Suffolk authors, Rosy Thornton and Ruth Dugdall, are kindly giving their time to critique written work of up to 1000 words.

Email your work to us, choose your preferred author, make a payment and pick a time slot. It’s as easy as that, but places are limited, so it’s first come, first served.

Fifteen minute slots are available with both authors.

Times available: 10.30, 10.50, 11.10, 11.30, 11.50, 12.10, 12.30, 12.50

 Contact us




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Bury St Edmunds Library

As part of the Waveney Author Group Tour some of the authors gave a talk and had a fun time at Bury St Edmunds Library.

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Bronwen Grono, Enid Thwaites, Tricia Cass, Elizabeth Manning-Ives and Suzan Collins after a delicious cuppa and cake in their delightful café.

Group pic at the library

Authors were asked for a photo for the library’s Facebook page.


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Bronwen Grono talking about her current book and the one she has sent to Jo Wilde, her editor.

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Enid Thwaites talking about her current book and the one she is currently writing.


Elizabeth Manning-Ives talking about her two novels and the third she is currently writing.


New author Tricia Cass talking about her first book and writing an anthology.

No photos were taken of Suzan Collins talking but rest assured she is writing more books in the Chatty Cat series, a second novel and a non-fiction book.

You can see all of these authors, and many more, at this year’s Eafoc (East Anglian Festival of Culture) where ‘Get Writing’ is arranging this festival to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. For more info please go to

Eafoc flyer ~ Overview ~ FINAL

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Writing weekend

We had the privilege to meet some fabulous and inspirational ‪#‎writers at our ‪#‎writing weekend at Gunton Hall Resort, Lowestoft.

Day one-Getting Started and Planning

Start writing that book

Planning your writing

Group photo~first day

Pat Diana Cheryl Karen Tony Shirley

Pat Somia and Rosemarie

Break time~Cheryl Helen M and Rosemarie

Sheila Sonia and Jo

Writers Shirley Newstead & Sonia Barker with editor Jo Wilde

Day two-Editing and Different Styles of Publishing

Proof reading and editing

Independent and traditional publishing

Editing workshop1 with Jo~Sat 24th April 2016

Enid signing book with Pat

Author Enid Thwaites signing a copy of her book for soon to be published author Tricia Cass.

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Helen M signing her book for Diana~1

Author Helen Milligan signing a copy of her book

Helen Pat Enid and Pam Sat 24th April 2016

Authors Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Pam Finch and Enid Thwaites talking with Tricia Cass.

Jo Carole and Enid

Authors Bronwen Grono and Enid Thwaites with editor Jo Wilde.

Me signing book for Rosie~April 2016

Author Zina Adams signing a copy of her book for writer Rosie Owens.

Pam talking to the writers about her writing journey

Author Pam Finch talking on how she attended our writing workshops in Nov 2014 and has two books published and on Amazon and is writing her third.

Sarah Eve Jo Helen Pat Enid and Pam~Sat 23rd April 2016

Writers Eve Hayford and Sarah Elford talking to editor Jo Wilde (with Pam Finch, Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Tricia Cass and Enid Thwaites)

Day three- Pitching to Publishers/Agent and Marketing

Writing letters and synopsis to editors and agents

Using Facebook, Twitter and Blogging effectively

Editing workshop with Jo~Sat 24th April 2016

Group at lunch on first day

My lunch at writers weekend at Gunton Hall~24th April 2016


Writing an ology~Book cover

12 writers from this writing weekend have made a pledge to write an anthology and get it published in time for the East Anglian Festival of Culture (Eafoc) this July with all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Group photo on last day~26th April 2016

Pic taken on the 3rd/last day: Tony Nunn, Karen J A Nunn , Diana Fernando, Rosie Owen, Carole Gomez-cornejo  Bronwen Grono, Shirley Newstead , Helen Thwaites  Elizabeth Manning-Ives , Jo Wilde , Pat Casselden aka Tricia Cass Author, Suzan Collins author page Zina Adams Writer and Enid Thwaites .

Time to say goodbye. A fantastic three day weekend with some super writers, many have become members of the Waveney Author Group (WAG). This group is mid way through their author tour and if you would like to see what they are up to please click here to go to their blog

Thank you to all the staff at Gunton Hall Coastal Village for looking after us so well. See you next time.

We are looking forward to the next writing weekend and if you would like to join us please go to details and/or to book your place.




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