This meeting, although a little impromptu, was a fascinating and diverse collection of creativity as you will find anywhere in this earth. I do not exaggerate!
Although it had the heading of a General Sharing meeting, we were all delighted with the work, much of it based on the observations and pleasures taken from the Pens outing a few weeks ago; (click here to see the blog).
But, given the single, shared event, the range of perspective’s taken by writers meant that there were no two pieces remotely alike and yet all took the heart and essence of the place and the people and diversity within that one hour on the water.
- History, in a story of one character that started in 1940 and finished in 2017.
- Observation, in the outwardly trivial things that not all the travellers noticed.
- Essence, the integration of the elements that make up this mesmerising world.
- Poetry, the light and shade of nature and industry, pleasure, and hard labour.
- Memory, of time spent close to the canal, when it was the only thing you could see from a window.
Other subjects for the afternoon included, the fictional but fascinating tales of historical figures bought together in some ethereal time and space; their trip this time was to the Vatican to see the Pope. You must hear it to believe it!
A short story about a refugee boy on a boat seemed to move many, both for his plight but also the promise of a safe life.
And from a writer that didn’t think she could write, her poetry that, even in its infant stages has so, much promise and depth, we can’t wait for the finished piece.
Great critique was given throughout the meeting and we thank all members for that, it makes a world of difference for both fledgling and experienced writers alike.