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Storytime at the British Legion

April 6th proved to be a lively evening for the Twyford Writers.

Writing had been inspired by the general prompt, ‘Weddings’. We were treated to a variety of stories connected to the theme in different ways.

Initially, we heard a comical story about a young boy in 1952. He had the honour of being chosen to be a Page Boy. Unfortunately for him, the wedding dress theme was Scottish clothes. As a five-year-old, the boy was worried about what he would wear under his kilt - luckily, his mother laid out his clothes with a nice, clean pair of underpants!

We then heard about Wayne, a professional footballer about to marry his sweetheart, Kylie. Her relations were making Wayne slightly nervous and reluctant about the day. He was hungover and had overslept after Kylie’s brothers had insisted on an impromptu stag night, from which he had woken handcuffed to his future brother-in-law. All ended up well as they all had one thing in common – they adored Kylie.

The next offering was inspired loosely by. ‘Soaking up the atmosphere’. It was a ghost story about a lady entering a church, sitting down and falling asleep. As she awoke, she heard whispers, music, and people being asked, “Bride or Groom?”. She wasn’t sure if she should be there but no-one noticed her. She saw a wedding but later wondered if it had really happened at all. When she left the Church, she asked about the couple. However, it hadn’t been a wedding that day but the funeral of an old lady.

The final three pieces deviated from the prompt. We heard the first part of a self-help book. It will be looking into how we feel and respond to different stimuli. Considering the chameleon nature of people and the different sides we show to both others and ourselves.


We listened to the next extract of a serial killer book about a fictional town in America called Thorny Ridge. It was the last stop on a murder tour and home of ‘The Butcher’. Tourists flocked to gawp at the town and visit places of real life horror. All the time, unaware they were being watched by the man himself. He didn’t mind his nickname but he would have preferred, “Connoisseur of Death”.


Finally, we heard the next installment of a mystery set in a fictional town in North Devon. Murder is about to take place but the inhabitants do not yet realize. They are going about their day-to-day lives, however; their peace is about to be shattered.


Twyford Writers meet on the first Thursday of the month at the British Legion in Tiverton. We are friendly group of varied individuals and all writers are welcome.

Many members of the group will be attending 'A Celebration of Books,' reading and leading workshops as part of Credfest17 on Saturday, June 17th at Crediton Library, Devon. This is a free event, open to everyone!

Free cupcakes will be provided!

See Link for details - 'A Celebration of Books'

By Maura Beckett

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Writing from Twyford Writers

Going to a  writers meeting is like dipping your hand in a tin of Quality Street. You never know what's coming but there is always the unfailing hope that you might hit strawberry centred gooey heaven. This week there were some rather curious flavours in our tin of Quality Street.

Twyford Writers has evolved from being just a short story writing group to an expansive, all-inclusive writing group and some Bourneville dark chocolates have come in adding a sprinkling of Black Magic to the tin. 

This gives some extremely random but much more exciting writing experiences with a selection of humorous Pam Ayers type poetry about the effects of poor eyesight closing followed by the macabre incidence of a woman collecting male genitalia in her cheating husband's bottle collection. Hopefully, you don't find those in your tin of Quality Street.

It makes you wonder about a Nut Cluster though...

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It Was a Cold and Frosty Gathering...

Five brave members of Twyford Writers ventured out in the frost and mist to meet in the eerily whiteness of  an ice covered Tiverton. At the last meeting, the writers were given an object or story outline as a prompt for their December writing mission. These prompts are excellent devices for creating more unexpected twists to story plots.

One writer used her prop of a real arrow to add a murder mystery dimension to a Devon based novel she is writing, which will be available in 2017.  Another writer used her prompt of snow in August to write a highly imaginative piece about Father Christmas inputting the wrong logarithm into his weather generating program. One short story writer had a feather as a prompt which she turned into a beautifully crafted farmyard based story. Other members used the idea to create poetry with a wonderful rhyming poem about a mysterious man in black and some atmospheric wintry haiku based on a prompt of a single holly leaf.

After the readings, the writers retired to the cozy atmosphere of the British Legion bar.

For the next meeting, the writers have a choice of 2 ideas to base work on,  either keeping a daily journal for a month or using the concept of 'new beginings' in their writing.

This group is highly recommended for people of all abilities wishing to write in a highly supportive atmosphere. New members are very welcome.

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The Twyford Writers - writing in styles

Twyford Writers braved the chilly autumn darkness this week to meet in The Royal British Legion Hall  and discuss writing they don't normally do.

It's always a challenge writing in a genre you don't like but it's always good to put a toe outside your comfort zone and test the waters of unexplored writing styles. The results were strange and wonderful. There was a highly entertaining soap parody complete with a heart attack, resuscitation, staff cuts, hospital romances, broken relationships, and embittered staff.

We had a food poetry extravaganza featuring chocolate in a variety of poetry styles including tanka, limerick, and senryu but requests for a quick sausage roll dinner were rebuffed.

There was also the strange experience of a horror writer writing a very creepy romance about the wrong type of love which brought a huge reaction from the group.

Finally, there was a descriptive narrative about Knightshayes in the form of a guidebook. 

The group then spent a very happy final  hour in the bar discussing future writing plans, stories and plotting future story twists. 

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Twyford Writers

The Tiverton-based writing group the Twyford Writers met last Thursday to discuss their latest writing projects.

The bar was vacated  due to a darts match so the meeting was held in the quiet surroundings the memorial room of the British Legion Hall. The group read their own very diverse interpretations of an image of a person with a diagonal dark/ light split background. From this starting place, the group's imagination ran to vastly different places. The scene was variously interpreted as a blind man being described a painting, a first-hand account of a chase through a snow covered landscape and of a couple's voyage to a new life.

It is always fascinating to listen to the stories being told by their writers and this session was no exception. 

The writing challenge for next month is to write in a form outside your normal writing comfort zone whether that means prose, parables, comedy or romance etc.

This hard working, fun group is open to new members. 

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