We weren’t invited

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A gold rimmed invitation asked Mr and Mrs Johnson to visit the Queen on Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia. Replies to Kuala Lumpur please. It was quite clear my brother and I were not invited.

Mother wore a long dress and white gloves. Father bought a suit and tie.

They left us standing on Kuching’s waterfront, waving our homemade Union Jacks amid a sea of blue uniformed schoolgirls.

But we went for lemonade and ice cream afterwards, with other undesirable missionary children, and agreed, on balance, that we had had the better time of it.

Cathy Johnson 

Cumrew House Awayday

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Mungrisdale Writers’ AwayDay at Cumrew House
Thursday 25th May 2017 10.30am – 3pm

Chair Cathy Johnson is co-ordinating our AwayDay this year, by kind invitation of Mungrisdale Writer Kit Hollings. In the glorious Eden Valley, Kit’s home is the wonderful old Manor, Cumrew House, a perfect setting, coupled with Kit’s lovely hospitality, to encourage the creativity of all who are able to share in the opportunity. Flyer here (pdf), with details and travel directions.

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The Camera Lies

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I saw a man, and so did the other driver, but the court went with the camera footage.

It showed me run the red light, and the other car swerving off the road. No sign of the figure in a fluorescent jacket waving me through them roadworks. Just darkness.

I hear they’ve still not fixed that there tarmac, and a car’s fetched up in the lake. Another lad’s in court, but this time it’s manslaughter. The same insurance company and their same useless dashboard camera, mind. And of course there’s no film of a workman in a fluorescent jacket.

Cathy Johnson

Homework for 23 March

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homework for 23 march | an invisible woman? (100 words)

Wow! The pens of eighteen inspired writers all but set fire to their papers in Mungrisdale this morning. Some of their work will be posted here over the next couple of weeks.

A huge welcome for those who have taken the big – and important – step of joining us for the first time. You thought you were looking for something from Mungrisdale Writers. Everyone else gained a huge amount from you! Welcome aboard.

Thanks, as ever, to those who kindly sent apologies. You were missed.

Heartfelt thanks, of course, for the inspirational Angela Locke, whose timely meditations call forth works from us that are nothing short of miracles at times. We’ve had such fun today (who could forget Trevor’s ‘Lily’?) – and been deeply moved, too.

And thanks to our chair Cathy Johnson who set us an interesting piece of homework for presentation at our next meeting on the 23rd March. Cathy proposed

In 100 words write a short scene in which a woman becomes invisible, briefly, for no explained reason … no one can see or hear her … she is not a ghost (prose or poetry)

Durhamhill Courses

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Cathy Johnson recommends the Durhamhill courses – 2017 details hereunder

We are running another 3-day residential writing course at Durhamhill in South West Scotland, on 7-9 March 2017, and have few places left (also places left on the 14-16 November course).

I would be very grateful if you would pass on the information to your writing group members.

The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone (margaretelphinstone.co.uk) and Mary Smith (marysmith.co.uk), widely published writers and very experienced and enthusiastic teachers. They both attend for the whole three days and participant numbers are limited to allow plenty of individual attention. The courses are great fun as well as being very informative.

We would be happy to arrange transport to and from Dumfries railway station, and people are welcome to arrive on the evening preceding the course (Monday 6th March or Monday 13th November). We offer discounts for two or more bookings together.

Some testimonials from participants

‘a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance’ Kate M

‘neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing’ Frances H

‘superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings’ Una C

The course fee is £350 (includes food and 4 star accommodation). We offer discounts for multiple bookings and non-participating partners are welcome (coast, hill and woodland walks and plenty golf courses).

Further information is available on durhamhillcourses.co.uk