After publishing his first collection of poetry, short stories and plays, DSW member Johnny has launched it to the public at his new website, www.jfsheehan.com, where you can see some of his published work, find out more about his work in progress, and of course, buy his book!
Congratulations to DSW members Richard, Johnny and Chrissie whose scripts will all feature at Belper Short Play Theatre this October!
Johnny supported a writing friend, now sadly deceased, to deliver the successful script ‘Someone’s at the Door’, along with Chrissie’s short play ‘Scarface’, and Richard’s *two* plays- ‘From Scratch’ and ‘Feeling Chipper’!
You’ll be able to see the hard work of DSW members in action at The Lion Hotel Belper on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October. Best of luck to everyone involved, including DSW member John who is working with Director Terry Stevenson and others to bring this festival of short plays to local audiences.
Derbyshire Scriptwriters is regularly reviewing where and how it holds its monthly meetings due to the current Covid-19 pandemic – but we’re still here, still writing, and still supporting each other by exchanging information and opportunities and critiquing scripts.
We hope to be back inside our regular meeting place inside Derby Museum soon, and will keep you updated with any changes as soon as possible.
It was a breath of fresh air in every way for members of Derbyshire Scriptwriters to finally meet for their Annual General meeting last weekend – our AGM met in the outside seating of Quad Cafe
to catch up on what had been achieved in the last year, and discuss what we planned to do in the next.
Despite the wind trying to snatch our agenda sheets for a better look, we just about managed to keep hold of our papers and bags, and got through an inspiring AGM filled with positive reports of publication, awards, and progress by our members in what\’s been a difficult time for creating new work.
The board for the new year was elected, with Chrissie and Andrew agreeing to work as joint Chairpersons, and Richard and Diana returning to their excellent work as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. A special thank you also goes to DSW member Maria, who treated the group with carrot cake to take home with us – delicious!
We\’ve all been living through extraordinary times since the start of 2020, and our AGM was just one of so many plans that had to wait for better days. And although we had to keep one eye on the weather and both hands on our notes, it was good to be together as a group, hopefully the start of good things to come.
Twenty six participants from Warwickshire joined Chrissie for an interactive talk about life story writing recently. They enjoyed time \’together\’, and were inspired to start capturing their own \’anecdotes\’ from memory after hearing extracts from some of the extra-ordinary things some of Chrissie\’s students had been writing about during lockdown and before. Chrissie will be looking forward to judging their future writing competition.
Chrissie has been working with a children from a local primary school delivering workshops to encourage pupils to remember then capture in words their 2020 experiences. The resulting Soundscape was to form part of an Arts of Remembrance exhibition however it will now be added to a film instead.
Our final meeting of 2020 was over the internet again, with a great deal of discussion about the merits of outdoor performances alongside DSW member Johns ghostly tale in the park.
And as a new, and hopefully brighter new year is around the corner, a number of DSW members have been awarded Bursaries and will be attending Quad courses in January 2021.
Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!
DSW continue to share writing opportunities and support each other during these difficult times. Our November meeting happened via Zoom and members who were awarded a bursary towards the cost of Quad will be receiving cheques shortly. The bursary was used to attend Alex Davies\’ excellent Ghost Writing session – and the group is looking forward to being able to work with local actors on a ghostly project in the future. Two members enjoyed being part of a lively online reading group hosted by another DSW member. Next month we will be meeting on line, and look forward to having a ghostly script to critique.