Monday, 24 June 2013

Winners' Published in Writers' Forum

The winners of our first year's competition for Words for the Wounded have been published in this month's Writers' Forum magazine. Issue #141. A massive thank you to editor Carl Styants who has been a wonderful support to our charity. Congratulations to Liz Crosby for Gas Warfare for Beginners (First Prize), Jean Fox-Brasher for I Want to Grow Old Like a Tulip (Second Prize) and Janet Scrivens for Twilight (Third prize). You can read their winning entries over on the website at

We've also had a hugely successful weekend at Winchester Writers' Conference. Patron Barbara Large has been just amazing and our competition received a huge boost thanks to her support. We were also joined by Patrons Lord and Lady Fellowes of West Stafford, otherwise known as Julian and Emma Fellowes, and Lt Ian Thornton.

Julian was Plenary Speaker for the conference and gave an inspiring and motivational talk about his career which illustrated the hard work and determination that he possessed to get him to where he is today - and  a little bit of luck he admitted - although I think all that hard work placed him in just the right position for luck to pounce.

Emma spoke of her work as script editor on Downton Abbey. It was interesting to note that on receipt of Julian's pages (usually around 50) she locks herself away from phones and all other interruptions and has a slow read of about two minutes per page. If she is interrupted by fire alarms or such she will start again from the beginning. It was a true insight into how hard this dedicated couple work. Nothing comes easy! And it's true teamwork.

Lt Ian Thornton then took to the podium to tell us the journey that led to him to writing Helmand: Diaries of Frontline Soldiers. A totally different tone to Julian's speech but inspirational nonetheless. Ian's brother John was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 at the age of 22. When his belongings were returned to his parents they came across his diary. That diary, along with Ian's, form the bulk of the book along with diaries from other frontline soldiers.
From left: Margaret Graham, Lt Ian Thornton, Matt Pain, Penny Deacon, Tracy Baines

1 comment:

  1. We had a great day. It was so good to meet new supporters, and chat to those we already knew. Thank you so much for all your support. Every penny we raise goes to help the rehabilitation of these men and women. Hope you like the T shirts. There was a fair bit of creative one-upmanship as supporters thought of new and ever more hysterical/naughty shout lines. (well what else at a writers' conference). The W4W writing prize is flash fiction/non-fiction and poetry prize and so lends itself, doesn't it. Thank our brilliant Tracy BAines, for dreaming that one up! Thank you Barbara Large (W4W patron) and Sara Gangai and our lovely patrons, Emma and Julian and Ian for all their support. Ian works hard for his parents charity too, John Thornton Young Achievers' Foundation set up in his brother's name. As Tracy has said, John was killed aged 22 in Afghanistan and the family work tirelessly to support youngsters. Great stuff.


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