New Challenges

We have creativity coming out of our ears this year with new challenges thought up by Ian Gouge, our Chair since the last AGM.
The flash fiction evening – writing inspired by the character profiles he got us to compile as a group – went very well, but even that may have been surpassed by this week’s task.
The thought of writing a new poem inspired by a well known one but in the style of a completely different poet caused a lot of head scratching, but most of us got there in the end.
Examples ranged from Humpty Dumpty rewritten in the style of John Betjeman to a Rabbie Burns version of William Wordsworth’s Daffodils. Much hilarity ensued and everyone agreed that it had been a worthwhile exercise.
Ian said that he got the idea from the popular Radio 4 programme I’m sorry I haven’t a clue. One of the tasks for its regular panel was to sing one song to the tune of another. Fortunately, Ian didn’t require that of us. Not yet, anyway.

Our friendly group meets once a fortnight at the St Wilfred's Community Centre on Trinity Lane and is always open to new members from the Ripon area and beyond. Whether your interest is in poetry or prose, novels, short stories, plays, wacky humour, a more analytical style of writing, or just listening for the time being, you're very welcome.

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