Early school days at Writers’ Circle

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MEMBERS of the Angus Writers’ Circle revealed memories of their early school days for their recent competition.

The subject of their March competition was ‘A Teacher Remembered.’

School, they say, is where you will have some of the best days of your life, but the word pictures that were drawn suggested did not suggest that this was the case for everyone.

Members’ experiences ranged from teachers who tried their hardest with a wide range of abilities among pupils, to teachers who were remembered for their physical impediments, and others for the way they used the belt and then denied the fact.

Instead of a regular adjudicator members were invited to volunteer to mark the entries.

From the people who put their names forward one was chosen by majority vote.

Sandra Ireland was the member chosen and she gave each entry a ‘personal crit’ and an explanation of the reasons why she had picked the winners.

At the end of the evening the winner of the Firebird, the club’s competition trophy was Joan Christie.

Joan Christie won the competition with ‘A Teacher Remembered’ with Heather Gourlay in second place with ‘The Nut Tree.’ Dr Eric Yeaman came third with ‘Shough.’

The president of the Angus Writers’ Circle, Heather Gourlay, gave a vote of thanks and brought the meeting to an early close because of the threat of both snow and ice.

The Angus Writers’ Circle is a self-help group for both published and aspiring authors in Tayside. They meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month throughout the year in the Rosely Country House Hotel, Arbroath.

New members are always welcome to attend meetings.