Hal’s Ladder won the Mystery Women Crime Story competition in March 2011. The first sentence was provided: ‘Poor Hal. I knew him well – like a brother …’ The story had to be under 1000 words and crime. This was the first real monetary prize I won for a short story and it set me on the road I’m still walking. Find it here.
The poem, written by Sue Dawes, was designed to go with the picture of ‘Pearl’ , a graphite on paper portrait, of a young girl with plenty of attitude. The artist is Robert Priseman. Sue is working on a series of poems about ‘unspoken things’. The postcard is available to collect at Firstsite and Wivenhoe Railway station.
Off the Rails Wivenhoe have produced a Spring postcard on the theme of ‘Woodland’, which is available to collect from the station and Firstsite (amongst other places). The poem is by local writer Helen Ivory and the image is by local artist Olivia Browne (who is also displaying her work at the station gallery). The card is produced by Sue Dawes.
The latest from Words-Down-The-Line, a poetry postcard for Christmas. The poem is by Candyce Lange and the card, beautifully illustrated by Charmaine McKissock (local artist and dyslexia specialist).
Words Down the Line features local writing, is produced free of charge and given to commuters in Wivenhoe and beyond. The printing of Words Down the Line is currently funded by a small donation from Wivenhoe Soup and printed by The Press Gang in Brightlingsea.
The writing is edited and produced free of charge by Sue Dawes.
The Poetry Wivenhoe ‘Freedom Poems’ booklet, was released last night on World Poetry Day. Twelve of the winning poems were read by their authors. ‘Brushwork’ by Sue Dawes, on Page 13, takes the form of a villanelle. More information about the poetry group and where the book can be purchased here .
Poetry by Alex Toms, illustration by Charmaine Mckissock. More information here
The latest digital edition of WDTL, edited and produced by Sue Dawes can be found here. Hard copies can be collected from Wivenhoe station.
All back copies can be found here
Sue Dawes has been involved in ‘Off the Rails’, an adoption project at Wivenhoe Station, for the last six years, most recently as editor of the creative writing leaflet, ‘Words-down-the-Line. More information can be found here on the OTR blog and here.