3 May 2017 – Our current convenor, Penny Mercer reminded the GSV Writers Circle after its recent meeting that it has reached its 14th birthday!
In 2003 Penny sent out the following message to members of the GSV:
A friend of mine is a member of a writers’ group for fiction writers. They meet regularly to exchange advice and constructively assess each others work. I think this is an interesting idea. It would be great to have someone other than my husband to read my stories and point out where I’ve not explained the ticket-of-leave system or that Belfast is now known as Port Fairy. It would be nice to exchange ideas with other writers. I’m not sure exactly what format I’d prefer but wondered whether anyone else would be interested in the idea in general.
Penny writes: ‘Our first meeting was in the GSV’s first Queen Street location on the first Wednesday in May 2003. By December of that year we had seven on our email list. Those without email were given printed versions of work submitted.’
Happy birthday to us!