Lynne Mortimer

Norwich Writers’ Circle’s 2014 begun on 21st January at The Assembly House with a visit from local newspaper columnist and humorist Lynne Mortimer.

During another well-attended meeting Lynne, who was Suffolk born, told us how she became a writer, after previously working as a car importer and at a Building Society. Aged 35, our guest speaker then decided to train to a journalist, which in turn lead onto a 25+ year stint as a columnist and cartoonist for both the Eastern Anglian Daily Times and the Eastern Daily Press.

As part of a fun and humour-filled evening, Lynne, also entertained us by discussing her years as a keen amateur dramatics performer. We were then informed that she had written several pantomimes over the course of 30 years with her husband James. Many of these pantomimes had been performed nationally, and some of them, even abroad.

The columnist then went onto set the requirements for our latest competition – to write the final scene of a pantomime. Lynne recommended to take any of the main pantomime stories – not Peter Pan or The Wizard Of Oz – and write a final scene with a big plot twist. Our entries can use dialogue and stage directions, writing in prose, rhyme or a mixture of both.

The visiting writer’s recommendations, and an excerpts from a selection of pantomime scripts, can be downloaded from here.

To see a selection of images from this meeting please visit our Facebook page.

In addition to Lynne, we were also joined by a feature writer from EDP Norfolk Magazine, Rachel Buller. Rachel was at our first meeting of 2014 to interview NWC members and take photos for a forthcoming magazine article on our popular writing group. For more information on Rachel’s visit please read our next Blog posting.

Our current programme continues on 4th February when we will welcoming back award-winning poet and academic Anne Sanderson. Anne shall be adjudicating our in-house poetry competition.

We hope to see you soon.