Jocelyn Bailey was Chair of Malvern Writers’ Circle For two years 2011
to 2013. She was a member of Mensa with a great love of words and
languages and was a fiendish Scrabble player. She was a unique character
with an extraordinary range of friends in several countries. Her quiet
affection for these friends and family also encompassed her precious
She braved the difficulties of the steep steps to her house when
suffering from Parkinson’s disease because of her love for the stunning
view from her home and for those of us privileged to be entertained for
a meal at 103 West Malvern Road it was like sitting in the landscape.
Her sense of humour was present to the end.
The overspilling church at Jocelyn’s memorial service illustrated the
affection and admiration so many of us felt for this much loved person
and, although our memories will be treasured, she will be so sadly missed.
Last year’s Swindon Poetry Festival included “Man for a Day” and MWC’s Myfanwy Fox was one of the participants. Here’s a short film made of the day.
Debut novel from Richard Wall.
“Hobo John” is an English blues enthusiast on a pilgrimage to present-day Mississippi. One night in Clarksdale he meets the mysterious Fat Man, who offers him the chance to see the real blues of the 1930s. Unable to refuse this offer, Hobo John embarks on a journey through the afterlife in the company of Travellin’ Man, an old blues guitarist who shows him the sights, sounds and everyday life in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, the Englishman discovers the harsh realities behind his romantic notion of the music he loves and the true price of the deal that he has made.
Delighted to hear Malcolm Gladwell on Desert Island Discs recently asking for “a selection of books” by the late Geoffrey Trease so Gladwell could recapture memories of his childhood. Trease was involved with Malvern Writers’ Circle for many years. “Everyone respected him and he was a fine example of a hardworking writer, a fact which spurred me on during my own early days…” as another long-standing member, Lilian Harry, wrote in our Diamond Anthology, 1948-2008.
MWC member Peter Sutton’s translation of William Langland’s 14th–century poem Piers Plowman into modern English alliterative verse has just been published by McFarland of North Carolina and is available from bookshops and online booksellers. It is a disturbing and humorous commentary on corruption and greed that inspired a clutch of other poems, was quoted by Shakespeare and remains astonishingly fresh and apposite today.
For MWC MEMBERS ONLY copies will be available at a discount, and members will be invited to a Book Launch at Malvern Theatres in early March.
Malvern Writers’ Circle are delighted to announce that GILLIAN CLARKE, the National Poet of Wales, will be our Autumn Dinner guest speaker on Wednesday, 26th November at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Great Malvern.
Gillian Clarke is a Welsh poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator from Welsh, becoming the third National poet of Wales in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and became the second Welsh person to receive the honour. In 2011 she was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. In 2012 she received the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry award. Her book Ice was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2012.
Wednesday 26 November, 6.30 pm, Harcourt Room, Mount Pleasant Hotel, Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern. WR14 4PZ. £20 ticket includes dinner.
Gillian Clarke will speak at 7.00 pm, before dinner.
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MWC annual bring and share garden party in a gorgeous garden and with perfect weather. Readings from war poetry and members’ own work.