Malvern Writers’ Circle meets in the common room of a retirement home in central Malvern. As covid-19 (corona virus) is of particular danger to older people we have decided, with great sadness, to postpone future monthly meetings until we can be sure we might not be bringing infection into a place housing those who may be vulnerable.
We will also be cancelling our Spring Lunch at Colwall Village Hall in April.
We apologise to all our members and friends who would usually be attending these sessions.
Peter will also be at Chipping Campden Literature Festival on 10 May, reading from Poems of Armenian War and Peace, a collection written jointly with Liana Hayrapetyan, which will be published in April by the Tekeyan Trust.
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.
“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.
Cover art for 2008 Diamond Anthology, celebrating sixty years of Malvern Writers' Circle. Computer art by Myfanwy Fox based on Rose Garrard's "Malvhina" spring on Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern http://www.rosegarrard.com/malvhina.html