For the third time running, Waterloo Festival, in collaboration with Bridge House Publishing, organised a writing competition over the winter along the theme of Transforming Communities. Writers were invited to interpret freely the theme in a 1000-word story. We announced the winners a few weeks ago.
As part of the celebrations, we'll be launching the digital anthology later in June. You can meet the editors and the winners in an online event on Friday, 12th June at 6:30pm. More details to come. Until then, meet some of the winners here! We invited them to send us a video or text introducing themselves and their work, as well as a book suggestion.
Next we received from winner Maxine Churchman.
"My name is Maxine Churchman and I live in Essex with my husband of 35 years. We have two grown up sons and two grand-children. I work full time, with my husband, in our own company supplying promotional items and corporate clothing to local companies."
"Although I was an avid reader from the age of 7, I have only recently discovered the joy of writing. Some of my short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies by Black Hare Press and Stormy Island Publishing, others have appeared on the CafeLit website."
"My favourite book at the moment, is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It is her second novel and the first book I read that made me want to write."
My story—Pulling Together—was inspired by the terrible floods, endured by so many, earlier this year.
Ray’s shoulders slumped. “I don’t think I can do this again, Bet. Three times in five years, it’s too much to bear.”
Betty looked at the silver flecks in her husband’s dark hair; had there been so much grey a few days ago? The strain was getting to her too, but they needed to stay strong. She patted his arm. “We said that last time love, but we got through.”
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