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The Writers Bureau – Celebrating 21 years of students’ success!

January 15th, 2010

I’m not going to say anything further about the weather – I’m bored with the cold and disruption.  But a colleague was showing me his photos of the Caribbean cruise he went on over Christmas and the New Year.  It made me long for some warm sun on my skin and the feel of sand between my toes.

Talking of cruises, Heritage Magazine are currently offering a luxury Hebridian Islands cruise to the winner of their travel writing competition.  They want your story of an unforgettable historic holiday you’ve enjoyed in Britain – in just 500 words.  Visit the website for more details – I guarantee it will whet your appetite.

Cruise Ship

Still on the subject of competitions, don’t you find the Orange Prize for Fiction rather condescending?  Why should there be a competition for women only?  It’s almost as though they feel that we can’t compete on a level playing field.  And you can imagine the uproar if they had a ‘men only’ prize!  (Incidentally, if I’m showing my ignorance here and there is such a literary prize, please let me know.)  If you’ve got talent it shouldn’t matter what gender you are – to the victor go the spoils.

Grouch over – and on to more cheerful things.  This year it’s the Writers Bureau’s 21st birthday.  We like to think we’re a friendly bunch and quite a few staff have been with us since we started back in 1989.  So tomorrow we’re celebrating.  A chilled glass of champagne and a few candles won’t come amiss in these gloomy times.  So…Cheers!

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