The Test – by Kevin Murphy

 

A roar of ‘Ah, ha, ah!’ draws a gaggle of girls to stop and peer in the door and window of Jim Pooler’s cobbler’s hut, open to let in a summer breeze. ‘What you laughing at, Snob?’
He holds up his thumb, then sucks it.
‘Good … or bad, eh? Which is it?’
‘I’ve hit it wit’ ’ammer,’ he wheezes, then laughs.
‘Daft ’apporth, thought you were a professional,’ says one. ‘Don’t go dripping blood on those lovely brogues.’
Jim holds up his other hand, gloved by a very smart tan and white shoe. He inspects it and shakes his head.
‘Didn’t know if you were laughing or crying,’ says another girl.
Jim thinks for a second before saying, ‘bit of both I suppose.’ He smiles a sad smile then cheers, ‘I’ll be reet!’ Continue reading

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Return to the Lost Planet – by Andrew Bell

Return to the lost planet

First time out, we arrived on a shaft of light;
falling into your troubled world, weeping tears of gold.

Cast into the Underworld, we saw how Lucifer
and his legions had infested the Earth.

Saved from a plague of serpents, we witnessed
the heavenly hosts do battle with the forces of darkness. Continue reading

This week’s Trigger

There was some lovely work produced by our members inspired by the last trigger/prompt ‘Test’.  If you’re stuck for a theme this week why not try using this week’s suggestion:

‘Train’

Use it any way you like, any meaning you can think of, and any style! Be creative and think outside the box.  If you’re stuck, try some freewriting around the subject and see where it takes you – ten minutes writing anything that comes into your head – no punctuation, no worrying about spelling or grammer, just write and have fun, then you can use the ideas to create something great!

The Knife Killers by David Graham

Rapacious assaults on the innocents

Throughout human history the vast majority of the peoples who have and do inhabit the continents and island of this planet; regardless of their cultures, races or creeds, have and still do simply want to live out their lives in a peace that allows for them to grow and prosper. Throughout that same history those same peaceful peoples have and still do come up against that rapacious minority of peoples who have sought and still seek to deny the innocents the peace they have needed and still need in which to survive. Continue reading

This week’s prompt

At our last meeting we, as usual, set a prompt/trigger for those of us who need a little inspiration to start writing. This week it is:

TEST

Of course you can use it in any of it’s forms… tested, tester, testing, in any context, and in any discipline you like: prose/poetry/flash fiction/biography… you name it!

So start writing ‘write now’ and do share your work with us, we’d love to read it.

Prompt of the week

As you should know by now, at the end of each meeting of the Retford Writers we decide on a prompt just in case any of us need a nudge to write for the next session.  This weeks prompt is

ROSE

It can be used any old way you like…i.e. ‘a rose by any other name…’; ‘he rose from his coffin…’; ‘there was a snail in the rose on the watering can…’ – in prose, poetry, biog, in fact wherever your imagination and creative juices take you!

Of course, you don’t have to be a Retford Writer to give it a whirl. We’d love to see your efforts too.

Launched!

The much anticipated launch of our anthology ‘All the Write Pieces’ took place on Thursday (9th May) evening, and what a successful occasion it was! Our members were able to read excerpts of their work to an attentive and appreciative audience which packed the room. We had lots of positive feedback and managed to sell copies of the new edition too. So many thanks to all those who came along and supported us, and a big pat on the back to all our talented writers.

In honour of the occasion we thought the prompt for the next session should be:

‘Success’

As usual, feel free to use this, or any of it’s forms in any way you choose. If you can’t come along to the meeting, why not try writing a piece anyway and share it with us via this site? We’d love to read it.