Sunderland writers group to hold Christmas poetry day

Foyle Street Writers Group, left to right; Kath Conlan, Valerie Wilkinson, Judith Godfrey, Sylvia Forrest and Jean Rochester.

Foyle Street Writers Group, left to right; Kath Conlan, Valerie Wilkinson, Judith Godfrey, Sylvia Forrest and Jean Rochester.

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SUNDERLAND scribes have Christmas all wrapped up.

Foyle Street Writers group will host a Poetry Day featuring festive readings at Sunderland Library next Wednesday – and an open invitation has been issued to all.

“We want to help people get into the Christmas spirit with some poetry and stories with a festive theme,” said founder member Kath Conlan, of Grangetown.

“The more people the merrier – start your Christmas off with us. We are planning to have a good time and a good laugh. You should go away with a smile on your face.”

Foyle Street Writers was founded by Kath, Jean Rochester and Mary Pattie in 1984, to celebrate writing of all types, after the pals met while attending further education classes.

Best-selling Houghton writer Sheila Quigley took her first literary steps at the group and, despite the sad loss of some older members, it still remains “vibrant and popular.”

“We started out in a small room with a fire in Foyle Street, hence the name of our group. But, gradually, our meetings started getting bigger and bigger,” said Kath.

“We had a great sense of camaraderie back then, which carries on until this day. We enjoy our books, poems and readings, and we want others to enjoy them too.”

Members are hoping next Wednesday’s Poetry Day, from 1.30pm to 4pm in the library’s main meeting room, will attract guests of all ages and writing interests.