Eddie Small, who teaches creative and performance writing at Dundee University, was the recent speaker at Angus Writers’ Circle.
Mr Small, who has just published a book called ‘Forgotten Visionary of Dundee’, a biography of the life of Mary Lily Walker, adjudicated the monologue competition.
He began by saying it had been a very difficult task to pick a winner because the standard of writing was very high. There were 14 entries from members and he gave an individual critique on each one. His comments were very detailed but fair, and each member was left feeling they had done well.
Mr Small pointed out that some of the monologues had slipped into being short stories. But he suggested ways in which this might be avoided.
One monologue had been submitted as a poem and Eddie said that it would work well as a performance piece.
“Picking the final winners was no easy task because of the choice of subjects and the quality of writing. A very hard task, but one had to win,” Eddie told members.
The winners were: 1 ‘Time For Tomatoes’ by Sandra Ireland who won the Fireball, the competition trophy competed for by members; 2 ‘Only The Lonely’ by Eleanor Fordyce; 3 ‘Botticelli’s Angels’ by Jan Strickland.
As members read their monologues, Mr Small offered more useful comments. This was also very helpful for members. David Wren, president, thanked him for the interesting way his help and experience had benefited everyone, and finished by inviting him to set a writing exercise for the members. He promised to return on September 18 to judge the results. The Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30p.m. -10 p.m. in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath. Details are available from Sandra Ireland on 01241 410346.