A LETTER of Complaint was the subject of the Angus Writers’ Circle club latest competition set by Liz Strachan, a long-time member of the Circle.
She began: “The art of letter writing is dead. In the past everyone wrote letters of every kind. There were love letters to and from soldiers, thank you letters for Christmas and birthday presents, etc.”
Mrs Strachan added that she had entered a competition in which people were invited to write a ‘Letter of Love.’
Never having written anything in her life she sent off her entry not expecting to hear any more about it. To her surprise she won. As a result, she joined the Angus Writers’ Circle.
In 2009 ‘It Began With A Letter’, a collection of short stories and reminiscences, including the prize-winning letter, was published. Liz has had numerous other stories and articles published in various magazines.
Mrs Strachan said she expected a professional approach to the letter writing for the competition entries but said that after reading the entries it was: “Let’s have fun with Liz.”
So she turned the tables on members by replying to everyone who complained, and these replies were as funny as the originals.
Complaints were made about the brazen behaviour of three male students, lack of sweets in a selection box and even complaints to God about the behaviour of humans and animals and asking Him for help.
Winners were: 1 Eleanor Fordyce; 2 Grace Murray, 3 Heather Gourlay.
The Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 7.30 to 10pm in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath.