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Our Blossoming event last night went very well, and was quite apt with the audience numbers up (Emma had to put out additional seating).

june 2016 6x6The evening kicked off with Tim Diggles’s “Retrouvaille”, a  hilarious tale about Doris, a Stoke cafe  on a road trip to Bognor. This story came from Tim’s book Tea and Blood, a collection of short stories. Sadly Tim was unable to make it due to health issues but our gallant compere, Misha Herwin, stepped in and performed it to many an (intentional) titter and guffaw. More information about Tim’s fiction can be found on his Blog site at  Tim belongs to several writing groups, including  Renegade Writers  and is the instigator of Renegade Readers who meet every month at Newcastle-Under-Lyme library.

The second reading came from Mary Bennett. “Apricot lips” was a delightful retrospective on the machinations of school girls and their love letters that was also darkly humorous. Mary is a founder member of Golden Hill writers group.

The third piece was ‘A Taste of Culture’ written and read by Jan Edwards. This story, about Dracula at a summer fayre was originally published in 1997 and reprinted as one of the stories in Jan’s latest book Fables and Fabrications, which was launched last night. (Free cake with every purchase!)  Jan is a founder member of  Renegade Writers. More about Jan’s fiction can be found on her blog at

After a short coffee (and book buying) break we continued with the opening pages a novel by June Palmer titled “Finding Frank.” A gripping piece about secrets and a Birmingham family. June helps to run “City Voices Writers Group” in Stoke. June is also a poet with numerous poems in print, some of which were available in copies of her book “The Last Pictish Man” published by City Voices, which was on sale last night.

Debbi Voisey’s story “Butter” came next, a heart warming story of love and a man’s affection for his daughter. Debbi is a member of City Voices. She had several successes with her short fiction, most recently winning the adult section of the Sentinel and Staffs Uni Too Write competition. More about Debbi’s writing can be found at

Our final reader was Sarah Akhtar with her insightful story “Sakura Time” of two homesick Japanese students seeking solace in the cherry blossoms of Stoke. Sarah attended a creative writing course at Keele and belongs to Keele writing group.

Thanks to the City Central Library for hosting 6X6 and to the people who came out to listen to our readings.




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