Tag: Norwich Writers’ Circle

Joe’s obituary published in The Guardian newspaper 23rd May 2020

Delighted to announce that Joe Stirling’s  obituary, as submitted by local writer Tom Carver, has today, 23rd May, 2020, been published in a UK national newspaper, The Guardian.  Probably the first national to carry a photograph of my book cover; its been a long time coming!  So pleased that Joe’s remarkable story has now reached an even greater audience.  Joe would be thrilled to see his obituary, alongside other luminaries, inside a national newspaper…..


Incredible list of speaking engagements for Escaping Hitler 2016 & 2017


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Mindful that in early November Joe and I will be undertaking our final speaking engagement of 2017, to the good ladies of the Hopton-on-Sea Women’s Institute, I thought I would take a look through our visits since Escaping Hitler was published in January 2016.  I was amazed at the number of groups I/we have spoken to, resulting in nearly 300 signed books sold following the talks.  If you then add in sales directly from book exhibitions and individual readers approaching me online or via the telephone, total direct sales amount to 891 and counting!  Unbelievable.  I thought you might be interested in seeing the list of talks, the vast majority of which were in Norwich and surrounding area. (Photo taken at Norfolk Record Office on 8th February 2017) Thanks to all those who have invited us.  We  already have 11 dates in the diary for 2018!

ESCAPING HITLER 64 Speaking Engagements in Norfolk and beyond during 2016 and 2017


Norwich Ladies Luncheon Club
Old Catton Women’s Institute
Official Launch at Jarrolds Department Store, Norwich
Norwich Synagogue
Belton Women’s Institute
Norwich North Liberal Democrats
Norwich Chamber Music Club
Wymondham Heritage Society
The Norfolk Club
Norwich Community History Group
Out and about Club
Mercedes Benz Owners Club evening
Walsingham Historical Society
East Anglia Women Networking Group
Brooke Women’s Institute
Lions International Regional Conference, Colchester
Sunday Assembly, Norwich
Association of Jewish Refugees
Mid Norfolk Family History Society
Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund
Attleborough Public Library
Koblenz Federal Archive, Rhineland
The village of Nickenich, Rhineland
Great Hospital Group
Townswomen Guild Central Norwich Group
Mulbarton Words Week
Townwomen’s Guild Eaton Group
East Anglia Festival of Culture, Lowestoft
Wymondham British Legion
Recycled Teenagers Group
Norwich Business Women’s Network
Norwich Inter-faith Group
Liberal Democrat Regional Conference
Time Travellers Meeting, Heritage Centre, Forum
Sprowston History Group
Norwich Lunchtime Women’s Institute
Bure School, Aylsham
Norwich Ladies Luncheon Club
UEA Retirement Group
Paston College, North Walsham
Norwich Labour Party History Group
The Norwich School
Norfolk Record Office
Aylsham Library
Vale Probus Club Ladies’ Lunch
Koblenz Norwich Friendship Society AGM
Unison Trade Union Retired Members Norfolk Branch
Wymondham Sixth Form College
Salvation Army Ladies’ Fellowship
Mid Norfolk Family History Society
Civil Service Retirement Fellowship
Easton Women’s Institute
Maddermarket Theatre for Performance of Kindertransport
Beccles Probus Club
Lakenham Townswomen’s Guild
Catton Townswomen’s Guild
Mileham W.I. Near King’s Lynn
Holt Women’s Institute
Thetford Society
Get Together Group Norwich Theatre Royal
Brooklands Care Home, Taverham
The Probus Club of Wymondham and District

Broadland Housing Association, Dereham

Cringleford W.I.


An update on the author for all followers of Escaping Hitler – last evening I was proud to take on the role of  Chair of Norwich Writers’ Circle, the second oldest amateur writing club in the UK, starting in 1943 and continuing every since. Our previous Chair, Adrian Dearnley, stood down after three excellent years and it is now down to my committee and me to take the Circle forward with new exciting projects and plans.  At last night’s AGM I was also delighted to be awarded two trophies, won during this last season.  Firstly I was presented with the trophy for the inaugural Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.  Photo shows me with Gill Blanchard, the sponsor of the prize.  Gill is a professional genealogist and writer and you can find her website at http://www.pastsearch.co.uk.

Secondly I was thrilled to find I had come joint first in the overall competition for the most points gained for competition entries.  I share this honour with Maureen Nisbet, writer for children and accomplished illustrator.

So a good night all round!

And I’m expecting the draft for Escaping Hitler back from the editor any day now!  Then the hard work begins to fine tune the book ready for you lovely people to read during the dark winter of 2016!

Gill Blanchard (Left) of Past Search awards the trophy for Non-Fiction to Phyllida Scrivens July 2015
Gill Blanchard (Left) of Past Search awards the trophy for Non-Fiction to Phyllida Scrivens July 2015
Phyllida Scrivens (right) and Maureen Nesbit are joint winners of the Overall Cup for Competition entries 2015
Phyllida Scrivens (right) and Maureen Nesbit are joint winners of the Overall Cup for Competition entries 2015