How we got the news through Wokingham by Alan Brown

Alan Brown of  the Wokingham Library Poetry Group has  written a poem about his recent attempt to drive through the town.

How we got the news through Wokingham
(with apologies to Robert Browning)

He jumped in the Volvo with Maurice and me.
I buckled my seat-belt, we buckled all three,
then fired up the engine, demisted the screen,
and wiped the dashboard, where my coffee had been.
With road works denying its chance to deduce,
we knew that the Satnav would be of no use.

Arborfield, Coppid Beech and Twyford Road, too,
are building sites now, with new housing in view,
while old Denmark Street, which had long been one-way,
was just “No-Way, Jose”, for many a day.
The rat-run was tailed back on Evendons Lane,
with Blagrove Lane closed, just to add to the pain.

So which way to go to avoid the great jam
choking the traffic around Wokingham?
With the damned threeway lights on Finchampstead Road
confounding our progress, our journey was slowed.
For the first half an hour we moved at a crawl.
The next fifteen minutes we moved not at all.

As we sat in the queue we found with dismay
it gets even worse on Veolia day.
At last we agreed, with sad resignation,
we could yet be hours from our destination
and as we’d set out without toothbrush or comb,
we turned round our motor and headed back home.

Tired and defeated, we pulled into my drive
and mugs of tea later, began to revive.
The news that we carried must now arrive late.
Those eager to hear it would ponder our fate.
So as that harsh journey our spirits had vexed,
we played Grand Theft Auto and sent them a text.

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Twyford Library Writing Group on Monday September 18, 2017

DSCN1983A Writing Group at Twyford Library meets on the third Monday of the month from 5.45pm until 6.45pm (the library closes at 7pm).

The group is new and fairly small. Bring along copies of something you are currently working on for constructive feedback and be prepared to offer helpful comments to other writers.

Inspiration and guidance in all areas of writing is available if required. There is no fee for the sessions.

If you are interested in coming along please contact Twyford Library on (0118) 9340800

Twyford Library Writing Group

DSCN1983A Writing Group at Twyford Library meets on the third Monday of the month from 5.45pm until 6.45pm (the library closes at 7pm).

The group is new and fairly small. Bring along copies of something you are currently working on for constructive feedback and be prepared to offer helpful comments to other writers.

Inspiration and guidance in all areas of writing is available if required. There is no fee for the sessions.

If you are interested in coming along please contact Twyford Library on (0118) 9340800

Author visit with Sarah Barfield at Wokingham Library

zed and dez s barfield.pngAuthor visit with Sarah Barfield at Wokingham Library

Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity.

Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

For families with children aged 5 to 9 years old.

To book, please contact Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

Summer Workshops for Teen Writing

Igniting Writing is a creative writing club for 11-18 year-olds to develop their storytelling and writing skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Writing can be seen as a solitary activity, so it’s a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers.

We will be running the following summer writing workshops:

Keeping it Real

Ever wondered how to make your story writing feel realistic without being boring? Sign up for this creative writing workshop, all about telling realistic ‘slice of life’ stories. Find out how your writing can make the everyday exciting and the ordinary world extraordinary!

Saturday July 29, 10.30am to 3pm

Jokes Uncloaked

What goes into writing stories to make others laugh? And how do you turn a collection of jokes into a full story? Find out at this creative writing workshop, which focuses on how to write stories with a sparkling sense of humour, guaranteed to get your audience rolling in the aisles!

Saturday August 5, 10:30am to 3pm

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills.

£4 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Interested in finding out more? Have a look at Igniting Writing’s social media at the following links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IgnitingWriting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/829509490414536/

Blog: http://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/