Resolution: write up a family legend!

by | 20 January 2021 | Hobbies, Retford

Retford Writers Group have missed their meetings at Retford Library and Bassetlaw Museum since April, but they have been active sharing with each other on email and with the wide world on the web. They did enjoyed three socially distanced meetings of six in summer gardens.
Members have remained active, finding that writing engaged them when little else was available. This applies to their readers, too – they have made 4,262 views to their website ‘Retwords’ (Google it) since the start of the first lockdown.
There are 455 pieces on the site in every style – poetry, stories, fact and fiction, serious, fun and challenging – and they make for great reading. 70 items have been viewed more than 10 times; 18 more than 30 times; in total 19 items have been viewed over 100 times. Something for everybody.
Their most viewed item is the story about the origin of a nursery rhyme – ‘The truth behind ‘Knick-Knack Paddy Whack’?’ by Kevin Patrick Murphy. It has stayed in their top ten since it was posted and at current rate will be read by over 1,000 people by the new year.
Prizes, prizes! At the Annual LitFest –- sadly also virtualised – Kevin was commended by the judges for his short story ‘A Piece of Paper’ and Barrie Purnell came third in the poetry competition with ‘Journey’ – both now on the Retwords website. Members have books published too – John Holmes’ thriller ‘Legacy and Gun’, Kevan Pooler’s crime novel ‘Barred?’ set in North Notts, and Barrie’s ‘Ballads and Miscellaneous Musings’ are all available in paperback and for Kindle.
If you are a Retford Writer and wish to share with the group, contact