Archive for June, 2011

New deadline for Pocket Litter

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The deadline for Pocket Litter 4 is 1st Jul 2011. Submissions are sought from all who have participated in the workshop in 2011. Please participate.

Change to 2012 schedule

Friday, June 17th, 2011

At the last meeting of the workshop, on 4th June 2011, we considered the news of a 4 day weekend in 2012 and decided to move our proposed workshop back by a week.

Assume that the schedule as it now stands has been adopted.

Our slogan

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I have changed our slogan to an expression that, I am told, I often use.

I’m not at all sure about having one at all – a slogan, a jingle, a catchphrase. ¬†We got a slogan because the blog software proposed one.

I went for the old slogan “A vital resource for poetry” because it is, it seemed to me, the sort of thing that some around me then like to say. It seemed to reflect their delusion that they are substantially changing the world, advancing the species, or whatever it is they think they are doing. It had the advantage of not claiming everything for itself whilst making a pretty big claim; but it left room for other people’s approaches including mine.

One puts up with all sorts of nonsense, from time to time, in order to keep the workshop operative; and if a moderately meaningless slogan helped to achieve that, then I was prepared to do it.

Now that the mediocrity constituency has gone off to form its own series, I question whether the old slogan is appropriate. I’d rather people judged for themselves if what Writers Forum does is vital.

Furthermore, the departed ones have tried to destroy Writers Forum in order that their attempted copy be the only one. So it is more important now, I think, to assert our agenda. In the face of the nasty comedy of their “second series”, I see no point in playing a tune because noisy people like it.

It isn’t that I am against ambition; it is the kind of ambition that concerns me. Indeed, those who have taken it upon themselves to attack what Bob Cobbing built up in order to satisfy their own egos, look anything but ambitious, to me, as they posture.

Lawrence Upton


Ordering publications

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

It has been pointed out to me that the bookselling side of this blog is a bit of a mess.

It’s a fair cop.

We are now many months over due on our electronic bookshop. I don’t think I can go on blaming the nonsense of others much longer.

There are some ambiguities and contradictions which need to be edited out and will be. But also if you have found the price and postage, then it should advise you to send an order by post with a cheque payable to Writers Forum at Writers Forum, 32 Downside Rd, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5HP. That’s for despatch within UK.

For orders outside UK, email Likewise if you don’t have a sterling bank account

This amateurish situation will — really — be improved soonest

Lawrence Upton

Next workshop

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The next WF workshop will be at The Betsey Trotwood on Saturday 4th June 2011 – 3:30 for 4. The workshop runs from 4 – 6.

Please aim for 3:30, not 4, unless you really know what you are doing.

As usual, Farringdon Station will be closed.

I shall be using the 63 bus which runs south from Kings X. Get off at Bowling Green and walk down hill. I think that you can pick it up going north at Southwark Station but the tfl journey planner is having a fit and giving silly answers. NB All the buses going north on Farringdon Rd turn off before getting to the pub except for the 63.

The 63 comes very frequently. Usually.

See you there