Book in for launch

Easington Writers Group member Mary Bell pictured with a copy of the new book and fellow members(left to right) Agnes Frain, terry Dobson and Mavis Farrell.
Easington Writers Group member Mary Bell pictured with a copy of the new book and fellow members(left to right) Agnes Frain, terry Dobson and Mavis Farrell.

A SUCCESSFUL writers’ group is inviting people to the launch of its second book this weekend.

Easington Writers is releasing its second book, called Footprints At The Water’s Edge, this Saturday.

The book follows the group’s first piece, called Shrugging Off The Wind, which was launched last year and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Awards For All programme.

This time, the group members have used proceeds from their first book, which sold around 1,000 copies, to fund the piece and are equally as proud of their efforts.

The 260-page book is an anthology of short stories and poetry featuring topics ranging from local history to vampires.

Group chairman Terry Dobson, 48, from Blackhall, said: “Our members’ ages range from 30 to 81, so there is a range of subjects.

“It contains a whole range of stories that will appeal to lots of people.”

The book, which features photographs, is the culmination of around a year of hard work by the eight members - Terry Dobson, Mary Bell, Agnes Frain, Mavis Farrell, Chris Robinson, Rachael Dixon, Brenda Graham and Irene Styles.

Mr Dobson, who edited the book and also contributed three short stories and around 10 poems, added: “It has been a lot of hard work but very enjoyable as well helping everybody along.

“I have had a couple of short stories published before and previous experience of editing and I found this really enjoyable.”

Mr Dobson’s contributions to the book include tales about vampires, a first date and a train journey becoming an inner journey, as well as poems about love.

The group, which was set up five years ago, meets weekly at Easington Social Welfare Centre, in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery.

This will be the venue of the book launch, which will be held this Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.

During the launch, writers will give short readings from the book and officials, including Durham County Councillor Dr David Boyes, are expected to attend.

The book, priced £7.50, will be available from Easington Social Welfare Centre and from group members.

For more information about the book or the group, call Mr Dobson on 07851379224 or email easington.writers@gmail.com