Best-selling author Tamara McKinley judged Mary Moloney’s work to be the best extract read out by members at the Anderida Writers meeting at the Hydro Hotel on Tuesday.
The picture shows Mary (left) receiving a cheque, as a small monetary prize from Tamara, who also critiqued members’ work and commented on the high standard. Tamara, whose Ellie Dean books have sold millions of copies, gave valuable individual advice to everyone.
But in view of the lower than expected attendance at what was meant to be an informal, fun evening, it was decided that Anderida should invite a variety of authors and creative writing experts as speakers to some of their future meetings. Members will be asked by Chairman Tony Flood to email him in advance to say whether they intend to attend.
Tony said: “I’m hereby asking members to tell me what aspects and advice they would like guest speakers to talk about. If they can give contact details for these speakers that will be most helpful. Creative writing experts and high-profile authors are also welcome to contact me.” Tony’s email address is: tflood04@yahoo.co.uk