Stories on July's topic 'Cringe' are still coming in. The brief - ‘Your eyes squint, your cheeks burn red, your teeth grate. Share a personal cringe-worthy tale of woe that you can’t quite forget’. Stories sent in to date by Elizabeth, Bev Morton, Barry and Margaret have been added to the 'Cringe' story collection on the website - https://u3abenalla.weebly.com/cringe.
With the possibility of future lockdowns likely, four class members already comfortable with Zoom joined me at short notice to trial an optional 'Zoom' session at our usual time. Sharing stories on line worked well - Barry's stories featuring 'Hypol', 'Milk of Magnesia' and childhood dentists resulted in hoots of laughter; while Margaret's and Val's stories of cringe-worthy experiences involving feeling humiliated generated squirms of recognition. We all agreed it is worth working towards offering sessions via Zoom during future lockdowns.
A list of topics for the remainder of the year has been e-mailed out to class members and is available on the website. The list includes previous topics too, just in case you missed one or have one you would still like to share.
The topic for Monday 23 August is ‘Crash!’ The brief - 'It could be a car crash, it could in fact be any other crash. Write about a crash, from the sudden moment of impact to its impact on your life, in 500 words.'
A popular topic offered as an alternative in August is ‘Stock and Land’ - 'Tell us about a significant memory involving farming, agriculture or rural life. You must include mention of at least one animal or crop and one piece of farm equipment. If you haven’t lived on a farm, you might like to write about a long-remembered visit to or experience of a farm or agriculture, something referencing rural life, ideally set in the north east. It could even be about memories of a visit to an agricultural show or about backyard chooks in urban settings. Write about something you haven’t written about before which you’d like to share with your family and others'
Stay warm and keep writing,