Friday, May 27, 2016

FOCUS ON: Norfolk Chapter

In our continuing monthly series, we are pleased to welcome Natalie Meg Evans. We began by asking the name of the Chapter?
Norfolk Chapter (not very original – but we’ve never discussed something snappier). We now have several members from neighbouring Suffolk, so cover much of East Anglia. We probably qualify to be renamed the 'The Intriguing Angles' or the 'Prevailing Easterlies'. Could be a subject for a lunchtime discussion...
How long has your chapter been running and how often do you meet?
We’ve been running for two-and-a-half years and we meet bi-monthly, though this month we're slipping as there seem to be a lot of deadlines hitting all at once. It's also a busy month for those of our members in the teaching profession.
Where is your regular meeting place?
We meet at the Pizza Express in the Forum in Norwich. Several of us come from quite a distance away and the Forum has the benefit of decent parking and also houses Norwich's large library. I'm not saying that some of us sneak it to check that our novels are on the shelf, but we could if we wished.
How many members attend your meetings?
6-9, though numbers are growing as new members join. 
I see you meet at Pizza Express. Do your meetings include a meal?
Definitely! For some of us, a decent pizza is at least twenty-five miles away from home, so our venue is a popular choice. We sit and talk, order from the menu and occasionally go crazy and have pudding too. No alcohol though as there is invariably a drive home.
Is your chapter open to non-members of the RNA?
Our membership is purely RNA, but we have people who are new to the association alongside others who have been members for a long time. The chapter is welcoming and a valuable source of information for newcomers. During the course of our meal, we share the kind of knowledge that only comes from direct experience, the joyful and the painful. The hilarious and, occasionally, the unprintable. We are a ‘social’ chapter who meet to exchange news, celebrate/commiserate and talk shop. Recently, we had a very welcome visit from Jean Fullerton, chapter liaison. That apart, we're pretty informal.
What do you have planned for 2016?
To continue as before.
What would you say makes your chapter of the RNA so special?
Norfolk is a very rural county and writers can feel isolated – it is lovely to get together and just let our writerly hair down.
Who is the contact for new members?
Melanie Hilton (
Thank you for joining us today, Natalie.
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1 comment:

Gabrielle said...

Nice one. Save me a slice!