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Menston based writers’ club at Ilkley Literature Festival

Back row, l to r, Ruxandra, John, Martin, James, Roger; front, Jo and Bob. Photo after rehearsal on Saturday - not all members due to 'perform' could make it.

Back row, l to r, Ruxandra, John, Martin, James, Roger; front, Jo and Bob. After rehearsal on Saturday – not all members due to ‘perform’ could make it.

Menston based writers’ club, Writing on the Wharfe, after two successful appearances in the past two years at the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’, several appearances in Ilkley or Menston library, and two appearances in Leeds Art Gallery earlier this year, has this year been invited to present ‘Evocation‘ as part of the main Ilkley festival but instead of stories, poems and music evoked by four paintings in the the Leeds gallery there will be music, stories and poems evoked by four photographs around Ilkley, taken by club member Robert (Bob) Hamilton. The music will come from the brilliant Samuel Moore, a distinguished flamenco guitarist.

Eight writers

Of the eight writers who will be presenting their story or poem, four are from Menston – James Brown, Jo Campbell, Roger Livesey and David Machin; two from Guiseley – Kayla Herbert and John Ridyard (well known as a member of the Menston Art Club); one from Otley – Martin Fuller; and one from Ilkley – Sussi Smith. Presenting the hour long show will be founder of the writers’ club, Ruxandra Moore.

At Ilkley Playhouse

The event is on Saturday 29th September, 7.45pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Wildman. Tickets are £5 on the door. They can be booked by telephone or on line but be warned, there is a £2 booking charge in these cases (the club has no control over ticket prices or booking fees).

New members welcome

The writers’ club, friendly and supportive of both aspiring and experienced writers,  currently has about 20 members between mid 20s and 80 (minimum age 18) though about half this number usually attend any particular meeting. New members are welcome.

The club meets once a fortnight, usually at 1.30 on a Saturday afternoon in the Menstone on Farnley Road, Menston. For more information email Ruxandra at rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

A long absence from this site

It’s more than a year since it was suggested in a post, about the 2017 Menston Show, that it might be the last post on this site. The reasons were given at the time. It was suggested that if sufficient organisations sent information about their events, in time, then the diary feature might be continued but there were not enough responses to make it worthwhile. And it was suggested that maybe the occasional event might be featured. This has not been possible. The post above should be regarded as a one off.

Nevertheless, for some reason frequent views of the site have continued and the number of  followers has continued to grow. So there may be very occasional posts in the future.

A Menston favourite singer-songwriter launches album

Just two days before opening the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’ show of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, one of Menston’s favourite singer-songwriters – Emma Nabarro-Steel – launched her album ‘Leaving a Space‘. It will be no surprise to visitors to the Menstone club for the monthly ‘open mike’ night that it is just beautiful. The album can be downloaded from streaming sites like Spotify, or ordered as a CD – see below.


Emma performing during an ‘open mike’ night at the Menstone club


Emma, who is a member of the writers’ club as a writer of lyrics, will be performing a couple more of her songs amid short stories, poems and story-telling with pictures from other members during an hour long presentation at the Ilkley Playhouse on Monday evening (3 October, 9pm). As with all ‘Fringe’ events, entry to the show is free.

There’ll be poems from Marjorie Hanbridge (known in the club as ‘Menston’s own Pam Ayres’) and David Machin (well known to children at Menston Primary School), short stories from Becky Bond, Kelly McCarthy-Wright, Dan Brassington, and club founder Ruxandra Busoiu, a very short short story and some very short ‘poems’ (haiku) from Roger Livesey, and a narration around the superb street photography (all shot in Shipley market place) by Bob Hamilton. The show will end with audience members being invited to write the last line of a short story, hence the show title: ‘Help! We’ve lost the plot …’.

To order Emma’s CD go to: http://emmanabarrosteel.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-a-space

If you’d like a taster, go along to the show on Monday evening.

For more details about the writers’ club, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk or come along to the show and speak to Ruxandra and other club members in the bar after the show.

Menston writers debut, artist exhibits, at Ilkley festival; singer-songwriter album release

Menston will be well represented during the Ilkley Literature Festival, opening on Friday this week, by the local writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club in Farnley Road, and by local artist and photographer Justin Leeming. The writers’ club, Writing on the Wharfe, will be doing a one hour ‘fringe’ show at the Playhouse on Monday 3 October, 9pm-10pm, featuring the short stories, poems, songs and photographs of members, five of whom live in Menston. They will also be asking audience members to write the final lines of a short story. All fringe events are free.


Members of ‘Writing on the Wharfe’ following a meeting to finalise their programme for the ILF ‘fringe’. l to r: Becky Bond, David Machin, Emma Nabarro-Steel, Bob Hamilton, Ruxandra Busoiu, Roger Livesey, Marjorie Hanbridge, Kelly McCarthy-Wright. Another member, Dan Brassington, will be joining them for the fringe performance.

A couple of days before the show, on 1 October, Menston singer-songwriter Emma Nabarro-Steel will be launching her album Leaving a Space.  There’s a taster on youtube.

Justin will be exhibiting some of his paintings and prints, for sale, as part of the Art Trail which runs from Thursday 30 September to Sunday 2 October at venues throughout the town. Details on the website http://ilkleyarttrail.co.uk/.

Prints of the elephant trees, photographed by Justin

A favourite print of Justin’s, of the elephant trees, will be on sale