Dear Friend of the Military Writing Network,
It seems quite a while since we were in touch so I'm happy to touch base with you and let you know that we will shortly be sending an invitation to the Forces Stories and Poems Awards which will also serve to announce the work of the Military Writing Network.
As you will be aware, Kingston University has been working with SSAFA Forces Help to co-ordinate the SSAFA/KUP Forces Stories and Poems Competition, partly in celebration of SSAFA's 125th year. We are delighted to report that there have been hundreds of entries of a very high standard and that they show a huge range of experience and interest in service life and work, from every point of view and related to each of the services.
You'll recall from our first meeting at Kingston University that we felt a competition was one way to begin to create interest in the area of Creative Writing by veterans and friends of the services, something that we all agreed could be important in several ways. This has proven to be the case so far and is evidenced by the fact that we expect to welcome an MOD Minister at the awards as well as Rear Admiral Neil Latham MBE who is Pro-Vice Chancellor of Kingston University.
I am writing now to give you advance detail of this event (a formal invitation will follow of course) and to ask whether you remain interested in exploring the role that projects involving creative writing might have. In addition, I would like to ask if you would care to be listed publicly as among the loose grouping of organisations that make up what we've called 'the Military Writing Network'. Membership is free of course and carries no obligation of any kind but may hopefully provide opportunity in the future.
The May event is on Tuesday 10th from 6.30-8.30 in the John Galsworthy Building (room JG4002) here at the Penryhn Road campus in Kingston on Thames. We expect to be joined by the winning writers and their families, as well as by military attaches from several embassies (as we may eventually want to work with translated works). Kingston Writing School founder David Rogers will speak briefly and we hope to be joined by General O'Donoghue, incoming chair of SSAFA.
We hope that you might like to bring some material about you to the event and we will be happy to have this displayed on the night. You might like to confirm the correct title of your organisation and perhaps give us a short paragraph on your current work.
Thank you if you might consider coming along on May 10th as our guests. We hope it might prove to be an impetus towards some interesting collaborations which might, in their turn, attract funding which could hopefully support your work.
Thanks and very best wishes,
Dept of English Literature and Creative Writing
Managing Editor, Kingston University Press Ltd
Kingston University London
Tel 0787 654 0056