Barbara Carr presents the Norrey Ford Cup to Stuart Williams.

Writers’ Circle award presented to Bloxwich Telegraph editor

Barbara Carr presents the Norrey Ford Cup to Stuart Williams.

On Thursday 11 October, Walsall Writers’ Circle awarded their prestigious Norrey Ford Cup to member Stuart Williams for his writing over the last year.

A noted photographer and regular contributor to the local newspapers for more than a decade with his articles of historic interest, Stuart has also written several local history books, the latest of which is due for publication in time for Christmas this year, as well as finding fame on online sites with his short stories and as the editor of the popular Bloxwich Telegraph website.

Stuart is also working on an anthology of ‘steampunk’ science fiction stories for digital publication early in the new year.

In a press release from the Circle, its Chair Margaret Woods said about the award:

“The Norrey Ford Cup is a very special award given annually at The Walsall Writers’ Circle.  A well-known Walsall writer of novels, short stories and articles and one time chairman of The Romantic Novelists Association, Norrey started the Walsall Circle in order to encourage local would-be writers. Her work bore much fruit.

“Several novelists developed with her help as well as short story writers; Radio items and article writers of various kinds also found success.  Norrey gave the cup to be awarded to the member who achieved the most success during a twelve month period with the accent on new writers. Sadly, Norrey is no longer with us but her memory continues as her influence is still felt.”

Stuart Williams said in response to the award:

“It’s a great honour to receive this solid silver cup from the Circle, and I thank them for this surprise award.  It means a lot to be appreciated by fellow writers, and the Norrey Ford Cup has a lot of history behind it. I have given it pride of place in my study where most of my writing and editing is done.”

The cup was presented to Stuart by Barbara Carr (pictured, above), herself a prolific novelist and writer for many years.  It will be held by Stuart for twelve months.

It was also at this meeting that the Circle said its farewell to Park Hall School, which has hosted the Circle for around 30 years.  The members are looking forward to a new venue in the Broadway North Centre on Broadway North, Walsall where there is a larger room that will cater for its growing numbers.

The first meeting to be held in the Broadway North Centre is on 8 November when speaker Mary Bodfish will be providing a talk entitled, “As Easy as ABC; how our alphabet developed”.  The meeting starts at 7.30 pm.

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Press release and picture courtesy of Walsall Writers’ Circle.