|ANDERIDA WRITERS COMPETITION WINNERS 2016
PICTURE shows, left to right: Stephen Houghton, Dave Wells, Tony Flood, Heather Flood, Michael Fleming, Francis Wait and Alan Baker.
Alan Baker and Heather Flood took the top prizes for the second successive year at Eastbourne group
Anderida Writers' annual Short Story and Poetry competition at the West Rocks Hotel, Eastbourne.
Former West End actor Alan not only read the entries - he also won the first prize of £100 in the Short Story
section with another of his very amusing tales, this time 'Florrie'.
Heather, the author of children's books featuring the charming Mousey Mousey, had won the poetry award
last year with her dramatic verse 'When Realisation Hits You For Six', and this time came up with a comic
piece called 'Good-bye My Dear Husband' to claim the £75 prize.
The competition, on the theme Narrow Escape, was decided by those members present giving each entry
marks out of 10, and prizes were presented by competition secretary Maria Louka, who also generously
donated several of them, mainly in the form of items from Fortnum and Mason hamper selections.
Steve Houghton took second prize of a meal for two at the West Rocks Hotel with ' All Manor of Surprises' in
the Short Story section, while Alan Baker's 'Algernon Augustus Bartholomew' was third, Tony Flood's 'Singers
Narrow Escape' fourth and Francis Wait's 'Jim's Narrow Escape' fifth.
The runner-up in the Poetry section was Dave Wells with 'A Noble Piece of Driftwood', which won him a bottle
of champagne and chocolate truffles, while Michael Fleming's 'Suspense' came third.
Anderida Writers, whose Patron is best selling author Peter James, are a friendly group which assists would-be
authors to get published as well as helping those who just want to write for fun. Anyone interested in
joining should telephone Alan Baker on 01273 586874.