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Expat Writers is an international online writing group for those who live (or have lived) in a place that is not their native land. Members benefit from obtaining and providing feedback, discussing related topics and sharing market information. Applications for membership are always welcome.  More details and how to apply.


Happy Birthday wishes to John, July 9th. Wishing Patti a happy birthday today, 4th July. 6 week poetry workshop up and running - join in the fun beginning Monday 2 June. Happy Birthday (April 23) to our Expat Member Bruce in Sweden. Congrats to Jax whose poem "Blue" is published in the current issue of ArtAscent. Happy Birthday to Maggie April 6th. Bruce (#89) and Sue (#65) both have flashes in the running at the Lascaux250 Flash Comp. Sue is pretty tickled to find that a resolution was read in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulating her on the "Knickers' publication in Foreign and Far Away. Newsflash: Jax and Sue both have pieces published in the winter Dark edition of ArtAscent. Out of a total of 7 pieces of writing, to have 2 in the same journal from XPW is something to wave the flags about. Rescued greyhound Flying Lucy's story by Sue has won her (Lucy) a place on doggie shampoo labels. Writing gets you everywhere! Newer news flash from Sue: The Sequence Dance, a short story, is now published on page 45 of the October issue of the arts and lit journal, ArtAscent. From Mona: “Marriage” my most recent short story, was shortlisted and will be published in my college anthology due out in November! The authors are invited to the launch event to read our pieces! From Mona From Sue: "Yay - my nonfiction piece Knickers has been given the thumbs up for the next Writers Abroad anthology "Far Flung and Foreign." Sue. From Natalie: My monthly column about life in Europe is now about Life in Africa! Live from Cairo in the Caribbean Intelligence: http://www.caribbeanintelligence.com Natalie. From Jacqueline: My travel article published in Bus-pass Britain is advertised in http://www.seekernews.co.uk/2013/09/local-bus-journeys-in-new-book/ and my flash story 'Care in the Community' has been shortlisted and included in an anthology by Earlyworks.press and 'Still Life'a poem written with the help and support of Expat members, has been accepted by Artascent whoo hoo
The Liverpool Literary Society. Part 2.
Posted by Sue B. Borgersen

 The Liverpool Literary Society is Born

The Liverpool Literary Society is Born

It wasn’t 1603. I wasn’t Sir Walter Raleigh, ambling up to the landlord of The Mermaid Tavern (on the corner of Bread Street and Friday Street), asking if a bunch of writers could use the back room for a gathering (rumour). But I reckon it had the same feel.

The proprietor of Lanes Privateer Inn on Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, was delighted at the idea of a meet-up of literati in her inn (also home to Snug Harbour Books).  And so the word went out. Then the responses came in.

On Wednesday 21 May at 7 pm, ten like-minded, but genre-diverse souls sat around the table. There was a frisson in the air. I told them, very swiftly I might add, about Sir Walter and how he’d (supposedly) gathered Will Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson and more in much a similar manner. And the frisson fair sparkled.

Introductions were made and it soon became apparent that the diversity in every sense was what would make this particular bunch exciting. From a biographer, to a well published author, to novelists, a poet, editors, translators, a song writer, young adult and children’s authors, to a creative non fictionist - and then in strolled a smiling visiting writer from Toronto.

As you can imagine, time ran out in this inaugural agenda-less event. Ideas for the future floated and swirled - gloriously - and so it looks like The Liverpool Literary Society will have a future and that it will meet at the same place at the same time on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Just like The Friday Street Club at the Mermaid Tavern in 1603 where Will and co chose the first Friday of the month - lest they forgot.

It didn't need saying that the Liverpool Literary Society would be about sharing and support in all things booky. It was, however, felt that it would not need to be a closed group - but an “All Welcome” event once a month. Where visitors to the area could drop in, see what we are up to on this part of the globe, share a little of their literary world maybe. The society could even provide the occasional satellite possibility for WFNS events.

For those members wishing for a more focussed gathering to help review manuscripts prior to submission - stuff like that - sub sessions could be set up as required. There was talk of inviting guest speakers too, authors, publishers et al, later in the year. Yes, there was a lot to get excited about.

Of all those who responded, around 50% already had commitments on that date and weren't able to attend the kick-off gathering, but they wished to be kept informed. It is hoped that folks from other areas of the industry will feel it is a place for them too e.g. illustrators, agents, printers, publishers, journalists, book sellers...Read More

The Liverpool Literary Society. Part 1.
Posted by Sue B. Borgersen


The Liverpool Literary Society. Part 1. The Conception.

It was not even a seed of an idea, call it a scintilla (my current favourite word - the name of my new body of art work, in fact), but this fragment of inspiration only needed to be told to one other.

And that ‘other’ was the previous editor of the local independent newspaper.  “There is an abundance of talent in the area,” I say.

“There is indeed,” says he.

And in those two short snippets of dialogue we realise that writing is a very lonely occupation, and there are times when a rubbing of the shoulders with like-minded people can pay dividends.

And so we meet for coffee.  In the bookshop/café.  We talk about gathering people together to see what they feel, what they think, what they would like.

“We’d better book a date and a space before we go public,” says he, always the practical one.

I agree.

“What is the name?” asks the booking clerk as we reserve a table for twelve souls for 4 weeks hence.

“The Liverpool Literary Society,” I say, without conscious thought.

The ex-editor looks at me with surprise.  “Sorry,” I say, I have no idea where that came from.”

But it gets a nod of approval. He agrees to talk with the local media. I agree to pen a media release:

The Liverpool Literary Society

There is a wealth of local writing talent; rarely a month goes by without a local author or poet attaining success. But writing can be a lonely occupation - and that’s where writing groups can help.

The Liverpool Literary Society was primarily envisaged as a small closed group providing a community/network forum for local writers in all genres, filling the need for writers to meet like-minded people, to share information and opportunities, to inspire and be inspired.

But then the ideas germinated and became a wider vision. Such a society may also be of interest to those in the illustrating, publishing, printing and book sales element of the business.

It may also attract visitors. Here on vacation maybe, or on business. How happenstance to find that such a society is here; to drop by and hear what is going on and maybe share a snippet of their own work too.

A virtual membership isn’t out of the question either.  For local writers who are far away, or those who just wish they were in Nova Scotia. Nothing is impossible.

The Liverpool Literary Society is on facebook and at


For more information contact Sue at authorsue@hotmail.com or Vernon at  vernon.l.oickle@eastlink.ca


Part 2, The Gathering (aka The Birth), will be published after the first meeting of the minds.






The Pros & Cons of being an expat writer
Posted by John G

One of the best things about on line writers groups like ours is the variety of circumstances in which the members find themselves. Some live in a different country because of their career requirements or that of their partners others from pure preference. I am lucky to be one of the latter. Having spent my working life in the old country I can only write about my experiences but perhaps others might converse about theirs later.

For me it was a simple lifestyle choice; to move to a balmy climate with time to enjoy it and pursue the dream or stay with the grind and buy a bigger plot in the graveyard.

Without the pressure of workaday life, sitting in the sun and typing that novel that’s been lurking in the back of my overloaded brain should be a doddle. So there’s the first “con.” You can’t see the screen of a laptop in full sunlight. No problem I’ll work indoors. At least I can have the doors and windows wide open. Even on this February, morning sun is streaming in through the open front door and low as it is this time of year almost reaches the full eight metres to my desk. However, in this climate most people live largely outside, sitting on their verandas conversing with passersby, socialising with coffee or later maybe a beer. A distraction indeed. There was a time when being heavily into my first novel that I was not seen outside in daylight for weeks, my neighbours thought I had turned into a vampire or had taken up hermitting but that was the freedom retiring from industry gave me.

Working, I like to call it work although it bears little resemblance to that activity being neither necessary nor remunerative, has become an early morning activity. It is what motivates me to get out of bed and often keeps me enthralled for most of the day. However, by starting at six or even five in the morning I can be free for normal social interaction in the afternoon with at least the satisfaction of knowing I have justified the self-imposed demands of taking a professional approach to writing. Others might prefer the afternoon, when in summer it is too hot to sit outside, to consign themselves to the air-conditioned comfort of their study, but for me that is when I catch up on my reading, correspondence and maybe have a little snooze. So for me the freedom, not only to choose my working hours, but also from the mental demands of employment is a major “pro” factor.

Becoming ambitious, in what might easily be termed a hobby, brings its problems. Living as I do in an island community with a limited English speaking population having a contingent little bigger than that of a London borough limits local marketing opportunities. There are English language periodicals produced locally but the majority with their limited funding cannot pay for professional journalism and articles....Read More

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    Like language itself, poetry is a living thing and, over the decades, it has changed so much. This book was recommended by a friend of a friend and I have to say that I have enjoyed seeing language in motion. The use of cleverly-placed words and the emotion exuding from them has left me wanting more of this style of poetry. Well done to the poets of today! 
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