Meetings Coming Up

All meetings are at Goring Methodists Church Hall - start at 7:30pm

Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)


Thursday 16 April 2020

Edward Johnston and London's Typeface with Gerald Fleuss

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Gerald Fleuss worked for a time for the lettercarver David Kindersley before studying calligraphy and bookbinding full-time at Roehampton Institute, returning to teach there for the next ten years. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in 1982, a member of the Art Workers’ Guild in 1983 and a member of the Double Crown Club in 2008. He served as Honorary Designer of the Wynkyn de Worde Society for 1998.
Gerald is the co-author (with Dr John Nash) of Practical Calligraphy (Hamlyn 1991), was featured in Calligraphy Masterclass and contributed to The Calligrapher’s Project Book and Digital Calligraphyby George Thomson (Batsford 2003). His work is included in public collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Gerald Fleuss is co-founder and Chairman of The Edward Johnston Foundation, dedicated to increasing a public awareness of calligraphy and its associated disciplines. For the years 2007 and 2008 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, furthering the work of the Foundation. This included a lecture tour of art schools in Tokyo and Nagoya.

An impressive 60ft long memorial to Edward Johnston designed by Fraser Muggeridge at Farringdon station. Elizabeth Line was unveiled by Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman Network Rail, on 29th June 2019. The Edward Johnston Foundation has published a book 'London's Typeface: Edward Johnston's Underground Sans' to commemorate the event. Gerald designed the book and contributed a chapter entitled ‘Edward Johnston: Father of Modern Calligraphy’.


Please note this meeting is on the third Thursday of April, due to Easter




Thursday 14 May 2020

Writing for competitions (and how to win!) – with Tracy Fells

Tracy Fells

Tracy Fells is an award winning writing for both fiction and drama. She will share her top tips for successfully entering (and winning) writing competitions. The workshop will be appropriate for all genres and cover:
• How to win a writing competition
• How NOT to win a writing competition
• Hints and tips from competition judges
• Short (& fun) writing exercises
• How entering competitions can help your writing
• Where to research and source competitions


Tracy Fells has won awards for both fiction and drama. Her short stories have been published in online and print journals including Granta, Brittle Star, Flash International Magazine, Litro New York, The Nottingham Review, Spelk, Reflex Fiction, Popshot and Firewords Quarterly. She has fiction published in anthologies such as Unthology10 (Unthank Books), Rattle Tales and A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed (National Flash Fiction Day 2016 anthology). She won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Canada and Europe and has been shortlisted for the Fish, Bridport, Brighton and Willesden Herald Prizes. Other competition successes include: Steyning Festival Short Story Prize (winner 2012 & 2018), Exeter Writers, Flash500, Reflex Fiction, Hysteria, ChocLit Short Story, Writer’s Forum and Writing Magazine. Despite being a finalist for the 2018 Richard and Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ novel competition she has never met either Richard or Judy. Tracy tweets as @theliterarypig, lives close to the South Downs in West Sussex and shares her garden with blackbirds and hooligan squirrels.