Hatfield writing group launches collection of stories
PUBLISHED: 11:51 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 August 2017
When Hatfield construction worker Eddie Duffy had an argument on site with his boss, he turned to pen and paper to take out his frustration.
In between shifts on the building site, he began scribbling articles for the construction industry press, and then studied creative writing at Oakland College.
He never forgot the experience of how writing helped him channel his feelings.
That began many years ago, and today, Eddie, 66, passes on the benefits of writing to others with the Scribblers’ Club, a group he started in Hatfield that meets weekly at the Tesco Community Space on Tuesdays, 2-4pm.
“Writing is not therapy, but it is therapeutic,” Eddie, who lives in Pear Tree Ward, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
The group of writers - mostly people in retirement - come together to brainstorm ideas, read their stories to each other, and socialise.
Imagination and friendship are more important than grammar or spelling, and the group has become a vital creative outlet for many.
Eddie said: “We have about a dozen hardcore members ... we’ve definitely become a group of friends.”
Now the Scribblers’ Club have decided to celebrate the third anniversary of their literary efforts by publishing “Tales from the Scribblers’ Club,” a collection of the stories and poetry they have produced.
Just 50 copies will be produced as a memento for the writers, and will be launched in a small ceremony during their weekly meeting on August 29.
Eddie said: “This is not about making money. I wouldn’t dream of trying to enter that world.” He says they are more interested in expanding their membership, which costs just £1 a session per person to run.
“The real value in running a group like this is introducing people to the huge benefit there is in writing,” said Eddie, who has spent hours researching the positive effects of creative writing in prisons, schools and hospitals.
But it’s not all serious.
Eddie said: “I like to stir things up ... You can hardly call us a bunch of intellectuals - we spend most of our time laughing our socks off at the silly stories we bring in.
“It can be quite raucous.”