I am grateful to Kath Golding for informing me of the death, on 1st December at the age of 94, of Joan Brittaine.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Joan, but some remember her, and were members at the same time. From all that I hear she seems to have been a ‘force of nature’, and on her watch Sutton Writers had close to 100 members. She was Chair in the nineties.
Joan was a freelance journalist and wrote for, among others, the magazines Doll’s House, and the Undertaker’s Monthly – truly cradle to grave! She had a refreshingly commercial attitude to writing, and at her monthly workshops would exhort other members to never write without getting paid and, her own speciality, to sell a scarcely changed article at least three times! At the Literary Suppers she organised, guest speakers included Jilly Cooper and Barry Took.
Wonderful memories, from halcyon days, of a special lady.
-Bernard Jacobs, current Chair, Sutton Writers