It’s time for our annual general meeting, or AGM – the opportunity for us to reflect on the year that was and to update members on what’s been done on their behalf.

We encourage all members to attend the AGM; if you’ve paid an annual subscription, it’s your chance to find out what it’s been spent on, from the speakers we’ve enjoyed through to the systems we’ve had to bring in thanks to the lockdown.

The AGM will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 14 July, and last 15 to 20 minutes. It represents your last opportunity to vote for your 2020/21 committee as well, with many stalwarts stepping down at this meeting. Click here to vote in advance of the meeting.

Once the formal proceedings are out of the way, though, we’ll open up our Zoom to the public and host our annual poetry and prose slam. Here’s how it will work:

  • If you’re not attending the AGM, log onto Zoom for an 8.30pm start.
  • There are a limit number of performance slots available, so make sure you sign up using this form – tell us if it’s a poem, speech, flash fiction, and so on, plus your name and membership status.
  • You will have a maximum of three minutes. There will be a warning at 2 minutes 30 seconds, and you will be cut off at 3 minutes, so make sure you time yourself in advance.
  • We’ll wrap up between 9.30pm and 10pm.
  • There will be a cash prize of £10 for the best poem and best prose, as voted for by the audience using Zoom’s poll feature.
  • Our host for the evening is Sutton Writers member – and soon-to-be competitions secretary – Chris Hawton.

Click this link to enter the Zoom session, either at 8pm for the AGM or 8.30pm. Contact us or comment below with any questions.

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