Community Correspondent: Anne Spice on The Scribblers' book launch and IDOP


An Age UK Leeds Creative Writing group known as ‘The Scribblers’ celebrated IDOP (International Day of Older People), with friends and family, by launching their anthology ‘Notes from a Small Room.' 

Members of the group read out extracts from the booklet to an appreciative audience. 

The group meets every two weeks to invent plays, poems and stories under the guidance of Debs Christie - an Age UK Leeds volunteer.

We, the members, realise that as older folks it’s no good waiting for a thunderbolt on high to inspire us to write the perfect novel.

No, we come along to the sessions and scribble away doing what we love – with fun and laughter. 

None of us is likely to be the next JK Rowling, or Kay Mellor, but we're an enthusiastic bunch of folks so come along and share our absorbing and interesting activity. 

All you need is a pen and some paper and a determination to have a good time. You will be most welcome.

Anne Spice, proud to be a ‘Scribbler’


The Scribblers is a Creative writing group open to anyone over 50 living in Leeds.

The Scribblers is an eclectic group of older people who are enthusiastic about creative writing, sharing ideas and developing their skills. They meet at Age UK Leeds on a regular basis to enjoy social, informal creative writing sessions, led by a local volunteer.

‘Notes from a Small Room Vol. 1’ is a collection of some of the writing produced by group members over the period 2014-2016.

For more details please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/leeds  or contact [email protected]

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