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We are looking for someone to narrate Nowt But Drippin'. Can you bring a story alive by using male, female, child's voices in a Yorkshire accent? Then you are the one!
Bravo James Ridge who joined the challenge...
Your turn now. How will we finish this story? Just add a word, a sentence or a paragraph
Send yours through to nowtbutdrippin@gmail or click below. Love your photos or you memories
I loved Greasy Vera,s...it was a part growing up and there was Greasy Gordon's (GG's) if you was down Attercliffe....both were "Brilliant"
GGs ,, they used to av van near Albert and Plumbers pub near Norfolk Bridge ,, used to go theer nar n ageean wen workin neets at Firth Browns ,, ya cud eer us a mile away wearin us clogs walkin on them cobble rooads ,, happy days
i use to work just around the corner from GGs ..used to work in Melting Shop ..some of areas we worked on were to hot for normal boots so we wore clogs .basically leather uppers ..bart 1inch of wooden soles with horse shoes for extra wear
Greasy veras was the best place to visit after a good drink in Sheffield... couldnt beat a best sandwich and a mug of tea to go with it before Home 😁👍🏼
My husband used to take me and my friends here after a night out at club wow for a bacon sandwich and a coffee in a mucky mug. We still talk about it to this day.
Choose words or sayings from the list below...
Face like a bag of spanners
Head like a set pot
She's got a face a dog wunt lick
Mad as a cut snake
Get our story started by adding a word, sentence or paragraph to any of the ones in the list . It can be as quirky as you like!
Maybe tell us about a character. Don't forget to add your own words to tell us about them. Maybe what they look like, what they are called, what they do. It doesn't matter! I'll put your entries together to start our story.
Hey can't wait to see what you write. Note: If your entry is chosen I'll publish your name. I may have to change your entry slightly to make it fit in with others.
All I can say is that I was mad as a cut snake. It's my only excuse. I know it's not an excuse really, is it? I'm such a nincompoop! I told him, 'She's got a face a dog wunt lick,' but of course, I'd lick Annie's face any time if she'd let me!
We got over 200 entries of unusual place names and favourite words. Isn't that fantastic? Get ready to roll. 1 Feb the new writing challenge will be posted. Choose a word or phrase. Add a word... a sentence or a paragraph and help us write our next piece of fiction. Good luck!
Challenge two is quick, easy and fun ... so coolangatta!
It's the start of our challenge....
Does your town have a crazy name? Do you locals have sayings that confuse the rest of us? Author,Julie Howard's lively novel uses words like flummox, mardy and mitherering to make this fictional story come alive. We want to know your words...Tell all and we'll use them to start our next story.
Send your words or place names to me by 25 January.... story writing starts 1 Feb 2020. You can be an author too!
Author, Julie Howard's novel Nowt But Drippin' for Christmas that is ...Dave Smith did, so did Wendy Spragge, Alan Ventress and Dan Coyle. Come on add your name, a comment and maybe a photo. Let's see who in the world is reading NOWT!
HERE'S THE FICTIONAL STORY OUR AUTHORS WROTE...NOVEL EH?
She was a tough old bird, white cockatoo in a cage beside my great grandmother. With good reason, I was equally scared of both of them. They mirrored each other with their plumage of white, wispy waves, scrawny legs and gnarled, yellowing nails. They spoke in the same staccato cackle. I was frozen to my chair when my grandmother leaned in with her sour breath, to whisper my fate.
"When I'm gone you will be the one to care for the bird." I shivered. The bird tipped its head. Its eye fixed on mine. Silence fell. It thrust its beak through the cage. I leapt back. Grandma and the bird laughed and squawked. What my grandmother told me next made my skin crawl.
'Finally my time has come.' She thrusts an envelope into my hand. 'Follow the instructions and you will be safe'. Her scrawny finger pointed to the bird. 'He is now your curse.' She broke into paroxysms of rasping coughs.
After a moment the bird laid back its sulphur crest and hacked along with Grandma. Then there was only the lingering sound of her coughing as she limped into the darkness of the corridor.
There was no way I was going to be lumbered with a shrieking, biting Cockatoo when Auntie 's life on earth was over. Grabbing my chance, I stood on a stool and pushed the heavy wood-framed sash window open.
I paused for a moment and then opened the cage door and thumped the wire behind the bird.
At first he ignored me, but the fresh air blowing in through the window must have tempted him a little, for he took a few bold steps towards the front of his cage. Holding my breath I watched him hop and then fly the one metre to the wide window sill.
Now he could see the high, leafy branches of the walnut tree outside; swaying slightly in the breeze. Flapping those poor wings, he swore loudly, and half leapt, half flew onto the closest branch.
Quick as a flash, I closed the window, and the cage door and tip-toed down to the kitchen. Exclaiming loudly, I said to our Cook, "My goodness! I had no idea it was four o'clock, I have been out on the lawn reading for over an hour! Am I too late for tea? "
Starts 1 February... What will it be? Do hope you will join us for the first Challenge of 2020. Until then have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers Julie
* Clancette Clift
* Deborah Lewis-Bizley
* Marge Clements
* Carolyn Thrum
* Beatrice Lester
* Liz Rendalls
* Robin Moorhouse
for continuing the story... who'll be next I wonder. .
Not much time? Like to write? Here's a quick competition where you can contribute to a group story.
It's like the old party game where you add a word, a sentence or paragraph at a time.
Here's Challenge 1
I give you a story starter ..
"She was a tough old bird who lived..."
What happens next?
It's up to you ...
Read below how the story is developing. You can join in at any time.
Its FREE - so sign up now. We can be authors together!
I'm saying nowt but they're great.