Recently I have taken over as Treasurer of The Lancashire Author’s Association (LAA) and wanted to share some of the history and indeed merits of becoming a member of such an organisation! So, let’s start at the beginning…
The Lancashire Author’s Association is open to everybody, not just those living in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. In fact there are members far and wide spanning the globe! Established in 1909 the LAA boasts former members such as Dame Gracie Fields. Below is a picture of some of the LAA original members…
On a day to day basis The LAA is run by an Executive Committee voted in by its membership. Those currently serving and their positions are as follows;
Chairman: Mrs Pauline Hutchinson
Treasurer: Mr Simon Duringer
Secretary: Mr John Winstanley
Editor of the Record: Mrs Pauline Hutchinson
Membership Secretary: Mrs Jill McDonald-Constable
Librarian: Mr Brian Foster
Competitions Secretary: Mrs Olive Riley
Publicity Officer: Mrs Rita Jones
Website Administrator: Mr Peter Jones
Minutes Secretary: Ms Maeve Fagan
Committee Member: Mr Dana Nadeau
The committee meet monthly to discuss Association Business and the minutes of said meeting are circulated throughout the membership. There is also a regular printed Newsletter namely ‘The Record’ sent out to members.
In addition to Regular and Committee members, there are a number of patrons to the Association. These are individuals who have paid for life membership which currently stands at £200 GBP (subject to change). The membership year commences on 1st of January and other available subscriptions are as follows;
Individual Annual Membership: £15.00 GBP
Joint Annual Membership: £19.50 GBP
Annual Membership for Libraries: £15.00 GBP
Junior Members: £7.50 GBP
Currently, competitions are held exclusively for members, although one might be hard pushed to gain entry into any serious writing competition these days for less than the LAA annual subscription payment and the rewards and prestige associated with LAA competitions are far higher than many! A selection of the cups and silverware associated with the competitions is below.
Details of the annual competitions are as follows;
The Batty Cup: Any poem in STANDARD ENGLISH not exceeding 100 lines.
The Scholes Cup: LANCASHIRE DIALECT WRITING. Any piece of prose not exceeding 1500 words or poem not exceeding 100 lines.
The William Baron Cup: An article on any theme other than Lancashire not exceeding 1500 words.
The Douglas Townsend Cup: An article on a Lancashire theme not exceeding 1500 words.
The Mercer Cup: A short story in STANDARD ENGLISH not exceeding 1500 words.
The Brian Mitchell Cup: WRITING FOR CHILDREN – a Piece of prose or short story not exceeding 1000 words or poem not exceeding 40 lines, in STANDARD ENGLISH . In addition to the number of words/lines, the author MUST state the AGE GROUP for which it is written.
The LAA Writer of the Year Rosebowl is awarded to the most outstanding entry chosen independently from the winners of the Cups.
As readers will see the prizes are fairly prestigious and have passed through the hands of some household names over the years… So to recap…
ABOUT LAA: The LAA has been promoting the reading and writing of Lancashire literature since 1909.
Fellowship and Friendliness are prime features of our Association and new members are assured of a warm welcome.
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone interested in Lancashire Literature and History can join, the Association is not solely for writers. All membership enquiries should be directed sent to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the Association are to foster and stimulate public interest in all aspects and forms of literature, both Lancashire orientated and general, as well as preserving an interest in Lancashire History and Traditions.
Readers who are considering joining a credible, friendly and well established writing association with great competitions, newsletters and events should seriously consider joining the LAA. Did I mention we have our own library too? Any detailas I have missed can be found on the LAA Website at: http://www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk
I hope to see you there soon!