lesleyhThis week involved club members in the art of Greeting Card writing. Leslie Holligan (our clubs esteemed SAW representative) gave an interesting presentation on the three types of styles involved in Greeting Card writing

  • Verse – Traditional cards using metered, rhyming poetry.

  • Contemporary Prose Cards – Which tend to be sentimental.

  • Humorous – Pun-filled or clever cards which are the most popular.

A useful handout was provided for members with handy Do’s and Don’ts and a list of contacts of greeting card companies. Further information, for those who wished to delve deeper, was available at the following website http://www.greetingcardassociation.org.uk/resources/for-writers/writing-for-greeting-cards

For the first part of the evening everyone was asked to chose a type of greeting card (eg birthday card, get well soon card, leaving card etc.) then write in one of the above mentioned styles. Most members produced both humorous and well polished verse. Though it did not go unnoticed that a rhyming dictionary was circulating in one corner of the room.

john-mcleanThe date of this Greeting Card evening also happened to coincide with the actual birthday of one of our most stalwart (though not the Die-hard one) members, John Mclean. Since one of Johns passions is rhyming verse (and especially humorous verse) the second half of the evening was designed as a tribute to him. Everyone was given a blank birthday card (with a picture of John on the front) and asked to compose a birthday greeting to him.

The results ranged from the downright funny to the touchingly sentimental, from rhyming prose to punning punchlines. All in all it capped a most convivial evening which demonstrated, in a literary way, the affection with which John is regarded in the club. John was then tasked with the difficult choice of choosing a winner which will be awarded with the ‘Trophy for Humour’ next week.