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Updated: 08/06/2013 08:01:35AM

Local writers show a variety of talents

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Suncoast Writers Guild has a subgroup, Englewood’s Little Band of Writers (ELBOW). The group consists of Guild members who write songs, sing and play a variety of musical instruments. They have been playing since 2008. Their leader is Linda Lou Lewis — a versatile gal who not only plays and sings but is a great motivator. They have played many gigs in the area. Their next performance is at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Green Street Church in Englewood. A community singalong featuring some of your favorite songs from the movies, this show is part of the upcoming Pioneer Days events. Band members Cheryl Baker and Linda Lewis have written songs featuring this year’s theme. Watch this newspaper for more info or email

Another member of the Suncoast Writers Guild is Denny Girard. My late husband, Bernie, knew Denny for a long time, even before they both were in the Guild. Denny is not only a good poet and prose writer but has for years been a community activist. He is a past recipient of the “Mullet Award” given out by the Secret Society of the Smoked Mullet (Englewood, Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce) for all he has done. I love to tease those who have won the award and ask, “Did you have to kiss a mullet?” Denny is an expert on wildflowers and wildlife and both are inspiration for some of his writing. An excellent photographer, his photos have graced the covers of the Guild’s anthology, “Inklings” for quite a few years. Denny has published a book, “Branches,” and he is thinking of doing another book, which the Guild members are looking forward to. For info about “Branches,” contact Denny at 941-474-1492 or

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