This evening we members of the writers’ workshop put our pens to one side to welcome the mother and aunt of one of our number. The two proud ladies had travelled from the States to be present at a degree-awarding ceremony at Oxford University, for TW had just completed his degree in creative writing there. On their way back, they dropped in on the Brussels gang. Believe me, when we writers put our pens to one side we know how to let our collective hair down. There are good vibes in the workshop at the moment. A lot of our projects are nearing completion or advancing well and three of our former members recently sent us excellent news of publications and performances. The evening’s festivities were a great antidote to the daytime slog. I hope our two guests didn’t get the wrong idea – I mean, we do work hard – honest!