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East Anglia

The East Anglia Group meets three times a year. Our meetings are informal and friendly occasions, offering a useful opportunity to meet fellow indexers of all levels of experience for social contact and professional support. New and non-members are always welcomed with open arms.

The East Anglia Group runs an email-based discussion forum that is open to members of the Society.

Further information

For further information, please contact the group leader, Carol Maxwell: 

Forthcoming meetings

Wednesday 13 June The Angel, 3 Angel Hill, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1LT

A social meeting over lunch. Meet at 12 noon.

Previous meetings

Thursday 22 February 2018 at 12 noon. Wine Vaults,  2A Blyburgate, Beccles, NR34 9TA; tel: 01502 713382

This meeting was only attended by a small group but it was pleasure to catch up with everyone’s news.  The venue proved a great success and we will be meeting there again. Everyone brought along at least one index for the group to discuss. The books covered topics which reflected the different interests of the people there: fans, local history and works in translation. We considered the difficulties of indexing at an appropriate level of detail for the type of book or as required by the author or the editor.

Tuesday 28 November – Arlington Cafe Bar, Ipswich

We tried out a new venue, Arlingtons Brasserie in Ipswich, for our meeting on 28 November 2017. Everyone found their way without any problem and it provided a pleasant, informal setting where we could spread out our papers and have a leisurely lunch. We caught up on everyone’s news but spent most of the time on the peer review, comparing our indexes to the CPRE report on farm sizes. We particularly focused on our treatment of the metatopics and implicit topics, the intended readership and the need to reflect the views of the text. We compared our working processes, in particular the degree to which we used a structural approach (as discussed at previous meetings) and editing and checking the index.

May/June – Cambridge

Conventions for indexing in different countries. Differences between UK and US indexing conventions.

January/February – Norwich
Show and Tell: Comparing indexing books and information from training courses

3rd November 2016 – The Angel, Bury St Edmunds

The Angel continues to be a very pleasant setting for a sociable meeting over lunch. Six members of the Group attended and we managed to pack in a lot of discussion. The document used for the peer review was Lost Boys, a short report on the gender gap in education. We compared our indexes and discussed various issues including how to deal effectively with lots of statistics and diagrams, how detailed to make the index, metatopic entries and repetition of similar information. Finally we planned an outline of next year’s programme. Precise dates will be organised nearer the time.