WI branches out into erotic fiction
A WI group has published an erotic short story after being inspired by the EL James novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The X-rated piece features in a book of 12 articles written by women in Wellington, Somerset, to raise money for a cancer unit.
It was penned by an unnamed member of Wellington Monumental Women, a monthly gathering for budding writers at the town's Women's Institute.
Called The Conquering Gibraltarian Adonis, the story describes a husband and wife enjoying a steamy romp in a bid to conceive.
The three-page piece is prefaced with an 18-plus warning and situated at the back of the book, named Monumental Women's Ink: Once Upon A Time Wellington WI.
Demand for the £4 book, which has a hand-drawn cover featuring butterflies and countryside, is so high that a further print-run has been ordered.
Bridget Hodges, 63, who runs the writing group, said other pieces in the book include a life without the internet and poems about pets.
"The publicity has been brilliant, all on the back of one small story at the back of the book," Mrs Hodges said.
"We are raising a lot of money - we have raised more than £450 so far for the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
"There are 12 sections to the book, all written by a member in our group, including the piece of erotica.
"We have been trying to play it down because there's a lot of other writing in the book but that's the one that everyone is talking about."
In total, 150 copies of the book were published in January and have been sold at a local shop, Nurtured By Nature, in Wellington.
A further 50 copies have been ordered to satisfy demand, with plans for the book to be uploaded online.
"When Fifty Shades Of Grey was published we were talking about how good or bad erotic writing could be," Mrs Hodges said.
"We decided that we would have a go and try to write some ourselves. In the end, only one of our members managed to produce a piece.
"Everybody else chickened out at the last minute. It is a tongue-in-cheek piece."
Mrs Hodges, who previously taught creative writing, said all pieces of writing in the book were anonymous.
The erotic story features a married couple, called Clive and Mariah, who are trying to conceive.
"The author has done it extremely well," Mrs Hodges said. "We thought because they were married it was OK."
She said the group planned to publish further books in the future.