Works

Our members are prolific writers, and have among them produced hundreds of literary works.

Books

Not Forever

Then and Now

The Backtraps

Under Rand Farm

Auscultation

Dream Cafe

Visitors – Short Story Competition Anthology 2021

Short Story Competition Winners 2013-2017

Small Town Blues

Nothing Man

Mountain – Short Story Competition 2020 Anthology

Apperception

The Bench by Cromer Beach

Love and Pollination

Mid-life follies

Pilgrimages: Poems 1995-2017

Couscous with Tata Hannah

A Change of Nuisances

Cambridge Rose

Giving Voice

50 Camels and She’s Yours

Revenge – Short Story Competition Anthology 2019

Local

Shelford/Dove’s Touch

Simon L’etoile: Black Widow and Me

Worlds Apart

The Threshold of Broken Waters

Freedom – Short Story Competition 2018 Anthology

Night Vision

Calix Puritatis

Girl Missing

Chasing the Wind (Aspen Valley Series #5)

Jack and Jill went Downhill

Symbiosis

Cambridge Green

Safartu: Travels with my Children

A Woman By A Well

Making the Running (Aspen Valley Series #4)

Resilience

Share and Share Alike (Aspen Valley Series #3)

CATalogue

Such Fine Boys

Modern Ekphrasis

Giving Chase (Aspen Valley Series # 2)

By All Means

Cambridge Red

Tainted Innocence

From Enclosing Jaws

Keeping the Peace (Aspen Valley Series # 1)

At Long Odds

A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

Life As It Could Be

Moving Parts

La Rivière de Soi

The Psychodynamics of Poetry: Poetic Virtuality and Oedipal Sublimation in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Paul Valéry

Staying Healthy When You Travel

How to Shit Around the World

Short Stories

Giver of Gifts – by Michael English

Won first prize at the Cambridge Short Story Competition 2017. A cold coming we had of it, or so T.S. Eliot wrote.  He may have been right about our predecessors, but, I have to admit, our journey is not so

Beryl – by Les Brookes

Won second prize at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2107 It was a fair-sized gathering. A few friends and neighbours, some aunts and uncles, a couple of cousins. His parents liked to throw a party now and again, and

The Three Kings Ritual – by Nicola Gifford

Received Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2017. There was a knock on the door.  I ignored it.  I was on the phone to a stolen debit card helpline, at least I was held in a telephone

Snowy Saturdays – by Helen Culnane

Won third prize at the Cambridge Short Story Competition 2017. We pull into a parking bay, the driver cuts the engine and sings out, ‘Drummer Street Bus Station’. I join the flow of passengers filing off the bus and emerge

Lingering – by Siobhan Carew

Received Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2017. It was my last day. I couldn’t say when I might return and the last few hours in the place where my family had lived became sharply precious. I

Bury The Truth – by Jane Phillips

Received Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2017. This was the part of his job that Ken most enjoyed – the opportunity for silent contemplation. The preparation was done. The T’s were all crossed and the I’s

What the Dog Ate – by Catherine Brierley

Received Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2016. A true tale of gluttony Blossom was a big black dog. She had long black legs and spotty white paws. She had a big black body and a spotty

Requital – by Les Brookes

Awarded third prize at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2016. This is a weird experience. A first for me. Never been to such a gathering. Suits, hats and rosettes everywhere. The place bustling with self-delighted busybodies. What did someone

Amour Douloureux – by Angela Wray

Received Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2016. She had been my mad, dangerous lover and I needed her back.  I couldn’t think of anything else.  In the year that I had been without her my longing

Work in Progress – by Will Tate

Awarded second prize in Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2016 Gerald Bowman steps gingerly over his sun-baked terrace and dives into the pool. While the dramas of chapter twenty-five are printing he swims his dozen lengths, then he dries on

Secret Cat – by Michael English

Received Highly Recommended in Cambridge Writers 2015 Short Story Competition So here I am with my friend Marvin in a big room in a big building in a place Marvin calls London. Over there is a dumpy woman in a

Out of the Blue – by Tim Love

Won Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition “My money’s running out,” said Hanna on the phone, “let’s decide quickly. How about one of the clubs by the canal?” “Which?” “I don’t know, they keep changing. Saturday night

Behind Closed Doors – by Angela Wray

Won Second Prize at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2015 Not long before she’d given birth to Dorothea, in 2038, the government had announced that 95% of the UK population were clinically obese.  Hospitals were experiencing regular bed crises

Bathsheba – by Harry Goode

Was Highly Recommended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2015 I had not realised just how powerful my mother was until I saw my half-brother Absalom swinging by his hair from the thorn tree. He had tried to seize

Eggs Benedict – by Alice Turner

Awarded second prize in Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014. Eggs Benedict, crispy bacon, Belgian waffles. Stuffed at breakfast. The waffles, strangers to the continent of Europe, just a trifle stale in the Caribbean heat. He arrives with effort, she

The Dangerous Comma – by Will Tate

Awarded third prize in Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014. Long ago I had resolved never again to have writers for friends. I suffered too much for them, and with them, when they could not write. But the fourteen years

The Taxi Driver – by Angela Wray

Highly commended at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014. Leila slipped through the hole in the fence and looked around. How strange, she thought, that this garden could be so completely different from her own – no climbing frame,

Tracking James -by Les Brookes

Highly commended in Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014. And after all she was not a prying mother. She had always respected his privacy, his right to live his own life without interference. She had never so much as passed

Wimbledon to Wood Green – by Les Brookes

Awarded first prize in Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014. Oh, hullo. Is that Stew? It’s Rog. Yeah, that’s right, Rog. Rog Molesworth. Bit of a shock, eh? This voice from the spirit world? No, honestly, it’s not a hoax

Red Snapper – by Karin Milner

Frank always drove the 132 bus down Marine Boulevard to the Farmers’ Market in Seattle and nothing got him in more of a bad mood than Maddy coming to work with him. “Don’t tell me fresh fish for dinner again

A Chapter of Accidents – by Will Tate

Commended at Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2013     A bunch of them clever professors up at Harvard, or maybe it was Oxford, England, or someplace, reckon the whole universe was caused by accident; some Big Bang or something. Now

Of the fathers – by Alice Turner

First prize at Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2013. They said the sky could drive you mad. Wide open, flooding light, far as far to see. But I think he was born crazy. They said on a full moon you

Three Little Piggies – by Stephen Hammond

Recommended at Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2013 ‘What’s this story called?”It’s called THE THREE LITTLE PIGGIES OF THE APOCALYPSE.”How does it go, Mummy?”Once upon a time -”What time?”It’s a story. That’s the way stories begin.”I want to know exactly.”Ten

Fallen Angel – by Will Tate

Awarded 2nd place in Cambridge Writers short story competition of 2012 It was a quiet day at police headquarters. I hoped it would stay that way. If I could be bothered to haul my feet off my desk and stare

Every Shepherd Tells His Tale – by Will Tate

Read at Cambridge Writers’ Short Scripts Meeting, 19 June 2003 “WRITER VALERIE LAWS HAS BEEN AWARDED A £2,000 GRANT FROM THE NORTHERN ARTS COUNCIL TO CREATE ‘WALKING POETRY’ BY SPRAY-PAINTING WORDS ON TO SHEEP. UP TO 15 SHEEP WILL HAVE

The Porlock Institute – by Will Tate

Sunday 5th February    “Every addict thinks that he can stop- just like that. But it isn’t that simple. It gets in deep. He tells everyone, especially himself, that he’s okay. He can handle it. But one day he wakes

Lingering in the Lane – by Helen Culnane

“There’s a dead body in Pasture Lane,” said Michael. “No there’s not!” said Susan kicking him hard under the table. “Don’t speak with your mouth full,” scolded their mother who was struggling to coax a spoonful of mashed carrot into

Poetry

The dogs that chase bicycle wheels – by Ilse Pedler

stare out of windows, checking the boundaries checking the boundaries. They have territories to protect, circling from the backs of

Autumn sonnet – by Harry Goode

Now it begins, slowly the drift of days,singly at first, in whispering descent,each loss imperceptible, but shall layin clots at

IMAGO – by Emily Bilman

Like a luminous sphere bursting into myriad other spheres, the gloss inside the dark silk-comb will soon erupt, shedding its

The Pilgrimage – by Emily Bilman

THE PILGRIMAGE At Little Gidding In memoriam R.R.     Wheat fields without end lead me To a hamlet with

Eating Passion Fruit – by Emily Bilman

Like Eve eating the first fruit,I savoured the fruit’spassion, luscious like milk-weed in my mouth. I pickedand ate and ate

The Pelican’s Pouch – by Emily Bilman

With its blade-bill, a sword struck offits scabbard, the pelican plungeson its silver-finned prey in a sovereign half-spin, the chest

November Argument – by Karin Milner

Will you break the silence or shall I?Like the glass carpet on the Cam deep winteror shall we sit in

Non-Fiction

How to avoid… centipedes and millipedes – by Jane Wilson-Howarth

A must read for anybody phobic about small creatures. First published in BBC Wildlife magazine Most centipedes are nocturnal predators that feed mostly on small arthropods; the largest scolopridrids have been reported to take mice, small