Upcoming Events

7th February – Susan Grossey

Susan Grossey is a local author of a series of historical financial crime stories, set in London in the 1820s. The books are narrated by Sam Plank, a magistrates’ constable. Susan will be speaking to us about her journey into becoming a writer, her self-publishing success story, and her Sam Plank Mystery

7th March – Short Story Competition Awards Night

We will be getting together to find out the results of this year’s short story competition in a glittering awards ceremony (just don’t expect too much glitter!) There are cash prizes on offer for the top three placed stories though. This year’s contest has been kindly judged for us by Dr. Sean

4th April – Dr. Jon Stone

Dr. Jon Stone is a lecturer in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, poet and editor in hybrid and lucid literary forms, interactive fiction and collaborative writing. He is also a co-director of Sidekick Books, a small press with a focus on multi-author mixed-genre anthologies. He has published papers in the field

Our monthly writers’ events are held at: Hartington Grove Meeting House.

91-93 Hartington Grove

Non-members are welcome to attend most events, at a charge of £3. Please contact our chairman Harry Goode if you would like to come along.

Recent Events

1st November – Genre-Bending Workshop

Genre-bending workshop run by Tim Love. What is Genre? Why is it so significant? And can works really fit into more than one genre? A chance to discuss all these questions and more, and to learn about this mysterious yet important theme. Tim Love will conduct this workshop. Tim has had poems in Rialto, Stand, Smith’s Knoll, Oxford Poetry etc. His prose has recently been

4th October – Chris Priestley

Local writer of fiction for children, artist and illustrator. He’s been writing since 2000 and has earned many accolades and awards. Books fall into the horror genre and include a series called Tales of Terror’. His paintings have appeared at the Royal Academy Exhibition.

6th September – Professor Edith Hall

Edith is Professor of Classics at Durham University, previously at King’s College London. She specialises in showing how Aristotle’s philosophy from the Ancient World can be applied to how to live in the modern world in her book Aristotle’s Way, Ten Ways Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life. Topics such as love, contentment, resisting temptation, decision-making, intention, happiness and mortality

June 7th – Flash Fiction Awards Evening (Members Only)

Our flash fiction awards evening is always a lot of fun. All the entries will be read out by two designated readers and then members attending will have the opportunity to vote on their favourites for first, second and third prizes. The event will be held at Hartington Grove Meeting House, in another welcome return to pre-pandemic get togethers. No

3rd May – Deborah Balm

Deborah Balm is an audiobook narrator of fiction and non-fiction books. A relatable, contemporary native British female voice artist with a smidge of sass. Born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Cambridge after her career in software engineering took her from Leicester, to Basel, and on to Amsterdam. Her background in singing performance and musical theatre dovetailed perfectly with her

5th April – AGM (Online) – Members Only

Our Annual General Meeting will be held online this year, over Zoom. All members are encouraged to attend. It’s your chance to hear how the group is doing, understand more fully how it is run and put forth opinions on various subjects. Our Chairman, Harry Goode, will be sending out email invites to members closer to the date, so please

Routes to Publishing – 1st February 2022 (Online)

Online Workshop: Siobhan Carew will be hosting this workshop over Zoom on the various routes to publishing. Routes to Publishing There are two main routes to publishing: through a traditional agent/publisher, or by self-publishing. Within those choices, there are sub-choices. Few traditional publishers take on work directly. They usually prefer agents to act as intermediaries, filtering the wheat from the

1st March 2022 – Short Story Competition Results Evening (Online)

Our March meeting will take place online via Zoom, and will comprise the results of the Cambridge Writers 2022 short story competition. Our competition this year was judged by Andrew Cowan, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Since his first prize-winning novel Pig (1994), he’s written four more novels depicting people in provincial worlds. The theme

7th December 2021 – Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching obesity and the brain control of food intake. His current research focuses on understanding how these pathways differ from person to person, and the influence of genetics in our relationship with food and eating habits. Giles will present his book, Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and

2nd November 2021 – Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since

If you have any suggestions for speakers you would like to hear at our writers’ events, please contact our programme secretary, Karin Milner.