Speaker Schedule

Could members who have ideas or contacts for speakers next year please make any suggestions to one of the committee members.



12th January
Crimewriting – Adam Baron
Adam Baron is the author of five novels, which have been widely translated and dramatised on BBC Radio 4. He has worked as an actor, journalist, comedy writer/performer and in-house writer for Channel 4 Television. He is currently MA Course Director in Creative Writing at Kingston University, London.

9th February
Performing your own work – an interactive workshop led by John Wheeler. Please bring a short piece of work (2 minutes) if you want to join the interactive part of the workshop.

John Wheeler is performance poet, winning ‘highly commended’ at the 2016 Bridport International Literature Prize.  He is a teacher of many years standing and has developed a workshop that is non-judgmental and supportive for writers of both poetry and prose. It is full of activities that explain how to make most of opportunities and avoid mistakes including how to make the most of your voice, what to do with a microphone, and how to use those empty places – pauses.

9th March
To be confirmed

13th April
April Fool’s Poetry and Prose Slam.
£4 for non-members

11th May
Scrivener – software for writers – Roger Halton.
Haiku workshop – Christine Eales

8th June
Writing for Film – John MacDonald

John is a novelist, screenwriter and ghostwriter

He began his writing career on the stage, and then went on to write for television.  Several of his novels have been adapted for film, with John himself writing the award-winning screenplays.

13th July
Writing Workshop led by Nicky Singer
Nicky is a novelist, dramatist and librettist. Her debut children’s novel – Feather Boy -won the Blue Peter Award and was adapted for film (BAFTA winner for Best Children’s Drama). Her adaptation of Knight Crew (a gangland re-telling of the King Arthur legend) premiered at Glyndebourne and her first original play Island was staged at the National Theatre. Her work is translated into 28 languages. It was on a recent working trip to the Sudan that she got the idea for her new novel The Survival Game (a road movie about migration) forthcoming July 2018. Nicky will use the workshop to show how you can craft fiction from your own life. www.nickysinger.com

No Meeting

14th September
Panel – TBC

12th October
Write Together session – Kat Parsons

9th November

14th December
Christmas Party

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