Our 2018/19 seasons was jam-packed with great guests.

12 July: AGM

July marks the final meeting of the 2018/19 season and so hosts our Annual General Meeting. We’re also working on something exciting for this meeting, so keep an eye here and on the newsletter for details.

14 June: Special guest: Sam Mills of Dodo Ink

While details are still tbc, we are excited to have Sam Mills, author and managing director of indie publisher Dodo Ink, joining us for our June meeting. Sam is interested in novels that are daring and different, and will no doubt provide plenty of insight into the ever-growing independent publishing market.

10 May: Writing, illustrating and cartoons with Helena Vaughan and Penny Haynes

Writing and illustration go hand in hand, whether it’s an accompaniment to prose, a simple book cover, or a cleverly-conveyed visual story. We are delighted to have two local artists join us for this session.

Helena Vaughan is an artist and writer of illustrated children’s book, two of which have been published. Helena has also been involved in organising CAOS, the successful Carshalton Artists Open Studios, where visitors visit studios in the area. We look forward to Helena sharing with us the pleasures of writing children’s books and also illustrating them. It will be interesting to talk to an artist – what possibilities are there for illustrating our work, or perhaps in cover design?

Penny Haynes is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and watercolour painter. Penny trained in graphic design at Loughborough College of Art. She produces whimsical cartoons showing gently humorous pictures of animals and animal lovers and illustrates books and websites. She also creates work in a range of other media including watercolour, pen and ink, linocut, collagraph and drypoint etching. She undertakes commissions to create personalised cartoon strips to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and retirements.

12 April: Sarah Hobbs talks poetry

Sutton Writers member Sarah discusses self-publishing for poets, as well as her most recent collection inspired by the works of Salvador Dali. For more on Sarah’s work, visit her website.

8 March: Writing historical fiction with Alison Weir

Eminent historian and historical novelist (and President of Sutton Writers), Alison is the biggest-selling female historian (and the fifth best-selling historian) in the United Kingdom since records began in 1997. She has published twenty-three titles and sold more than 2.7 million books – over a million in the UK and more than 1.7 million in the USA. She is now working on two concurrent series of books: Six Tudor Queens, comprising six novels on the wives of Henry VIII (with associated e-books), and England’s Medieval Queens, a quartet of historical works of non-fiction. A further series of books will be announced next year.

8 February: Podcasting for writers

Podcasts have been around for a long time, but have grown hugely popular in recent years thanks to such narrative-driven podcasts as Serial and Welcome to Nightvale. The format holds plenty of scope for creativity, whether for fiction writers, journalists, essayists or even poets. Join Chris Hawton, host of The All-New Adventures of the Doctor Who Book Club Podcast, and Andy Mallon, editor of the Man Booker Prize podcast, to hear more about what it takes to put a podcast together, how writers can harness the format, and even look at the podcasts helping writers to get better at their craft.

Our hosts made a podcast of the evening! Listen to it on the Sutton Writers Soundcloud

11 January: James Miller, author

Author James Miller joins us to talk to us about writing his latest book, UnAmerican Activities. James will talk about-the challenge we face, as writers, of representing ‘reality’ in a deranged and decentered world dominated by media images of itself. For more information about James Miller, please visit his website.

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