Sutton Writers

Our leadership

President of Sutton Writers, Alison Weir 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-one books, both historical fiction and non-fiction, and sold several million books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Publications include: The Six Tudor Queens series, Queens of the Crusades, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, and A Dangerous Inheritance. See more at her website.

The committee

The committee oversees the general running of Sutton Writers. Each member brings their own skillset, vision and ideas to the table to drive the group forward.

Jonathan Evans

After a background in project management Jonathan Evans has recently given up work to concentrate on writing. He has written 3 books and has recently self-published one of these. He is still editing and polishing the others. He joined Sutton Writers in 2018 and is looking forward to working with the board to grow the group’s activities, and develop new ways to support and promote our writing community.

Cindi Ongers 
Vice Chair

South African-born Cindi writes and self-publishes romance novels under the name Cindi Page. She is the author of A Piece of My Heart (2016) and Full Circle (2018). Cindi studied Law and Languages, but passed up on being a lawyer for teaching in Japan for a while. Her love for words led her to become an English teacher first, then a managing editor for an academic publication before she finally took the plunge and started writing freelance part-time while pursuing novel writing. Her offbeat short story Things you Should Know about Crocodiles (2012), was published in the anthology The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story (Black Letter Media); her short story, 25 Lines for Ian (2016), was shortlisted for the South African Writers’ College Short Story Competition. Cindi currently lives in an old Victorian house with creaky floorboards, with her high-school sweetheart-turned-husband, two sons and their dog, Charlie. She is a member of the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa and joined Sutton Writers to come together with other writers in the community to share knowledge and grow as an author.

Chris Hawton
Competitions Officer

Chris Hawton is a podcast host, blogger and science fiction writer. He is the co-host of the All-New Adventures of the Doctor Who Book Club podcast, and contributes to Adventures in Pop Culture. He has been published in two Doctor Who anthologies, with a third on the way. Outside of writing, he is a keen runner and is a former secretary of Sutton Runners. He’s also been a volunteer steward at Sutton United Football Club for more than half a decade. He works as an engineering development manager in software.
Podcast: All-New Adventures of the Doctor Who Book Club

Rosie O’Carroll
Social Media Officer

Rosie O’Carroll enjoys writing ghosts stories and is currently finalising two novels featuring the supernatural.

Rosie is a communications manager for a private members’ Club and also manages press and social media for The Ghost Club – the oldest paranormal association in the UK.

Paul Blewitt
Membership Officer

I’m Paul, I’m married and live in Carshalton Beeches with most of my three children and a border collie.

I’ve been writing for four years now; mainly short stories and children’s novels. One day, I’m going to make it really big.

Bernard Jacobs

Bernard Jacobs has been Chair of Sutton Writers for the past 3 years. He runs the Poetry workshop. He is a poet, and his poetry has been awarded several prizes. He also writes short stories, with several placements in The President’s Prize, including runner-up last year. His first book was The Nonsuch Poems, a collection of poetry and prose about Nonsuch Park and Palace, self-published in 2016; his second, 168 Miles Between Stanzas (2017), is a self-published anthology of poems co-written with Philip Smith. He has also had work included in the book World War One Centenary Writings (winner best poem) and Writing on Glass, a collection of work by a number of Sutton Writers’ authors, which he edited. Now retired, he ran his own business continuity planning company, and had previous board appointments in IT and advertising, where he led a number of award-winning creative teams. Bernard has been happily married to Jenny for 53 years, has three children and nine grandchildren. His main interests, apart from writing and his family, are reading (particularly crime fiction and poetry) and all kinds of sport. He has always found chasing a ball totally irresistible, was a middle distance runner, and ran half-marathons and marathons, including London in 1990. He is standing for a general committee role to help the ongoing  transformation and growth of Sutton Writers, and to offer the support of his experience to the new committee.
Publications: The Nonsuch Poems, 168 Miles Between Stanzas

Kirsteen Coupar
General Committee

Kirsteen Coupar has been a member of Sutton Writers for six years and hosts the workshop that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Kirsteen wrote her first novel (an apocalyptic sci-fi) after joining Sutton Writers and credits the workshop she attended as the reason it got finished.  She is now writing her second novel which is contemporary fiction.  She has experience in project and event management and is keen to contribute to the growth of Sutton Writers.

John Reynolds
General Committee

John has been a member of Sutton Writers for many years and is a former committee treasurer. He hosts the fortnightly Monday evening workshops.

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