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.

Co-Chair and Secretary
Kirsteen Coupar

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.

Co-Chair and Secretary + Editor (newsletter/website)
Lauren McMenemy

Lauren (LJ) McMenemy is a copywriter and content marketer by trade, and a gothic/horror novelist by dream. Her work has been published in several anthologies, and she placed third globally in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in 2011. She has been a member of Sutton Writers for around three years, and joined the committee to take over marketing duties in 2018. Lauren re-launched the website soon after, and has been responsible for the newsletter, social media and membership surveys. She plans to bring her experience in digital marketing to the role of co-chair, helping to build a strong community of writers and making the most of the technology available to us to make Sutton Writers more accessible to more people.

Chris Hawton
Co-Treasurer and 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 marketing manager for a drug and alcohol charity 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
General Committee

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

Jonathan Evans
General Committee

Jonathan Evans has had a variety of jobs including teaching biology in a comprehensive school; banking project, programme and product management; and latterly working for a federation of GPs in Epsom to deliver cardiology services and care for the over 65s in the community. He has recently retired and is concentrating on building a career as an author. He has written 3 books – an epic fantasy novel, a middle grade magical realism story and a dystopian YA novel  – but is still editing and polishing them all and dreams about getting a traditional agent, but is also pursuing self-publishing opportunities. He joined Sutton Writers 2 years ago and is looking forward to working with the board to grow the group’s activities, and develop new ways to support and promote the local writing community.

Matt Gupta
General Committee

Matt is 29 years old and has been writing fantasy, sci-fi and thriller fiction novels under the name Matthew J Gupta for about 15 years. He recently published his first novel on the Kindle store and in paperback, and is now working on a spy fiction zombie apocalypse novel. He joined Sutton Writers looking for a community to workshop his prose and to help others writing in similar genres and voices. He has been studying under Brandon Sanderson for the last two years and has organised his own seminars to aid other writers in writing theory. He believes this, along with his knowledge of writing online programs and tools, would make him a useful addition to the committee.
Publications: Conspirators: To Each His Own Agenda (Amazon link)
YouTube: MattG Gaming

Cindi Ongers 
General Committee

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.

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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