Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Such sadness today to learn of the passing of Colin Dexter, one of Britain's best authors and screen writers. Colin became a firm friend who visited Brentwood Writers' Circle some years ago and we met up again at a couple of SWWJ seminars in London. I certainly remember the warm welcome from Colin and his wife during a special visit to his home in Oxford when I interviewed him for a magazine feature. Colin's famous Inspector Morse series is still a family favourite.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Today is rather a special day for Dame Vera on her 100th birthday. I have a special reason for my attention as this lovely lady helped me very much when I began researching my latest book BARKING & DAGENHAM FROM OLD PHOTORAPHS. The book was duly published a year or two back and I owe Dame Vera much appreciation for the photographs she sent to me. Have enjoyed tuning in to all the special programmes showing what great work she has done over such a long time.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Time for celebration tomorrow at Chelmsford Library with the launch of:
ESSEX BELONGS TO US
This amazing 300-page anthology, containing the work of more than one hundred writers who have contributed their thoughts, memories, stories, poems, essays and writing work in general for inclusion in this book, will be on sale. at the Launch.
Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about our county and tomorrow we will be meeting many of those people who live there now and maybe in the past.
This Arts Council England project has brought together a wide range of Essex writers, new and more established. We show what this amazingly diverse county actually means to them.
As our editors Malcolm Burgess and Heather Reyes offer - prepare yourselves to be entertained, moved and surprised in equal amounts with readings from the Essex Belongs To Us compilation and a chance to meet its writers at this special launch tomorrow 18 March.
The book retails at £8.99 and can be purchased from
Malcolm Burgess 19 Cedar Road Hutton Brentwood Essex CM13 1NB Postage and packing
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Spring Gathering and Prize Giving TeaDate: 15th March 2017
Location: National Liberal Club, London
Adjudications, awards and readings. Guest speaker: Solange Hando "The life of a traveller writer". Members, guests and visitors all welcome! Bookings by 6th of March. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 02, 2017
For more information on our Society of Women Writers & Journalists check out our website www.swwj.co.uk
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Always a treat to meet up with Ros Green, Essex Book Festival Director whose work for this annual gathering all over the county is unstintingly great. Once again she travelled from Suffolk to Essex to meet us in the Brentwood studio to outline our upcoming Book Festival which starts on 1 March. More pictures to follow.