Monday, June 29, 2015


Some of our SWWJ Council members
Great writers' gatherings over the last few weeks.  Last Thursday, 25th June, the SWWJ held their Summer Party/AGM  at the National Liberal Club in London's Whitehall. I'm very fond of this  historic building.  It was a huge treat to meet so many friends and learn about their latest successes and projects in publishing, radio and TV.   Great talent present!  
Valerie Dunmore (former chairman) with Barbara Field-Holmes, our new chairman
(courtesy of Jay Deeley, our official photographer)

To top off this great afternoon, members enjoyed meeting Michelle Hather, our guest speaker.  Michelle is deputy editor of Good Housekeeping, a best selling magazine founded in 1922. Michelle has had a varied career in the media and I forgot to tell her  (a trained Hansard reporter) that I had, coincidentally, also worked with Hansard in both Chambers of Parliament from 1979 till 2005.

Here is Michelle, guest speaker.  A fascinating lady.

Katherine Gallagher, a widely-published poet, was also welcomed as the judge of the SWWJ Poetry Competition. and it was a joy to listen to the winning poems. The lovely Valerie Tigwell was the winner of this, the Elizabeth Longford Rose Bowl for Poetry; Valerie Dunmore, our former chairman came second and Margaret Gallop was third prize-winner.  Winning words!

Saturday, 27 June and more mingling with fabulous writers, this time, a little more parochial.  Brentwood Writers' Circle held their annual Writers' Day and our guest speaker was Sue Moorcroft - do look her up!  She brought her latest novels which our members loved and gave us a clever writing recipe for short stories.   Sue certainly set our creative writing juices going.   Novelist, short story writer and all round professional, Sue contributes to the international  Writers' Forum and is tremendously successful.  I am basically, a non-fiction scriber, but Sue now has me riffling through my old short story archives, and who knows, one day you may be reading my tales, too,.  There are certainly enough writing competitions out there to which you can send your entries. Check also

Sue Moorcroft and Frances Clamp BWC president

Jim Reeve Amanda Thomas Patrick Forsyth



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