Saturday, August 18, 2018


Many thanks to our SWWJ members who have emailed us following their wonderful week at the world famous Swanwick Writers' Summer School in Derbyshire. Recent photos will follow!

This was always to be a rather special year!  Well, it was their 70th birthday and organisers were prepared - and received - a tremendous response.  Many of those three hundred delegates return year after year, both to build and renew their writing skills and their friendships with fellow writers. It turned out to be 'standing room only'.   

As always, delegates enjoyed a marvellous programme of speakers, courses, workshops, panels, talks and so much more.  Every year the School's impressive reputation attracts top-level speakers and tutors from a wide range of writing genres. With something different to choose from every day, delegates were able to create their own bespoke programme. Delegates did not need to sign up in advance for courses or workshops - people were able to choose what inspired them  on the day. 

 I am awaiting a line-up snapped of some of this year's  "Swanwickers" but thought you might like to see a picture taken in 1951. This precious archive photograph includes some of our SWWJ Council members who were among the founders of Swanwick in 1949.  More detail in my book THE WOMAN WRITER published by The History Press in 2009. See




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