Ashby Writers


This is the website for Ashby Writers' Club in which Writers from the area of Ashby de la Zouch discuss their writing, hold writing competitions and entertain guest speakers.

Ashby Writers’ Committee

Chair: Mike Arblaster

Vice-chair: Kate Mallinder

Secretary: Diane Buxton

Treasurer: Samantha Ridgway

Assistant Treasurer: Helen Bralesford

Programme secretary: David Bell

Programme 2019

8th Jan manuscript meeting – members’ own work

22nd Jan Wendy Freer “A Step on the Ladder” (and other films)

12th Feb comp: poem up to 30 lines, on a theme of “Folly”

26th Feb Annual General Meeting

12th Mar manuscript meeting – members’ own work

26th Mar speaker:
Llynda Baugh: Her books. Ways of telling a story.

Llynda is a mosaic artist, as well as an author.

9th Apr manuscript meeting – members’ own work

23rd Apr speaker: Ann Featherston: “Storm in a Teacup.” The Picadilly Circus waitress’s

strike of 1908

14th May manuscript meeting – members’ own work

28th May speaker: Erin Green (aka Bernadette O’Dwyer). Writer of “women’s fiction.”

(what was once called romantic fiction, but Headline have renamed it).

11th June manuscript meeting – members’ own work

25th June comp: prose on the theme of Shyness. (300words (=/- 10, not including title).

(9th July) manuscript meeting – members’ own work

23rd July speaker: Roz Watkins: Derbyshire crime writer

13th Aug manuscript meeting – members’ own work

27th Aug speaker: Ann Evans: novelist. Her 31 books include crime thrillers, romance,

YA, books for reluctant readers, children. She is an ex-journalist (Coventry


9th October: 500 word autobiographies of members.

23rd October manuscript meeting - members' own work

12th Nov manuscript meeting – members’ own work

26th Nov speaker: Shreya Sen Handley. You may remember her autobiographical

Memoirs of my Body. Her short story collection Strange Stories is just out

from HarperCollins. She has also become a librettist for the Welsh National


10th Dec meal - possibly at the Tap House, the same venue as last year, if members are

happy with it.


Meetings second and fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise specified 7.30pm-9.30pm at Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby LE65 2FQ.

See 'Location'  tab in menu for how to find us.

Membership £10 per annum

Visitors are welcome at a nominal fee of £4 per speaker meeting, £3 per comp/manuscript meeting (includes coffee or tea)