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: Mark Taylor

Secretary: Diane Buxton

Treasurer: Samantha Ridgway

Assistant Treasurer: Helen Bralesford

Programme secretary: David Bell

Members’ Representatives: Steve Bull & Henry Sharples

Programme 2018

9th Jan: manuscript meeting – members’ own work

23rd Jan: speaker: Steve Bull: illustrated talk on “Burton and Ashby Tramways”

13th Feb: manuscript meeting – members’ own work

27th Feb: Meeting: cancelled because of bad weather.

13th Mar: AGM (possible followed by readings of winning items (1st, 2nd, 3rd) from 2017


27th Mar: speaker: M P Wright, novelist and tv scriptwriter.

Mark has been a roadie, a private investigator and a risk assessor

10th Apr: manuscript meeting – members’ own work

24th Apr: speaker: Rod Duncan: “Queen of All Crows.”

8th May: comp: poem with a canal theme. Up to 30 lines.

22nd May: manuscript meeting – members’ own work

12th June: speaker: Chris Collett, crime novelist

26th June: manuscript meeting – members’ own work

10th July speaker: Kate Mallinder. “The intermittent blogger; one writer’s experience of blogging.” Kate’s first book “Summer of No Regrets” is to be published early in 2019.

24th July manuscript meeting – members’ own work

14th Aug speaker: Jane Adams, novelist. Author of 30+ crime novels, and lecturer in

creative writing at at DMU. Jane’s latest series is set in the 1920s. A previous

series featured Naomi Blake, a blind ex-detective.

28th Aug manuscript meeting – members’ own work

11th Sept speaker: Les Baynton. An evening of comic verse. Les is a retired Derby

headmaster. Two of his poetry collections have been sponsored by (a) his

local pub and (b) a Derby brewery!

25th Sept comp: Flash fiction. 300 (+/-5) word story set (at least partly) in a tavern.

9th Oct manuscript meeting – members’ own work

23rd Oct speaker: Dr Ann Featherstone. “The Victorian Music Hall.” Ann writes on 19th

century popular entertainment, circuses, theatres, etc, and is the author of two

historical novels. She has been a guest expert (twice) on Who Do You Think

You are, and several tv documentaries. She is a retired university lecturer.

13th Nov two favourite pieces: Please bring two pieces of writing (poem or

prose, no more than two pages - 500 words) to share with the members.

(ie: not your own work – something you have enjoyed reading).

27th Nov manuscript meeting – members’ own work

11th Dec meal at The Tap House


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)