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: Sue Shaw

Vice-chair: Mike Arblaster

Secretary: Diane Buxton

Treasurer: Samantha Ridgway

Programme secretary: David Bell

Programme 2020

14th Jan manuscript meeting – members’ own work

28th Jan 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).

11th Feb manuscript meeting – members’ own work

25th Feb Annual General Meeting. Review of last year’s activities, Election of officers.

10th Mar manuscript meeting – members’ own work

24th Mar comp: opening 500 words of a novel set locally (Leics/Derbys/Staffs).

14th Apr speaker: Rod Duncan: Rod grew up in Aberystwyth,and was identified as dyslexic at the

age of eight. He made his way through the education system by avoiding writing as far as

possible. Duncan studied Mining Geology in the University of Leicester. He moved to Taiwan in 1989, but returned to Leics in 1993. He is a lecturer at De Montfort University, and

the author of nine novels, many of them in the alternate history/steampunk genre.

28th Apr manuscript meeting – members’ own work

12th May comp: poem/verse on “What a Character!” No more than 30 lines.

*** What we would have been doing!!! ***

26th May Kate Malinder's book launch at Waterstones in Birmingham

9th June speaker: Stephen Booth: Stephen is the author of the 18 books in the Ben Cooper/Diane

Fry crime series set in the Peak District, as well as several stand-alone novels. His latest book

“Drowned Lives” features Chris Buckley and is set around the canals of the Lichfield area.

23rd June manuscript meeting – members’ own work

14th July manuscript meeting – members’ own work

28th July speaker: Darren Simpson. His YA debut novel - Scavengers - was a Guardian Best Book

of 2019. He also provided the story for the multi-media novel The Dust on the Moth.

11th Aug manuscript meeting

25th Aug comp: prose: tba

8th Sept speaker: Sophie Draper: Sophie has 2 books published recently, Cuckoo and Magpie,

both psychological thrillers set in Derbyshire. She also works as a traditional oral storyteller

22nd Sept manuscript meeting – members’ own work

13th Oct speaker: Kate Mallinder: Author of YA novels, Summer of No Regrets and Asking for a

Friend. A Look at Young Adult fiction.


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)