Writing Groups

IN LONDON

NORTH LONDON

BRONDESBURY
Kilburn, Queen’s Park and Kensal Rise area. Meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in each others’ houses, notification by email. Meetings allow for members to bring a published poem they want to share in the 1st half and their own work in the 2nd half for a (constructive) critique. Contact Sue Whitmore on 020 8459 6406 / 53 The Avenue, London, NW6 7NR / whitmore.susan@yahoo.co.uk.

CAMDEN

CAST. Women only group. Mon, 1-4.15. 37-39 Kings Terrace NW1 0JR. Contact Harriet Craven on 020 7383 5228.

Camden Poetry Group. Sat (monthly) 3-5.30pm. Some guest speakers. Send writing sample to Hannah Kelly, 64 Lilyville Road, SW6. Tel: 020 7916 5317.

EAST FINCHLEY
Writing Workshop, Mon & Thur, 10.30-12.45. 58 Helen Close, N2 OUU. Contact Dennis Evans on 020 8346 9528.

GOLDERS GREEN
Creative writing workshops run by Miriam Halahmy, experienced tutor & published writer. Daytime & evenings. Tel: 020 8458 9326 / miri.halahmy@btinternet.com.

HAMPSTEAD
Spinning Room Poetry Group. Join in friendly discussion. Bring your own poetry or something you like by another poet. Meets every Tues from 8.30pm at The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead (Golders Green tube) Contact Jennifer Johnson on 020 8561 2918 / jennifer.johnson@blueyonder.co.uk.

HARROW
Writers’ Circle meets on alternate Thursdays at 7.45pm in The Kenton Room, Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex HA5 4EA Contact Indra Sikdar (Public Relations Officer) Tel: 07952 569097 / www.harrowwriters.org.uk

HIGHGATE
Highgate Poets has been meeting for over 30 years, bi-annual anthology, regular poetry readings, many published poets, first Sunday evening of month. New members welcome. www.highgatepoets.com

Thurlow Road Poetry Workshop. Long history of prize winners: Hugo Williams, Michael Donaghy, Don Paterson, Ruth Padel, etc. Younger published poets especially welcomed. Contact: Colin Falck on falck.colin@gmail.com / 07758-458-944.

HORNSEY
Word for Word. Word for Word includes; a Novelists Group; Crouch End Poetry Group, Tuesday 10.30 am- 12.30, term times. Contact Catharine at agilefonts@yahoo.co.uk ; W4W (a mixed group of poets & prose writers). Wednesday 1-3 pm, term times. Contact Brian at briandoc67@yahoo.co.uk.

ISLINGTON
Green Ink Writers Irish Writers. Alternate Thursdays at 8.30 pm. Hemingford Arms, 158 Hemingford Rd, N1 1DF. Tel: 020 7241 4591.

KILBURN
Black Inc Reading Group.  Discuss books by black authors. 1st Thu, Kilburn Library, Salusbury Rd. Tel: 020 8937 3424.

POETRY of MANY WORLDS. A place to read your own poetry/ To share poems that you love/ or just to come and listen. The first Wednesday of every month. 7pm to 9pm. £3 including refreshments. OffSide Books, (The Bookshop), 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn, London, NW6 7FA. For more information contact 020 7624 9340 / info@offsidebooks.com / www.offsidebooks.com

MUSWELL HILL
Creative Writes Workshops are facilitated by Nichola Charalambou in Muswell Hill, N10 and have been running regularly since 2009. Workshops are small, supportive, motivational and tailor-made. We give you space to write. Evenings and Weekends. Tel: 07941091313 Website: http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/

SEBBON
St Exchange Occasional sessions for poetry. Community Centre, Sebbon St N1 2DZ Contact Sheridan Mclaughlin on 020 7354 2015.

STAMFORD HILL
Readers Group 1st Tue. Stamford Hill Library, Portland Ave, N16. Contact Sue Comitti on 020 8256 2573.

ST JOHN’S WOOD
Library. Contact Daniel Waller on 020 7641 4282

STOKE NEWINGTON
Readers Group, Last Tuesday. Library, Stoke Newington Church St, N16. Tel: 020 8356 5230.

TORRIANO
Poetry & Voice. Themed workshops. Saturdays 1-5 pm. Writing exercises and constructive feedback. Please bring 12 copies of 1 poem for critique & comments. Torriano, 99 Torriano Ave, NW5.

WINKFIELD
Resource Centre Weekly creative writing group for people with disabilities in Haringey. Contact Paul Johnson on 020 8889 0396.

WOOD GREEN
Sangam Poets. 1st Sat, 1-3pm. Central Library, High St N22 Contact Durlabh Singh on 020 8887 0666

Utter Writing Group (formerly Word 4 Word Wood Green) meets every Sat morning (except the first Sat in the month), 11am-1pm, in the 2nd Floor Community Room of Wood Green Library. £2/£4 for peer led sessions, £5.00 for professionally led sessions. Contact Sarah Verrinde: word4wordwoodgreen@hotmail.co.uk

 

EAST LONDON

BRICK LANE
Bengali Literary Society. Monthly, Brick Lane. Members from all over London. Contact Kamal Kurashi on 020 8553 3699.

BARKING & DAGENHAM
Open to writers of all levels over 20, the group meets to have lively informal discussion about members’ own writing projects. Contact Jo Purdy at BADWriters@hotmail.co.uk

BEXLEY
A group for all ages & levels that creates a space for people who love to write to share encouragement, inspiration. Contact Fiona Law on 077 4576 3639

BROMLEY
Bromley Writers’ Group. Contact Gill Nutkins on 020 8461 7185, gill.nutkins@bromley.gov.uk

ABC Writing Group. This group is for people moving on from substance misuse, who are over 18, with a level of stability that will enable full participation. Contact Mark at Aftercare Bromley Collective (ABC) on 020 8289 5507.

E1
Approach Poets.  2nd Mon, The Brady Club, Hanbury St, E1. Contact Michael Aitken on 02075380970;

Newsletter What’s the Word? Eastside bookshop,166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU Tel 020 7247 0216, www.eastsidearts.org.uk

E14
Writers Wanted. Aimed at residents of Aberfeldy Estate. Thu, St.Nick’s centre, Dee St, E14 Contact Mark Govier on 04325 358 706.

HACKNEY
Black Writers & Readers Group. Discuss books by black writers. 3rd Tue, 6-7.30. Mare St Library, 233 Mare St, E8 Tel: 020 8356 2543.

Hackney & East London Writing Circle. Feedback offered in a supportive environment. Active since 2010, groups facilitated bi-monthly by Liz Barnes at Talbot pub. Contact hackneywriters-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Scribblers. A self-led creative writing group, meeting in Sutton House (National Trust property). Writers of all levels are welcome. Individuals contribute ideas for writing prompts by sharing something simple such as a line from a poem or an overheard conversation. Third Thursday of each month from 12.15pm-2.15pm. Fee: £2.50 per session or £20 for 10 sessions, includes access to the house for writing inspiration. Contact viola.untir@nationaltrust.org.uk. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblersE9

HAVERING
Writers’ Group. Contact Ian Law on 01708 223495 / ian.m.law@bt.com.

NEWHAM
This group welcomes local writers from beginners to advanced. It has a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to progress and inspiration. Contact Jacqui Durand on 079 4928 7753 / latestarterjd@aol.com.

WALTHAM FOREST
Asian Literary Circle, mostly Asian writers, poets, critics & journalists interested in Asian arts & literature. Contact Akhtar Ziai, 13D Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4SD.

WALTHAMSTOW
Phoenix Writers. 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30. Modern College of Music & Drama, 22 Orford Rd, E17. Contact Tom O’Brien on 020 8521 3726.

Village Writers. Alt Wed, 3 Church End. Like to see new members twice at least before acceptance into group. Contact Peter Reeves on 020 8527 8191.

 

SOUTH LONDON

BERMONDSEY
The Frustrated Writers Society. 12 Harrisons Ct, Myers L SE14 5RY. Contact Nick Carter on 020 7635 8170 / frustrated@writings.freeserve.co.uk.

BLACKHEATH
Poetry SocietyMainly poetry appreciation, but writers of poetry are welcome. Each meeting has a pre-agreed theme, and we read around the room. 2nd Mon, alternate months, 8pm. Contact Gill Stoker on 020 8852 9608 /  blackheathpoetry@btinternet.com.

BRIXTON
The Write Thing. Promotes black writers. Suite 53, 49 Effra Rd SW2 1BZ Tel: 020 7924 0124.

BROMLEY
Ripley Poetry Association. Last Fri in Sep, Oct, Nov. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Ave, Bromley. Contact Ruth Smith on 0208 460 3062.

Shortlands Poetry Circle. Started 1911, may be the oldest group in London. 2nd & 4th Tue, 2.30pm. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley. Contact Lesley McLetchie on 020 8460 0119.

CROYDON
Open Group. Discussions & creative writing. Member’s houses, weekly, 8. Contact Anne Slatford on 020 8660 4378.

Poets Anonymous. 1st Fri, 8. Dog & Bull, Surrey St. Contact Ted Smith, 020 8653 7660. Also meet 2nd Sat, 2.30-4, United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove. Contact Peter Evans on 020 8645 9956 / poets@poetsanon.org.uk /  www.poetsanon.org.uk

Croydon Reading Group. Monthly, Sat, 11-12, Level 4, Meeting Room, Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, CR9 1ET Tel: 020 8760 5400 / controldesk@croydononline.org / www.croydon.gov.uk

Sanderstead Library Reading GroupMonthly, 7.15. Farm Fields, S Croydon, CR2 0HL Tel: 020 8657 2882 / sanderstead@croydononline.org.

GREENWICH
Thameside Poetry Workshop. Thurs 7-9pm at West Greenwich House, 141 Greenwich High Rd, SE10. Contact Fiona Moore on 0208 853 0187 / fionamoore@aetos.freeserve.co.uk.

LEWISHAM
Nka Iban. African women writers group. 1st Sun, Lewisham Way Centre, 138 Lewisham Way, SE14 Tel: 020 8692 1577.

MERTON
Merton Writers’ Circle Last Fri, not Aug/Dec. 30-32 Worple Rd, Wimbledon SW19. Contact Beryl McMillan at Beryl@mertonwriters.org.uk / www.mertonwriters.org.uk

Merton Poetry Group. 1st Tue, 8. Raynes Park Methodist Church, Worple Rd, SW20 Contact Russell Thompson on 020 8942 3685.

RICHMOND
Adult & Community College. Various groups. Tel: 020 8891 5907.

Ormond Road Poetry Group. Mon 8pm during term time. Contact Paul Gregorowski on 020 8948 0017.

SOUTH NORWOOD
Writers Workshop Mon, 10-12. Sth Norwood Centre, Sandown Rd, SE25 4XE Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816.

GREENWICH POETRY WORKSHOP
Thameside Writers.  Contact Doreen Hinchliffe: doreen.hinchliffe@ntlworld.com

WIMBLEDON
Wimbledon & Merton Poetry Group. 1st Tue, 8, Raynes Park Methodist Church, Worple Road, London SW20 Contact Russell Thompson on 020 8942 3685 / zznsh@yahoo.co.uk.

 

WEST LONDON

BARON’S COURT
1st Mon, 1-2.30. Contact Amanda Stirrup on 020 8576 5055.

CHELSEA
Library 3rd Thur, 6.30-8. Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, SW3 5EZ. Contact Jane Choules on 020 7352 6056.

EALING
Exiled Writers Ink! Refugees & exiles get creative. Thur, Committee Room, Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 Tel: 020 8458 1910.

Pitshanger PoetsBring 10 copies of poem. Tue, 7.45. Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock La, W5 5BQ Contact Alan Chambers on 020 8567 7234 / pitshanger.poets@virgin.netpitshangerpoets.wordpress.com.

FULHAM & CHELSEA
Survivors’ Poetry. Mon am & Tue pm. The Tamworth Project, 11 Farm Lane, SW6 1PU Contact Lloyd Lindsay on 020 7736 9123.

HAMMERSMITH
Irish Centre Creative Writing & Irish Literature. Thur, 7-9. Blacks Rd, W6 9DT Tel: 020 8563 8232 / irishcentre@ukgateway.net / www.lbhf.gov.uk.

NORTHFIELDS
Library 1st Thur, 6.30-7.30. Contact Amanda Stirrup on 020 8576 5055.

SOUTH ACTON
Writers Group Tue 6.30-8.30. All Saints Church Centre, Bollo Bridge Rd, W3. Contact Julian Duffus on 07949 621288

SW5
Poetry Round. Mon, 7.30-9.30. Barkston Greens Hotel, 33-44 Barkston Sq, SW5 Tel: 020 8561 2918 / jenjohns@aol.com.

Brompton Library. 1st Fri, 10-11.30. 210 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 0BS Contact Chris Moore on 020 7373 3111.

 

CENTRAL LONDON

Black Pen: Black Women Writers Group. Black Pen is a supportive creative community of Black (African/Caribbean) Women Writers who meet for monthly creative writing sessions and literary events. Events are only open to group members. Near Trafalgar Square. To become a group member or for further information please email: artdirectorink@gmail.com

The King’s PoetsFormed in King’s Cross in 2002, this group meets every other Tussday evening at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. Meetings run from 8pm to 10pm. Free. For more information contact bertzpoet@yahoo.com or mcloughlin_catherine@hotmail.com.

London Voices Poetry Workshop. Member of Federation of Worker Writers & Community Publishers. 3rd Friday of month 7.30pm at Sekforde Arms, Sekforde St, Clerkenwell Green, EC1 Contact Gill Oxford on 020 8445 0090.

London Writers’ Café. A place for creative writers to read out their work for feedback in a friendly atmosphere. All creative writers are welcome to join the group, meet and connect with others for support, advice and motivation! £3 per meeting. Near Liverpool St Station. See website for full details.

London Writers’ Circle. 1st Wed, 12-2. Not Aug/Jan. The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Gt Smith St, SW1. Contact Colleen McMath on 0208 504 2506 / words@stickler.org.uk.

Marylebone Library. 1st Wed, 10-12. Contact Linda Davies on 020 7641 1037

New River Writers Group. Wed, 8-11. The Percy Arms, 26 Percy St, WC1X 9QP Contact Julian Duffus on 07949 621288 /  duffusjjg@hotmail.com / foxglove.co.uk/newrivers

Out of Reality. Drinkers, thinkers, ranters & writers. Wed, 8, King’s Arms Pub, Northington St, W1 Tel: 07941 908893

Paddington Library Creative Writing, Porchester Rd, London W2 5DU. 3rd Fri, 6.30-8.30. Contact Mike Morten on 020 7641 4475/4490.

Sufism Discussion Group. Talk & share ideas on Sufism & Sufi mystic poetry, Rumi, Hafez and other Sufi masters. Bring a poem or a story to share. 1st Fri. Contact Nihat on 0794 448 9527 / sufism@rumi.org.uk.

Pimlico Library. 3rd Mon, 10-12. Contact Mike Morten on 020 7641 4475/4490.

Poets of LondonTue, 6.30-7.30. Wed, 6-8. Waterstone’s, 82 Gower St WC1. Need to pre-book. Contact S C Crawford on 020 7637 1759 / clinic@poetsoflondon.com / www.poetsoflondon.com.

SubVerse Gathering, Bar Chocolate. Friendly & supportive meeting, discussion on value of submission & submissive people. Last Sat, 2.30-4.30. 27 D’Arblay St, W1.

Viscous Interludes. 1st & 3rd Sat, 8pm. The Churchill, Mount Pleasant/Elm St, EC1. Tel: 020 8883 5527

Westminster Writers’ Group. Mondays, 6.30-8.00pm. Marylebone Children’s Library, 54 Beaumont Street, London W1G 6DW. Contact: westminsterwriters@gmail.com.

WriteClub London. Monthly meetup upstairs at the Blue Posts, 81 Newman Street, London W1T 3EU, from 7pm. Friendly, open conversation about writers and writing. Full details on our website at: www.meetup.com/WriteClubLondon/

OUTSIDE LONDON

NORTH LONDON

ASHFORD
Ashford Writers meet on the second Thursday of each month starting at 6pm, ending just before 8m. Meetings are held at Ashford Public Library, Church Road, Ashford. Contact Marjorie Burge, Leeside Queens Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent. Tel: 01233 623949 / yym@btopenworld.com / www.writers-circles.com/ashford.html

Talliston Poetry Circle meet on the third Thursday of each month starting at 8pm. Meetings are held at Talliston House & Gardens. Contact John Trevillian, Leeside Queens Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent. Tel: 07760 171100 / jetx@aol.com. More info here.

ASHTON
Ashton Writers meet on alternate Tuesdays at 8pm at The King’s Arms in Ashton. 16 members regularly attend, offering a friendly critique in a relaxed atmosphere. Contact Mrs Chris Wood, 9 Chisacre Drive, Shevington, Wigan WN6 8ER. Tel: 01257 253887 / Woodwigan@aol.com. More info here.

BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham Writers’ Group welcomes members from all walks of life from across the West Midlands. The group requirement is that members are regular writers – published or otherwise – and that they treat each other with respect. Members are to support each other’s literary efforts and to provide constructive critical advice on each other’s work. Meetings are held twice monthly at Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ. More info here.

BOLTON
Bank St Writers. Contact Rod Riesco, 16-18 Mill Lane, Horwich BL6 6AT.

BOURNEMOUTH
Wallisdown WorkshopBournemouth Uni. Contact Malcolm Povey on 01202 422375.

BRACKNELL
South HIll Park Poetry Workshop. Weds 7-9pm. South Hill Pk Arts Centre, Ringmead, Birch HIll RG12 7PA. Tel: 01344 484 123.

BRADFORD
Kala Sangam. S. Asian Arts Centre, 60 Carlisle Rd BD8 8BD.

BRENTWOOD
Courage Writers. Last Fri, 7.30pm. Tubby’s Bar, Courage Hall, Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Rd. 01277 227522.

BRIDLINGTON
Bridlington Writers’ Group. Contact Diane Wilson, Secretary, 40 Burtall Hill, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO16 7QA. Tel: 01262 609228.

BRIGHTON
Brighton Writers’ Workshop. Contact Jackie Hinden on 01273 884186 / hinden-j@pavilion.co.uk.

Brighton Workers Writers. Contact Al Thompson, 68 Grand Parade BN2 2JY.

BRISTOL & BATH
The Poetry CanPoetry Development Agency, Unit 11, 20-22 Hepburn Rd BS2 8UD. Tel: 0117 942 6976.

BROMLEY
Granville Writers. Contact Marie Cook,12 Queens Rd, Kent BR1 3EA.

CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge Writers is an organisation of both published and unpublished writers in Cambridge and nearby towns and villages. Its purpose is to give mutual self-help. The poetry group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at 29 High Street, Chesterton, Cambridge. At these meetings we ask that members bring along 8 copies of the poem they wish to be considered. To sample the group, contact the Coordinator, Tim Love on 01223 512133 / tl136@cam.ac.uk. More info here.

CAMELFORD, CORNWALL
The Indian King Poets/Camelford Poetry Stanza meet most Mondays from 10am-12.30pm with occasional one-day workshops with visiting poets. Contact: 01840 212161 / indianking@btconnect.com.

CANTERBURY
Writers’ Group. Contact Ingrid Riley, 18 Uplands, Kent CT2 7BL.

CATERHAM
Creative Writing. Fri, 10-12. Adult Ed Centre, Beechwood Rd, Surrey. Contact Stella Stocker, 020 8668 3816. Chiltern Writers Group 2nd Thur, Wendover Library. Tel: 01296 482766.

CLACTON
Clacton & District Poetry Circle. Alt Fri. 10.15-12. Friends Meeting House, Granville Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Contact Mrs Parsons on 01255 426952.

DERBY
Derby Poetry Society. 7.30, Room 4, Friends Meeting House, St Helens Street. Tel: 01332 553430.

DORCHESTER
Dorchester Arts Centre, Poetry Cafe Workshops with Pam Zinnemann-Hope & Zenobia Venner. Weds 11am-1pm. Tel: 01305 266926.

DORKING
Mole Valley Poets. Last Fri, 7.30, staff restaurant, Pippbrook offices. More info here.

CHICHESTER
Chichester Writers’ Circle. Contact Mary Newman Aitchison on 01243 829688.

CRAWLEY
Crawley Writers’ CircleContact Beryl Armstrong on 01297 536619.

EASTBOURNE / SUSSEX
Andeirida Writers’ Circle. A small but friendly group who meet at The Landham Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30 pm. More info here.

The Downland Poets. The society meets monthly on a Monday evening, at The Lansdowne Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE.. More info here. Contact:thedownlandpoets@gmail.com

EAST OXFORD
Bloomin Arts. Mon, 8.15-10. E Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd. Contact Giles Goodland on 01865 243398.

EPSOM
Writers’ Workshops. Thur, 10-12. Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816.

ESSEX
Essex Girls Poetry Collective. 1st Thu, 7-9. Heybridge Inn, Heybridge. Contact Sandie Cottee on 01268 733259 / sandie@nextcall.net.

Essex Poetry &Prose Society. 3rd Sun, 3-6. Disraeli Room, Bell Inn, St James St, Castle Hedingham. Contact Canon J A Fitch on 01787 237058.

Live Writing. Aimed at 12-18 yr olds. Phone for details: Braintree & Witham 01376 340803; Castle Point 01268 882200; Chelmsford 01245 281213; Colchester 01206 518147; Harlow 01279 446763; Rayleigh & Rochford 01268 775830; Uttlesford 01799 510384.

EXETER
Exeter & District Writer’s Club. Fortnightly, not Jul/Aug. Contact Dennis Davey on 01392 841650 / dendavey@supanet.com

FALMOUTH
Poetry Group 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. 6.30-9pm at the Falmouth Public Library. Tel: 01736 763803 / info@falmouthpoetrygroup.co.uk / www.falmouthpoetrygroup.org.uk

FELIXSTOWE
Scribblers meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Felixstowe Library in Crescent Road, meetings start at 7.30pm and last for about two hours. Contact the secretary Dave Feakes on 01473-402022 /  scribblers@ntlworld.com. More info here.

FOLKESTONE
Contact Terry Jones, Adult Education Centre, Earlscliffe, Kent.

GRAVESEND
Creative Writing Class. Contact Ben Packman, Basement Flat, 93 Windmill St, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1LH.

Saheli Writers. Contact Daya Sharma, 51 Pelham Rd South, Kent DA11 8QS.

GUILDFORD
Wey Poets. Surrey Poetry Centre, 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30. Friends Meeting House, Ward St. Contact Martin Jones on 01483 504556.

Guildford Writers. Fortnightly at Guildford Institute, University of Surrey, Ward St, GU1 4LH. Contact Jennifer Margrave on 01483 562722. More info here.

HARROGATE
Writers’ Circle is for people who are interested in writing in any form. It welcomes all writers: beginners or more experienced. It provides somewhere for writers to discuss their work in a friendly environment. Meetings are held at Harrogate Community Centre, East Parade, Harrogate starting at 7.45pm and finishing at about 9.45pm. Contact the secretary on 01423 861263. More info here.

HARROW
Herga Poets. 3rd Sun, 2-5. 15 Orley Farm School (library), South Hill Ave, Harrow on the Hill. Contact Dorothy Pope on 020 8864 3149.

HASLEMERE
Writers’ Circle. Contact Suzanne Anstee on 01428 643613.

HASTINGS
New Poetry SocietyContact Josephine Austin, Burdett Cottage, 4 Burdett Place, Old Town, East Sussex TN34 3ED.

HAY-ON-WYE
Hay-on-Wye & District Writers’ Circle. Contact Hazel Watkins on 01497 847222.

HERTFORDSHIRE
Ver Poets. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Postal members welcome. Daytime workshops on alternate Mondays. Evening meetings. Contact: Daphne Schiller on 01727 864898 / daphne.schiller@virgin.net.

HORSHAM
Writers’ Circle. Contact P Hollis on 01403 251876.

HYTHE
Marsh Ink Writers. Alt Wed, 7.30, Southlands Community Comp School, Station Rd, New Romney, Kent TN28 8BB Contact Brian Doorne, Little Close, School Rd, Saltwood, Kent CT21 4QB. More info here.

INVERNESS
Highland Poets. Bank St. Contact Rowan Wood, Upper Raddery, Fortrose IV10 8SW.

KENT & SUSSEX
Kent & Sussex Poetry Society. Tue, 8. Camden Centre, Market Sq, Tunbridge Wells. Contact Joyce Mandel Water on 01892 530438.

LEEDS
Survivors Poetry/Interchange @ Strawberry Fields. 3rd Mon, 7.30. Led by Leeds Survivors Poetry. Contact Johnny Solstice.

LEWES
U3A Writing Workshop. Contact Stella Claydon, 13 Cockshut Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1JH.

LIVERPOOL
Dead Good Poets SocietyPoetry reading group 2nd Sat of every month, workshops. Contact Sarah Maclennan, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY Tel: 015 1709 5221 / sarah@deadgoodpoetssociety.co.uk / www.deadgoodpoetssociety

MAIDSTONE
Maidstone Poets. Contact Steve Kutz, Flat 11, 76 London Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0DT

MANCHESTER
Black Arts AllianceSu Andi or Lisa Hull. PO Box 88, SDO, Manchester M20 1BX.

Manchester Poets. Contact Dave Tarrant on 0161 429 6385

Manky Poets3rd Fri. Contact Copland Smith on 0161 232 7785 / 07811 717 635 / copland.smith@lineone.net

MARGATE
Hilderstone Writers’ CircleContact Maggie Solley, Hilderstone Adult Education College, Margate, Kent. Tel: 01843 860860.

MEDWAY
Medway Community Writers. Contact Jill Fennell on 01634 576830.

MIDHURST
Meets each Monday, at 7.30pm in The Butser Room of the Southdowns National Park HQ in Capron House (North), North Street, Midhurst. For further information or to arrange a visit, please call the Chairman, Bob Berry, on 01730 814005

MILTON KEYNES
Speakeasy Writers Workshops. 1st Fri. Courtyard Arts Centre, Parklands, Gt Linford. Contact Martin Brocklebank on 01908 663860.

NEW FOREST
New Forest Poetry Society. 38 Broad Lane, Lymington SO41 3QP Tel: 01590 675409.

NEWTON ABBOT
Quintessential. Contact Nan Dalton on 01626 54361.

NORWICH
Café Writers promote established and new writers throughout Norfolk and beyond. They usually meet on the second Monday of each month from 8pm at Jurnet’s Bar, Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich. Café Writers present a wide range of writers performing a variety of genres: poetry, drama, prose. There are opportunities to read from the floor. More info here.

NORTHAMPTON
Northampton Writers Group Tel: 01604 494876

NOTTINGHAM
Nottingham Poetry Society, New Mechanics Institute, Trinity Sq. Contact Jeremy Duffield on 01773 712282

OXFORD
Back Room Poets organise two monthly and one bi-monthly workshop in different areas of Oxford. Tel: 01865514699 / www.myspace.com/backroompoets.

Poetic Licence. The Lotus Foundation The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxon. Contact Barbara Vellacott on 01235 848433.

PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Writers’ Circle. Tue, Plymstock Community Centre, Plymstock. Contact Jeremy Port on 01752 221150.

PORTSMOUTH
Portsmouth Poetry Society. 1st & 3rd Wed, 7.15 St Marks Church Hall, Derby Rd. Contact Denise Bennett on 01705 694451.

Tongues and Grooves. Monthly poetry classes and workshops with guest tutors. Contact Maggie Sawkins on 023 9273 4180.

PRESTWICK
Ayr Writers’ Club is for writers across Ayrshire. Members welcome anyone with an interest in writing. The Club meets in Prestwick Community Centre, 25 Caerlaverock Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire each Wednesday evening from September to May (7.30pm to 9.30pm). The Community Centre is close to both the railway station and a major bus route, as well as offering excellent parking and access for disabled. More info here.

REIGATE
Relgate Writers’ Workshop. Thur, 10-12, Friends’ Meeting House, Reigate Rd, Surrey. Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816 / 01737 762498, / stockers@csma-netlink.co.uk.

ROMNEY
Romney Marsh Poetry Society. Contact Jessie Luckhurst, 77 Manor Rd,Lydd, Kent TN29 9HT.

ROTTINGDEAN
Khulula Writers’ Club. Thur, 7.30-10, Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean BN2 Contact Ruth Kidson on 01273 307787 / ruth.kidson@virgin.net/

RUNNYMEDE
Runnymede Writers. Contact Jennifer Greenaway, 26 Abbeyfields, Thameside, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8LD.

SEVENOAKS
Wednesday Writers’ Workshop. Contact Camilla Bourcier on 01732 451142 / camillabourcier@onetel.net.uk.

SHEFFIELD
Sticky Bun Writers1st Tue. Contact Jenny King on 0114 236 6225.

The InkySheffield Writers. 4th floor Furnival House, 48 Furnival Gate S1 4QP. Contact Geoff on 0114 2634787.

SOUTHEND
Southend Poetry Group. 1st Wed, 8-10. Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd. Contact Katie Mallett on 01702 613142.

SOUTH ESSEX
South Essex Poets. Alt Mons, 2.30-4.30. Contact Shirley Thew on 01268 761613.

ST ALBANS
Ver Poets offers evening meetings, daytime workshops, a Welcome Pack and 3 Newsletters p.a. for new members. Postal Members throughout the UK and abroad. Contact Daphne Schiller on 01727-864898 / daphneschiller8@gmail.com

STORRINGTON
Storrington Writers’ Circle. Contact Ian Templeton on 01903 745521.

SUFFOLK
Suffolk Poetry Society. Contact John Withers, Old Police House, The St, Shottisham, Woodbridge IP12 3ET.

SURREY
Surrey Poetry Centre. 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30-10, Friends Meeting House, 3 Ward St, Guildford GU1 4LH Contact Pat Earnshaw on 01483 274389.

SUSSEX
The Society of Sussex Authors. Meets every 2 months, Dorset Arms, Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex. Contact Michael Legat on 01825 790755 / michael@bookends.claranet.com.

The Downland Poets. The society meets monthly on a Monday evening, at The Lansdowne Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE. Contact: thedownlandpoets@gmail.com. More info here.

SUTTON
Sutton Writers’ Circle. 2nd Fri, 7.45, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton. Contact Kathleen Golding on 01737 210514.

SWALE
Swale Writers’ Group. Contact Sarah Steen, 27 Woodstock Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent ME19 9EJ.

SWANSEA
Junkbox Poetry Group is a new poetry group that meets to help aspiring poets. It meets on the 1st & 2nd Thurs each month 7.30pm-9pm at the Dylan Thomas Centre.  There is no charge, and the aim of the group is to discuss poems, develop ideas for writing and offer constructive but firm criticism. For more information contact Richard on 079686 20272 / junkboxpoetry@hush.com.

SWINDON
Penpushers. Contact Judith Cranswick, 5 Ullswater Close, Liden, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6LH.

TAVISTOCK
Tavistock & W. Dartmoor Writers’ GroupContact Roselle Angwin on 01822 852650.

THANET
Thanet Write On. Contact Philip Cowlin on 01843 293167.

TODDINGTON
Toddington Poetry Society. 2nd & 4th Tue, 8-10pm Hightown Community Centre, Luton, LU2 0JD Contact Jean Janes on 01582 723500 / toddington.poetry@tiscali.co.uk. More info here.

TONBRIDGE
Tonbridge Scribblers. Contact Brian Gamagge, Brinmor, 2 Swanland Drive, Upper Haysden, Kent TN9 2RA.

TOTNES
Inspiring regular workshops in poetry and journaling with poet/author Roselle Angwin, Fire in the Head. Tel: 01548 821004. More info here.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Angel Writers.Contact Mr Groves on 01892 20806.

The New Writers’ Club. Tel: 01892 511322.

WALTON
Walton Wordsmiths. Alt Fri, 10.30-12.30, St John’s Church Hall, The Furrows, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Contact Wendy Hughes on 01932 267635 / words@stickler.org.uk.

WEST ESSEX
West Essex Literary Society. 1st Tue, St John’s Arts & Rec Centre, Old Harlow, Harlow. Contact John Steer on 01279 414406.

WARE
Ware Poets. 1st Fri, 8. Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware. Contact Frances Wilson on 01920 463149.

WEST SUSSEX
West Sussex Writers’ Club. Contact June Tate on 01273 595806 / words@westsussexwriters.org.uk / www.westsussexwriters.co.uk.

WHITSTABLE
Whitstable Women Writers. http://whitstablewomenwriters.blogspot.com

WORCESTER
For groups in Worcester contact David Pearson on 01905 426600, dpearson@worcestershire.gov.uk / WorcesterLib@worcestershire.gov.uk.

WORTHING
Worthing Poetry Society. Contact D. Bird on 01273 452171

YORK
Access Writers Group. Mons, 2-4pm. Driffield Access Centre, Exchange St, Driffield. Contact John Clarke on 01482 392745.