The first 6×6 of 2017

Come along and support local writers in the City Library, Stoke.


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Cheadle Arts Festival


Please mark the date in your diaries.

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Swanwick Writers’ School


The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School is scheduled for August.

Visit their website for full details:



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Echoes of Scott

Jan’s latest blog post: ‘Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…’

That line has been running through my head all of this morning, and though Scott doubtless had specific thoughts of lust and betrayal at its heart when he first penned Marmion (which is, after all, essentially crime fiction), I’ve always thought it apt for writers in general; and increasingly so as I wade into the murky waters of historical crime fiction.

Read the full essay here.


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Renegade Writers reminder

A quick reminder — the new year has begun and we still meet Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in improving your writing and aim to be published, consider joining our group.

We meet here.



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New year, new writing


It’s a new year and maybe you’ve made some resolutions. If one of these is to keep writing then do your utmost to keep to it. One thing you can do to help in this daunting task is to join a writers’ group. To this end, if you live in or near north Staffordshire then consider joining us. Renegade Writers meet weekly on Wednesday evening. Our first meeting of 2017 is on the 4th January. Venue details can be found here.


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Book tokens


If you received any Amazon tokens and can’t decide which books to buy, check out the lists on these two websites — for The Alchemy Press and Penkhull Press. These books include titles from Renegade members and most of the titles are available from Amazon in print and eBook formats.



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