End Of Term

We tend to take a bit of a break over the summer, giving everyone a chance to recharge and reset before a busy autumn. But there was a lot of fun to be had before we put our pens away.

The end of term bash at Reading Writers HQ was a doozy, as the winners of our spring competition were announced. Judge Debrah Martin was impressed with the high quality of entrants, and kind enough to give out critiques to every entrant. Now that’s what we call going above and beyond!

The winners were:

1st- Rob Wickings, for “Redstone Ray”;

2nd- C.J. Smith, with “The Biting Hunt”;

and a joint 3rd prize nod for Steve Partridge for his story“Robin Friday”,  and Julie Roberts for “I’m Waiting, James.”

Here’s Rob with his certificate and prize, a copy of Debrah’s self-publishing guide “Write, Publish, Promote.” Well done to everyone!


Our annual Writer’s Day took place at the end of June. Based in St. Sarek’s Church in Sonning, a select group gathered for a day of improv, games and exercises. Special guest for the day Brigid Coady gave everyone some really handy tips on how to succeed at social media (a very important skill for any writer these days) and the day closed with some spontaneous poetry generation. Also, there was cake. Where there are writers, there is always cake.

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Two Reading Writers, writing. Not pictured: cake. (Pic: Claire Dyer)
Finally, a group of us gathered at unofficial second RW base The Great Expectations, Reading’s finest Dickens-themed hostelry, for the official launch of our own Julie Robert’s debut novel, The Hidden Legacy. Resplendent in Regency red, Julie treated us to a reading from the book, and her publisher Accent Press kept a packed Library very well fed and watered. Jolly good show all round!

Julie in full flow.

Of course there was cake.
Although there are no official meetings over the summer, we’ll be getting together for a few social engagements, including a book night hosted by Don Louth Award winner Steve Partridge. He’s chosen Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín for us to discuss. Should be a fiery one! And of course, work goes on for the autumn release of our latest anthology. Editor Miranda Lloyd is burning the midnight oil on that one, and we’re excited to share the end result with you all in October.

Onwards and upwards!