Welcome to the Cambridge Writers website. Here you will find a little about us and what we do, also profiles of some of our members and some samples of our work.

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Tuesday, 3. Nov 2015


Wendy Cope

Come and meet one of Britain's best loved poets.  Since her bestselling debut Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was published in 1986, Wendy Cope has been responsible for some of the best-known and most-quoted lines in contemporary poetry.

She was voted the listeners' choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll in 198 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 .

Huguette Chante  "Le Rouge et le Noir"

Sat 24 Oct, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre

Cambridge Writers member Huguette sings Le Rouge et le Noir and Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Barbara, Charles Aznavour, Claude Nougaro and many others come to life thanks to her interpretation of the most beautiful and haunting French songs of her programme.

more here.

How to read

Mon 19 Oct: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thu 22 Oct: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mon 26 Oct: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Faculty of English, 9 West Road

In three short talks, academics in the Faculty of English explore poems and brief pieces of prose, suggesting some ways we might understand and enjoy them.
Each evening's session will have different speakers and a variety of works of prose and poetry, including pieces by William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Alexander Pope, Charlotte Mew and others. A talk on Bob Brown's "Readies", the texts for his proposed reading machine in 1929, will show how our 21st century world - punctuated with hashtags and smileys - has roots in the dot-and-dash punctuation revolution of the early twentieth century.

These three events are part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas from 19. Oct to 1. Nov.

Surprising Angles 2015

Eight winning short stories from Cambridge Writers

The e-book with the  winning entries from the 2015 Cambridge Writers Short Story competition is now available on Amazon.

The short stories are by Hannah Hooton, Angela Wray, RJ Gould, Mike English, Harry Goode, Anne Littlefair, Tim Love and Dominic O’Sullivan. Artist Tim Milner provided the cover art, and the book was edited by Anne-Marie Garvey and myself.


Who Writes and Reads Romantic Fiction?

I’ve joined the Romantic Novelists Association and took part in their 2014 Annual Conference. Both the Association and the conference are valuable, the latter providing an interesting mix of practical tips (how to self-publish, attract an agent, ideas about Plot, Location, and Characterisation); some theoretical background (the Chemistry of Reading, universal elements of the genre); and the opportunity to meet agents, editors and publishers. I was fortunate to be able to chat with Hazel Cushion, the founder of Accent Press and was highly impressed with how the company works and their future plans. I’m looking forward to working with them.