2013: Archived Meetings

Tuesday, 5th Feb 2013 - Short Story Competition Judging Evening


Our Short Story Competition will come to its dramatic conclusion tomorrow evening.

Dr Jeff Mackowiak will announce the results and we will hear the top winning entries as well as the runners-up.

Tuesday, 5th Mar 2013 - Annual General Meeting


The AGM is when all members of Cambridge Writers can learn what the committee's been up to on their behalf during the past year and vote on ideas for the future.  It's also an opportunity to raise suggestions for improving the service we provide to the membership.

As if the AGM weren’t enough fun all on its own, we’re also having a Twitter Competition with a fantastic prize – a whole year’s free membership of Cambridge Writers. To win, all you have to do is to write a story tweet – that is, a story in a 140 characters or less (characters – not words!), and read it out at the AGM. Looking forward to seeing you there and hearing you tweet on the 5th March.

Tuesday, 2nd Apr 2013


John Cornwell

John Cornwell is an author, journalist and Fellow Commoner of Jesus College, Cambridge where he directs the Science and Human Dimension Project, a public understanding of science programme, and the Rustat Conferences. He has written for many well known publications including The Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Nature, Financial Times, Prospect, New Statesman, Spectator, TLS, The Tablet, New York Times and The Observer.

He is author of twenty books including Darwin's Angel, An Angelic Response to the The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins); Hitler's Pope - The Secret History of Pius XII: A Thief in the Night (see cover image below); Power to Harm; Earth to Earth; three novels and a biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Tuesday, 7th May 2013 - Mid-life - Time to celebrate?


David Bainbridge

A much needed counterblast to the cliches about being over the hill: David Bainbridge, science writer and vet with a particular interest in the evolution of humans, argues that the years between 40 and 60 are the pinnacle of the human cycle. As well as explaining hot flushes, spare tyres and garden sheds, Bainbridge explodes the myth of the male mid-life crisis. He works at the University of Cambridge and writes popular science fiction books including A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy, the X in Sex and most recently Teenagers.

Tuesday, 4th Jun 2013


Nick Warburton

Nick Warburton writes plays for stage, television and radio and scripts for television series including Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders. He has been part of the regular writing team on Holby City since 2001. His radio plays, On Mardle Fen are one of the few recurring series on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play strand. He has published seven novels for children  and stage plays. Nick has run courses on creative writing both here (GB) and abroad.

Tuesday, 2nd Jul 2013


Penny Hancock

Penny lives with her husband and three children in Cambridge, where she teaches at a school for children with speech and language impairment.

Tideline is her first novel. Penny is now working on her second.

Tuesday, 3rd Sep 2013 - Workshop


Tips and Tricks in the Writing Trade with presentations by the members of Cambridge Writers David Franks, Will Tate and Harry Goode

Tuesday, 1st Oct 2013 - Workshop 'A Point of View'


Tim Love

Cambridge Writers member Tim Love will hold one of his superb workshops on the theme of 'point of view', something we all need to bear in mind when writing,

Tuesday, 5th Nov 2013


Jeff Mackowiak

Jeff is a lecturer for English Literature at Robinson College, Cambridge University, and his diverse interests include the literature of  Victorian scientific materialism, literature about university life, ‘badness’ in poetry, the English Tripos Tragedy paper, and comedy.

Tuesday, 3rd Dec 2013


Anna Whitelock

Dr Anna Whitelock is a historian, author and broadcaster. She is the prize-winning author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen (Bloomsbury 2009). Her latest book is is Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Anna writes and reviews for The TelegraphThe GuardianTimes Literary Supplement, BBC History magazineHistory Today and The New York Times. She regularly appears in the media to talk about heritage and public history, the Tudors, monarchy, royal bodies and other aspects of political and social history.