2014: Archived Meetings

Tuesday, 4th Mar 2014 - 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.

We will be holding a book swap that evening so please bring a maximum of three books you are happy to part with and swap them for three others you might like to dip into.

We will also be serving coffee, tea and cake.  So add the date to your diary and see you there.

Tuesday, 1st Apr 2014


Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley is the award winning author of two biographies, The Spy Who Loved, the secrets and lives of Christine Granville, Britain's first female special agent of WWII and The Woman Who Saved the Children , exploring the life of Eglantyne Jebb, the controversial founder of Save the Children.

She has also contributed to The Arvon Book of Life Writing (Methuen, 2010), and is a regular speaker at literary and history events, writes articles and reviews books for The Spectator and History Today and occasionally contributes to radio including BBC Radio 4's 'Women's Hour' and the 'Today Programme', Radio 2's 'Good Morning Sunday' and Radio 5 Live's 'Up All Night'.

Tuesday, 6th May 2014 - An introduction to visual story-telling


Karrie Fransman

Comic creator Karrie produces illustrated articles, graphic novels and works on art projects. Her work include the autobiographical comic strip, My Peculiar World (Guardian), the fictional graphic story, The Night I Lost My Love (The Times), The House That Groaned (Random House's Square Peg) and  comic articles and reviews for The New Statesman, The Telegraph, Time Out, The Guardian, Psychologies Magazine and The Young Vic.

Karrie will give us an introduction to visual story-telling - the world of sequential art from the Bayeux Tapestry to modern comics.

Tuesday, 3rd Jun 2014


Tessa Hadley

Author of four novels (Accidents in the Home, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train), Tessa  teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University, publishes regularly in The New Yorker, Granta and Guardian, and has written on Henry James, JM Coetzee.

Tessa will talk about her writing life and recent works.

Tuesday, 2nd Sep 2014 - Making Words Work


Tim Love

Out of ideas? Fed up of soul-searching? Why not take a break and relax at an evening of fun and games. Without realizing it, you might go home with enough material to last you the rest of the year.

Bring writing materials!

Tuesday, 7th Oct 2014


Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities. Her research and teaching expertise are in 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004), co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012), and author of various articles, chapters and introductions (see research and publications tabs, above). Her new book, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, was published in 2013 (Virago).

Tuesday, 4th Nov 2014


Jim Kelly

Jim is one of the most original and distinctive writers of modern British crime fiction. His first series is set in Ely, in the Fens, and features journalist Philip Dryden and his side-kick Humph. The books won a Dagger In The Library. His new detective series is set in North Norfolk

Tuesday, 2nd Dec 2014


Douglas Palmer

Douglas is a science writer based in Cambridge, England who specializes in the history of life, especially human evolution and Earth’s environments. Over 20 of his books have been published over the last 14 years with Fossil Detectives and Neanderthal accompanying TV series. His latest published works are Earth in 100 groundbreaking discoveries, Origins :human evolution revealed and Evolution: the story of life. He is also a panel tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and a supervisor on the Natural Science Tripos for the University’s Robinson College.