We have a number of writers in the group that are published and self published writers. Many writers have won various competitions and you can visit their individual page to find out more about them below.
Alan’s writing experience, began with a night class in 2001, and since then, he has completed several hundred short stories, poems, stage and radio plays, some of which were included in anthologies. His premiere collection “Short Stories for Longer Journeys” was published by Authorhouse in 2008, and is now available on Amazon and Kindle. In 2014 he was the first author to win a regional newspaper annual contest for the third time. Having been shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh new playwright award in 2014, his latest short play “The School Crossing” has been selected by the Theatre Royal, Plymouth for a performance in the Drum Theatre in January 2015. Alan states….”my personal and working life has resulted in a series of experiences, exposures and events relating to a mass of wonderful people, with significant strengths, characters, issues, weaknesses, and ambitions. My characters are composites of me, them and us, plus a large sprinkling of imagination.
Lou is interested in writing for writing’s sake. However, he has been published as a winner of the Western Morning News short story competition with his supernatural “The Rocking Chair”, is self-published on Amazon with a Plymouth thriller “The Bohemian Ruby”, and has completed its sequel “The Ivory Tower”.
Lou has recently finished a novella, a Tavistock based detective story called “Mute of Malice”, and has been published on the website UK Authors, and in a number of good food guides. He enjoys writing short stories that have a twist in the tail.
Veronica has won over forty prizes for her short fiction, including the prestigious Woman and Home short story competition, as well as places at the Winchester Literary Festival and the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School (twice). Her work has been published in over a dozen anthologies and online. She has published three collections of prize-winning short stories –– Cloud Paintings, A Gift from the Horse Chestnut Tree, and Rainbow Laughter. A former primary school teacher, she is also the author of teaching resource books published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
Veronica is the short story adviser for the Association of Christian Writers; a competition judge; and she writes a monthly blog called ‘Let the writer out’. She gives talks locally on writing memoir; on the adventure that is writing (including readings); and on ‘50 things to do before I rest’.
Veronica’s monthly blog LET THE WRITER OUT may be found on her website: www.veronicabright.co.uk
Sarah moved to Plymouth in 1983, to study Literature and Philosophy at Marjons. After finishing a degree she decided not to return to Surrey, but set up home in Plymouth to be near the moors and the sea.
She has recently feature in the PWG anthology and now a regular member of the group. She plans to produce two children’s books and publish poetry in the future
I consider myself first and foremost a nurse. However, that broad career definition covers a multitude…. I travelled overseas with both the Royal College of Nursing and the World Health Organisation. I was also a nurse member on the board of NICE for eight years.
I published a plethora ( well about 30, is that a plethora?) of academic papers before turning my hand to fiction, but lifes experiences always colour one’s stories and I leave it to readers to discern the fact from the fiction!
I am now the author of two novels, both published by Matador. Long Road, Many Turnings, a family saga and Time for a Change a fictional account of nursing during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Both books are available through Amazon, Waterstones or from me via my website.
Being part of Plymouth Writers Group has encouraged me to develop my writing and sharing creativity with others is a great pleasure. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute with short stories and the occasional poem.’
John ran away and joined the theatre in 1980 and has been a jobbing actor ever since. His main claim to fame was being part of the original West End cast of the Shakespearean Rock and Roll Musical ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet”. You may not know it but it was good enough to beat ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Buddy’ and win the Olivier Award.
John has had two musical plays for children produced professionally and another at the Edinburgh Fringe.
He has been writing songs for ages and a couple of years ago he recorded a CD of his own songs.
He has also written songs for the last three pantomimes in Modbury where he lives.
His play for radio (A Bench Encounter) was recently released as a podcast by Backwell Playhouse in Bristol.
John is now trying to develop his writing seriously, he recently won his first short story competition. He has a crime novel set in the world of theatre in development.
After retiring from a medical career in 2014, Dionne took the opportunity to follow her dream of becoming an author. An avid reader of historical fact and fiction, she began creating stories from real events with sparse recorded details, allowing her imagination to fill in the gaps. Although no longer practising medicine, her medical background occasionally influences the plotting of her stories. Dionne is exploring publication options for two completed novels:
Running With The Wind tells a tale of what might have happened during the 67 days at sea during the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620.
Mawde of Roseland is the story of a young Cornish girl navigating her way through the challenges of Tudor life, adapting to the role of household servant, and becoming involved with a royal scandal that has fatal consequences.
Dionne is now working on a story set in the Regency era. Since joining the Plymouth Writers Group, Dionne has written several short stories, an example of which may be found on her website.