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 Grant’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 Fletcher 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.
Plymouth’s own pot-poet. Uncensored and unread! A struggling writer with too heavy a pen.
A comedian with no jokes! Damning the drinkers, the hypocrite who smokes!
Veronica Bright 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
Sarah Adams 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
Mary McClarey had been writing academic research papers for many years, but now turns her hand to creative, fictional writing.
‘Sometimes this is so much more realistic than scientific factual papers, its great fun to do fiction and who can tell the difference?’
She has just self published her first novel ‘ Long Road, Many Turnings’ , a family saga spanning a fifty year period. A who-do-you-think-you-are in the Maeve Binchey style. Available on Amazon or from Waterstones , Smiths or Troubador websites.
A very new member of Plymouth Writers Group, Mary will be contributing with short stories and an occasional poem.
You can read more about Mary and her works at: marymcclareyauthor.co.uk
Having returned in 2014 from a long spell living in France, I am now able to engage more fully in writing groups and all the extra stimulation and encouragement which that can bring. I joined the Plymouth Writers’ Group in March 2015.
I write short stories, novellas and novels, plus a little poetry. I have recently published the first in a trilogy of novels set in the Victorian period – ‘Broken Blood Ties’ by Mary D Curd, available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1979839522
Other achievements are being short-listed for the Wells Literary Festival Short Story Competition in October 2016 and for the 2017 wordsmag.com Lifeboats magazine. I have also had two short stories published in the quarterly Scribble Magazine, the most recent of which was published in the Summer 2017 issue.
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.