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 a string of 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 numerous anthologies and online. In July 2016 she self-published two collections of short stories, Cloud Paintings and A Gift from the Horse Chestnut Tree. Her novel, set in the sixties, is with her agent, and her dream is to see someone on a train totally engrossed in the plot. Veronica publishes a monthly blog on her website – www.veronicabright.co.uk
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.
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 stimulation that can bring. I joined the Plymouth Writers’ Group in March 2015.
I write short stories, novellas and novels, plus a little poetry. I am resisting self-publishing.
Most recent achievement was being short-listed for the Wells Literary Festival Short Story Competition in October 2016.
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.
I am a Welsh writer, born and bred in Wales to an Irish father and Welsh mother, hence my name. In my early twenties, I had moderate success with poetry, short stories and sketches for local theatre groups. I won a BFBS short story competition with a piece called “John Pierre’s best Friend” a tale of man against beast set in Canada. In addition, I had several poems published in magazines and an anthology, receiving payments for one poem! In 2011, I submitted a portfolio of work to Swansea University and won a place; subsequently I was awarded an MA in Creative writing in 2012. I recently moved to Plymouth last year from my native Swansea, where I frequently read poetry at events, festivals and “Slam poetry” comps.
I had a career in I.T which took me all over the world and ended up living in Spain for 5 years, before moving back to Swansea. I am married to Carole, a Devonian from Whimple. We live in PL2 with two Spanish rescue cats; Manchilla & Marty…