About us:

We are a small friendly group who write in all genres. We meet at Wombourne library on the first Wednesday each month at 7.15pm. First meeting is free, afterwards membership is £1 per month.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

For Fantasy Writers

FantasyCon 2011 is delighted to announce author and screenwriter Peter
Atkins as its third Guest of Honour. Peter was born in Liverpool and
now lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of the novels Morningstar,
Big Thunder, and Moontown and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser
III, Hellraiser IV, Wishmaster, and Prisoners of the Sun. His short
fiction has appeared in such best-selling anthologies as The Museum of
Horrors, Dark Delicacies II, and Hellbound Hearts and has been selected
four times for the award-winning annual Best New Horror. Magazines to
which he has contributed include Weird Tales, The Magazine of Fantasy
and Science Fiction, Postscripts and Cemetery Dance and he has also
written for the stage and for television. He is the co-founder, with
Dennis Etchison and Glen Hirshberg, of The Rolling Darkness Revue, who
tour the west coast annually bringing ghost stories and live music to
any venue that’ll put up with them. 2009’s Spook City was a three-
author collection featuring him alongside his fellow Liverpudlians
Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell, and a new collection of his short
fiction is to be published in October 2011.

FANTASYCON 2011 will be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd
October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton; venue for the highly
successful 2010 World Horror Convention.

Peter joins existing Guests of Honour: World Fantasy Award-winning
author and critic GWYNETH JONES, also known as Ann Halam, and Swedish
horror writer JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST, author of the best-selling LET THE
RIGHT ONE IN, which was adapted into a movie first in his native Sweden
and more recently remade in the U.S. as LET ME IN, starring Chloe
Moretz from KICK ASS. Our first Special Guest is BRIAN ALDISS, author
of more than eighty novels, both mainstream and science fiction,
including Frankenstein Unbound,The Helliconia Trilogy and Harm to name
just a few; and innumerable short stories, including 'Super-Toys Last
All Summer Long,' which was filmed as A.I. Brian has also edited many
anthologies, acted in performances of his plays, and is also an artist.
Brian will be attending on the Saturday and Sunday of the Convention (
1st and 2nd October)

winning Author of The Language of Dying and A Matter of Blood.

Other professional writers, artists, editors and publishers already
registered as attending FantasyCon 2011 include: Guy Adams, Scott
Andrews, James Barclay, Anne Billson, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey,
Vincent Chong, Peter Crowther (PS Publishing), Joseph D’Lacey, Les
Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, David J. Howe (Telos
Books), Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, Jasper Kent, M.D. Lachlan, Michael
Marshall Smith, Suzanne McLeod, Gary McMahon, Adam L.G. Nevill, Kim
Newman, Nicholas Royle, Robert Shearman, Mike Shevdon, Steve Tribe (BBC
Books), Lisa Tuttle, Ian Whates (Newcon Press), Rio Youers and many

Current cost of registration stands at £50 (£45 to BFS members), costs
will increase incrementally between now and the convention (next
increase due on 1st April 2011). To book your ticket, and for more
information about the Guests or MC, please visit the website: www.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Worcs Lit Fest

Check it out Festival this June in Worcester! It doesn't say which writers etc will be visiting yet but worth bookmarking. Also volunteering opportunities available.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Homework for next month's meeting.
Write 3 poems with a common theme.
Poem One to be a Haiku - 3 lines 5-7-5 syllable count.

Poem Two to be a Tanka - A five line 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count.

Poem Three to be a Triolet - An eight line poem with a rhyming pattern
Lines 1,4 and 7 are repeats. Lines 2 and 8 are repeats.