10 August 2015

Catherine King

Catherine King

It is with great sadness and shock  that we learned of  the death of the talented author, Catherine King (Dr Karen King) in July. Catherine was our delightful speaker at the Hampshire Writers' Society meeting in April 2015. It was soon after her appearance at our event that she became seriously ill. 
The HWS is proud and privileged that she was able to share with us her expert advise whilst also giving us an insight in to her novel writing. She will be greatly missed. 
Our thoughts are with her family.

Catherine King, HWS  Winchester 14th April 2015

David Nobbs

David Nobbs

It is with great sadness we learn of the death on 9th August of the hugely talented comedy writer, David Nobbs, David entertained members of the Hampshire Writers' Society in May 2015 sharing with us his many humorous tips and advise for writing successful comedy. 
A great loss to the world of comedy.

There is an obituary on the British Comedy Guide Website: http://www.comedy.co.uk/news/story/000001863/david_nobbs_reginald_perrin_creator_dead_80/

HWS Chairman, Barbara Large with David Nobbs May 2015

04 July 2015

Claire Fuller wins Desmond Elliott Prize

Claire Fuller Wins Prestigious Prize!

HWS Member Claire Fuller has won the prestigious Desmond Elliott Prize for her d├ębut novel 'Our Endless Numbered Days'.

Well done, Claire!


23 June 2015

Winchester Writers' Festival Book Fair 19 - 21 June 2015

Hampshire Writers’ Society
At the Winchester Writers’ Festival
Book Fair 19 – 21 June 2015

It was another fantastic year for the Winchester Writers’ Festival. Hampshire Writers’ Society had a stand in the Book Fair as usual and made many new contacts as well as catching up with quite a few of our members and past speakers. Becky Bagnell of the Lindsay Literary Agency wished us well for the future.

Jim Livesey, Judith Heneghan and Karin Groves

Also, Judith Heneghan, Festival Director, stopped by for a chat. She went on to draw the winning ticket for a year’s free membership for the fifth season starting September 2015 until June 2016. The lucky winner was newly joined member Sue Davies. Congratulations Sue, we are all thrilled at the news.

Congratulations too, to our own Louise Morrish, another winner of our free membership competition for next season. Keep watching the website for the full programme and details of the competitions.   

This year the Society were proud to present their anthology, ‘The Best of 2011 – 2014’ which highlights reports, winners and adjudications over the first three years. I’m delighted to say it is selling like ‘hotcakes’ and we are halfway through our limited edition already, so please make sure you order your copy for £7.95 from the Membership Secretary on membership.hws@hotmail.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you all back again in September.