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Writing Groups

Outside London

Ashford 

Ashford Writers meet on the second Thursday of each month starting at 6pm, ending just before 8m. Meetings are held at Ashford Public Library, Church Road, Ashford. (Free parking facilities available). Contact Marjorie Burge, Leeside Queens Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent Tel: 01233 623949, yym@btopenworld.com, www.writers-circles.com/ashford.html 

Talliston Poetry Circle meet on the third Thursday of each month starting at 8pm. Meetings are held at Talliston House & Gardens. Contact John Trevillian, Leeside Queens Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent Tel: 07760 171100, jetx@aol.com, http://www.meetup.com/Talliston-Poetry-Circle/

Ashton 

Ashton Writers meet on alternate Tuesdays at 8pm at The King's Arms in Ashton. 16 members regularly attend, offering a friendly critique in a relaxed atmosphere. Contact Mrs Chris Wood, 9 Chisacre Drive, Shevington, Wigan WN6 8ER Tel: 01257 253887, Woodwigan@aol.com, www.writers-circles.com/ashton.html 

Birmingham 

Birmingham Writers' Group welcomes members from all walks of life from across the West Midlands. The group require is that  members are regular writers – published or otherwise – and that they treat each other with respect. Members are to support each other's literary efforts and to provide constructive critical advice on each other's work. Meetings are held twice monthly at Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ Info: www.birminghamwriters.org.uk 

Bolton 

Bank St Writers. Contact Rod Riesco, 16-18 Mill Lane, Horwich BL6 6AT.

Bournemouth 

Wallisdown Workshop Bournemouth Uni. Contact Malcolm Povey, 01202 422375.

Bracknell 

South HIll Park Poetry Workshop Wed 7-9. South Hill Pk Arts Centre, Ringmead, Birch HIll RG12 7PA, 01344 484 123. 

Bradford 

Kala Sangam S. Asian Arts Centre, 60 Carlisle Rd BD8 8BD.

Brentwood 

Courage Writers Last Fri, 7.30. Tubby’s Bar, Courage Hall, Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Rd. 01277 227522. www.essexlivelit.org.uk 

Bridlington 

Bridlington Writers' Group Contact Diane Wilson, Secretary, 40 Burtall Hill, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO16 7QA Tel: 01262 609228

Brighton 

Brighton Writers' Workshop Contact Jackie Hinden, 01273 884186, hinden-j@pavilion.co.uk Brighton, Workers Writers Contact Al Thompson, 68 Grand Parade BN2 2JY.

Bristol & Bath 

The Poetry Can Poetry Development Agency, Unit 11, 20-22 Hepburn Rd BS2 8UD, 0117 942 6976.

Bromley 

Granville Writers Contact Marie Cook,12 Queens Rd, Kent BR1 3EA.

Cambridge 

Cambridge Writers is an organisation of both published and unpublished writers in Cambridge and nearby towns and villages. Its purpose is to give mutual self-help. The Poetry group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at 29 High Street, Chesterton, Cambridge. At these meetings we ask that members bring along 8 copies of the poem they wish to be considered. To sample the group, contact the Coordinator, Tim Love on 01223 512133, tl136@cam.ac.uk, www.cambridgewriters.net

Camelford, Cornwall 

The Indian King Poets/Camelford Poetry Stanza meet most Mondays from 10am-12.30pm with occasional one-day workshops with visiting poets. 
Tel: 01840 212161
indianking@btconnect.com

Canterbury 

Writers' Group Contact Ingrid Riley, 18 Uplands, Kent CT2 7BL

Caterham 

Creative Writing Fri, 10-12. Adult Ed Centre, Beechwood Rd, Surrey. Contact Stella Stocker, 020 8668 3816. Chiltern Writers Group 2nd Thur, Wendover Library Tel: 01296 482766

Clacton

Clacton & District Poetry Circle Alt Fri. 10.15-12. Friends Meeting House, Granville Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Contact Mrs Parsons on 01255 426952 

Derby 

Derby Poetry Society 7.30, Room 4, Friends Meeting House, St Helens Street Tel: 01332 553430

Dorchester 

Dorchester Arts Centre, Poetry Cafe Workshops with Pam Zinnemann-Hope & Zenobia Venner Weds 11am-1pm. Tel: 01305 266926

Dorking 

Mole Valley Poets Last Fri, 7.30, staff restaurant, Pippbrook offices. www.molevalleypoets.co.uk 

Chichester 

Chichester Writers' Circle Contact Mary Newman Aitchison on 01243 829688

Crawley 

Crawley Writers' Circle Contact Beryl Armstrong on 01297 536619

Eastbourne 

Andeirida Writers' Circle. A small but friendly group who meet at The Landham Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30 pm. Website: www.anderidawriterseastbourne.co.uk

Eastbourne/Sussex.

The Downland Poets. The society meets monthly on a Monday evening, at The Lansdowne Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE.. Info: thedownlandpoets.blogspot.com  Contact: thedownlandpoets@gmail.com

East Oxford 

Mon, 8.15-10. Bloomin Arts, E Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd. Contact Giles Goodland on 01865 243398

Epsom 

Writers’ Workshops Thur, 10-12. Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816

Essex  

Essex Girls Poetry Collective 1st Thu, 7-9. Heybridge Inn, Heybridge. Contact Sandie Cottee, 01268 733259, sandie@nextcall.net Essex Poetry & Prose Society 3rd Sun, 3-6. Disraeli Room, Bell Inn, St James St, Castle Hedingham. Contact Canon J A Fitch on 01787 237058. Live Writing  Aimed at 12-18 yr olds. Phone for details: Braintree & Witham 01376 340803; Castle Point 01268 882200; Chelmsford 01245 281213; Colchester 01206 518147; Harlow 01279 446763; Rayleigh & Rochford 01268 775830; Uttlesford 01799 510384. 

Exeter

Exeter & District Writer’s Club Fortnightly, not Jul/Aug. Contact Dennis Davey on 01392 841650, dendavey@supanet.com 

Falmouth 

Poetry Group 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. 6.30-9pm at the Falmouth Public Library. Tel: 01736 763803, info@falmouthpoetrygroup.co.uk, www.falmouthpoetrygroup.org.uk

Felixstowe 

Scribblers meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Felixstowe Library in Crescent Road, meetings start at 7.30pm and last for about two hours. Contact the secretary Dave Feakes on 01473-402022, scribblers@ntlworld.com, http://homepage.ntlworld.com/annets 

Folkestone 

Contact Terry Jones, Adult Education Centre, Earlscliffe, Kent.

Gravesend 

Creative Writing Class Contact Ben Packman, Basement Flat, 93 Windmill St, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1LH. Saheli Writers Contact Daya Sharma, 51 Pelham Rd South, Kent DA11 8QS.

Guildford 

Surrey Poetry Centre, Wey Poets 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30. Friends Meeting House, Ward St. Contact Martin Jones on 01483 504556. Guildford Writers Fortnightly at Guildford Institute, University of Surrey, Ward St, GU1 4LH Contact Jennifer Margrave on 01483 562722, www.guildfordwriters.net 

Harrogate 

Writers' Circle is for people who are interested in writing in any form. It welcomes all writers: beginners or more experienced. It provides somewhere for writers to discuss their work in a friendly environment. Meetings are held at Harrogate Community Centre, East Parade, Harrogate starting at 7.45pm and finishing at about 9.45pm. Contact the secretary on 01423 861263
http://harrogatewriters.weebly.com

Harrow 

Herga Poets 3rd Sun, 2-5. 15 Orley Farm School (library), South Hill Ave, Harrow on the Hill. Contact Dorothy Pope on 020 8864 3149 

Haslemere 

Writers' Circle Contact Suzanne Anstee on 01428 643613

Hastings 

New Poetry Society Contact Josephine Austin, Burdett Cottage, 4 Burdett Place, Old Town, East Sussex TN34 3ED

Hay-on-Wye 

Hay-on-Wye & District Writers' Circle Contact Hazel Watkins on 01497 847222

Hertfordshire  

Ver Poets St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Postal members welcome. Daytime workshops on alternate Mondays. Evening meetings. Contact: Daphne Schiller on 01727 864898 or daphne.schiller@virgin.net 

Horsham 

Writers' Circle Contact P Hollis on 01403 251876

Hythe 

Marsh Ink Writers Alt Wed, 7.30, Southlands Community Comp School, Station Rd, New Romney, Kent TN28 8BB Contact Brian Doorne, Little Close, School Rd, Saltwood, Kent CT21 4QB Info: writersblock@tiscali.co.uk

Inverness 

Highland Poets Bank St. Contact Rowan Wood, Upper Raddery, Fortrose IV10 8SW 

Kent & Sussex 

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Tue, 8. Camden Centre, Market Sq, Tunbridge Wells. Contact Joyce Mandel Water on 01892 530438

Leeds 

Survivors Poetry/Interchange @ Strawberry Fields 3rd Mon, 7.30. Led by Leeds Survivors Poetry Contact Johnny Solstice

Lewes 

U3A Writing Workshop Contact Stella Claydon, 13 Cockshut Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1JH

Liverpool 

Dead Good Poets Society Poetry reading group seconds Sat of every month, workshops. Contact Sarah Maclennan, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY Tel: 015 1709 5221, sarah@deadgoodpoetssociety.co.uk, www.deadgoodpoetssociety 

Maidstone 

Maidstone Poets Contact Steve Kutz, Flat 11, 76 London Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0DT 

Manchester 

Black Arts Alliance Su Andi or Lisa Hull. PO Box 88, SDO,Manchester M20 1BX Manchester Poets Contact Dave Tarrant on 0161 429 6385 Manky Poets 3rd Fri. Contact Copland Smith on 0161 232 7785, 07811 717 635, copland.smith@lineone.net 

Margate 

Hilderstone Writers' Circle Contact Maggie Solley, Hilderstone Adult Education College, Margate, Kent Tel: 01843 860860

Medway 

Medway Community Writers Contact Jill Fennell on 01634 576830

Midhurst 

Meets each Monday, at 7.30pm in The Butser Room of the Southdowns National Park HQ in Capron House (North), North Street, Midhurst. For further information or to arrange a visit, please call the Chairman, Bob Berry, on 01730 814005

Milton Keynes 

Speakeasy Writers Workshops 1st Fri. Courtyard Arts Centre, Parklands, Gt Linford. Contact Martin Brocklebank on 01908 663860 

New Forest 

New Forest Poetry Society 38 Broad Lane, Lymington SO41 3QP Tel: 01590 675409

Newton Abbot 

Quintessential Contact Nan Dalton on 01626 54361 

Norwich 

Café Writers promote established and new writers throughout Norfolk and beyond. They usually meet on the second Monday of each month from 8pm at Jurnet's Bar, Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich. Café Writers present a wide range of writers performing a variety of genres: poetry, drama, prose. There are opportunities to read from the floor. Info: www.cafewriters.org.uk 

Northampton 

Northampton Writers Group Tel: 01604 494876 

Nottingham

Nottingham Poetry Society New Mechanics Institute, Trinity Sq. Contact Jeremy Duffield on 01773 712282

Oxford 

Back Room Poets organise two monthly and one bi-monthly workshop in different areas of Oxford. Tel: 01865514699, www.myspace.com/backroompoets Poetic Licence The Lotus Foundation The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxon. Contact Barbara Vellacott on 01235 848433

Plymouth 

Plymouth Writers’ Circle Tue, Plymstock Community Centre, Plymstock. Contact Jeremy Port on 01752 221150 

Portsmouth 

Portsmouth Poetry Society 1st & 3rd Wed, 7.15 St Marks Church Hall, Derby Rd. Contact Denise Bennett on 01705 694451 Tongues and Grooves monthly poetry classes and workshops with guest tutors. Contact Maggie Sawkins on 023 9273 4180 

Prestwick 

Ayr Writers' Club is for writers across Ayrshire. Members welcome anyone with an interest in writing. The Club meets in Prestwick Community Centre, 25 Caerlaverock Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire each Wednesday evening from September to May (7.30pm to 9.30pm). The Community Centre is close to both the railway station and a major bus route, as well as offering excellent parking and access for disabled. Info: www.ayrwritersclub.co.uk

Reigate 

Relgate Writers' Workshop Thur, 10-12, Friends' Meeting House, Reigate Rd, Surrey. Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816 or 01737 762498, stockers@csma-netlink.co.uk

Romney 

Romney Marsh Poetry Society Contact Jessie Luckhurst, 77 Manor Rd,Lydd, Kent TN29 9HT

Rottingdean 

Khulula Writers' Club Thur, 7.30-10, Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean BN2 Contact Ruth Kidson on 01273 307787, ruth.kidson@virgin.net

Runnymede 

Runnymede Writers Contact Jennifer Greenaway, 26 Abbeyfields, Thameside, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8LD

Sevenoaks 

Wednesday Writers' Workshop Contact Camilla Bourcier on 01732 451142, camillabourcier@onetel.net.uk

Sheffield 

Sticky Bun Writers 1st Tue. Contact Jenny King on 0114 236 6225 The Inky Sheffield Writers. 4th floor Furnival House, 48 Furnival Gate S1 4QP Contact Geoff on 0114 2634787

Southend 

Southend Poetry Group 1st Wed, 8-10. Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd. Contact Katie Mallett on 01702 613142

South Essex 

South Essex Poets Alt Mons, 2.30-4.30. Contact Shirley Thew on 01268 761613

St Albans

Ver Poets offers evening meetings, daytime workshops, a Welcome Pack and 3 Newsletters p.a. for new members.  Postal Members throughout the U.K. and abroad. Contact Daphne Schiller on 01727-864898 or
daphneschiller8@gmail.com

Storrington 

Storrington Writers' Circle Contact Ian Templeton on 01903 745521

Suffolk 

Suffolk Poetry Society Contact John Withers, Old Police House, The St, Shottisham, Woodbridge IP12 3ET

Surrey 

Surrey Poetry Centre 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30-10, Friends Meeting House, 3 Ward St, Guildford GU1 4LH Contact Pat Earnshaw on 01483 274389

Sussex 

The Society of Sussex Authors Meets every 2 months, Dorset Arms, Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex. Contact Michael Legat on 01825 790755, michael@bookends.claranet.com

Sussex.

The Downland Poets. The society meets monthly on a Monday evening, at The Lansdowne Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE.. Info: thedownlandpoets.blogspot.com  Contact: thedownlandpoets@gmail.com

Sutton 

Sutton Writers' Circle 2nd Fri, 7.45, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton. Contact Kathleen Golding on 01737 210514

Swale 

Swale Writers' Group Contact Sarah Steen, 27 Woodstock Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent ME19 9EJ

Swansea 

Junkbox Poetry Group is a new poetry group that meets to help aspiring poets. It meets on the 1st & 2nd Thurs each month 7.30pm-9pm at the Dylan Thomas Centre.  There is no charge, and the aim of the group is to discuss poems, develop ideas for writing and offer constructive but firm criticism. For more information contact Richard on 079686 20272 or email junkboxpoetry@hush.com 

Swindon 

Penpushers Contact Judith Cranswick, 5 Ullswater Close, Liden, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6LH

Tavistock 

Tavistock & W. Dartmoor Writers’ Group Contact Roselle Angwin on 01822 852650 

Thanet 

Thanet Write On Contact Philip Cowlin on 01843 293167

Toddington 

Toddington Poetry Society 2nd & 4th Tue, 8-10pm Hightown Community Centre, Luton, LU2 0JD Contact Jean Janes on 01582 723500, toddington.poetry@tiscali.co.uk, www.toddingtonpoetrysociety.co.uk 

Tonbridge 

Tonbridge Scribblers Contact Brian Gamagge, Brinmor, 2 Swanland Drive, Upper Haysden, Kent TN9 2RA 

Totnes 

Inspiring regular workshops in poetry and journaling with poet/author Roselle Angwin, Fire in the Head Tel: 01548 821004, www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk 

Tunbridge Wells 

Angel Writers Contact Mr Groves on 01892 20806. The New Writers' Club Tel: 01892 511322 

Walton 

Walton Wordsmiths Alt Fri, 10.30-12.30, St John's Church Hall, The Furrows, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Contact Wendy Hughes on 01932 267635, words@stickler.org.uk, www.cajunmoon.co.uk/wwindex.htm

West Essex 

West Essex Literary Society 1st Tue, St John's Arts & Rec Centre, Old Harlow, Harlow. Contact John Steer on 01279 414406

Ware 

Ware Poets 1st Fri, 8. Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware. Contact Frances Wilson on 01920 463149

West Sussex 

West Sussex Writers' Club Contact June Tate on 01273 595806, words@westsussexwriters.org.uk, www.westsussexwriters.co.uk

Whitstable 

Whitstable Women Writers
http://whitstablewomenwriters.blogspot.com

Worcester 

For groups in Worcester contact David Pearson on 01905 426600, dpearson@worcestershire.gov.uk, WorcesterLib@worcestershire.gov.uk 

Worthing 

Worthing Poetry Society Contact D. Bird on 01273 452171

York 

Access Writers Group Mons, 2-4. Driffield Access Centre, Exchange St, Driffield. Contact John Clarke on 01482 392745 

 

 

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NORTH LONDON

 

Brondesbury

Kilburn, Queen’s Park and Kensal Rise area. Meet on the third Tuesday of every month in each others’ houses, notification by email. Meetings allow for members to bring a published poem they want to share in the first half and their own work in the second half for a (constructive) critique. Contact Sue Whitmore 020 8459 6406/ 53 The Avenue, London, NW6 7NR. whitmore.susan@yahoo.co.uk. www.suewhitmore.co.uk

Camden 

CAST 

 Women only group. Mon, 1-4.15. 37-39 Kings Terrace NW1 0JR. Contact Harriet Craven on 020 7383 5228 

Camden Poetry Group 

 Sat (monthly) 3-5.30pm Some guest speakers. Send writing sample: Hannah Kelly, 64 Lilyville Road, SW6  Survivors’ Poetry Alt Tue, 7.30. and many other meetings. The Garden Studio, Diorama Arts Centre, 34 Osnaburgh St, Camden NW1 3ND Tel: 020 7916 5317

East Finchley 

Writing Workshop Mon & Thur, 10.30-12.45. 58 Helen Close N2 0UU. Contact Dennis Evans on 020 8346 9528 

Golders Green 

Creative writing workshops run by Miriam Halahmy, experienced tutor & published writer. Daytime & evenings. Tel: 020 8458 9326, miri.halahmy@btinternet.com 

Hampstead 

Spinning Room Poetry Group 

Join in friendly discussion. Bring your own poetry or something you like by another poet. Meets every Tues from 8.30pm at The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead (Golders Green tube) Contact Jennifer Johnson on 020 8561 2918,jennifer.johnson@blueyonder.co.uk 

Harrow 

Writers' Circle meets on alternate Thursdays at 7.45pm in The Kenton Room, Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex HA5 4EA Contact Indra Sikdar (Public Relations Officer) Tel: 07952 569097www.harrowwriters.org.uk 

Highgate 

Highgate Poets has been meeting for over 30 years, bi-annual anthology, regular poetry readings, many published poets, first Sunday evening of month. New members welcome. www.highgatepoets.com

Hornsey 

Word for Word

Word for Word inclues; a Novelists Group;
Crouch End Poetry Group, Tuesday 10.30 am- 12.30,
term times, contact Catharine, agilefonts@yahoo.co.uk
W4W(a mixed group of poets & prose writers) 
Wednesday 1-3 pm, term times, contact Brian, briandoc67@yahoo.co.uk

Islington 

Islington Poetry Workshop

Spring 2013 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm on the following Thursdays: 24 January, 21 February and March 14 2013 At FPHC, 12 Pine Grove, London N4 3LL (Fifteen minutes walk from Finsbury Park tube, Wells Terrace exit, or 91 bus to Hornsey Road.  Pine Grove is off Tollington Park, near Hornsey Road). Tutors: Frances Presley & Brian Docherty. Tel: 020 7272 9023 or: 020 8340 5974. “The workshop offers opportunities to present and discuss your own poetry in a supportive and friendly group – please bring copies of texts you want to discuss.”

Green Ink Writers Irish Writers 

Alternate Thursdays at 8.30 pm. Hemingford Arms, 158 Hemingford Rd N1 1DF Tel: 020 7241 4591 

Kilburn 

Black Inc Reading Group 

 Discuss books by black authors. 1st Thu, Kilburn Library, Salusbury Rd Tel: 020 8937 3424

Sebbon 

St Exchange Occasional sessions for poetry. Community Centre, Sebbon St N1 2DZ Contact Sheridan Mclaughlin on 020 7354 2015

Stamford Hill 

Readers Group 1st Tue. Stamford Hill Library, Portland Ave N16 Contact Sue Comitti on 020 8256 2573

St John's Wood 

Library Contact Daniel Waller on 020 7641 4282

Stoke Newington 

Readers Group Last Tuesday. Library, Stoke Newington Church St N16, 020 8356 5230.

Thurlow Road Poetry Workshop 

Meets in Highgate. Long history of prize winners: Hugo Williams, Michael Donaghy, Don Paterson, Ruth Padel, etc. Younger published poets especially welcomed. Contact: Colin Falck on 020-8815-1341/07758-458-944.

Torriano 

Poetry & Voice themed workshops Saturdays 1-5 pm 17 Oct. Writing exercises and constructive feedback. Please bring 12 copies of 1 poem for critique & comments. Torriano, 99 Torriano Ave, NW5 

Winkfield 

Resource Centre Weekly creative writing group for people with § disabilities in Haringey. Contact Paul Johnson on 020 8889 0396 

Wood Green 

Sangam Poets 1st Sat, 1-3. Central Library, High St N22 Contact Durlabh Singh on 020 8887 0666 Utter Writing Group (formerly Word 4 Word Wood Green) meets every Sat morning (except the first Sat in the month), 11am-1pm, in the 2nd Floor Community Room of Wood Green Library. £2/£4 for peer led sessions, £5.00 for professionally led sessions. Contact Sarah Verrinde, word4wordwoodgreen@hotmail.co.uk,www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5704768293

 

EAST LONDON

Brick Lane

Bengali Literary Society Monthly, Brick Lane. Members from all over London. Contact Kamal Kurashi on 020 8553 3699

Barking & Dagenham 

Open to all writers of all levels over 20, the group meets to have lively informal discussion about members’ own writing projects. 7pm-9pm Mon 10, 24 Sept at Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham RM9; 7pm-9pm Mon 8 Oct, 12 Nov at the Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 Contact Jo Purdy atBADWriters@hotmail.co.uk 

Bexley 

A group for all ages & levels that creates a space for people who love to write to share encouragement, inspiration. Contact Fiona Law on 077 4576 3639 

Bromley 

Bromley Writers’ Group Contact Gill Nutkins on 020 8461 7185, gill.nutkins@bromley.gov.uk abc Writing Group This group is for people moving on from substance misuse, who are over 18, with a level of stability that will enable full participation. Contact Mark at Aftercare Bromley Collective (abc) on 020 8289 5507 

E1

Approach Poets 2nd Mon, The Brady Club, Hanbury St, E1. Contact Michael Aitken on 02075380970; Eastside Workshops  7.30-9pm Newsletter What’s the Word? Eastside bookshop,166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU Tel 020 7247 0216, www.eastsidearts.org.uk

E14 

Writers Wanted Aimed at residents of Aberfeldy Estate. Thu, St.Nick's centre, Dee St, E14 Contact Mark Govier on 04325 358 706

Hackney 

Black Writers & Readers Group Discuss books by black writers. 3rd Tue, 6-7.30. Mare St Library, 233 Mare St, E8 Tel: 020 8356 2543

Scribblers. A self-led creative writing group, meeting in Sutton House (National Trust property). Writers of all levels are welcome. Individuals contribute ideas for writing prompts by sharing something simple such as a line from a poem or an overheard conversation. Third Thursday of each month from 12.15pm-2.15pm.  Fee: £2.50 per session or £20 for 10 sessions, includes access to the house for writing inspiration.  Twitter:https://twitter.com/ScribblersE9  Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SuttonHouseScribblers Or email: viola.untir@nationaltrust.org.uk

Havering

Writers’ Group Contact Ian Law on 01708 223495,ian.m.law@bt.com

Newham 

This group welcomes local writers from beginners to advanced. It has a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to progress and inspiration. Contact Jacqui Durand on 079 4928 7753, latestarterjd@aol.com 

Waltham Forest 

Asian Literary Circle, mostly Asian writers, poets, critics & journalists interested in Asian arts & literature. Contact Akhtar Ziai, 13D Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4SD 

Walthamstow

Phoenix Writers 1st & 3rd Thur, 7.30. Modern College of Music & Drama, 22 Orford Rd, E17. Contact Tom O’Brien on 020 8521 3726 

Village Writers Alt Wed, 3 Church End. Like to see new members twice at least before acceptance into group. Contact Peter Reeves on 020 8527 8191

 

SOUTH LONDON

Bermondsey 

The Frustrated Writers Society 12 Harrisons Ct, Myers L SE14 5RY. Contact Nick Carter on 020 7635 8170,frustrated@writings.freeserve.co.uk 

Blackheath 

Poetry Society  Mainly poetry appreciation, but writers of poetry are welcome. Each meeting has a pre-agreed theme, and we read around the room.  2nd Mon, alternate months, 8. Contact Gill Stoker on 020 8852 9608, blackheathpoetry@btinternet.com 

Brixton 

The Write Thing Promotes black writers. Suite 53, 49 Effra Rd SW2 1BZ Tel: 020 7924 0124

Bromley 

Ripley Poetry Association Last Fri in Sep, Oct, Nov. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Ave, Bromley. Contact Ruth Smith on 0208 460 3062 Shortlands Poetry Circle Started 1911, may be the oldest group in London. 2nd & 4th Tue, 2.30pm. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley. Contact Lesley McLetchie on 020 8460 0119

Croydon 

Open Group Discussions & creative writing. Member’s houses, weekly, 8. Contact Anne Slatford on 020 8660 4378 Poets Anonymous 1st Fri, 8. Dog & Bull, Surrey St. Contact Ted Smith, 020 8653 7660. Also meet 2nd Sat, 2.30-4, United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove. Contact Peter Evans on 020 8645 9956,poets@poetsanon.org.ukwww.poetsanon.org.ukCroydon Reading Group  Monthly, Sat, 11-12, Level 4, Meeting Room, Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, CR9 1ET Tel: 020 8760 5400,controldesk@croydononline.orgwww.croydon.gov.ukSanderstead Library Reading Group  Monthly, 7.15. Farm Fields, S Croydon, CR2 0HL Tel: 020 8657 2882,sanderstead@croydononline.org,www.croydon.gov.uk/ledept/libraries

Greenwich 

Thameside Poetry Workshop Thurs 7-9pm at West Greenwich House, 141 Greenwich High Rd, SE10 Contact Fiona Moore on 0208 853 0187,fionamoore@aetos.freeserve.co.uk 

Lewisham 

Nka Iban African women writers group. 1st Sun, Lewisham Way Centre, 138 Lewisham Way, SE14 Tel: 020 8692 1577

Merton 

Merton Writers’ Circle Last Fri, not Aug/Dec. 30-32 Worple Rd, Wimbledon SW19. Contact Beryl McMillan atBeryl@mertonwriters.org.uk,www.mertonwriters.org.uk Merton Poetry Group 1st Tue, 8. Raynes Park Methodist Church, Worple Rd, SW20 Contact Russell Thompson on 020 8942 3685

Richmond 

Adult & Community College Various groups. Tel: 020 8891 5907 Ormond Road Poetry Group Mon 8pm in term time. Contact Paul Gregorowski on 020 8948 0017 

South Norwood 

Writers Workshop Mon, 10-12. Sth Norwood Centre, Sandown Rd, SE25 4XE Contact Stella Stocker on 020 8668 3816 

Thameside

Thameside Writers Contact Jenny Sergeant on 01932 240712

Wimbledon 

Wimbledon & Merton Poetry Group 1st Tue, 8, Raynes Park Methodist Church, Worple Road, London SW20 Contact Russell Thompson on 020 8942 3685,zznsh@yahoo.co.uk

 

WEST LONDON

Baron's Court 

1st Mon, 1-2.30. Contact Amanda Stirrup on 020 8576 5055

Chelsea 

Library 3rd Thur, 6.30-8. Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, SW3 5EZ Contact Jane Choules on 020 7352 6056

Ealing 

Exiled Writers Ink! Refugees & exiles get creative. Thur, Committee Room, Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 Tel: 020 8458 1910 Pitshanger Poets Bring 10 copies of poem. Tue, 7.45. Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock La, W5 5BQ Contact Alan Chambers on 020 8567 7234, pitshanger.poets@virgin.net,www.pitshangerpoets.co.uk 

Fulham & Chelsea 

Survivors’ Poetry Mon am & Tue pm. The Tamworth Project, 11 Farm Lane, SW6 1PU Contact Lloyd Lindsay on 020 7736 9123

Hammersmith 

Irish Centre Creative Writing & Irish Literature. Thur, 7-9. Blacks Rd, W6 9DT Tel: 020 8563 8232,irishcentre@ukgateway.netwww.lbhf.gov.uk

Northfields 

Library 1st Thur, 6.30-7.30. Contact Amanda Stirrup on 020 8576 5055

South Acton 

Writers Group Tue 6.30-8.30. All Saints Church Centre, Bollo Bridge Rd, W3. Contact Julian Duffus on 07949 621288 

SW5 

Poetry Round Mon, 7.30-9.30. Barkston Greens Hotel, 33-44 Barkston Sq, SW5 Tel: 020 8561 2918,jenjohns@aol.com Brompton Library 1st Fri, 10-11.30. 210 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 0BS Contact Chris Moore on 020 7373 3111

 

CENTRAL LONDON 

The King’s Poets Formed in King’s Cross in 2002, this group meets every other Tussday evening at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. Meetings run from 8pm to 10pm. Free. For more information contact 
bertzpoet@yahoo.com 
mcloughlin_catherine@hotmail.com

London Voices Poetry Workshop Member of Federation of Worker Writers & Community Publishers. 3rd Friday of month 7.30pm at Sekforde Arms, Sekforde St, Clerkenwell Green, EC1 Contact Gill Oxford on 020 8445 0090

London Writers’ Café. A place for creative writers to read out their work for feedback in a friendly atmosphere. All creative writers are welcome to join the group, meet and connect with others for support, advice and motivation! £3 per meeting. Near Liverpool St Station. See website for full details: http://www.meetup.com/londonwriterscafe/

London Writers’ Circle 1st Wed, 12-2. Not Aug/Jan. The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Gt Smith St, SW1. Contact Colleen McMath on 0208 504 2506,words@stickler.org.uk,www.cajunmoon.co.uk/lwcindex.htm

Marylebone Library 1st Wed, 10-12. Contact Linda Davies on 020 7641 1037

New River Writers Group Wed, 8-11. The Percy Arms, 26 Percy St, WC1X 9QP Contact Julian Duffus on 07949 621288, duffusjjg@hotmail.com,www.foxgolve.co.uk/newrivers 

Out of Reality Drinkers, thinkers, ranters & writers. Wed, 8, King's Arms Pub, Northington St, W1 Tel: 07941 908893 

Paddington Library 

Paddington Library, Porchester Rd, London W2 5DU Creative Writing 3rd Fri, 6.30-8.30. Contact Mike Morten on 020 7641 4475/4490 Sufism Discussion Group Talk & share ideas on Sufism & Sufi mystic poetry, Rumi, Hafez and other Sufi masters. Bring a poem or a story to share. 1st Fri. Contact Nihat on 0794 448 9527,sufism@rumi.org.uk

Pimlico 

Library 3rd Mon, 10-12. Contact Mike Morten on 020 7641 4475/4490

Poets of London Tue, 6.30-7.30. Wed, 6-8. Waterstone's, 82 Gower St WC1. Need to pre-book. Contact S C Crawford on 020 7637 1759,clinic@poetsoflondon.comwww.poetsoflondon.com 

SubVerse Gathering, Bar Chocolate Friendly & supportive meeting, discussion on value of submission & submissive people. Last Sat, 2.30-4.30. 27 D’Arblay St, W1

Viscous Interludes 1st & 3rd Sat, 8pm. The Churchill, Mount Pleasant/Elm St, EC1 Tel: 020 8883 5527

Westminster 

Writers' Group 2nd & last Wed, 6-8. Marylebone Children's Library, 109-117 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5PS Tel: 020 7641 1037, www.westminster.gov.uk/libraries 

WriteClub London

Monthly meetup upstairs at the Blue Posts, 81 Newman Street, London W1T 3EU, from 7pm. Friendly, open conversation about writers and writing. Full details on our website at: http://www.meetup.com/WriteClubLondon/

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