Swansea & District Writers Circle (SDWC)

A group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. The only shared characteristic is that we are passionate about writing.

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5th June: Dean Powell

On Wednesday, June 5th we will be hosting Dean Powell, historian, author and owner of a PR firm.

Our Speaker

Dean Powell has published a collection of fascinating history books while also contributing essays to a variety of specialist publications and websites.

With a particular interest in Welsh history, particularly during the Victorian period, his work as an author commenced with a series of fascinating photographic history books concentrating on the valley communities of South Wales. His series of publications focusing on individual towns, villages or specialised subjects, have enjoyed widespread acclaim.

Most notably Dean has spent a decade researching the life of Welsh surgeon and pioneer of cremation Dr William Price.

For more than a year he worked closely with film actor Glyn Houston which led to the publication of his enthralling memoirs. Such was the popularity of the book that it resulted in an ITV documentary celebrating Houston’s career.

With such a varied and successful career, Dean Powell is sure to deliver an engaging talk, interesting to all kinds of writers.

About SDWC

We are a small group of local people with a shared love of writing.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except August) at 7:00 pm, in the Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road, Swansea.

Whether you write, or want to write, poetry, short stories, novels or plays, come along and meet some like-minded people. No experience necessary, we’d love to meet you!

Car parking is free, (pick up your free token at the desk and check which room we are in – it’s usually Committee room 3 but we’re occasionally moved).

We look forward to meeting you!

Will Macmillan Jones on Horror

On Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, our very own Wall Macmillan Jones spoke to us about the horror genre. He gave us some tips on publishing and some general writing advice.

Our Speaker

Will is a novelist, poet, storyteller and international tax consultant who adores words, and not so long ago managed to win a national competition for Flash Fiction.

His paranormal mystery series started with a very personal book, The Showing, but has now grown into a full series intended to run for 6 books.

His first love as a writer: his comic fantasy series The Banned Underground, is now released by Red Kite Publishing and is available here. Starting with The Amulet of Kings, and running through The Mystic Accountants and The Vampire Mechanic to Bass Instinct and The SatNav of Doom, each book is a stand-alone work and the series can be read in any order. Warning: these books contain beer, pizza, loud music and an enormous joke count. They may be unsuitable for those without a sense of humour.

Will’s blog can be found at willmacmillanjones.wordpress.com

You can see his web pages at www.thebannedunderground.com and
www.willmacmillanjones.com

About SDWC

We are a small group of local people with a shared love of writing.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except August) at 7:00 pm, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea.

Whether you write or want to write, anything from poetry, short stories, novels or plays, come along and meet some like-minded people. No experience necessary, we’d love to meet you!

Car parking is free, (pick up your free token at the desk and check which room we are in. It’s usually Committee room 3 but we’re occasionally moved.

We look forward to meeting you!

6th March: The Pitfalls of Publishing

On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, our very own chair, Gail Williams, author of the Locked trilogy, will be joining us to talk about the pitfalls of publishing.

Our Speaker

Gail is a writer, a freelance editor, and has a day job. She normally writes crime fiction and has just published the final book in the Locked trilogy.
Gail has also published the first two books in a steampunk series, the first of which is called Shades of Aether. She writes novels, shorts and flash fiction and has had some success with paranormal prose and poetry.

Gail has seen two sides of publishing, both traditional and self publishing, and this talk is sure to be eye-opening for novices and experienced writers alike.

About SDWC

We are a small group of local people with a shared love of writing.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except August) at 7:00 pm, in the Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road, Swansea.

Whether you write, or want to write, poetry, short stories, novels or plays, come along and meet some like-minded people. No experience necessary, we’d love to meet you!

Car parking is free, (pick up your free token at the desk and check which room we are in – it’s usually Committee room 3 but we’re occasionally moved).

We look forward to meeting you!

The Three P’s in 2019

From the valleys of the South Wales Coalfield, Dominic Williams is a Poet, Performer and Publisher who will be sharing his poetic expertise with us in February 2019.

Based in Carmarthenshire. For nearly twenty years his home has been the small fishing village of Ferryside on the Tywi estuary from where he runs his publishing house Iconau Books. Williams is a co-founder of the community interest company write4word and with his friend, Irish poet Denis Collins, established the Wales Ireland Spoken-word and Poetry Alliance (WISPA). He is the MC of West Wales’ most established monthly spoken word event, Poems and Pints at the Queens. In 2012, as coordinator of the Coracle project he was a founding partner of the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival and in 2006 organised and managed the week-long Welsh Writing for The World Festival in venues across New York City.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 2019 – 7PM TO 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Ask at the desk for a free car park token and check the room number. We are usually (but not always) in Committee room 3.

Poems that Stand Up

Just in time for Christmas you can write your own ode to joy after meeting our December speakers.

Becky Lowe and David Churchill are members of Ten Swansea Writers and saw the launch of their first publication this year in Swansea, London and New York. A band of newly-fledged poets, prose-writers and musicians, the Writers find in Swansea’s sea and streets their muse: a landscape mapped by contemporary art, thriving music, and progressive poetry.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5 2018 – 7PM TO 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Ask at the desk for a free car park token and check the room number. We are usually (but not always) in Committee room 3.

Joy Transformation Coach

Get motivated with our November speaker Joy Ogeh-Hutfield.

Joy is an international and multi-award-winning transformational coach with over 20 years’ experience. Joy Ogeh-Hutfield coaches both individuals and businesses in all areas of life and organisations.

Joy’s passion lies in recognising potential in individuals, helping them to turn big ideas into possibilities; empowering them to lead with clarity, purpose and a sense of fulfilment.

Joy is also the author of the ‘The Secrets to Motivating Your Team’ and the life-changing ‘Made Easy’ work book series, including ‘Purpose Made Easy’ and ‘Joy Made Easy’, with further books set to be released in 2018.

Joy’s experience has allowed her to work with individuals, business and leading international organisations across the world, such as Barclays Bank and the BBC, leading her to become recognised as an international speaker and TV and radio personality. Joy’s infectious energy leaves her audience inspired, empowered and motivated, ready to rewire and transform their lives!

You can find out all about Joy on her website, www.joytransformationcoach.com

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7 2018 – 7PM TO 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Ask at the desk for a free car park token and check the room number. We are usually (but not always) in Committee room 3.

 

 

Bryce Thomas Tells Tales

Bryce Thomas Author of RhaminBestselling children’s author, graduate of law, and local farmer, Bryce Thomas will be sharing his spellbinding anthropomorphic secrets with us this month.

Bryce Thomas is an award winning author from South Wales and gained the WBC Publishers Award for the Bestselling Children’s Book 2012 for his engrossing story of real wolves and real children, where betrayal leads to a fight for survival.

Get your fangs into some intense adventure, paranormal activities, fortune hunters, witches and many more amazing things inside Bryce’s head at this months SDWC gathering.

Discover more amazing things about Bryce at his website, bryce-richard-thomas.co.uk.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2018 — 7PM TO 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Ask at the desk for a free car park token and check the room number. We are usually (but not always) in Committee room 3.

The Law And The Author

Ralph Watkins, businessman and law graduate of Bristol University will discuss law in relation to book and script research – with occasional reference to where authors have made classic errors.

If you have any questions on legal matters, relating to plotting, crime and punishment, this is your chance to question an expert.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH 2018 – 7PM to 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

 

Immigrants, Magicians and Prostitutes…

… just some of the things you’ll find in Rebecca F John’s head during her inspiring talk on the practical working methods of writing short stories and novels in July.

Rebecca F. John was born in 1986, and grew up in Pwll, a small village on the South Wales coast. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing (1st class hons) and an MA in Creative Writing (distinction) from Swansea University, as well as a PGCE PCET from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4Extra. In 2015, her short story ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She is the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015, and the British participant of the 2016 Scritture Giovani project. In 2017, she was named on Hay Festival’s ‘The Hay 30’ list.

​Her first short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, was published through Parthian in 2015.

Her first novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, was published through Serpent’s Tail in July 2017. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.

WEDNESDAY JULY 4TH 2018 – 7 PM – 9 P.M. CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Find out more about Rebecca on her website.

Three Wishes

STEVE LOCKLEY – THE STRUCTURE OF WRITING BASED ON THE THREE WISHES STORY

Steve Lockley is the author of around a hundred short stories (including contributions to a couple of Doctor Who anthologies), some of which have been collected in ‘Always a Dancer & other stories’ (FoxSpirit). He has also had a hand in more than twenty novels, though not all of them have his name attached. His most recent novel is ‘The Empty Desk’ based on the popular tv series Ghost Whisperer.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH 2018 – 7 PM – 9 P.M. CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA

Find out more about Steve on his Amazon page.

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