Swansea & District Writers Circle (SDWC)

A group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, who are passionate about writing.

October guest speaker, Gary Raymond

Our speaker in October will be novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster Gary Raymond.

Gary is the presenter of The Review Show for BBC Radio Wales, and is editor of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two previous novels, The Golden Orphans and For Those Who Come After, as well as a non-fiction book, How Love Actually Ruined Christmas. His second novel, The Golden Orphans, was picked as best new crime novel in The Spectator and was previewer's pick of the month in The Bookseller.
His most recent novel, Angels of Cairo, was published this year by Parthian Books.
For more information about Gary, click here

The meeting will take place via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday 6th October.

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September guest speaker, Dr Ann Mathews

Our speaker in September was Dr Ann Mathews, lecturer in creative writing at Aberystwyth University. Dr Mathews gave a talk/workshop on Identity and Place in fiction and poetry.

The session took place via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday 1 September and was recorded for members who couldn't attend.

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June speaker Ann Marie Thomas

Our speaker in June 2021 was Ann Marie Thomas.

Ann Marie an experienced author and Chair of Swansea and District Writers Circle. She talked to the Circle about self-publishing.

You can find more information on her website: https://annmariethomas.co.uk/

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July guest speaker, Una McCormack

Our guest speaker in July was science fiction writer Una McCormack, who spoke to the circle via Zoom. 

Una is the author of eight previous Star Trek novels: The Lotus Flower (part of The Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine trilogy), Hollow Men, The Never-Ending Sacrifice, Brinkmanship, The Missing, the New York Times bestseller The Fall: The Crimson Shadow, Enigma Tales, The Way to the Stars, and the acclaimed USA TODAY bestseller Picard: The Last Best Hope. She is also the author of five Doctor Who novels from BBC Books: The King’s Dragon, The Way Through the Woods, Royal Blood, Molten Heart, and All Flesh is Grass. She has written numerous short stories and audio dramas. She lives with her family in Cambridge, England. She is also the author of four Doctor Who novels from BBC Books: The King’s Dragon, The Way Through the Woods, Royal Blood, and Molten Heart. She has written numerous short stories and audio dramas. She lives with her family in Cambridge, England.

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May Guest Speaker, Jeff Murphy

Our speaker in May 2021 was award-winning screenwriter, author and composer, Jeff Murphy.

Jeff won a BAFTA for his work on the successful detective show Hinterland and was recently nominated for a second screenwriting Bafta, for the same Hinterland show.

Two feature films One Way to Denmark and Justine were completed in 2019. Fairytale, another feature has joined them 2020. Justine was nominated for BIFA (British Independent Film Award).

Jeff was also screenwriter and producer on the critically acclaimed television crime series, Hidden, which was produced by Jeff's Cardiff-based company Severn Screen (with 8 Episodes/BBC 4/All3Media). Jeff founded and creatively ran Severn Screen from 2009 to 2018, where in addition to his work on Hidden, he wrote/developed and/or produced One Way to Denmark (with BBC Films), The Passing (S4C), and was creator/screenwriter in charge of development of a wide range of feature film projects.

His book on boxer Johnny Owen, published by Random House, has been adapted by Jeff for the screen, was elected the Sunday Times Sports Book of the Month and listed for the William Hill Sportsbook of the year.

A new book Welcome to Valleywood, about a lifetime living with Autism will be written to completion in 2021. A new collection of music, song and poetry, recorded
at Colour Field Studios, Welcome Bay, New Zealand, is due out in July.

 

For more information about Jeff's work, click here

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