Swansea & District Writers Circle (SDWC)

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

4th March: Researching local history with Geoff Brookes

Researching local history for non-fiction and fiction writers

On Wednesday, March 4th we will be joined by Geoff Brookes who will talk to us about researching local history and traditions.

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After an early life in Sheffield and the Midlands, Geoff Brookes moved to his wife’s home town of Swansea in 1981 and spent 38 years in the teaching profession, beginning a parallel career as a writer in 1998. His early writing included articles and books about education, but Geoff is best known for his local history books, which came about through his writing for “Welsh Country Magazine”. His first history title, “Stories in Welsh Stone”, explored the tales behind gravestones across Wales.

This was followed by several books about the history of Swansea, initially for History Press and then for Amberley Publications, with titles including “Swansea in the 1950s”, “A-Z of Swansea – Places, People, History” and “Swansea in 50 Buildings".

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5th February: Brian John

Brian John, scientist, geographer and writer. His novels include the 8-volume “Angel Mountain” Saga which achieved cult following, and which has now been sold to Bolinda for audiobook versions. There’s also a chiller thriller first published as “Acts of God” and recently rebranded as “Icefall Zero.” His children’s story, “The Strange Affair of the Ethiopian Treasure Chest” won the 2011 Wishing Shelf Award for books aimed at 6-8 year-olds.

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6th November: Wendy White

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We are extremely fortunate to have children's and adult novelist Wendy White as our speaker, author of Mamgu’s Campervan and the Knights in Shining Armour, as well as Welsh Cakes and Custard, Three Cheers for Wales and St David’s Day is Cancelled.

 

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4th December: Eleanor St Clair

 Does the idea of tweeting fill you with terror? The thought of posting pictures to Instagram make you shrivel up inside? Or maybe you're already winning on social and you just want to fine-tune your skills to target agents or potential readers?

On Wednesday 4th December we will be talking with one of our own members, Eleanor St Clair, about all things digital marketing.

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2nd October: Rob Gittins

 We are extremely fortunate to have the renowned scriptwriter and novelist ROB GITTINS as our speaker.

Rob Gittins is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for numerous top-rated television drama series, including EastEnders, Casualty and The Bill. He has also written over twenty original radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and his drama series, Losing Paradise, won the Gold Drama Medal at the New York International Radio Festival. He was Executive Producer on Crash, a drama series for BBC Wales from Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures and he was also Script Executive and writer on Stella, a series created by and featuring Ruth Jones (Gavin and Stacey).

 

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