Swansea & District Writers Circle (SDWC)

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


Swansea and District Writers Circle met for the first time on Zoom this week. Our chair, Ann Marie, hosted the meeting and everyone who attended spoke about how they were finding social distanced life, what they were working on and usual club news. 


If you haven't yet paid your membership fee, you can still do so by bank transfer and PayPal. The details are on the membership form, or members can find them on the forum. 

The Corona Diaries

How are you spending Lockdown? Dr Michael Ward from Swansea University is looking for volunteers to share their experiences, and several circle members expressed an interest in joining the project. If you want to contribute to this valuable research, check out The Corona Diaries here.

A successful meeting

The meeting went really well and we look forward to seeing one another again in June. 


SDWC Round up - April

Whilst our meetings have been cancelled, for now, there is still lots going on at Swansea & District Writers Circle. 

May Circle Meeting - usual time, your place. 

Our May meeting will be held virtually so we can all get together and chat with each other from the safety of our own homes. As the meeting will be held via Zoom, it will be restricted to members only this month.

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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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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.

Our Speaker

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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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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