Membership

We warmly welcome new members to the Swansea & District Writers Circle. 

Currently, we are meeting via Zoom.

The main Circle Meeting is held on the first Wednesday of the month, and is open to everyone. At this meeting, we normally welcome a speaker from the world of writing and publishing. Sometimes, one of our own experienced writers gives a talk or workshop. 

We also hold a separate Feedback Group Meeting, for members only, which is usually held on the third Thursday of the month. At this meeting, we share our writing and give each other friendly and supportive feedback. 

Various writing prizes are given each year, at our annual dinner (when we can hold it). These include awards for the most prolifically published members in different fields, and awards based on points won in our internal writing challenges, which are set each month by the speakers.

Circle members can also share ideas and inspiration via a private area of the website.

Occasionally, we publish a themed anthology of members' work or hold an external writing contest.

Membership currently costs £20 a year.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please write to our Membership Secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Eleanor St Clair

Author Profile: (ELEANOR ST CLAIR)

I graduated with an MA from Bath Spa University, where I wrote a novel about social media and lies. Nowadays I spend my free time horse riding and trail running. 

DAY JOB: Content Designer

BOOKS/AUTHORS I MOST ADMIRE: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Circe by Madeline Miller.

MY WORK IN PROGRESS.

TITLE: The Mountain Runners

GENRE: Fantasy 

SETTING: Welsh valleys, 2020.

MY PROTAGONIST: Anwen, an educated young witch. She is trying to find a lost Welsh book which contains a cure for her mother’s curse but nothing is as it seems, and with wild magic on the rise, Anwen has to decide who to trust, and who to betray, if she is to survive.

THE USP: It’s a book with ancient creatures trying to survive in the modern world. And the creatures are Welsh. Like a giant bird who can speak human languages perfectly, but who has a dark past. Or a mine spirit, who is just trying to stop anyone else from getting hurt. 

SUMMARY: “What was definitely true, whatever you believed, was that the Rowan tree in the garden kept out dark shadows, and the animals on their smallholding were brighter than most.”

The Mountain Runners is the first book in a planned fantasy trilogy set in the South Wales valleys, loosely inspired by the structure of the first three branches of the Mabinogi, if it were set in 2020. The trilogy follows an educated young witch, Anwen Morgan, as she attempts to find a lost Welsh book which contains a cure for her mother’s curse.

Whilst out jogging in the forestry in the South Wales valleys, Anwen finds a horse skull, the key piece in a complicated spell which she manipulates to find the spellcaster. But the spellcaster demands she repay him…

SIMILAR AUTHORS? Neil Gaiman meets Joanne Harris?

WHO DO I WRITE WITH? I attend the main circle and the feedback group. Sometimes I’m persuaded to head to a local open mic to read some poetry... 

MY WEBSITE: At eleanorstclair.co.uk

I'M ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow me on Instagram or Twitter

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