November 2023 Guest Speaker Alana Davies

Our speaker in November was Circle member Alana Davies, who talked about self publishing.

Alana has had a number of careers but started to write in earnest after she retired.

Although she had been writing short stories and poems since a teenager, it was a part-time course in Creative Writing with the Open University that convinced her this was something she could take seriously.

In the past few years, she has written and published collections of short stories and of poems, a number of children’s stories, and a novel, ‘The Making of Annie-May’. She has helped other aspiring authors by editing their work, and has self-published books on their behalf.

She is studying for an MA in creative writing at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids.

For more information, see Alana’s website: