New Publications and Events from our Members

Save the Children Christmas Fair

On Saturday 17 November 2018 the Bardstown Writers had a stall at the Save the Children Christmas Fair, at the Town Hall, Stratford. It was a lively day with lots of people, and a great venue to highlight our new anthology (read more here). The café upstairs with delicious cake was also very popular! 

Visit to Warwick Library

On 3 October 2018, Bardstown Writers' Group members were at Warwick Library as  part of the library's regular coffee morning.

Members read from their work, discussed their stories and talked to readers.

Next visit: 10:30, 2 October 2019.


The Acting Head

'It was Spring, but no-one knew it. The blinds were down, the strip lighting on. Vera, senior secretary of the School of European Cultures in the University of Bragham, had been in the office since six thirty that morning.'

So starts Judy Sproxton's novel - the cover for this has been designed by writer and artist Nick Sproxton. For more details on this novel and where to get hold of it, watch this space!


On 9 December 2017, Jann, Bren, Nick and Ellie attended the Evesham Festival of Words Bookfest at the Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, Evesham.

This was a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, promote our work and eat delicious cake! We're all looking forward to the next (2018) Evesham Festival of Words event. Thanks so much!

The Bardstown Writers are delighted to announce that another of our members, Chair Jann Tracy has published the first in her Stratford Small Histories series, Marie Corelli: Shakespeare's Champion.

Copies can be obtained from Magic Alley/Creaky Cauldron on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Waterstones or on Amazon (print and ebook formats available). Well done Jann! 



Engage: the 50+ Festival:
the Bardstown Writers were very happy to be involved in the first Engage Festival at the end of September 2017. As well as meeting potential new members we sold some books, both our own and the anthologies. Watch this space for next year!


Katrina Prize:
we're pleased to announce that the prize-winners have now been chosen and prizes awarded. Full details are on our Katrina Prize page. Also, thanks to Trevor's generosity, we'll be running the short story competition again in 2018 and 2019.

2017 Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival

On Saturday 22 April 2017, Bren Littlewood (aka J J Franklin), Jann Tracy and Ellie Stevenson attended the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival (now in its third year) and read from their work. Cake, discussion and debate also featured, and Ellie dressed up as an Edwardian woman!

 Bren with fellow author Rosalind Minett
 Ellie as Carolyn Forrest
 Jann at the non-fiction panel

Visit to Lightning Source (Ingram), Milton Keynes

On 20 April 2017, Ellie and Jann visited Lightning Source in Milton Keynes, who produce and distribute books. As well as producing books (paperback and hardback) for authors and publishers, they distribute titles to UK and worldwide markets via a variety of retailers, wholesalers and others.

It was a fascinating day which included a Q&A session as well as a tour of the factory floor. We came away a lot more knowledgeable than when we went in, and it was thrilling to see the books produced under our noses! 

JJ Franklin's second novel Echoes of Justice, featuring D I Matt Turrell, recently won the B.R.A.G Medallion award. Well done Bren! She is currently working on her third novel.

You can read more about Echoes of Justice here


Ellie Stevenson's third novel, The Floozy in the Park is now available from Waterstones, Stratford-upon-Avon, Magic Alley/Creaky Cauldron on Henley St or via Amazon.

You can
read more about Ellie and her work here.


Nick Sproxton's new book, The Girl and The Mutant is now available at Waterstones, Stratford-upon-Avon and on Amazon.

Nick is an accomplished artist and also designed his cover. 

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