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May 2022

Welcome to new Bridgnorth Writers member, Ian Parr.


Ian is well-known on the poetry circuit, and forthcoming projects include:


'Poetry Worth Hearing', Episode Four includes an item by Diana Sanders on a collaboration with her and other poets putting music and sound effects into poems as part of “The Unstoppable Music Project” which is available on CD.

Wednesday 18th May 2022, 7.30pm: delayed launch of Ian's collection 'Singing Tomorrows' at St, Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Chester.

16th–19th June 2022. 8th Annual RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Festival, Aberdaron, Wales.  Ian will be assisting Philip Gross with the poetry workshops and will host the evening concert of poetry at Felin Ichaf.

Thursday 7th July 2022, 10:00–16:00.  'First Thursday' at Lingham’s Bookshop, Heswall, Wirral.  As part of the poetry, music and spoken work performances Ian  will be giving a talk on John Clare’s first poetry collection, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery published in 1820.

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May 2022

Ann and Charlie Garratt are at a 'Meet the Authors' event at Broseley Library on Wednesday 4th May @ 11:00-12:30.

Charlie is at Wellington Festival on Saturday 7th May @ 10:00–16:00

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March 2022

Poems by Lizzie Prudence and Keith Chandler are  included in A Staffordshire Poetry Collection edited by Bert Flitcroft, published by Clayhanger Press

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March 2022

In June last year Sharon Ashton won 2nd prize in the prestigious Poetry on the Lake competition. 


Great to hear that Poetry on the Lake have entered 'Ilaria Triptych' for The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

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February 2022

Congratulations to Paul Francis who was joint first in the

Bishops Castle poetry competition with 'The Covid Interview'.

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February 2022

Welcome to two new Bridgnorth Writers members: Ann and Charlie Garratt.

Ann won a short story competition for Irish writers in Coventry. She was a regular voluntary contributor to The Donegal Democrat and has written several short stories which were published in Woman's Way. In 2010 Ann had five short pieces about her childhood broadcast on Lyric FM and this provided the inspiration to begin her memoir, The Road Taken which was self-published in 2014 detailing her experiences of emigration and mental health problems.  In addition, three of her short stories were included in the anthology Wild Atlantic Words in 2016.

Charlie's first novel, A Shadowed Livery, was published in 2015, followed by three more detective novels set in 1938-1940, featuring Inspector James Given. The fifth novel in the series, A Malignant Death, is due to be published by Sapere Books in Spring 2022.


He self-published A Handkerchief for Maria during lockdown in 2020. It is a family saga, based on researching his own family. He’s had short stories published in an anthology, Wild Atlantic Words, and had a number of non-fiction titles on community development and tenant involvement published.

He’s currently working on a new project, a detective series set in 18th century Bridgnorth.

Click to preorder Charlie’s new book A Malignant Death.


Click here to buy Charlie's books.

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February 2022

Paul Francis' poem 'Value for Money' has been included in the

Culture Matters anthology, A Fish Rots From The Head.

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February 2022

A couple of successes at The Wolverhampton Literature Festival for Bridgnorth Writers: 

Paul Francis was on the final short list with 'A Podcast History of the City' and Colin Wells was second in the Slam at The Arena Theatre.

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February 2022

David Bingham, Barbara Chapman, Sarah Baker, Peter Morford, Lizzie Prudence, Steve Brotherton and Colin Wells appeared at The Lighthouse as part of the Writers Hub events.

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February 2022

Great to see that Jeff Phelps is already making his mark on the Wiltshire writing scene with a special mention in The Corsham Storytown Poetry Competition and a poem in Contagious Tales – 22 modern folk tales in the wake of the pandemic & climate crisis.

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February 2022

On Friday 25th February, Paul Francis and Steve Pottinger are co-hosting  'Poems about Migration', a Zoom event that draws on work from two recent collections: Poetry and Settled Status for All, edited by Ambrose Musiyiwa, and You’re Welcome, edited by Paul Francis.

Readers will include, Paul Francis, Steve Harrison, Chris Kinsey 

and Emma Purshouse.

If you'd like to attend by Zoom on Friday 25th February, 19:30-20:30, 

please email Colin Wells at who will

acknowledge your request and send you an invitation.

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February 2022

Colin Wells will be at the Poetry Slam at Stroud Subscription Rooms on Sunday 20th February. 

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February 2022

Lizzie Prudence is appearing at Country Voices at The Water Rat, Ironbridge, on February 12th 14:30-16:30. Click for more details.

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February 2022

On February 12th, David Bingham is running a poetry workshop on 'winter images'. Meet at Pant village hall, near Oswestry, 10:00-16:00. Click for more details and to book a ticket.

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February 2022

Bridgnorth Writers are at the Writers Hub event at

The Lighthouse on 6th February @ 14:30 including, Sarah Baker, David Bingham, Steve Brotherton, Barbara Chapman,        

Peter Morford, Lizzie Prudence, and Colin Wells

This is part of The Wolverhampton Literature Festival.

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February 2022

Offa's Press are at the 'Meet the Publishers' event at Wolverhampton Gallery on February 4th as part of              The Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Readings from Offa's Press authors, including Nick Pearson, from 14:45-15.45

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January 2022

Colin Wells is in The Wolverhampton Literature Festival Poetry Slam on January 29th at The Arena Theatre. Click for more details of this and other events at The Festival

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January 2022

Congratulations to Paul Francis whose poem

'The Willow Rooms' was highly commended in the       Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not competition.

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November 2021

Steve Brotherton's new book, Fractures, Dreams and Second Chances 

was featured recently in The Shropshire Star.

Steve will be signing books at:

Saturday 20th November 10:00-12:00

Saturday 27th November, 11:30–13:30

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October 2021

Another success for Paul Francis whose poem

'To my left knee' has been published on the excellent

Poetry in the Waiting Room web site.

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October 2021

Congratulations to Barbara Chapman whose poem

'The Continuity of Geese' was long-listed in the Black Eyes Publishing/Gloucestershire Poetry Society competition.

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October 2021

Liz Kershaw has been short-listed for the Historical Writers' Association Award for her short story 'The Guard of Honour' and was commended for her ‘perfect writing and sharply observed characterisations as one man makes a choice.’

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October 2021

Well done Sharon Ashton who is included in the PoArtry 2021 anthology.  It's a beautifully designed and innovative web site, and definitely worth a visit.

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October 2021

Congratulations to Alison Nichol-Smith who has won the Wrekin Writers Doris Gooderson competition with her short story 'The Hide'. 

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September 2021

Colin Wells is appearing at:

Virtual Voices with Offa's Press on Tuesday 14th September.

Caffe Grand Slam in Dudley on Thursday 28th October.

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature on Sunday 28th November.

Tickets available from event web sites.

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September 2021

Loads of great events at The Ironbridge Festival of Imagination from 11th to 26th September, including

spoken word shows featuring Bridgnorth Writers.

Nick Pearson is appearing at The Water Rat Inn @ 16:00 on Saturday 11th September.

Lizzie Prudence will be performing five Haiku, supported by Catherine Redfern on flute, as part of Haiku Surprise at

The Water Rat Inn on Sunday 12th September @ 15:00.

David Bingham is at The All Nations Inn @ 20:00 on Thursday 16th September.

Tickets available from the Ironbridge Festival web site.

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September 2021

Paul Francis has a poem, Golfing Heaven, published on the excellent Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis website, specialising in light/comic/funny poetry.

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August 2021

Offa's Press have just published In the Sticks, an Arts Council England-supported anthology, edited by Simon Fletcher and Cherry Doyle.


In the Sticks takes a dispassionate look at life in the countryside in the West Midlands today. There are poems about farming and fishing, the changing environment and village life, nature, rural isolation and romance. 


Poems by several Bridgnorth Writers have been included: Barbara Chapman, Nick Pearson, Paul Francis,

Ruthie Starling and Teresa Heeks. And David Bingham

and Jeff Phelps have two each!

In the Sticks is available from the Offa's Press online shop.

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August 2021

Paul Francis has had more competition successes recently.

A poem has been included in Feathers and Pennies, Poems and Stories for the Matchgirls.

And three poems have been selected for the Poetry and Covid website.

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July 2021

Steve Brotherton's latest book, Fractures, Dreams and Second Chances, published by The Book Guild, will be launched at The Ironbridge Fine Arts Gallery on Saturday 31st July from 11:00-13:00.


You don't need a ticket – just drop in to meet Steve and pick up a signed copy.

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July 2021

Offa's Press are involved with six spoken events in July, and some of them are live! More details here. 


They include Nick Pearson at Virtual Voices on Zoom on Tuesday 13th July, and David Bingham at Country Voices at The Water Rat in Ironbridge on Saturday 17th July.

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July 2021

Colin Wells is appearing at The Ledbury Poetry Festival Slam on Saturday 10th July and at The Belle Vue Arts Festival on Thursday 15th July.

Loads of great events at both, so definitely worth checking their web sites.

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June 2021

Well done, Paul Francis, whose poem, 'Watch', was commended at The Welshpool Poetry Festival.

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June 2021

Congratulations to Sharon Ashton who has won 2nd prize in the prestigious Poetry on the Lake competition, which includes an invitation to read her poem at Lake Orta in October.   

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May 2021

This was a reading on Zoom, from the poetry anthology recently edited by Ambrose Musiyiwa. Ambrose introduced the performance, which featured ten poets reading their work, a concentrated taste of the varied talents in this collection. Steve Pottinger and Paul Francis were two of the poets involved.

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May 2021

Jeff Phelps has a poem in Dear Dylan, an anthology after Dylan Thomas published by Indigo Dreams. 

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May 2021

Sharon Ashton read at the launch of Alchemy Spoon Issue 3: Spell on May 1st at 19:30.  

Click for the Alchemy Spoon You Tube channel.


Click for a pdf of Issue 3: Spell, which includes Sharon's poem Bell, Book and Candle.

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April 2021

Jeff Phelps has a poem on the front page of Poetry on Loan.


Click for more details and to see a video of Jeff reading New Lands. 

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April 2021

Paul Francis' new poetry book, Dreams of Brexit, was published by Liberty Books in May 2021

Click for more details.

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April 2021

Jeff Phelps was a guest – with 1990s Chris and Ann Atkins – on a recent edition of the excellent Brum Radio Poets, hosted by Rick Sanders (aka Willis the Poet).

Click for a recording of the show – well worth a listen.

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April 2021

Steve Brotherton's novel, Fractures, Dreams and Second Chances, was published by The Book Guild on 28th May.

Click for more details.

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April 2021

Paul Francis has published a new collection, Rescue from the Dark.

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March 2021

Congratulations to Sharon Ashton whose poem Bell, Book and Candle has been selected for publication in the next issue of The Alchemy Spoon.

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March 2021

Great to hear that the poem that Teresa Black read at a recent BWG meeting – Rhyme Royal – has won first prize in The Society of Medical Writers poetry competition. 

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March 2021

Beverly Fry's daughter – and BWG friend – Anna Selby's Field Notes has been included in The Poetry Book Society's 12 poetry books to read on International Women's Day, and has been in The London Review of Books bestsellers list for 14 weeks.

'Field Notes take us beneath the waves, with poems written on waterproof notebooks in the Atlantic Ocean, whilst observing marine environments. Beautifully published by Hazel Press, an independent publisher with a focus on climate change and feminism.'

Click here for more details.

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March 2021

Liz Kershaw and her son Joe (though Liz tells me that it's mostly Joe!) have come up with an exciting idea called The People’s Story.


The aim is to create the world’s largest collaborative story. Writers register and claim a page, then write their own page within a time frame (it’s only 1750 characters, about 300 words) to continue the story.


The project supports World Book Day and any profits made from eventual publication will go to Book Aid

Click here for more details.

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March 2021

Well done to Paul Francis who continues to be successful in local and national poetry competitions.

Paul was joint third in the Bishops Castle poetry competition with his poem Hope Springs Eternal about the young man who jet-skied from Scotland to The Isle of Man to meet his girlfriend.

And Paul has been selected for inclusion in the Shoestring Press anthology, Poems for the Year 2020, edited by Merryn Williams.

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March 2021

Congratulations to Sarah Baker and Alison Nichol-Smith who were both winners in the Bedtime Story Competition at The Wolverhampton Literature Festival


Click here for a subtitled recording of Sarah's story:

Little Silver Lining.

Click here for a subtitled recording of Alison's story:

Charlie's Dad.

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March 2021

Here's a good outlet for flash fiction writers, and it's where Bridgnorth Writers, including Jeff Phelps, Toli Kram, David Bingham and Peter Morford, have previously been published.


Click for more details. 

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March 2021

Nick Pearson's new book, Barista has receently been launched. 


We've heard extracts at recent Bridgnorth Writers meetings, and it's highly recommended.


Barista and Nick's previous book, Made in Captivity, are available now from Offa's Press.

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