Malvern Writers’ Circle meets in the common room of a retirement home in central Malvern. As covid-19 (corona virus) is of particular danger to older people we have decided, with great sadness, to postpone future monthly meetings until we can be sure we might not be bringing infection into a place housing those who may be vulnerable.

We will also be cancelling our Spring Lunch at Colwall Village Hall in April.

We apologise to all our members and friends who would usually be attending these sessions.

Please watch this space for updates.

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Happy New writing Year

Time to update the programme, dust off the blog and catch up with what some of us have been doing.

Long time circle member Richard Wall (Fat Man Blues) has been working with blues guitarist Andrew McLatchie. Click on the screen shot to go to Richard’s blog.

On another blog post Richard talks about other artists and collaborations.

Meanwhile a new circle guest Tom Pierce has a thriller available

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News from Peter Sutton

Peter Sutton, playwright, poet and translator, will be featured on Clare Balding’s Ramblings, on 21 March (and afterwards on iPlayer). Peter will be talking about William Langland and Piers Plowman, which begins on the Malvern Hills. The programme also features Ledbury Poetry festival‘s Troubadour of the Malvern Hills, Jean Aitkin, and David Armitage who works for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Peter will also be at Chipping Campden Literature Festival on 10 May, reading from  Poems of Armenian War and Peace, a collection written jointly with Liana Hayrapetyan, which will be published in April by the Tekeyan Trust.


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Gren Gaskell, After a Roof Fall

Gren Gaskell’s fiercely moving poem After a Roof Fall recently featured on Spillwords HERE.


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Fat Man Blues: song by Richard Walls and Tone Tanner

Richard Wall’s Fat Man Blues project recently featured on Spillwords with a song in collaboration with Tone Tanner. Click on the image to hear the song (and read its lyrics):

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Ledbury Festival 2017

Malvern Writers’ Circle poets are looking forward to reading with participants of Just Write mentored by Pat Tromans for Ledbury Poetry Festival this summer, taking inspiration from the resident artists at Trumpet Corner gallery.

The gallery tea room supplies excellent cakes to enjoy while you listen to new poetry and view the displayed art.

To book Pat’s course, contact her (details below).



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i.m. Jocelyn Bailey

Jocelyn Bailey was Chair of Malvern Writers’ Circle For two years 2011
to 2013. She was a member of Mensa with a great love of words and
languages and was a fiendish Scrabble player. She was a unique character
with an extraordinary range of friends in several countries. Her quiet
affection for these friends and family also encompassed her precious
cat, Jaeger.

She braved the difficulties of the steep steps to her house when
suffering from Parkinson’s disease because of her love for the stunning
view from her home and for those of us privileged to be entertained for
a meal at 103 West Malvern Road it was like sitting in the landscape.
Her sense of humour was present to the end.

The overspilling church at Jocelyn’s memorial service illustrated the
affection and admiration so many of us felt for this much loved person
and, although our memories will be treasured, she will be so sadly missed.

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Myfanwy Fox included in film of Swindon Poetry Festival 2014 Man for a Day

IMG_2356bLast year’s Swindon Poetry Festival included “Man for a Day” and MWC’s Myfanwy Fox was one of the participants. Here’s a short film made of the day.

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Richard Wall publishes Fat Man Blues

Debut novel from Richard Wall.

“Hobo John” is an English blues enthusiast on a pilgrimage to present-day Mississippi. One night in Clarksdale he meets the mysterious Fat Man, who offers him the chance to see the real blues of the 1930s. Unable to refuse this offer, Hobo John embarks on a journey through the afterlife in the company of Travellin’ Man, an old blues guitarist who shows him the sights, sounds and everyday life in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, the Englishman discovers the harsh realities behind his romantic notion of the music he loves and the true price of the deal that he has made.

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Malcolm Gladwell chooses Henry Trease for his desert island reading

Delighted to hear Malcolm Gladwell on Desert Island Discs recently asking for “a selection of books” by the late Geoffrey Trease so Gladwell could recapture memories of his childhood. Trease was involved with Malvern Writers’ Circle for many years. “Everyone respected him and he was a fine example of a hardworking writer, a fact which spurred me on during my own early days…” as another long-standing member, Lilian Harry, wrote in our Diamond Anthology, 1948-2008.




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