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):

18 01 fat man blues on spillwords


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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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