Hampshire Writers’ Society next event Tuesday 9th November 7.30pm

Hampshire Writers’ Society
Tuesday 9th November 7.30pm
Winton Building, Room 5
University of Winchester

Speaker: Yasmin Kane, Literary Agent, Kane Literacy Agency

Talk: Creativity – who is this elusive creature & where do we meet it?

Yasmin Standen

A literary agent for 16 years, Yasmin set up her own publishing house, Three Hares Publishing in 2014. Yasmin strives to be at the cusp of change in a continuously evolving and fast-paced industry. Her agency, Kane Literary Agency, specialises in thought-provoking YA, children’s fiction and non fiction.

Whereas Three Hares publishes Adult, YA and children’s fiction. Yasmin loves working closely with authors, being an agent and publisher in a small publishing house enables her to do this.  She curated literary events at Midsummer Muswell Festival in 2017 and regularly participates in agent one-to-ones at London Book Fair, Winchester Writers’ Festival, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Hampshire Writers’ Society and the Historical Novel Society. Yasmin is currently adding to her agency list and looking for non fiction – memoirs, (meta physics et al) and those all elusive stories which stay with you long after the last page has been turned…

Special Guest: Jenny Overy, poet

Jenny Overy has spent many years working in mental health and education, running workshops around the country and lecturing at Southampton University. When not involved in amateur dramatics, she sings in pubs and clubs and of course, writes.

She has been writing poems and cryptic plays for many years, prompting her to complete a course in creative writing. She later joined a local writers circle, but due to work commitments, had to pause on a few half-written memoirs and a number of short stories, and poems.

You’re Kidding Me! An anthology of poems 


Jenny self published her second edition of poems, which she hopes provides readers with a modicum of entertainment and inspiration, as well as momentary reflection. She likes the simple things in life, uncomplicated.

It’s best not to take ourselves or life too seriously, and we should laugh with ourselves, laugh at ourselves and laugh with others, because, laughing is the only real tonic, without any additives.

Jenny’s third anthology of poems will be published soon.

HWS Members and full time students, entry included with their membership.

Visitors £6

Networking from 7pm

October HWS Writing Competition

“Imagine this…
300 words to let your imagination run riot! Think outside the box – would be great to encompass universal themes and read a profoundly moving piece. I’m looking for something that will make me sit bolt upright!” (Yasmin Standen)

Adjudicator: Yasmin Standen, Literary Agent, Kane Literary Agency
Deadline: October 25th, midnight

Results will be announced by Yasmin Standen on 9th November at HWS meeting.

Please check the HWS website for the rules before submitting.

Opportunities for Writers

Please check the HWS Facebook Page for writing updates and opportunities to submit your work. www.facebook.com/HampshireWriters
There are a number of organisations e.g. competitions, agents, publishers, theatres and BBC asking for submissions. Always check the details and rules of entry, some are quite specific to location, age and experience.

News from YOU!

Please let us know what you have been up to during the past few months.  For many people,  it has been an ideal time to focus on their writing projects. 

HWS Blog

We are always looking for interesting interviews, book reviews or articles about writing or publishing for the HWS Blog. If you are interested in writing or submitting articles for the HWS Blog, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch!

Contact Karin Groves, Membership Secretary.


The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all aspiring and published writers wherever they live.

We will resume our normal programme of events from September  2021.

The annual subscription fee for membership of the Hampshire Writers’ Society is £35.

Free to full-time students. Visitors pay £6 per event.

The subscription includes:

  • Membership for the season September 2021 until August 2022
  • Free entry to the monthly HWS writing competitions
  • Free membership of the HWS critique group ( meets online 3rd Tuesday of month)
  • A stall at the Book Fair (December and June) for published members, includes self published
  • Entry to our events on Tuesday evenings.
  • Free membership to full time students with their student card

If you would like to receive the newsletter with details of writing opportunities, local events and competitions please contact us.

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