Hello All Writers

Professor Joy Carter CBE DL, Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester and Honorary Patron, Hampshire Writers’ Society:

It is with deep sadness to learn that Barbara Large has passed away. Barbara has been a hugely important and loved part of the University community for decades, most notably for creating and running the Writers’ Festival for over three decades, as well as founding the Hampshire Writers’ Society. Her life was full of passion and energy; all who encountered her were struck by what a remarkable woman she was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this sad time.

Dexter and Director

Our next event:

Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm 

The Stripe Theatre, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

Speaker: E.M.DAVEY

Talk: Fiction as a Window on Our World

Ed recounts how adventure, travel, history and investigative journalism have inspired his thrillers.

Special Guest: Crispin Drummond, proprietor of Winchester’s noted bookshop, P&G Wells.

Competition: Write a travel article. (300 words) Deadline for entries 25th August.

Adjudicator: E.M.Davey

Bar, networking  from 7pm


E.M. Davey studied history at the LSE and went on to spend eight years with the BBC,going undercover for Panorama, presenting the BBC World Service and working on investigations for Newsnight, File on 4 and News at Six. He has visited more than sixty countries and now works for Global Witness.

His first novel Foretold by Thunder is the first in a series of contemporary thrillers with a historical dimension.

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

The Society will soon be celebrating its ninth season of talks, readings, panels and performances by well known novelists, authors, playwrights, scriptwriters, literary agents, editors and industry specialists.

Annual Membership £30, free to students, visitors £5 per event

Special reduced membership fee of £25 – for membership until end of August 2020 if paid before 31st August 2019

The subscription includes:

  • Membership for the season September 2019 until August 2020
  • Free entry to the monthly HWS writing competitions (10 competitions)
  • Free membership of the HWS critique group (meets 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Stripe building, University of Winchester)
  • 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 students with their student card

 To help you get started, here are some quick links:

View the programme

Apply for membership

Meet the committee

Contact us