Hampshire Writers’ Society next event Tuesday 14th December from 6.30pm

Hampshire Writers’ Society
Tuesday 14th December from 6.30pm -7.30pm

HWS Members’ Book Fair
Foyer of the Stripe Theatre Building
, University of Winchester

7.30pm Programme begins in Stripe Studio


Performance of 

Special Guest: Dr Cheryl Butler

Talk: Jane Austen and Southampton Spa

Celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday in December with this dramatic and entertaining solo literary recital of readings from Jane and Cassandra Austen’s letters, prose and poetry about sisters.

Rowan Suart

Rowan Suart is a professional actress/speaker/writer based in north-east Hampshire, with a long career in theatre, television and radio, having trained for the stage at Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, Surrey.  She has played diverse character roles in repertory and commercial theatres all over the country, including the Bristol Old Vic, the Theatre Royal in Brighton/Winchester/Windsor, New Theatre Oxford, Guildford Electric Theatre, Farnham Redgrave Theatre.  On television she has appeared in the sit-coms One Foot In The Grave and Nelson’s Column, and the drama Intimate Contact; also Noel’s House Party, Neighbours, commercials, and in BBC Radio 4 classic serials.  Recent stage roles include Carlotta Gray in Coward’s A Song At Twilight, Mrs Elton in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, and Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals.  She is an Associate Artist with LynchPin and Artifice theatre companies, which present regular public playreadings in Surrey and theatrical productions nationwide.

Rowan also writes, performs, and produces party entertainments for adults and children, and is a guest Speaker for Hants/Surrey/Sussex groups with her themed literary recital compilations.  Her latest Austen Sisters has been performed to much acclaim at festivals etc such as Bath, Chawton, Winchester, Alton, Chichester, Haslemere, Farnham, Lindfield, and Arundel.

HWS Members’ BOOK FAIR from 6.30pm7.30pm Foyer of Stripe Theatre, University of Winchester
A few places left! If you wish to book a table, please contact Karin Groves, membership secretary.                          

HWS Members and full time students, entry to the evening events included with their membership.

Visitors £6

Networking from 6.30pm

November HWS Writing Competition

Write a letter to a close relative with gossip about your mutual acquaintance. 

Winners to be announced at our December meeting on Tuesday 14th December. 

Adjudicator: Dr Cheryl Butler, playwright and novelist
Deadline: November 25th, midnight
Word Count: 300 words (+/- 10%)
Fee: Entrants must be paid up members of HWS

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.

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

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