The Hampshire Writers’ Society was founded in 2011 by Barbara Large. Today, the Organising Committee, alongside Barbara, oversee the running of the society ensuring that the events are fun and insightful for writers in the Hampshire area. Meet the team who sit on the committee.
Barbara Large MBE, Chairman
Barbara Large was the Founder-Director of the Winchester Writers’ Conference for 33 years and is now director of CreativeWordsMatter, the editorial consultancy, which offers Self-Publishing Workshops in conjunction with the CPI Books UK, the Pitstop Refuelling Writers’ Workshops and the Flying Squad, a team of professional writers who give talks, lectures and one-to-one appointments at arts centres, conferences, festivals, schools and colleges to help writers achieve their writing goals. She is a member of The Society of Authors and The National Association of Writers in Education and enjoys the opportunity to help writers to harness their creative ideas into well written, commercially-viable manuscripts.
Contact: Barbara Large, Chinook, Southdown Road, Shawford, Hampshire SO21 2BY
E: b.a.large[AT]gmail.com T: 01962 712307 W: www.CreativeWordsMatter.co.uk
Dr Gary Farnell, Liaison Officer
Gary teaches English at the University of Winchester, in particular the literature of the Romantic period. He has published widely, for example in Studies in Romanticism, Gothic Studies and New Formations. Several workshops for writers have been run by him at the Winchester Writers’ Conference, and he has been for a number of years the adjudicator of the Short Story Competition at the Hampshire Chronicle.
E: Gary.Farnell[AT]winchester.ac.uk; T: +44(0)1962 827267
Karin Groves, Membership Secretary
Karin grew up in London and spent her career as a primary school teacher in Hampshire. She loved making up stories for her own children and writing music and scripts for school productions. She gained an MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester and enjoys writing children’s stories, TV and film scripts.
David Eadsforth, Events Manager
David had a varied career in computing, telecommunications, marketing, and training, after which he was able to develop his long-held literary interests. David’s interest in history and his experiences as a pilot have led him to publish a number of WWII aviation novels, although a future foray is intended to be set in another favourite historical period, the Anglo-Saxon world.
Crispin Drummond, Treasurer
Crispin says he never read at school, and – trained as a scientist – he didn’t understand what the fuss was about. Then he began reading for pleasure, as an escape from the various responsibilities of university, office life, and his family. Five years ago things came to a head when he left his job and bought a bookshop – P&G Wells, in College Street Winchester. There he permits himself to combine business with pleasure.
Damon L. Wakes, Publicity Manager and Critique Group Moderator
Damon holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester, and Ten Little Astronauts—the novella he submitted as the final project for that course—has since been accepted for publication by Unbound. He writes everything from humour to horror, and produces a brand new work of flash fiction every day during July each year. Damon also writes interactive fiction and games, and recently provided the story and dialogue for Craft Keep VR, which has been nominated for a Game of the Year award at Login Vilnius.
Summer Quigley, Marketing Manager
With a passion for writing from a young age, Summer wrote poetry from the age of 10. With a Journalism degree and post-graduate diploma in Public Relations she spent 10 years working within the communications and PR industry with various articles published in magazines and newspapers. More recently she worked as editor of a bluechip company’s internal magazine distributed to 5000+ employees. Now working part-time and a busy mum of two Summer dedicates her spare time to writing poetry, picturebooks and is currently working on her first children’s novel.
Maggie Farran, Secretary
Maggie has recently retired from her career as a primary school teacher. She has published a book of short stories set in Chandler’s Ford. She wrote this book with three other local authors. She attends a weekly writing class where she gets the opportunity to share her stories.
Sharon Garrett, Competitions
Sharon lived in Oxford until, at ten, her family moved to remote mid-Wales. This allowed plenty of time for reading. She realised she wanted to be a writer when she was the only child at school who enjoyed the peace of an English exam! At eighteen, she graduated from a love of horses to flying. She gained her pilot’s licence and worked on small executive planes, flying around Europe, until having children. Alongside an annual addition to her children’s book series, Friday Night’s Dream, she continues to develop an adult detective series and a heart-warming, modern ghost story.
Natasha Orme, Website Manager
Natasha is a writer, editor and marketing expert with a degree in Creative Writing from Winchester University. She has spent the last few years working with Indie authors from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Australia, France and Sweden, to create amazing and compelling reads. As a freelance writer and editor, Natasha has had her work published on a range of websites, regularly writing travel articles about her adventures abroad.