About the Society

Barbara Large

The Hampshire Writers’ Society was founded in 2011 by Barbara Large MBE, FRSA, HFUW. Today, the Organising Committee oversee the running of the society ensuring that the events are fun and insightful for writers in the Hampshire area. Past speakers have included well-known local authors such as Claire Fuller, as well as agents and editors.

Meet the Committee

Dr Gary Farnell, Chairman & 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

Karin Groves

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.

E: membership.hws[AT]hotmail.co.uk


Dr. Mark Eyles,  Events Manager 

Mark Eyles

Since 2019 Mark has been writing science fiction and fantasy. Previously he worked as Creative Director at Quicksilva (1981-1984); a holographer, freelance writer, game designer, and entrepreneur (1984-1999); Head of Design at Rebellion (1999-2003); Course Leader and Section Lead at the University of Portsmouth (2003-2019), also completing a PhD in game design. Founded Women in Games in 2004. Advisor to games trade association TIGA (2007-2020). Awarded TIGA Person of the Year in 2017. He has written series for comics ‘2000 AD’ and ‘Sonic the Comic’ and published in Fear magazine.

E: mark[AT]eyl.es

Catherine Griffin,  Membership Secretary and Treasurer

Catherine Griffin

After 20 years as a software engineer at IBM, Catherine left work to pursue her interest in writing. Since then she has self-published a number of fantasy novels.

E: inquiries[AT]hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk



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.

E: damon.l.wakes[AT]gmail.com

Summer Quigley, Marketing and Competitions Manager

Summer Quigley

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.

E: marketing.hws[AT]hotmail.com   E: competitions.hws[AT]hotmail.com

Maggie Farran, Secretary 

Maggie Farran

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.

E: maggiefarran[AT]aol.com

Sarah Noon, Report Writer 

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.

E: info[AT]natashaorme.com   W: http://www.natashaorme.com


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