Book Fair 2018

Hampshire Writers’ Society Published Members’ Book Fair

12th June 2018 from 6pm – 7.30pm 

followed by a talk from

best-selling author  LISA JEWELL

entitled Publishing and Writing

Special Guests include Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL Chancellor University of Winchester and Professor Joy Carter, DL Vice Chancellor University of Winchester

Programme finishes at approximately 9.30pm

The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester

Come along and meet the  authors who are all members of the Hampshire Writers’ Society. Talk to them about their path to publication. Some will have their books available for sale and signing on the night.

Meet the Authors!



Latest News! Justin is on the shortlist of five for The Times/Chicken House Competition 2018. Congratulations!

Justin Strain

The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon: The year is 1832. Portsmouth is a hotbed of crime and villainy. Kitty Hawkins and her friend, Charlie Miller are led by a mysterious stranger, Samuel Peabody, into a murky web of intrigue. As the mystery unfolds, they realise the danger that they are in, and before long they are fighting for their lives.

‘The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon’ is Justin’s first novel.  It is a fast-paced historical adventure story, aimed at 11-14 year-olds, full of dark secrets and conspiracy.

Justin grew up in Portsmouth and, after studying Law and Theology at Queens’ College, Cambridge, he returned to his home town while serving in the Royal Navy. He left the navy in 2001 to retrain as a physiotherapist, and continues to work in this role, alongside writing his books. After leaving the navy, Justin served as a volunteer with the Portsmouth Lifeboat between 2006 and 2017. Justin still lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Emma, and two children. When he is not working or writing he enjoys messing around on boats and playing the violin.

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‘The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon’ Volume 1 (The Kitty Hawkins Adventures): is available from P&G Wells Booksellers, Winchester as well as on Amazon: Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon

Buy The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon: Volume 1 (The Kitty Hawkins Adventures) by Mr Justin D R Strain (ISBN: 9780993280931) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.



thumbnail_ghosts coverThe Ghosts & Jamal is an intriguing story, touching on religion, terrorism and Nigeria’s internal conflicts, following a young orphan who is negotiating an unforgiving society. Waking up in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, 14-year-old Jamal tries to piece together what has happened whilst simultaneously trying toevade capture by the attackers. It soon becomes clear that he has been living in a separate outhouse from his family on account of the “bad spirits” that plague him. As he wanders around his family’s compound, he comes across red canisters leaking yellow gas, which he works out were the weapon that killed his family, and he begins calling the gas “ghosts”. With his family dead, he begins to search for his grandfather who he hardly knows; when his grandfather turns him away he keeps walking. On his journey he passes out and is picked up by a patrolling soldier. He is taken to a hospital where he is treated for the “spirits”, or rather, his epilepsy. Jamal escapes and on doing so, he wanders bewildered around the city. On the way he meets prejudice, exploitation and friendship, before finally discovering that it is people, not ghosts, that have killed his family, and they have plans to keep on killing.


thumbnail_bridget-blankley-28963083Bridget Blankley spent most of her early life in Nigeria and came late to writing fiction, having been an engineer, educator and a full-time carer. Bridget lives in Southampton, UK.
Prizes: 2013 – winner Winchester Writers’ Festival,  Writing Can be Murder.

2016 – winner Commonword Children’s Writing Completion

2016 – runner up Thomas Gray Anniversary Poetry Competition.

2017 – runner up Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

Buy The Ghosts & Jamal by Bridget Blankley (ISBN: 9781908446633) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.



Living With MatildaLiving With Matilda

After the death of his grandmother, Ben Costa, aged ten, is placed in a children’s home. The Daniels family want to foster him and he moves into their house, but they soon realise they have taken on a little more than they bargained for when he smuggles in his best friend too. Chaos immediately erupts in the household.

Will things ever be the same again?


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With her father dead and her mother in a psychiatric hospital, Stevie Brooks, 16 is struggling to cope on her own. When she falls behind with the rent and is evicted from her flat, her Uncle Harry steps in to help. Stevie goes to stay with an aunt in Kent, but when her uncle goes to the flat later to finish the packing, he finds it ransacked. The two culprits return while Harry’s there and threaten him at gunpoint. They were obviously looking for something, but what? The result throws both Stevie and Harry into danger. Who are the men? And does Stevie’s father have anything to do with it?Consumed with guilt and unable to rest, the spirit of Stevie’s father watches over her, warning her in times of impending trouble, but will he be able to continue to keep her safe?

MeAveril Branson (nee Reeves) was born in Middlesbrough, South Yorkshire, the home and birth place of her mother May. The family moved to South Ealing, West London, when she was a baby and that’s where she and her older sister Cathy grew up. Her father, Bert was a Londoner. He was a painter and decorator by trade, but he sadly died when Averil was just three years old. Her personal struggle with emotions surrounding the loss of her father so young, are evident in her book, ‘Watching Over Me,’ and the sequel, ‘Unreachable,’ which she is currently working on.

Her children’s book, ‘Living With Matilda,’ was inspired by her youngest son Daniel’s antics with his pet rat, Rosco. Averil herself had a pet mouse as a child and combined some of her own memories to make the story more enjoyable. The original manuscript was written on a faulty portable typewriter back in the eighties whilst sick from work with a broken ankle.

She currently lives in Gosport, Hampshire with her husband Peter, a scatty Chihuahua-cross named Lexi, and an abusive parrot named Max. They have two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren with another on the way.

Averil enjoys writing in general, but paranormal and comedy are her favourites. She says, ‘If I can bring a smile to just one person’s face, it is all worthwhile.’

Both books are available on Amazon and on kindle

Watching Over Me

Living With Matilda


sEARCHING FOR lOVESearching for Love reveals convent life during the 1970s as seen through the eyes of Frankie, an innocent young postulant and her friend, Margaret, who form a close relationship, which is discouraged by the nuns. Readers are offered glimpses of harsh practices, contrasted with comic interludes, that trace Frankie’s gradual disillusionment as she struggles with her dilemma: love, or the church?

’Followers of the television series, Call the Midwife,
will enjoy this compelling and unusual story
Barbara Large MBE

A Love as Strong is a tender sequel to Searching
for Love that reveals Frankie’s new life as a teacher
after she left the convent. Readers will enjoy reading
her naive encounters as she searches for a loving
partner. This exceptional book traces the transition
of the Frankie, as she explores her new life and
her encounters with potential suitors. Readers will
revel in the final chapters as she forms a cherished
relationship with the man of her dreams.
‘Enjoyable, well written and entertaining’, Poolbeg Press.



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Dai retired in 2004 following the sale of his local businesses in Southampton and Winchester. He joined a Creative Writing class which he still attends weekly. He is also a regular visitor to the Hampshire Writers’ Society and the annual Winchester Writers’ Festival

He writes crime dramas with the themes of obsession, revenge and justice. He’s attended many murder trials at the Old Bailey. The capacity of ‘ordinary’ people who become motivated to carry out extraordinary acts never ceases to amaze him.

He received wonderful reviews and won several awards for his debut novel, Blazing Obsession: a silver medal from The Wishing Shelf and a Top Ten place in Bookbag’s self-published novels in 2014.

Reckless Obsession (a sequel but can also be read as a stand-alone novel) was published in March 2018.         


When DCI Flood’s wife is murdered in a hit-and-run attack by a vengeful gang, his life is torn apart. The police fail to discover the perpetrators. Two years later, the investigation is relegated to a cold case. Flood becomes obsessed, spending all his spare time hunting his wife’s killers, alienating friends and family. After witnessing another shocking murder, he is plunged into the menacing world of organised crime. His investigations unearth startling similarities to the cold case which puts his life in danger.

The best link to buy the book is to direct them to my website:

There is a direct link from there to Amazon,Waterstones Winchester and the publisher, New Generation Publishing.



Madeleine grew up in Bristol, England. At nineteen, she studied English Language at the City of Bristol before taking a break from education to dive into the world of full time work.

Now, at twenty-five, she is taking a BAHons in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester to pursue her passion of becoming a successful author. She also enjoys playing acoustic guitar and is, unashamedly, a huge fan of Country music. And Taylor Swift.

thumbnail_awtf coverAway with the Faeries is a YA fantasy adventure. It tells the story of sixteen year old Sky Francis, who becomes the reluctant owner of a mystical emerald necklace. It leads her into another world – a land of Faeries. Alongside Christian Meldin, Prince of Krazonia, she sets out on a perilous journey through unknown lands to stop the Kingdom from falling under the influence of an embittered and vengeful queen.

In between her studies, she is working through the final draft of her next project, ‘Guarded’, with hopes of having it complete by the summer.

‘Away with the Faeries’ is Madeleine’s first self-published novel and is available in paperback on Amazon.

The link for Amazon UK  is Away with the Faeries by Madeleine Cook


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My first novel ‘Dating Daisy’ was published in July 2017.

I am a writer and a doctor – having also worked in the NHS for many years as a Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Specialist. I live in Chandlers Ford with my partner, and have three grown up children. Daisy Mae is my pseudonym.

Writing had been a lifelong passion. Suddenly, I had the idea to write a novel – all about internet dating!

Yes, the story is based on my own experiences, but all the names, dates, times and places have been changed to preserve anonymity. In between the dates, as I had an interesting day job as a doctor in the Sexual Health Clinic, I wrote about that too! The result is a strange mix of fact and fiction – which most people find a highly amusing read and say they laugh out loud!

My book has been described as a cross between ‘Sex in the City,’ and ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary.’

At present I also have a blog on Menopause Matters – Dr Daisy’s Blog, and a Sexual Health blog on The Huffington Post UK. I also write web content for a medical online agency (Zava). My second novel is almost ready for publication – ‘Daisys’ Love Secrets’. On the Dating Daisy website ( you will find many reviews of my book Dating Daisy, more about me! – and the amazing publicity around Dating Daisy, my special author guest posts, my Daisy book reviews and my own personal blog. There is a lot of fun on the website!

I have enjoyed the challenge of becoming an author and learnt so much along my journey. Please feel free to contact me about anything – I love to hear from readers, and from other authors. I love doing shared book reviews and guest posts so please contact me if you are interested!

I also run a book club – The Fabulous Book Club! – so let me know if we could review your book for you?

Daisy Mae x

Dating Daisy – my new novel – on Amazon – paperback/ebook and audiobook

Get in Touch –

* Dating Daisy website

* Daisy Mae Blog at The Huffington Post

* Dr Daisy Blog at Menopause Matters

* Facebook – Daisy Mae

* Instagram – datingdaisy

* Twitter- Daisy Mae

Email –


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I have been a Chartered Surveyor for nearly 35 years qualifying from Southampton Solent University in 1983. I have always loved crime thrillers growing up devouring Ian Fleming and Dick Francis novels and a TV diet of The Saint, Persuaders, The Sweeney and The Professionals.

Latterly, I love reading well-crafted thrillers that stick to detail, against a realistic backdrop of events, that could or did happen. Having been an agent for much of my career I have seen first-hand what goes on in this world of multi-million  pound deals and can attest to the fact that the it has its fair share of characters, heroes and villains. I remember seeing a TV advertisement where a group of formerly wild  musician friends get in contact years later and one of them admits apologetically “I am a chartered surveyor…” as though it is something very boring-it is not! I always thought I would like to write a thriller about the world I inhabit showing how it really is.

Returning from living in Italy in 2006, inspired by my wife, I started to write my first book, No Deals Done, and with no real planning, just a plot in my head and characters I had met, it evolved two years later. It languished in a drawer and a good friend, Andrew Klein, had it proof read and bound into 6 copies for me as a surprise. It spurred me on. Still reading a vast array of genres from thrillers, to Regency romance, historical novels and classical authors, all have influenced me.

Apart from writing I enjoy being active and have over the years enjoyed rugby, fencing, and various martial arts. My great loves are my horses and dogs: I still play a bit of polo and ride regularly. Latterly I re-started a former hobby renovating old cars and with my son, am currently restoring a 1968 MGB GT. I also have an abiding love for Northern Soul-KTF!

I write about a world I know and enjoy with a spy twist, full of intrigue, great characters and set against world events that really happened and influenced markets and deals. I have enjoyed my characters, bringing them to life and continue to do so: I hope that you enjoy them too.

My web site is where you can purchase all three books.


Photo on 08-06-2018 at 22.02Book cover Brenda Sedgwick

Marriage, A Journey and A Dog, is about a marriage falling apart and the wife rebuilding her life. Natalie’s journey starts in the South of England and takes her through France and Spain. She travels in an old Fiat and takes her dog.  Marriage, A Journey and A Dog

The Trinket Wife is due out this summer. A wife is overwhelmed by her husband and his twin brother when she inherits property and land in Beaulieu. She becomes successful in her own right and after a struggle wins through in the end.


Eve Phillips photoEve has always written – from teenage angst-laden poetry to full length novels, but due to Dyslexia appeared unable to produce any kind of readable M/S until late (very late) in life, when she acquired a computer and with the wonderful aid of Spellcheck finally made it to print in 1999 with ‘A YEAR OUT OF TIME’, an account of her life as a twelve year old evacuee in WW2.

1998 she attended her first of many Winchester Writer’s Conference and had a ‘One to One’ with the late, great, Michael Legat. His interest in her storyline and following encouragement and support over many months resulted in her first novel, ‘AND ALL SHALL BE WELL’: the journey through life of a young boy, from an idyllic life on the Cornish coast, through WW2 and the aftermath of the Holocaust. Failing to find a UK Publisher this was first published in 2003 in the USA and was runner-up for the Society of Author’s Sagittarius Prize in the same year.

Committed to combining creative fiction with strong factual backgrounds, from WW2 to the present day, Eve has to date produced 10 books and is currently working on number 11.

She took the long hard road (and in 2003 it was a long hard road) to self-publishing with increasing success, now her books are sold world-wide on Amazon Kindle and Published in paperback by Amazon CreateSpace.

She enjoys giving talks, especially to schools, hosting workshops and writing Book Reviews for the Society of Women Writers & Journalists Magazine, ‘Woman Writer’.

With luck and a following wind Eve aims to beat Mary Wesley’s record of still writing at ninety. She can be found lurking around Literary Festivals and on her website:


A YEAR OUT OF TIME – Experiences of evacuation to a remote Worcestershire hamlet in WW2

AND ALL SHALL BE WELL – Book 1 OF A CORNISH WW2 SAGA. Francis Lindsey’s story is of friendships in war and peace; of courage and weakness, guilt and reparation, to the ultimate replenishment of his humanity in the aftermath of the holocaust spans 50 years.

MATHEW’S DAUGHTER – Book 2. Returning to her father’s Cornish Flower Farm from her wartime service in the WRAF, the fiery and uncompromising Caroline finds a number of problems standing in the way of her love for an enigmatic Frenchman.

THE CHANGING DAY – Book 3. A wartime romance between a shore-bound, single WREN and a married, sea-going Lieutenant seems unlikely to stand the test of time, while his estranged father and her rather flighty mother serve only to complicate matters.

A VERY PRIVATE ARRANGEMENT – WW2. Relationships and romance with a difference set in London, Paris, Rome and Berlin.

RETURN TO FALCON FIELD – From the US to the UK. An intertwining of two love stories told in flashbacks from the 1960’s to the 1940’s.

ALL IN THE END IS HARVEST – A sequel to Return to Falcon Field. One young woman’s search for her past leads her to an abandoned airfield, a wartime affair and its legacy of love.

A VERY ARTISTIC AFFAIR – The eternal triangle: 1960’s Infidelity in the Home Counties, Resolution in Devonshire and Retribution in New England.

THE TURNING POINT – The need to leave her beloved Cornish home and an unrequited love sends naïve twenty year old Cassandra in panic stricken flight into the unknown world of Millennium London.

FEET ON THE GROUND – Cornwall in Winter. A beautiful but neglected old house, an ex-soldier, a teenage son, a sinister man-servant, a recently jilted ex-PA, a large hairydog with few social graces…put them together and what do you have?


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The race is on to save Earth.

On planet Mrax to learn about his father’s world, Ky finds a powerful enemy among the Elders, who wants to rid his pristine planet of a ‘worthless half-breed’. As he struggles to fit in, a baby Mrug adopts him and becomes another challenge for Ky.

Ky’s friend Fay, a healer who dreams the future, discovers the cause of the quakes wrecking The Rift. As it erupts from the ground, the monster’s vicious hunger overwhelms her. Instinctively she pings it away to Earth, a decision that almost costs her life.

Teams, both human and Mraxi, scour the African continent into Europe, striking diamonds ultimately in France. Aided by the very poorest of Paris, Ky and Fay lead the race to save a city and a world from the scourge of the Kronk.


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Joan McGavin featured in a Peterloo Poets anthology and has poetry books from Oversteps Books: Flannelgraphs (2011) and Passing Arcadia Close (2017). She was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2012, Hampshire Poet 2014, and for thirteen years taught Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. A trustee of the Winchester Poetry Festival, she curated an anthology, Hogwords, for them in 2014. She is working on a third collection as part of a Creative Writing Ph.D. at Southampton University.


Books can be purchased from Oversteps Books – – or directly from the author, via



Damon L. Wakes 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. It is due to be released sometime in 2018. 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 provided the story and dialogue for Game of the Year nominated virtual reality title Craft Keep VR.

Novels and novellas:

Ten Little Astronauts (Unbound):

The U.N. Owen is adrift in interstellar space. With no lights, no life support, no help for ten trillion miles, it seems as though things can’t get any worse. Then, Blore finds the body. Ten Little Astronauts is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None set in space. The novella takes the essence of Christie’s murder mystery and condenses it down into a tense, hard sci-fi thriller.

Following a hugely successful campaign through crowdfunding publisher Unbound – which saw over 250 people provide 133% of the funding necessary for publication – Ten Little Astronauts is currently undergoing developmental editing and expected to be released later in 2018. As the book has not yet been finalised, there’s still a chance for any keen sci-fi or murder mystery fans to put in a pre-order and see their name printed in the back of every copy as a patron of the work.

Face of Glass:

“Written in a gorgeous, lyrical style reminiscent of the best of oral storytelling tradition, Face of Glass digs deep into an expertly-constructed world an anthropologist could not fault. (I am an anthropologist, and I cannot fault it.) Wakes hits a mark somewhere between fantasy and myth, exploring identity and power and arrogance in the vein of the great heroic cycles.” ~MR Graham

Flash Fiction Anthologies:

OCR is Not the Only Font:

Red Herring:

Bionic Punchline:

Osiris Likes This:


We All Saw It Coming:

Games and Interactive Fiction:

Spoiler Alert (Megafuzz, 2014):

Craft Keep VR (Strange Fire, 2017):

Interactive Fiction:

Social Media:



Twitter: @DamonWakes



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Anne began writing six years ago when her middle son became ill. As he convalesced she helped him transform an idea that he had, into a book. This ignited her enthusiasm for writing stories for children. She started writing picture books as a hobby and went on to study creative writing with Barbara Large. Anne is passionate about inspiring children as readers and writers. She enjoys giving talks, craft and storytelling sessions in schools, libraries, and Brownie groups.



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Can they succeed in their quest to help their new friends, and find a way back to Grandma’s house? A captivating adventure story of courage and friendship for 7-9 yrs. In a land of magic, snow, and secrets Louisa and her brother, Jack, are flung into a dangerous mountain adventure when they shrink into their Grandma’s snow globe.



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How much does Grandma know about the snow globe’s magic? Louisa and her brother, Jack, are determined to discover the truth. In this sequel to, Secrets of the Snow Globe – Vanishing Voices, Grandma’s story is revealed. But how much should she tell? After all, some secrets are best left untold…

Are you ready for the magic?


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Secret Lives of Chandler’s Ford features short stories that are contemporary,historical and futuristic. The writers live and work locally. Each of the writers has their own individual style. However they wanted a theme to unify the collection. As they all love Chandler’s Ford it became apparent that there could be no better backdrop to their stories.

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More Secret Lives of Chandlers Ford: A Second Collection of Short Stories: Volume 2






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Cheryl Butler has a PhD in history and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, her writing career spans academic publications for the Southampton Records Series and Hampshire Papers, to history publications on the Tudor and Spa periods as well as being writer-director of the Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Company. Her first novel was inspired by her PhD research which focused on 16th century documents in the Southampton Archives. It made her think about what it would have been like to live during the turbulent events of the later years of Elizabeth I.


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This publication looks afresh at Jane Austen’s time in Southampton. Using themes from Jane’s novels and her experiences in Southampton recorded in her letters, this book considers the town’s history as a bathing resort and spa.  Balls, the Militia, Gothic Romanticism, Scandal, Friends, Acquaintances & The Southampton Austens all appear in this lavishly illustrated publication.





Drawn from original source material The Theatre of the World is an epic historical novel woven around real events, places and people and is inspired by the author’s research into the Spanish Armada and the impact on the lives of the people of Southampton. In 1588: England has never seen such peril – as sea, the formidable Spanish fleet prepares to invade and on land rumours, mistrust and fear are rife. For Richard Mudford, sometime privateer, artillery man and town sergeant, these are momentous times when a clever man without too many scruples can make a name and a fortune. Mudford begins his journey as an ally of the ruthless merchant John Crooke, but others are relentless in trying to bring him to disaster. In an attempt to boost his burgeoning career he rejects the woman he truly loves,and instead makes an alliance with the French Sohier family. His marriage almost costs him his life and he has no choice but to ally himself to Francis Drake and the ambitious young Earl of Essex, to thread his way through the murky politics of Queen Elizabeth’s sunset days.


The books can be purchased from Cheryl  via her website