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Hatchery Writers are back at Hove Library!

After a two year absence, Hatchery Writers is returning to Hove Library. We’ll be meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 13.30 to 15.30

Next meeting: Sat 9 July 2022 – 1.30-3.30pm at Hove Library

Workshop on Writing and Devising a Crime Story.

Led by Eugen Doyen, lecturer in film practice, Queen Mary University, London. 

This a practical two-hour workshop. It will cover how to plan and write for popular fiction. Developing characters and plot for crime fiction stories. We will discuss crime writing and novel writing: a broad approach to crime writing.

Eugene Doyen lectures at Queen Mary, University of London in screenwriting, filmmaking, social justice and crime.

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Writers and non-writers welcome.


Saturday 12 January 2022 at 1pm – Zoom Meeting

A Zoom Chat and Q&A with Peter Bartram, crime writer and former journalist

Shoreham author Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his “Crampton of the Chronicle” crime mysteries.  He launched the series with Headline Murder in 2015. It’s set in 1960s Brighton. Colin Crampton is a reporter on the local newspaper, the Evening Chronicle. Fourteen published Crampton books later, there are more than 130,000 readers around the world.

In brief, Colin is as sharp as a tack, has a gorgeous Australian girlfriend called Shirley, vrooms around Brighton in his sports car, and his boss, deputy editor Frank Figgis, is permanently wreathed in a cloud of Woodbines smoke. The books are simply delightful…. superbly crafted and endlessly entertaining. – Fullybooked2017

For more info and to download a free book:

This talk is free. All are welcome. If you would like to join the meeting, please email Valerie de Schaller at Thank you.


Oct. 9, 2021 at 11am. A Chat and Q&A with Sue Teddern, author and scriptwriter

Annie Stanley, All At Sea By Sue Teddern (hardback) Expertly

This is a great opportunity to meet Hove writer, Sue Teddern, scriptwriter and author of debut novel Annie Stanley All at Sea.  Sue has over twenty years of scriptwriting experience from episodes of Birds of a Feather for TV and Cooking in a Bedsitter for radio. Her second novel, The Pre-loved Club will be published in 2022.

Annie Stanley, All At Sea  is about love, loss and the importance of living life to the full. Annie travels around the coastline of Britain with her father’s ashes, following the places listed on the shipping forecast. This is her way of saying goodbye to her father who used to love listening to the shipping forecast.
Sue will talk about her background as a writer and follow up with a Q&A.

If you’d like to join in this event, the Zoom link is:

For more info email Jess Beeton

  • WRITING FROM THE HEART – Siobhan Curham. Video recording of Siobhan’s Zoom talk on 9 Feb 2021.

    Chaired by Stephen Quinn: “Our guest today is Siobhan Curham. Welcome Siobhan. Siobhan is an award-winning author of more than 30 books for adults, young adults and children. Today she is talking about her new novel for adults, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. It’s her first work of historical fiction and is set mainly during World War 2. In this talk she shares what she’s learned about writing historical fiction, why she chose to set the book in occupied Paris, and why she decided to feature a modern-day storyline involving a social media influencer and online bullying. At the end Siobhan will answer your questions about the book, as well as about writing and publishing in general. The digital version of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is available in all online bookstores for £1.99. It’s also available in audio on Audible and paperback on Amazon.”

    To watch the recording click: Siobhan Curham – Writing from the Heart.



    ALL UPCOMING HATCHERY WRITERS EVENTS AT HOVE LIBRARY SUSPENDED until further notice. This should come as no surprise after we cancelled last Saturday’s seminar because of coronavirus risks. We will keep you updated on any developments and reschedule as soon as feasible. Meanwhile, stay healthy and keep writing!

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    We are a group that enjoys writing, sharing our writing, finding out about the processes of writing and all aspects of the writing industry. We aim to provide a supportive environment for writing aspirations. We also welcome non-writers who have a similar interest in literary matters.

    Our monthly meetings are opportunities to hear talks by local authors or to participate in workshops on aspects of writing – and to meet fellow writers. All are welcome, including non-writers. Fee per meeting: £2 members, £3 non-members. Annual sub: £2 payable at the monthly meeting.

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