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Future Meetings

Venue:  Vallance Community Centre, 2 Conway Court, Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3WR.

If you are interested in any of the events, let us know so that we can ensure there is a seat for you but, if you are not able to, then just turn up on the day … we guarantee a warm welcome.

2018 Programme of Meetings

Saturday 20 October.  12.30-2.30 pm


Richard Buxton: History and Fiction – Finding the Balance 



Richard Buxton, author of Whirligig: Keeping the Promise.

Where does an author draw the line between accurately representing history and writing compelling fiction? It’s an issue peculiar to historical fiction writers.

Richard will explore the differing approaches of published authors, as well as draw on his own experience of using real events, people and places to inspire imagination. He will also discuss the various ways to discover believable detail and will examine its use and misuse in historical fiction. How much is just enough to invoke the feel of a period?  The talk will be accompanied by slides with opportunities for discussion and input from the audience.

If there is time, Richard will give a writing exercise using artefacts as prompts.

Richard Buxton writes historical fiction in both the short and long form. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford Writing Competition and the Nivalis Award. His self-published novel, Whirligig, was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award and awarded a Silver Medal by the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. He is a graduate of the Chichester Creative Writing Masters’ programme.






Saturday 17 November.  12.30-2.30 pm  

Gail Louw, playwright – Writing Monologues for Stage Plays


Saturday 15 December.  12.30-3.00 pm

12.30-1.30 pm Hatchery Writers’ AGM

1.30-3.00 pm   Christmas Party.










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