Next Meeting - Due to separate health and family bereavement related issues, it is with great regret that we have had to take the decision to cancel meetings in the immediate term. Please revisit this or our home page for updaates on the situation. Our apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

BMAF 2018 - The Creative writing Competition Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday 18th March 2.30pm in the main hall QMC, Basingstoke. More information on the BMAF website.

Open Mic Event 4th July - Compered by the redoubtable Bryn Strudwick, the 2017 evening was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all those present. Forty pieces were read, with several entrants taking up the challenge to write clever, often amusing material reflecting on the theme of American Independence Day. Guest reader Susannah won the loudest applause of the night (and the prize of a book-token) for 'Foreign' - a poignant and personal observation on coming to this country from overseas.

Next Meeting - The next BWC Meeting will take place at the London Street Basingstoke URC on Tuesday 25th July and will commence at the normal time of 8pm.,concluding at around 10pm. There will be time for member readings of their own recently written material.

2017 BMAF Creative Writing Competition - There were two BWC category winners in this year's BMAF Creative Writing Competition. Congratulations to Ruth Wiseman and Stephen Bibby! Other members gaining recognition included Geoff Burnes and again, Ruth Wiseman (Poetry =3rd), Kathy Haworth (2 Distinctions), Mary Herald (Distinction) and Shirley Carr (2 Merits). See the website Photo Gallery for photos of the winners of the Overall Awards at the 6th May BMAF Gala Performance attended by the Mayor and over 300 guests. 

2016 BWC Open Mike Event 5th July- Members and guests enjoyed another entertaining evening at South Ham Library, expertly compered by local writer and Proteus Theatre member Bryn Strudwick. You can see pictures from the evening in the website photo gallery.

2016 BMAF Creative Writing Competition - BWC Members Excel - Congratulations to Shirley Carr and Reg Hidson - joint winners of Richard Watterson Cup for 'Best Adult Entry'. Stephen Bibby also achieved a 'first in class' for his account of a visit to 'Shimla and Back' whilst Mary Herald came 2nd with her script 'The Break In'. Guest presenter of the awards this year was Tony Corbin who will be taking up the role of Creative Writing section 'Secretary' with BMAF from July of this year. The invitation to join BMAF reflects Tony's long standing membership of BWC - he is a past chair - as well as being a 3 time winner of the BMAF Creative Writing Awards. 

Next Meeting - The next BWC meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 from 8-10pm in the Worting Room at the

Down Under - Our productive relationship with our 'twin' writing group GWC (Gosnells Writing Circle, Perth, Western Australia) has gone a step further. GWC member Anthea Adams and BWC member Tony Corbin (Anthea visited the UK/Tony visited Australia) have become the first members of their respective circles to meet other than via the ether. An outcome from the meeting, starting early in the New Year (2016) on The Written Words section of the website, will be the inclusion of some of our Australian friends' writing. 

Open-Mic Event Judged a Success - An audience of over thirty participated in the latest running of the event at South Ham Library on 7th July. Poems read covered a variety of topics - humour and pathos - rhyming and blank verse. We even had some acoustic guitar music from Rob. An enjoyable evening, expertly hosted by our special guest, BMAF President Angela Hurley.

BWC Anthology now available as an e-Book - Following the ‘sell-out’ success of the paperback version of ‘Destinations, Basingstoke & Beyond’, BWC has just published an ‘e-book version of their highly acclaimed Travel Anthology.

The e-book, priced at £2.50, is available for Kindle e-book readers via Amazon at http/  

Current chair of BWC, Joan Sullivan, said ‘Destinations will inform, raise a smile and take readers on an intriguing and entertaining journey to the very furthest reaches of our planet. All from the comfort of your armchair or wherever you are with your e-book reader’. 25% of proceeds from sales will go to local charities.

BWC successes at 2015 Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival (BMAF) - Several BWC Members were amongst the winners announced at this year's BMAF awards ceremony on 8th March at Sherfield School. Top achiever was Stephen Bibby, who not only won the prize for best article but also the Richard Watterson Cup for 'best adult entry' in this year's competition. First in class prizes were also won by Shirley Carr (Script Writing), Tony Corbin (Poetry) and Reg Hidson (for the 2nd year running) for his sonnet 'Two Halves'. Category runner-up prizes were also awarded to Tony Corbin, Michael Davidson, Mary Herald and Joan Sullivan. The winning entries will be read at the March 24th BWC meeting (see below) and thereafter will be uploaded onto the 'Written Words' section of the BWC website.

Next Meeting Tuesday 24th March 8 til 10pm at the United Reformed Church - Following the AGM, Stephen Bibby will share his experience when Silchester Players gained the opportunity to learn how to act and perform a Shakespearian play. Also on the agenda - BMAF prize winners will read their entries and share adjudicator comments. 

BWC Support Dementia Friendly Hampshire Initiative - BWC member poems on the challenging subject of Dementia will form part of the display at the forthcoming exhibition in the Malls, Basingstoke from Noon 22nd January to 28th January. (The poems can also be viewed on the 'Written Words' page of the BWC website.) Thanks to Joan, Mary, Stephen and Tony who have also volunteered to help at the roadshow.  

BWC Top of the Town - 'It's Not All Over' was the title for member Tony Corbin's poem chosen to commemorate the centenary of the WW1 Christmas Truce. Tony read the poem as part of the 5th December Top of the Town Christmas event launch in Market Square. The event, organised by Destination Basingstoke, also aims to put the spotlight on Basingstoke's independent businesses. You can read Tony's poem by visiting the 'Written Word' page of the BWC website.

Awards Galore! The latest recipient in a year full of awards for BWC members is Stephen Bibby. His debut novel 'Collingwood's Club' was selected by the 'Civil and Public Service Writers' for their 2014 'Writer of the Year Award'. Congratulations Stephen... you can see the pictures in the photo gallery.

Next BWC Meeting: 8.00pm-10.15pm Tuesday 25th November at the United Reformed Church - London Street Basingstoke. This is a paid-up members only meeting. The tutored session will focus on 'play-writing'.

Guest Steve makes lots of Noise! BWC members and guests at the September meeting enjoyed a fabulous evening's entertainment. Renowned author and performance-poet Steve Tasane regailed the audience with a unique selection of story adaptations and material based around the work of Charles Dickens.

Congratulations - Member Pat Smith has won 1st Prize in the prestigious 2014 Winchester Writers Festival poetry competition for her entry 'VIP'. Well done Pat! (See Gallery for photos)

Willis Artists Rifles WW1 Exhibition - Having visited the Willis Museum and/or attended Hampshire Poet Joan McGavin's Poetry Workshops in August, members have been busy writing verse to depict the exhibits and artefacts in the Sainsbury gallery at the Willis. By the end of the month, work will be submitted so that a booklet available to visitors can be produced thereby adding to the poignancy and impact of the commemorative WW1 exhibition which runs until Sep 27th. You can view the BWC Booklet on our 'Written Words' page.

Annual BWC 'Open-Mic' Poetry Evening Tuesday 7-9pm 1st July, South Ham Library - This year the ever popular event was ably hosted by Local Actor, Performance Poet and Award Winning writer Bryn Strudwick. As usual, the event was well attended and contained a wide and diverse variety of readings. Thanks to all who read and attended the evening.

2014 BMAF Winners - Congratulations to members Michael Davidson, Reg Hidson and Tony Corbin who each achieved 'Firsts' at this year's Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival event. Placed either 2nd or 3rd were Mary Herald, Kathleen Haworth, Stephen Bibby and Shirley Carr. A great achievement given entries were at record levels this year.

BWC - 'Under Construction' - well that was the name chosen for the culmination of our educative collaboration with the truly excellent acting and directing team at the local Proteus Theatre Company. Under the expert guidance of Mary Swan, five BWC member written plays were rehearsed, revised and later performed (Saturday 2nd March) watched by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Special thanks to Mary (Swan) for her input and patience and to BWC member Shirley Carr who made the whole exciting event possible.

November Meeting Highlights - a goodly turn-out saw members read and offer feedback on prospective entries for the 2014 Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival - closing date 11th January. For more information click on Meeting Minutes

October Meeting Voted a Huge Success

We were joined by members of the Pencils & WhatNots Winchester based Writing Group including BCOT Creative Writing tutor Hilary Gregory and P&Wn chair Carole Hastings. During an absorbing evening BWC member Books and our respective Anthologies were presented and discussed, our tutoring needs were explored and finally poetry was read and critiqued. To see the detailed minutes visit Meeting Minutes

BWC - Award Winners - A Place to be Proud of 2013. Nominated by our good friend, charity rower Dave Holby-Wolinski, BWC won the Arts & Entertainment Category. We were recognised for our community work, the Destinations... Basingstoke & Beyond Anthology including the tribute poem for Dave Holby's world record breaking 'land-row' and our support of local charities. See PHOTOS


BWC Member Tony Corbin's BOOK LAUNCH - Tony's debut novel 'Fall of the Dice' is an immensely suspenseful and evocative story of life and love. An audience of more than forty heard Tony describe how he came to be a writer, what inspired the book and listened to brief extracts from the opening chapter. The book, published via BWC, is available at the local Waterstone's store in Festival Place, Basingstoke or can be ordered elsewhere by quoting the title and ISBN 978-0-9574518-1-0 For a copy of the synopsis please email [email protected]  

BWC joins NAWG - Our membership of the National Association of Writing Groups opens the door for BWC members to various writing competitions as well as reduced fees (from £70 per day) for attending the NAWG Open Festival of Writing at Warwick from 30th Aug to 1st September.

April AGM - A lively meeting saw Joan Sullivan appointed to the role of Honorary Chairman, Mary Herald takes over the role of Treasurer from Ruth Wiseman whilst David Lewis continues as Secretary. A New feature for the 2013/14 BWC year will be the opportunity for members to gain experience by chairing individual meetings and initiatives.

March Meeting Highlights - this will give you a flavour of a typical BWC Meeting. We congratulated BWC  2013 BMAF prize winners and listened to a variety of children's story introductions (the homework project). The 'creme de la creme' was undoubtedly Kathy's 'Ghosties and Skellies'. Well done Kathy! Click here on Minutes to see the full meeting notes. (Thanks Pat!)

Writing Down Under -  We were pleased to see our two entries in the Gosnells Writers' Circle in Western Australia Showcase magazine spring edition.  You can see the two poems  - Concorde and The Silk Mill - by going to the WRITTEN WORDS section of our website. To see what's happening on the writing front down-under why not visit http/ . Members are now busy writing for the Summer edition of Showcase due to be published in July.

Destinations - Basingstoke & Beyond was formally launched with the help of 'land-rower' Dave Holby-Wolinsky on Tuesday 27th November. The 100+ page illustrated Travel Anthology has taken the group into the exciting world of on-demand colour digital printing. Priced at a very affordable £5 - with 25% of proceeds to go to local charities - Destinations makes for a unique and ideal birthday gift. Available at Waterstones and WH Smith in Basingstoke or you can use the website CONTACTS page or our email address [email protected] to order your copy (Plus £1.60 to cover postage and packing). More below.

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Writing News from Near and Afar

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We work regularly with other writing groups and writers, both locally and even as far away as Perth in Australia (GWC).

Our friends at 'Pencils and What-Not' in Winchester have asked us to make a mention of their latest Anthologies. 'Miscellany' is exactly that, a fascinating collection of works by their members with many gems to be discovered between the covers. The clue is also in the title of 'Journeys and What Not' where, like the BWC 'Destinations' Anthology, you'll be transported far away on your own voyage of literary discovery. More information.

Finally we'd like to make mention of (Brother) David Hodges an ex Basingstoke resident and one time solicitor whose poems beautifully reflect his monastic life as a Cistercian Monk on Caldey Island off the Pembrokeshire coast in South Wales. Find out more.

BWC Meeting 25th June - Special Guests

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BWC welcomes published authors, Leslie Tate and Sue Hampton to our June meeting.

Ranging across music, writing, the visual arts and the natural world, Sue and Leslie will describe what sparks their imaginations, the process of revision and how books begin, grow and develop.

We are promised an engaging and informative evening. Please come along if you can and help spread the word to others. The meeting is at the United Reformed Church, starting at 8pm. A small fee of £2.50 will be charged at the door to cover room hire and refreshments.


March BWC Meeting Challenge

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He's a tough task master is our chairman Ted.

At our next meeting on 26th March, those who decided to take up his challenge will be attempting to improve on the excitement of the opening page of 'Treasure Island'. No, not by rewriting it, but by choosing their own Children's story topic and trying to compose something that would engage the imagination of children.

The results should be fascinating, so members and guests are encouraged to come along to the URC and hear the results of our labours.

February BWC Meeting - Learn about the Basingstoke Riots

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Between 1880 and 1883, Basingstoke (and Whitchurch) saw several confrontations between Salvation Army tea-total stalwarts and those who did not view alcohol as the 'stuff of the devil'. BWC is delighted to welcome Bob Clarke - author of 'The Basingstoke Riots – Massagainians v The Salvation Army 1880-1883 - to talk about this important event in the town's long and illustrious history.

Whether you are a budding writer or simply interested in local history you will receive a warm welcome. The venue is the United Reformed Church on London Street Basingstoke, the time 8-10pm Tuesday 26th February. A charge of £2.50 will be made to cover venue costs and refreshments. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an interesting evening.

Book Launch Event a Great Success

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More than forty members, guests and supporters crowded into the Hook Room at the URC on 27th November to see local celebrity and world-record land-rower Dave Holby Wolinsky officially launch the latest BWC Anthology Destinations... Basingstoke & Beyond. There was also a showing of the four minute documentary film made by Wellington Films to mark Dave's epic feat. BWC were invited by the film's producer to write a poem to depict the journey. The winning entry Destination Basingstoke was written by BWC member Tony Corbin. Click here to view the film and hear the poem.

Book sales during the evening totalled 72, raising more than £90 for Dave's charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research bringing to 102 the number of orders received to date. For more information please also take a look at the on-line Basingstoke Gazette coverage

November Meeting - 27th Nov

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When - 27th November - starting 7.30pm concluding 9.30pm

Where - United Reformed Church, London Street, Basingstoke

This is a very special evening for BWC. With our special guest Dave Holby (The world-record breaking 'land-rower' - you might remember seeing him in Basingstoke Malls on his static rowing machine) BWC will be launching its brand new travel-themed Anthology 'Destinations... Basingstoke & Beyond. Non/prospective members are most welcome to attend and can book a place via the website 'contact form' or by phoning our Community Relations Officer Joan Sullivan on 01256 326453.

Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available on the night - signed by Dave Holby - at the very affordable price of £5. Twenty-five percent of proceedings on the night will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research, the charity that so far, Dave Holby has raised over £22,000 for. Please, come and join us!