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31 Dec

Member Achievements 2019

NWS is a thriving community of writers working in all forms of literature. Yet, often, writers don’t have the inclination – or time – to share their achievements. So here’s a round-up of just some of our writers’ fantastic 2019 achievements. Clearly, 2019 was a great year for many of our members, and we hope to make this post even more extensive in 2020! Access to this welcoming, member-led community is only a click away.

Anne Goodwin, who writes literary fiction, was busy with events this year. She presented a literary quiz on identity at the States of Independence conference in Leicester, and along with fellow NWS member Clare Stevens, represented her publisher Inspired Quill at the Nottingham Green Fest. She had six signing sessions at various WH Smiths and had six short stories published in ezines. 

For more information about Anne visit her popular blog at

New to poetry, Gail Webb started off the year with publication in an anthology and a poetry performance at the launch of the anthology. Gail also hosts a bi-annual open mic night, “Poetry Cocktail” and the first one featured as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival. Gail had two poems published in the international feminist/culture journal, Boshemia, Origins edition, July 2019. In addition, Gail is focusing on open mic nights, enjoying performances at Word! with George Szirtes; DIY Poets; Stuff of Life Festival and City Arts. Taking part in local writing workshops, including Write A Poem and Poetry Crane Collective is inspiring more work.

To find out more about Gail you can visit:

Angela Barton writes historical fiction and contemporary women’s fiction. This is what she had to say about her 2019: “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have signed a three-book contract with my publisher in late 2017. This year the second of those novels, Magnolia House, was published. This year also saw me beat my nerves by doing a book signing in W H Smith (Victoria Centre) for my first novel, Arlette’s Story, and also an author event which involved questions, reading an excerpt from my book, as well as signing books at Waterstones (Bridlesmith Gate).”

For more information about Angela please visit:

Sharon RM Stevens, who writes romance and reviews, completed a number of reviews for LeftLion online, including The Physics Behind… by Russ Swan, the theatre production of Coram Boy and Three Tall Women. Her blogpost ‘Why it’s normal to have a bit of crisis at some point in your life’ was published in the University of Derby’s Uni News. Her story ‘Happy Anniversary’ was published in Heart’s Kiss magazine and her blog post about supply teaching was published in the NASWUT September newsletter.

To connect with Sharon please visit:

Jo Weston, who writes about travel, as well as writing poetry and short fiction, was selected in the Erbacce Prize 2019 out of 8,000 entries to be a Featured Poet. An interview and group of her poems is to be published in the April 2020 issue of Erbacce Journal:

Also, three poems on travel were published by Fortunate Traveller:

To find out more about Jo, please visit:

Sara Jane Potter, who writes contemporary fiction, was shortlisted for the Penguin WriteNow Publishing scheme.

More about Sara here:

Ann R Parker has self-published two poetry collections, Seasons and Sanctuaries a journey through a church, and A Local View. She has also completed a novel. Her poetry books were printed by Moorleys printers Ilkeston.

Kristina Adams writes women’s fiction, romance and non-fiction for writers. In 2019 Kristina’s novel What Happens in New York hit the number 19 bestseller spot for the whole of Amazon UK. She also finished publishing her first series of books, which she started writing back in 2008.

To find out more about Kristina please visit:

Alexandra Coates writes poetry. She performed at open mics for the first time at a variety of venues including as a member of Paper Crane at Beeston Library as part of the Inspire Poetry Festival October 2019, also at NWS in September, Crosswords, and most recently at Holding Court Open Mic in Mansfield on 20 November.

Lytisha Tunbridge writes poetry, short stories, and fiction. Her pamphlet A Backpack on his Backpack was published in November 19. Also, she led a workshop at NWS which encouraged overcoming performance and particularly microphone fear – something she suffered with for a long time. She did a four gig poetry tour of Scotland, for the first time, and performed at Edinburgh Fringe with the amazing DIY Poets. She started a blog and almost mastered the technicalities of it on her shiny new website!

To check out that shiny new website please visit:

This year, Gareth Baker, who writes children’s literature, published through his own independent press, Taralyn Books, two new books – Super Rabbit and Time Guardians: The Centaur’s Curse.

To find out more about Gareth’s writing please visit:

Frances Thimann is a short story writer. This is what she had to say about her 2019: “In March, Mantle Lane Press in Leicester published A Change of Direction, a chapbook of five of my short stories. They did a very good job of editing and production. In October, Nottingham Trent University Creative Writing Department brought out an anthology of work by some of their staff and students to celebrate the first 25 years of the MA course. I was very flattered and honoured to be included amongst many well-known names.”

To find out more about Frances’s writing please visit:

Elvire Roberts writes poetry. In 2019, she completed her superb Writing East Midlands menteeship year with the poet Harriet Tarlo; and had poems published in the following magazines: Reliquiae, Finished Creatures 1 and 2, Tentacular 4.

Those poems can be found here:

This year, Ryan Day, a horror and fantasy writer, self-published five of his early novels.

For more about Ryan’s writing please visit:

Teika Marija Smits writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her short story ‘Death of the Grapevine’ was included in the Best of British Science Fiction 2018 (NewCon Press) – published in 2019 – and her debut poetry pamphlet, Russian Doll, is due to be published by Indigo Dreams in 2020. She continues to manage the press, Mother’s Milk Books, and was proud to edit the fifth book in The Forgotten and the Fantastical series, published in the autumn of 2019. She is looking forward to reading the entries to the Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize in a month or so. Alongside her husband, Tom, she continues to blog about all things publishing and writing-related at The Book Stewards.

For more information about Teika please visit:

Clare Stevens is an author of contemporary literary fiction, with a focus on magic realism. Her first novel, Blue Tide Rising, was published in March.

For more about her writing please visit:

Leanne Moden is a well-known and well-loved Nottingham poet. In 2019 she created her first-ever one-hour solo poetry/theatre show and took it to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Laura Grevel writes and performs her poetry, as well as writing fiction and blogging. This is what she had to say about the past year: “2019 has been a terrific year packed with meeting many lovely poets, reading and performing my work at many events in Nottingham and beyond – including as a featured poet. I’ve been to an Arvon writing retreat with a group of performance poets, and my friend Sue Allen and I have applied to the Edinburgh Fringe 2020 to do a spoken word show titled ‘Water Those Women’!”

Thank you to all our members! We wish you all the writing success for the year ahead.

Happy New Year from the NWS team Sophie, Thom and Alan.

A special thank you to Teika Bellamy.

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