creative writing anthology

Creative Writing Anthology

Here's where you can enjoy work by members of our Creative Writing Group.

March-April 2022: Hidden Histories
Visiting writer: Jane Duffus

The group all expressed an interest in meeting Jane Duffus, author of "The Women Who Built Bristol".
We were fortunate to welcome Jane to the group in March 2022.
Jane shared her many research techniques which enabled her to uncover the hidden histories in her work.

For a while we're literally flicking through Jane's books, a group member says "STOP!" and we take inspiration from the hidden history we've landed on. One week we landed on the entry for Sarah Siddons, famous actor (1755-1831) who is said to haunt both the Bristol Old Vic and Bath Theatre Royal. 

February 2022: Songwriting
Visiting writer: Jack Drewry

After writing quite extensive piececs of historic fiction, the group opted to next explore lyric writing.

These lyrics are complete and will be set to music a bit later in the year by Gill Simmons.
Expect a song inspired by a teenage diary entry, the school run and "Professor" Charlie Stevens.


October 2021-January 2022: Historic Fiction
Visiting writer: James MacVeigh

April-May 2021: Writing for Performance
Visiting writer: Mike Akers

We focused in April and May 2021 on writing for performance, specifically on creating dialogue.

As part of this, we took inspiration from the photography of Bristol-based photographer Shelby Alexander.

Images below are shared with kind permission from the photographer.
Instagram: @shelby_cameralicious

February-March 2021: Writing for Young Children
Visiting writer: Stevie-Jane Wade

Members of the Creative Writing group collaborated during meetings in February and March 2021 to create a new children's story which was shared with local BS13 children through local children's centre staff.

We commissioned an illustrator, Liv Rose Whitfield to create images for our story.

It was published digitally on 14th May 2021 to support Pyjamarama, a day by Booktrust. Booktrust are a national charity who support children's reading.

Hop Aboard! was written collaborative by members of the BS13 Creative Writing Group.

It's illustrated by Liv Rose Whitfield.
Find her on instagram.

Sound design & music by Gill Simmons.

January 2021: Creative Journalling
Visiting writer: Barbara Bloomfield

Nov 2020: Thrillers
Visiting writer: Gabriel Dylan (author of YA thriller Whiteout)

We took inspiration from the BBC audio drama The Piper, a thriller version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and co-created our own audio trailer. Deadline, a thriller-style reworking of Cinderella.

This trailer was written and performed by Jacob Bouyer, Katie Chalk, Aimee Hester and Paul Lawless.

Sound design and editing is by Gill Simmons.

More poetry and two thriller shorts.

October 2020: Poetry
Visiting writer: Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet