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Netley Literary Festival
Monday 16 – Sunday 22 October
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the Netley Literary Festival will offer a week of diverse talks, workshops and performances exploring Austen’s work and links to Netley, the Abbey’s place in the Gothic tradition and its broader literary heritage.

All talks and performances are just £5 and can be booked by calling The Berry Theatre’s Box Office on 023 8065 2333 or via The Berry Theatre website


The Hampshire Writers’ Society
The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all writers in Hampshire and reaches out to the broadest community, interacting with a unique and growing sector of aspiring writers, identifying new writers and engaging young people by encouraging an interest in writing creatively and critically.
Upcoming Meetings:
10th October, 2017 – Mick Jackson – Finding Inspiration
14th November, 2017: Mitchell Symons – Publishing: Past, Present and Future
Competition: Write about the experience of living by a proverb. 300 words
12th December, 2017: Cecily O’Neill – Jane Austen as a Teenager
Competition: Write a conversation between a man and a woman at a ball in the time of Jane Austen. 300 words

9th January, 2018: James Aitchinson – Creativity and the Historical Novel
Competition: Write a fictitious scene based on an historical event. 300 words

13th February, 2018: Steve McHugh – Creating the Series
Competition: Write a dark scene in a fantasy world. 300 word

13th March, 2018: Helen Dennis – Writing Adventures for Children
Competition: Write 300 words, for readers aged 9-12, about an incredible secret that if discovered could change the planet or the people on it.

10th April, 2018: Margaret Graham – Exploration of Structure
Competition: Write a scene in which a lost shoe is returned. 300 words

8th May, 2018: Erica James and Kate Espiner – Challenges and Rewards of Writing Bestsellers
Competition: First 300 words of a novel for women’s fiction.

12th June, 2018: Lisa Jewell – Publishing and Writing
Competition: Write a flash fiction story set in a communal garden. 300 words

For information on the next Hampshire Writers’ Society event and to book a place, please visit: