Members’ news

First, some lovely news about two of our board members:

Wendy Jones has just had her first novel, The Candidate’s Husband, shortlisted in two national competitions for unpublished novels, Mslexia and Exeter (where she was also highly commended). Congratulations, Wendy!


And John Simmons has written an academic journal article for ’Society’, all about ‘The Value of Writing’, a subject which is surely close to all 26ers hearts.  Free access is available for the next six weeks here.


Now, for some more good news from 26 members…

I’ve started a newsletter that explores the places where writing and walking meet. It’s called The Writer’s Walk and twice a month I share stories, walking tips and writing prompts. You can read the posts online at Substack, or subscribe free to get them in your inbox when I publish them.

– Sarah Farley


Spent a wonderful week on the inaugural Rock Retreat in Gibraltar in May, focussing on writing for children. A mixture of writers and illustrators from across the world, which meant possibilities for future international collaborations. What a fascinating place, flora, fauna, history, caves and more. I learned so much about my craft through workshops, visits and speakers. Looking forward to the anthology being created. There will be another retreat, so do keep an eye out for it. @the_rockretreat @gibraltarculturalservices

– Irene Lofthouse


6th July: Appearing at A Pinch of Vault Festival in Waterloo with the first draft of my second Edinburgh show, Reunion / Afterparty. It’s all new material which means I will be referring to my notebook a lot…! 

8th July: Appearing at Boom Chicago Comedy Festival with an edited version of I Miss Amy Winehouse as part of the Comedy Storytelling Show

23rd July: Preview of I Miss Amy Winehouse at Theatre Deli, City of London

26th July: Preview of I Miss Amy Winehouse at The Room Above, Bristol

Then off to Edinburgh in August for a full month, where I’ll be performing I Miss Amy Winehouse from 6th-28th (every day except 14th and 21st) at 12:15pm at Paradise in the Vault, just off Cowgate!

– Suchandrika Chakrabarti

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