Open Book Writers publish anthology

SONY DSCOpen Book Writers, a group of authors from Chesterfield, are celebrating after publishing their first anthology.

They are also pretty chuffed to have launched it to an appreciative audience at the Chatsworth Road Festival in the town a couple of weeks ago.

It was the first time the group had read any of their work to an audience which had paid for the privilege and the positive feedback will almost certainly encourage them to carry on.

Their new book contains more than 60 pieces of work by 11 authors ranging from poems and short stories to extracts from forthcoming novels.

There is a wide range of styles from the writers, from fantasy, horror and science fiction, to real life and comedy.

Chairman Amanda Lowry (Ashton), said: “Our book is the result of hard work by our members over the past six months and showcases real talent.”

The group consisting of Amanda Ashton, Andrew Clewett, Brian James, Cat Martin, Dawn Anderson, Gemma Phipps, Georgina M Coates, S. Fraser-Martin, Sara Davies, Steve Hewitt and Susan M Francis. It was formed in 2009 and currently meets fortnightly at the Crispin Inn in Brampton.

Some of the members are published writers, others are just starting out and some are dabblers giving it a go. The one thing they all have in common is a love of words and the aim of learning from each other in a friendly and lively atmosphere.

The meetings cover a variety of different approaches to and experiences of creative writing.

A small grant from Derbyshire County Council towards the cost of preparatory workshops and publication has helped them get going.

Open Book members will be doing a promotional tour with the anthology over the next few months.

To find out more about Open Book Writers, and see examples of their work you can visit their website, contact them by e-mail at or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.