Anderida Writers, Eastbourne






SATURDAY November 11th, 2pm to 6pm. Venue: Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne and the Library above it.
The Eastbourne Book Festival returns to the Underground Theatre and entry is free.
Anderida Writers Will be among the organisations and authors having tables there and reading extracts from books.


TUESDAY November 14th, 7.30pm. Venue: Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4DH.
Our Guest speaker is Sarah Stephenson, whose book "Dougal's Diary: A Dog's Tale" is a witty account of how her dog adjusted to living with his slightly neurotic new owner.
Sarah, a former actress, will be advising us how to write with humor.
She will describe her own witty writing style and also tell us how she found - and impressed - her publishers, Crooked Cat.


TUESDAY December 12th, 7pm. Venue Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
The Anderida Writers Annual Christmas Dinner is being held in the Marine Restaurant.
Guest members and friends are also invited at £25.00 per head.
Menu choices should be given to Dave Wells as soon as possible.
His email address is:



TUESDAY October 10th, 7.30pm Venue: Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4DH.
Our guest speaker Mike George is a colourful Sussex-based freelance writer who has contributed to a plethora of newspapers, magazines and journals. He has had eight books published, including Puttees and a Pinstripe, covering his riotous boyhood romps, relationships and army service and All Wind and Pips, dealing with military manoeuvres, civilian courtships and literary landslips.
He has conducted creative writing classes and now specialises in pre-publication preparation of other people's work; including copy-editing and book-doctoring.
He will provide a bagful of advice, anecdotes and yarns.


TUESDAY September 12th, 7.30pm
We have a new venue of the Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH and can assemble in the Coronet Bar for drinks first. Our guest speaker is Jade Weighell, the General Manager of New Writing South, which creates an environment in the South East in which new writing can flourish. Jade will tell us about the opportunities provided by NWS and also set us a fun writing exercise.


TUESDAY August 15th, 7.30pm
Anderida annual social evening to be held at the home of Chairman Michael Fleming. Members are invited to bring along a bottle and/or a dish of something they fancy - plus a limerick to read!


TUESDAY July 11th, 7.30pm
Former West End actor Alan Baker will read entries in the Anderida annual Short Story and Poetry Competition which will then be judged by fellow members. The closing date for entries is Saturday July 1st 2017. Full details appear in the Anderida Newsletter. Venue has been changed for this event to Alice Croft House Over 50's Club, Cornfield Lane, Eastbourne, BN21 4NE, (behind David Salmon furniture shop in South Street).


TUESDAY June 13th, 7.30pm
Author Ruth Figgest will be giving a talk and offering advice based on her experiences. From her episodic novel, In Deep, Chapter 13, 'The Armadillo,' won second prize as a short story in the Bridport International Short Story Competition and was in the Bridport Prize Anthology 2012. In 2013 Ruth was commissioned to write a short published story 'The Coffin Gate' for Radio 4. She was also one of the winners of the Writers and Artist Yearbook novel competition. Venue: The West Rocks Hotel, 44-46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL.


TUESDAY May 9th, 7.30pm
Our website hosts Rod and Alistair Colley will give a presentation showing how authors can benefit from having their own websites and using links to the likes of Facebook, Linked-In, Wordpress and Twitter as well as publicising their books with their own video on YouTube. Rod and Alistair can help authors and writers by producing websites and videos etc for them. Venue: The West Rocks Hotel, 44-46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL.


TUESDAY April 11th, 7.30pm
The Anderida Writers annual general meeting, including the election of officers and reports by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, will be followed by an entertaining CRITQUES SESSION. This will entail the reading of extracts from some members' forthcoming books and the work of other members, which will be critiqued. Venue: The West Rocks Hotel, 44-46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL.


TUESDAY March 14th, 7.30pm
Our guest speaker is author Elly Griffiths, the pseudonym used by Domenica de Rosa while writing the best selling series of Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk and new series of Magic Men novels based in 1950's Brighton. Elly, who in 2016 was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, worked in publishing for many years and will be giving us advice on the best way to impress a publisher and how to turn one book into a series, as well as talking about her successful publishing journey. Venue: The West Rocks Hotel, 44-46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL.


TUESDAY February 14th, 7.30pm
Our guest speaker will be Clare Flynn, author of four historical novels all set in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is due to publish her fifth set in WW2 Eastbourne later this year. After being taken on by a literary agent who didn't manage to secure a publishing deal for her first novel, Clare decided to publish it independently. She is also the co-author of a trade published non-fiction book, allowing her to make an informed comparison between the two routes to market. Venue: The West Rocks Hotel, 44-46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4DL.



TUESDAY October 11th, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Actor, director and author, Derek Watts, will be the guest speaker at the Anderida monthly meeting at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Derek will talk about his life and his love of sport and music, which have inspired him to write several books.


WEDNESDAY September 28th, 10am - 4.30pm
Anderida will be having a stand at the Good Life Show and exhibition at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne, organised by Eastbourne Seniors Forum and Age Concern.


TUESDAY September 13th, 7.30 - 9.00pm
Robert Crouch will be the guest speaker at the Anderida monthly meeting at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Robert will talk about his murder mystery, No Accident, the first of a series featuring Kent Fisher, environmental health officer turned reluctant sleuth, and his experiences promoting the novel and blogging online.


SATURDAY August 27th, 10am to 4pm
An exhibition of arts, crafts and photographs, plus book signings and demonstrations of ceramics, artwork and lace- making, which Anderida member Christine Racher and her sister Val are helping to organise, is being held at St Wilfreds Church Hall, Pevensey Bay. Admission is free.


TUESDAY August 9th, 7.30pm
Anderida are holding their annual social event at Alice Croft House in Cornfield Lane (off South Street, next to David Salmon Furniture Store), Eastbourne. Members and guests are asked to bring a bottle of their favourite tipple and a dish of their choice - plus a limerick!


Anderida Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition will be held and juged at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade. Former West End actor Alan Baker will read out the entries upon which members present will vote upon. Results will then be announced, and prizes presented to the winners and runners-up.


The Anderida monthly meeting at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, will take the form of a 'Michael Parkinson-style'interview. Chairman Alan Baker will be interviewed by our President Tony Flood about his life as an actor and writer, starting with his staring role as The Winslow Boy in the West End. The interview will include some of Alan's great anecdotes about Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson and other acting legends.


TUESDAY MAY 10TH, 7.30pm
Anderida's meeting at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, will see authors Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate give us their new presentation TWO NOVELISTS, TWO STORIES an in-depth look at the modern novel.
They provide interactive cards to stimulate discussion; powerpoint pictures to illustrate ideas about writing; and musical extracts that highlight the characters and scenes in a novel, showing how it begins, grows and develops.
They are on tour with Flashback and Purple - Sue's second novel for adults and Leslie's coming-of-age novel Purple. Sue already has 21 books for children and teens and has been praised by Michael Morpurgo, while Leslie is a poet and graduate of the University of East Anglia Creative Writing School. More information can be obtained from: and


TUESDAY 29th MARCH, 7.30pm
This is a fun evening; we have the launch and book signing of our Chairperson, Tony Flood’s, ‘Triple Tease’. Well known author Tamara McKinley and Brian Capron (Coronation Street) will each say a few words and actor Alan Baker will then give a short reading from this thriller. After a 20 minute interval for refreshments and socialising, the second half will be the judging, by Tamara and Brian, of the entries for the flash fiction competition.

Our special guest speaker at the meeting on Tuesday February 9th at 7.30pm is the well known local author, Tamara McKinley. She is a past Chairperson and long time member of Anderida Writers and an example to all would-be published authors that persistence pays off. It took nine novels and seven years of trying before she clinched a three-book deal in 1996 with her debut novel ‘Reap the Whirlwind.’ This was followed by the equally successful ‘Queen’s Flight’ and ‘Matilda’s Last Waltz.’ Tamara’s publishing successes continue with her latest book ‘Echoes From Afar.’ She will be talking about ‘The Secret of My Success.’
After a break for refreshments and socialising the second half of the meeting will be open to any members who would like to read out a short story, part of a book or poem (max 1,000 words) for help advice and constructive criticism. Book your time slot with Chairperson Tony Flood. Please note that we will be back at our usual meeting place – West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4BL. Visitors are always welcome (guest fee £4.00)




Our speaker will be Emmy Yoshida, the author of ‘CORRUPTED; a Tale of Sex, Scandal and Suspense’ and ‘Community Service’. Emmy has done some 50 book signings around the country, so she can offer plenty of advice on marketing, promotion and how to make self-publishing work.

After the talk there will be a 20 minute break for refreshment and socialising. The second half will be a critique session where members can bring along and read out any piece of work in progress (max 1,000 words) for advice and constructive criticism to help improve their writing. As time is limited please book your slot with Chairperson Tony Flood. Visitors are always welcome – guest fee £4.00.


The annual Christmas dinner is held in place of the December meeting. Twenty members and guests enjoyed the splendid meal organised by Dave Wells and provided by West Rocks Hotel. Hilarious, naughty but nice, limericks provided the after meal entertainment.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 13th, 7.30pm.
Author Beth Miller, who has experience as a sexual health trainer, will be giving a talk and a mini-workshop on writing about sex scenes at the Anderida monthly meeting at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL. Most contemporary novels have at least one sex scene - readers and publishers may even expect them. So Beth, whose sex scenes in her debut novel have been described as 'delightfully filthy', will give advice on how to give them credibility and avoid drifting into porn. Beth is the author of 'When We Were Sisters', 'The Good Neighbour' and 'For the Love of The Archers.'

After a short interval for refreshments and socialising, the second half will consist of a critique session where members and visitors can read out a piece of their work (max 1,000 words) for constructive criticism and encouragement to help writers improve and develop their craft. Please book your place with Chairman, Tony Flood, at the top table. There is a small fee of £4 for visitors. Half-year full membership is £13.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10th, 7.30pm.
Author and editor jay Dixon will be Anderida's guest speaker at the West Rocks Hotel. jay, the author of The Romantic Fiction of Mills and Boon, will be advising us what authors should and should not put in a letter and synopsis when making a submission to a publisher or agent. The second half will be a critique session.

Anderida Writers' Christmas dinner will be held at the West Rocks Hotel from 7.30pm. Menu and price will be on this website shortly, or can be obtained from Dave Wells at Members and guests are invited to bring along and read out amusing, Christmas themed limericks.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8th, 7.30pm Anderida's meeting will provide two exciting features. First, Maggie de Vos will be interviewed by Tony Flood about the story behind the publishing of her book which reveals how, at the age of seventy, she completed the Camino - the Pilgrims' Walk by trekking 500 miles across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Then members will be invited to join in a discussion about what authors should do when their book is complete get an agent to help them obtain the best possible publishing contract, market and promote it or settle for a low-key self-publishing deal. As usual, the meeting will be held at the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL.


The Eastbourne Book Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday September 19th and 20th. It will include authors and writing groups having tables at the Underground Theatre (BENEATH EASTBOURNE LIBRARY) on both afternoons from 1pm, with some authors giving readings. Tony Flood will be reading short extracts from the published work of some Anderida members at 1.30pm on the Saturday. There will also be workshops at South Street Art Studios. These will include Writing Sizzling Sex Scenes, with Beth Miller (Saturday, 10am-1pm); It’s All About the Story, with Jacq Molloy (Saturday 2pm-5pm); Bringing the Past Back to Life, with Andrea Samuelson (Sunday 10am-1pm); and Finding an Agent, with Beth Miller (Sunday 2pm-5pm). They will cost £25 each.

Details of these and other workshops can be found at South Street Art Studios and other details are available from New Eastbourne Writers

TUESDAY AUGUST 18 th 7.40pm.
Social evening at Heather and Tony Flood's home:

24 Brisbane Quay,
Sovereign Harbour North,
BN23 5PD

Please note changes in date, place and time.

This is a fun evening open to all fully paid up members and those who have attended as guest members THIS YEAR. Please bring a bottle or a dish of food, and (optional) an amusing poem or limerick.

TUESDAY JANUARY 13th 2015. 7.30pm.
First half will be an informative talk and mini-workshop by Chris Taylor of New Writing South. After a 20 minute break the second half will be a critique session.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10th 2015 – 7.30pm.
This meeting will be held in the downstairs breakfast room at the new meeting place, the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne. (There is an art display in the conference room)

Anderida’s Vice-Chairperson, Mike Fleming, will be sharing some of his invaluable techniques he learned and developed on his recent MA Degree Course in Creative Writing. This will include points of view, creating atmosphere and adding colour to your writing. After a break for refreshments the second half will be a critique session. If you would like to read out your work to the members, book in with Chairperson Tony Flood at the beginning of the meeting, as space is limited.

TUESDAY MARCH 10th 2015. - 7.30pm.
Author Richard Masefield will be our guest speaker, talking about his novels and offering advice, including how vital it is to fully research your subject. The second half, after a 20 minute break, will be a critique session. Book in early with Chairperson, Tony Flood, if you wish to read out your work.

THURSDAY MARCH 19th 2015 - 7.30pm.
Following the terrific success of the Christmas Dinner, ‘Captain’ David Wells has now arranged a Spring Dinner at the West Rocks Hotel. Cost is £19 a head. For a menu and to book a place contact David by e-mail:

TUESDAY APRIL 14th 2015 – 7.30pm.
Appointment of Officers and Committee. Yearly subs are now payable. New visitors tonight can give us a try for £4.00.
Come along and have your say as to how you would like the club to be run. Any suggestions and new ideas are welcome to make Anderida Writers even more successful!!
After a 20 minute interval for refreshments and socialising, experienced actor Alan Baker will be giving advice on how we can all improve our public speaking skills. Confidence and voice projection are two essentials when many of today's writers are having to self-promote those extra books sales with talks, signings, radio and TV appearances.
Afterwards there will be time for a few members to read out their work (max 1,000 words) for help, advice and constructive criticism. Book your slot with Tony Flood.

TUESDAY MAY 12th 2015
Award winning author Richard Masefield will be giving a short talk on the history of Eastbourne and then holding a mini-workshop called Location! Location! Location! After a 20 minute break for refreshments and socialising, members can read out parts of their work (max 1,000 words) for advice and constructive criticism to help improve their writing skills. Book your slot early with Chairperson Tony Flood.

Newsletter editor Tony Flood is always looking for interesting writing related contributions. Have you had a book published or a short story accepted? Can you come up with any handy hints for writers? Send editorial items to

TUESDAY JUNE 9th 2015 7.30pm
Our guest speaker at the West Rocks Hotel will be Brittany Poulin, from IPR License, who will give a presentation on rights and licencing - and how authors can best monetise their rights. She will explain that IPR License is the platform through which authors can license the rights to their work (Into different languages, territorities etc) - key revenue for publishers that authors are often missing out on.

This is Anderida Writers’ competition evening. Come along and listen to short stories and poems written by our talented and well published members who will be competing for £75 for the Best Short Story and £60 for the Best Poem on the theme of ‘Realisation.’ Other prizes on offer include dinner for two at the West Rocks Hotel, tea for two at C&H Fabrics, two tickets from Eastbourne Theatres, a Marks and Spencer voucher, a book by best selling author Richard Masefield, entitled ‘Brimstone’ and a voucher from Kumi and Sam Hair and Beauty Salon. The first five winners in the short story category will also each receive a certificate, and the first three in the poetry.

Anyone interested in hearing quality writing being read out by former West End star Alan Baker is invited to the West Rocks Hotel, 46 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DL, July 14th at 7.30pm. There is a small fee of £4 per visitor.

All fully paid up members are eligible to vote, but please note you must collect your voting slip and be seated by 7.45pm at the latest.

Anderida Writers has 19 published authors, some of whom have reached the No 1 spots in Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers category.

There will be a 20 minute interval half way through the evening for refreshments and socialising


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