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2024

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, May 14th 2024, 7:30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Members and guests can read extracts from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present.


PAST EVENTS

Tuesday, April 9th 2024, 7:30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida Writers' annual general meeting and award of the Anderida Accolade for outstanding service. This will be followed by members reading up to 600 words of their work and having it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and those present. Guests need to pay only £4 but members wishing to vote will need to pay their annual subscription to Francis Wait before the meeting starts. If they wish they can simply pay £10 of the £26 annual subscription and pay the remainder in the next two or three months. Anyone paying the subscription before the AGM starts at 7.30 pm on Tuesday will enjoy a special offer because it will be reduced by £6.

Tuesday, March 26th 2024, 7:30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida's March meeting will now be combined with the launch of international best-selling author Ellie Dean's new book Love Will Find A Way at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne on Tuesday, March 26th at 7.30 pm. Our patron Tamara McKinley has sold millions of copies worldwide of the Cliffehaven series which she writes under the name Ellie Dean so it is an honour for Anderida to hold her book launch and book signing on Tuesday, March 26th. In the second half of the meeting, members and guests will be able to read extracts (up to 600 words) of their work and have it critiqued by Tamara and those present. From April onwards meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month, starting with the AGM on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024. Those wishing to stand for office and/or make proposals should email me or our secretary Christine Racher at least two weeks in advance of the AGM.

Tuesday, February 13th 2024, 7:30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Our published authors are invited to donate a complimentary copy of one of their books to be given as prizes in a short, fun quiz at the meeting of Anderida Writers this coming Tuesday, February 13th at 7.30pm in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. These authors - who can read a short extract from their book before it is given as a prize - are asked to email me if they would like to do this. Members and guests will also be able to read extracts from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by those present, including our patron and international best-selling author Tamara McKinley, whose books written under Ellie Dean have sold countless thousands of copies. Members will be encouraged to state what they want the group to provide for them in the coming year.

Tuesday, January 16th 2024, 7:30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The January meeting of Anderida Writers is being postponed from Tuesday January 9th and will now be held the following week instead on Tuesday January 16th at 7.30pm. It will be in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. One advantage of having it a week later is that our patron and international best-selling author Tamara McKinley, whose books written under Ellie Dean have sold countless thousands of copies, should be able to able to attend and give advice. She is currently nursing a broken arm following a fall, and we all wish her a speedy recovery. The meeting on January 16th will enable members and guests to read extracts from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by those present. Members will also be encouraged to state what they want the group to provide for them in the coming year. At meetings in 2024 our published authors will be able to take it in turns to bring along their books and offer them for sale by prior arrangement with myself. Alex Hudson is the first author to take advantage of this and will be bringing her three books and read an extract from one of them on January 16th.

NEW INFORMATION

I am just sending you last minute news that at tonight's meeting of Anderida Writers we will be giving you information about two very helpful organisations. Firstly, there is The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), which is a British organisation that works to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any of their works that are copied, broadcast or recorded. It has operated in the United Kingdom since 1977. From that year to 2016, the ALCS distributed over £450 million to authors, and at the end of 2016 had in excess of 90,000 members. We will also be discussing the AI writing tool which can create engaging stories in seconds. It can do all the hard work for you! If you can make it tonight (Tuesday January 16th) the meeting kicks off at 7.30pm. It will be in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Members and guests can also read extracts from their work up to 600 words and have it critiqued by those present, including best-selling author Tamara McKinley. Members will also be encouraged to state what they want the group to provide for them in the coming year.

2023

Tuesday, December 19th 2023 from 1:45pm Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida's combined Christmas light lunch/afternoon tea will be in the Orangery Dining Suite at the Hydro Hotel from 1.45pm on Tuesday December 19th (this means there will NOT be an evening meeting in December).

Tuesday, November 14th 2023 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The next Anderida meeting is fast approaching, on Tuesday November 14th (7.30pm), which will start with a Mini-workshop held by Michael Fleming based on providing A STRONG OPENING TO YOUR STORY. He will stress the importance of 'hooking' readers in the opening paragraph(s) and at the same time setting the tone for whatever genre you are writing. In the mini-workshop Michael will look at some classic story openings and consider why they are revered. We can then each write an opening paragraph...so bring along a pen or pencil. In the second-half of the meeting members and guests can read out extracts from their work, up to 600 words, and have it critiqued by those present. NB: CAN THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED FOR THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVE MEAL (on Tuesday December 19th) AND HAVE YET TO PAY FOR IT, PLEASE GIVE THE APPROPRIATE PAYMENT TO FRANCIS WAIT BEFORE THE START OF THE NOVEMBER MEETING ON TUESDAY.

Tuesday, October 10th 2023 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The next Anderida Writers meeting will be at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, on Tuesday (October 10th) in the Garden Suite. There will be a short talk by John Silverton (NOT to be confused with John Newton) before those present can read extracts up to 600 words from their own work and have it critiqued. John Silverton will pass on advice from two excellent books - Mind the Gaffe by R L Task and Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer. Both are concerned with improving writing, avoiding common errors, clarity and style advice. John will highlight a couple of examples of value to members and hold an informal competition, with the winner receiving a copy of Mind the Gaffe as a prize.

Tuesday, September 12th 2023 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The next Anderida Writers meeting will be at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, on Tuesday (September 12th). It will start with an informal competition which should last about 15 minutes, organised by John Silverton and with the prize of a bottle of wine. This will be followed by a discussion led by John Newton on the difference in writing styles between writing fiction and non-fiction. In the second half of the meeting members and guests can read an extract from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by those present. The first two readings should be by Viki and Denis as they missed out on reading at the last meeting.

Tuesday, August 8th 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The next Anderida Writers meeting is, Tuesday, August 8th, at 7.30pm, in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne. Best-selling author Tamara McKinley will be holding a Q and A session so you may wish to ask her a question. The second half of the meeting will enable members and guests to read an extract from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by those present. We will also be giving details of a competition being held at the September meeting.

Tuesday, July 11th 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida's Annual Short Story and Poetry competition. Entries are to be read out by actor Brian Capron and actress Susan Thacker. Closing date for entries: Wednesday June 28th, 2023. This year's competition is on any theme, and prizes include £60 for the winner of the short story section and £50 for the poetry section, afternoon tea for two at luxury Eastbourne hotels the Langham and the Hydro, lunch at the popular Cafẽ Old Town, and a voucher at the Eight Bells public house in Jevington.

Tuesday, June 13th 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Author Clare Flynn will be the guest speaker at the Anderida Writers meeting this coming Tuesday (June 13th) in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, from 7.30pm. In the second half of the meeting members can read extracts from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present. Clare Flynn is the author of fifteen historical novels and a collection of short stories. She is the 2020 winner of the UK Selfies Adult Fiction prize for her best-selling novel The Pearl of Penang and was RNA Industry Awards Indie Champion of the Year for 2022, having been shortlisted for the same award in 2021. Her books are now translated into German and French. Clare, who lives in Eastbourne and is a former international marketing director, loves travelling, especially to Italy. and likes to quilt and paint. She was a director of The Romantic Novelists Association and remains an active member, as well as for The Alliance of Independent Authors, the Historical Novel Society and The Society of Authors One of the subjects on which she will be giving us advice is marketing.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Practicing artist and new author Adrian Chappell will give a short talk about how he wrote his first novel An Honourable Betrayal, a contemporary political thriller set mainly in Yemen. It was published by Brown Dog Books in December, 2021. In June 2022 Adrian moved to Eastbourne from London to set up his own art studio. He began working on a series of drawings and paintings based around the novel's theme of 'betrayal' and held an Artist Open House exhibition last month. Adrian will give a brief overview of his novel, explain how it was researched and outline some of the problems he encountered. He will also read a short extract from the novel and members can read up to 600 words of their own work and have it critiqued by bestselling author Tamara McKinley and those present. We will also be welcoming Chris Adam, who is seeking advice on turning a film series into books.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. ANDERIDA ANNUAL MEETING combined with a MINI-WORKSHOP at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, TONIGHT, Tuesday April 11th, 2023 at 7.30pm. After the meeting, Mike Fleming will hold a mini workshop on dialogue which will draw on some of the modules from his Masters degree course. There will also be the opportunity for members to read extracts from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present (this will be on a first come, first served basis). Members wishing to vote or make proposals at the AGM should pay at least £10.00 of their annual subscription to treasurer Francis Wait before the start of the meeting. The full subscription is £26.00, but those not wishing to vote can pay a guest fee of £4.00. Cheques should be made payable to 'Anderida Writers'. AGENDA 1. Apologies for absence 2. Minutes of last meeting. 3. Chairman's report 4. Secretary's report 5. Treasurer's report 6. Election of officers. 7. Vote of thanks to Heather Flood, who has stood down as secretar and other committee members.. 10. Presentation of Anderida Accolade Award and any other awards. 11 . Any other business, including future events. MINUTES OF LAST AGM These included a vote to change the subscription as proposed by Francis Wait and seconded by Tony Flood as follows: Following the reduction in the subscription because Covid caused meetings to be cancelled, the annual subscription should revert to £26.00 a year, due at the AGM on the second Tuesday of April each year.Members playing at least £10.00 of this subscription prior to the AGM will be eligible to vote at the AGM. Other rule changes were reported due to the Covid 19 restrictions, which allowed two AGMs to be held together by email on April 13th, 2021 as follows: 1. The Anderida Writers AGM for both the year April 2020 and April 2021 to be held by email on Tuesday April 13th, 2021. This entailed Chairman Tony Flood sending out proposals in advance by email and members giving their votes by reply. Proposed by Tony Flood, Seconded by Francis Wait. 2. Subscriptions for 2020 were cancelled because there were no meetings, and subscriptions for year beginning April 13h, 2021 were reduced to £20.00. Members playing £10.00 of this subscription prior to April 13th, 2021 were eligible to vote at the AGM. Proposed by Tony Flood, Seconded by Dave Wells. 3. Election of Francis Wait as treasurer on March 26th, 2021 to succeed Laurie Wilkinson following the sad passing of Laurie's wife. Proposed by Tony Flood, Seconded by Rod Colley. 4. Reports were given by Chairman Tony Flood, secretary Heather Flood and treasurer Francis Wait. 5. New treasurer Francis Wait gave the treasurer's report for the year up to March 31st, 2021. Anderida Writers' assets totalled a healthy £756.82.
6.There was a glowing tribute to the late Rod Colley.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 7.30pm. Venue The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Best-selling author Ellie Dean is kindly offering copies of her latest book, A Place Called Home, to us at the special reduced price of £5.00, and revealing the secret of her success at the Anderida Writers meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, (March 14th) from 7.30pm in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne (it will either be held in The Orangery, off the dining room, or in the Garden Suite). Ellie, whose real name is, of course, Tamara McKinley, the Anderida patron, will also be signing copies of A Place Called Home, which is number 19 in the Cliffehaven series, and giving an insight into what it takes to be an author of 35 titles, who consistently features in The Times Best-Selling list. This is an ideal opportunity for Anderida members to support our patron, and at the same time benefit from learning more about her knowledge and expertise. In the second half of the meeting on Tuesday Tamara and those present will give critiques to those who wish to read extracts of up to 600 words of their work.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. To avoid holding the next Anderida Writers meeting on Valentine's Day, when some people will be unavailable, we are switching it from February 14th to WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15th at 7.30pm in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne. Members and guests will be able to read out up to 600 words of their work and have it critiqued by bestselling author Tamara McKinley and others present. There will also be a mini competition with a prize on offer. Hope to see you on Wednesday February 15th.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 7.30pm. Venue: Meads Room at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida members and guests are invited to enjoy a triple treat at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, TONIGHT, Tuesday, January 10th, when the launch of Tony Flood's crime thriller Fall Guy – who really killed his wife? will be combined with the introduction of a new book collective that some of those present can join. They can also have their work critiqued. This is all part of a bumper start to the New Year by Anderida in a meeting kicking off at 7.30pm in the Hydro's Meads Room. The collective, initiated by author and broadcaster John Newton, will give writers the chance to join together in the production of a new book, with each of them contributing one character to a story they have all agreed upon. First, Eastbourne author and former Sky TV executive Tony Flood will launch Fall Guy, with signed copies at a specially reduced price of just £4.50 (which will include a donation by the author to charity). Those who cannot attend will be able to obtain the book from Amazon.co.uk at £5.99 for the paperback or just £1.77 for the e-version, with Tony again making donations to charity Children with Cancer. Anderida patron and best-selling author Tamara McKinley says: "Hopefully everyone will support Tony, who has done so much for the club and it's members and guests. They will be rewarded with a real bargain they should greatly enjoy, with his book having received glowing endorsements from other authors, including Peter James, Graham Bartlett, Sheila Bugler, John Newton, Jeannette Hensby and Francis Wait." Fall Guy – who really killed his wife? is the third in a series featuring shrewd copper DCI Harvey Livermore. It tells how George Thornhill arrives home early on his wife Isabella's 32nd birthday to find her dying of a stab wound, dressed only in the kimono he gave her that morning. His frantic but unsuccessful efforts to save her cause him to be covered in blood and his fingerprints to be on murder weapon. George is charged and convicted of murder, with only his sister Myra believing in his innocence and begging Livermore to reopen the case. The second-half of the Anderida meeting tonight will enable those attending to have up to 600 words of their work critiqued by Tamara McKinley and others present.

2022

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 2.30pm. Venue: Orangery Suite at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVE MEAL on Tuesday December 13th at 2.30pm will be in the Hydro Hotel's Orangery Suite (to which we have exclusive use). It is an Afternoon Tea, but there will be an ALTERNATIVE option for those who would prefer to choose items from the hotel's Light Lunch menu. The Afternoon Tea costs £21.50p and includes sandwiches, scone with clotted cream, mince pie, mini sherry trifle, cake, tea or coffee. The full menu is attached. The Light Lunch menu includes the following dishes at £16.50 each, plus the cost of any other items chosen from this menu, such as tea or coffee: Hydro gourmet burger, maple cured pancetta and skinny fries; Char grilled chicken with vegetables; Steamed fillet of hake with veg and new potatoes; Confit of duck with vegetables. Chicken Caesar salad. The full menu is attached. Members need to email their choices to Francis Wait at franciswait29@gmail.com - and copy in myself at flood04@yahoo.co.uk - and make full payment to Francis, by sending him a cheque to 30 Lakeside Court, 35 Dallington Road, Eastbourne, BN22 9EJ. Cheques should be made payable to Anderida Writers.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 7.30pm. Venue: Orangery Suite at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Here are the details of the Anderida Writers next meeting on Tuesday November 15th from 7.30pm at the Hydro Hotel's Garden Suite (please note it is on the THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH THIS TIME), and the Christmas Festive Meal on Tuesday December 13th at 2.30pm in the Hydro Hotel's Orangery Suite (to which we have exclusive use). THE NOVEMBER MEETING will include two competitions, with bottles of wine going to the first two people to guess which two famous authors' work is to be read out from clues that will be given. This will be followed by members and guests reading extracts from their work up to 600 words, with international best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present giving feed-back.

THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVE MEAL on Tuesday December 13th at 2.30pm will be an Afternoon Tea, the choice of the majority of those members who voted, but there will be an ALTERNATIVE option for those who would prefer to choose items from the hotel's Light Lunch menu. The Afternoon Tea costs £21.50p and includes sandwiches, scone with clotted cream, mince pie, mini sherry triffle, cake, tea or coffee. The full menu is attached. The Light Lunch menu includes the following dishes at £16.50 each, plus the cost of any other items chosen from this menu, such as tea or coffee: Hydro gourmet burger, maple cured pancetta and skinny fries; Char grilled chicken with vegetables; Steamed fillet of hake with veg and new potatoes; Confit of duck with vegetables. Chicken Caesar salad. The full menu is attached. Members need to email their choices to Francis Wait at franciswait29@gmail.com - and copy in myself at flood04@yahoo.co.uk - and make full payment to Francis, either at the November meeting on November 15th, or post it to him prior to then at 30 Lakeside Court, 35 Dallington Road, Eastbourne, BN22 9EJ. Cheques should be made payable to Anderida Writers.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 7.30pm. Venue: Meads Room at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Hope you will be able to attend the next meeting of Anderida Writers this coming Tuesday, October 11th, at 7.30pm at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne in the Meads Room. Members and guests can read out extracts of their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley (whose cat is now better) as well as those present.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Hopefully you will be able to attend the Anderida Writers meeting this coming Tuesday, (September 13th), kicking-off at 7.30pm at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, and benefit from advice given by author and marketing expert Bryan Cohen. Among the information Bryan is passing on is how important it is for authors to come up with genre relevant titles, sub-titles, cover designs and book descriptions. He says that if these four things do not all 'match' then potential readers are likely to be confused – and will NOT consider buying your book! Tuesday's meeting will also provide the opportunity for members and guests to read extracts from their work and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Best-selling author GRAHAM BARTLETT, a police officer for 30 years who became chief superintendent of the Brighton and Hove force, will be the guest speaker at Anderida Writers meeting in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, THIS COMING TUESDAY (August 9th) at 7.30pm. In addition to talking about his explosive debut novel Bad for Good, Graham, an advisor to some of the world's top crime authors, will be giving tips on police procedures - and revealing those that TV programmes often get wrong! In the second-half of the meeting members and guests can read their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued. Bad for Good, which has soared to No. 12 in the hardback charts, marks the start of an incendiary new series set in Brighton, centring on a murky world of vigilantes and corruption. The murder of a promising footballer and son of Brighton's Chief Superintendent means Detective Superintendent Jo Howe has a complicated and sensitive case on her hands. The situation becomes more desperate following devastating blackmail threats. Howe can trust no one as she tracks the brutal killer in a city balanced on a knife edge of vigilante action and a police force riven with corruption. Graham entered the Sunday Times Top Ten with his first non-fiction book, Death Comes Knocking – policing Roy Grace's Brighton in 2016. He followed that up in 2020 with another non-fiction book, Babes in the Wood, the harrowing 32-year fight to bring a double child killer to justice. He co-wrote both these with international best-seller Peter James.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. A host of prizes are being given at the Anderida Writers Annual Short Story and Poetry competition on Tuesday, July 19th when entries will be read out by actors Brian Capron and Susan Thacker. There will be cash prizes of £60 for the winner of the short story section and £50 for the poetry section. In addition there are afternoon teas for two at top hotels the Hydro and the Langham; meals at other excellent eateries Haberdashers Kitchen in C&H Fabrics and Cafe Old Town; signed books by best selling author Tamara McKinley and a £20 voucher from the Eight Bells in Jevington.

TUESDAY June 21st 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida Writers will NOT be meeting on Tuesday June 14th, 2022, but will instead meet on Tuesday June 21st at 7.30pm in the Garden Suite of the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne when members will be offered free books. Author Robert Crouch will be providing complimentary books, giving advice on writing and how to get published, as well as offering signed copies of his own crime thrillers for £5.00 each. These include No Accident, his first Kent Fisher murder mystery. Members and guests at the Anderida meeting will be able to read an extract from their work (up to 600 words) and have it critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and others present. Details will also be given for entering the annual Anderida Short Story and Poetry competition to be held at the Hydro Hotel on Tuesday, July 19th when actors Brian Capron and Sue Thacker will read out the entries. Broadcaster and author John Newton will be telling Anderida members how they can read their short stories on his programme John's Stories on Radio DGH on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Heather and Tony Flood have provided stories from their book Laughs and Tears Galore – short stories and poems with twists. Others giving readings on Radio DGH include Richard Willis, John Silverton and Francis Wait. John Newton's other programme. Wednesday Magazine. follows at 11am. The link for Radio DGH is: To access Radio DGH Please Click Here!

TUESDAY May 10th 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Eastbourne's best-selling author Tamara McKinley, who has announced that she is coming out of retirement, will be providing advice and critiques to members and guests. Anderida secretary Heather Flood said: "Members and guests can read an extract from their work up to 600 words and have it critiqued by Tamara, who has revealed that she has returned to writing after taking a break following the death of her husband Ollie in December 2020. She says she is now making good progress with what will be the 19th book in the Cliffehaven series, which has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone under the name Ellie Dean."

TUESDAY April 12th 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. ANDERIDA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, the agenda of which appears on the Anderida Facebook page. After the interval, the club will discuss the effect of 'woke' on authors, and in the time remaining members can read their work to be critiqued on a 'first come first served basis'.

TUESDAY March 8th 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Seminar on HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOK, run by authors Tony Flood and Tamara McKinley, based on advice given by writing experts Nick Stephenson and Michael Heppell. This will be followed by readings of extracts from members' and guests' work, which will be critiqued by those present.

TUESDAY February 8th 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: Garden Suite in the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Members and guests can read extracts from their work and have them critiqued by best-selling author Tamara McKinley and those present.

TUESDAY January 11th 2022, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. JANUARY MEETING CANCELLED Unfortunately, the monthly meeting of Anderida Writers planned for Tuesday January 11th, 2022 has had to be CANCELLED. Some members were concerned about the rising number of Covid cases and the fact that on this occasion the Hydro Hotel could only offer us the less spacious Meads Room.


2021

TUESDAY December 14th 2021, 12.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The Anderida Writers Christmas Lunch is being held in the Orangery at The Hydro Hotel. NB:There will be NO meeting following this in the evening.

TUESDAY November 9th, 2021, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The Anderida Writers meetings this coming Tuesday at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, starting at 7.30pm will kick off with a short, very funny presentation of THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES. The rest of the meeting will be devoted to members and guests reading out extracts of their work, up to 600 words. You can do likewise, or just sit back and listen - and give feedback if you wish. If there is time those winning prizes in the recent annual Short Story and Poetry competition will be invited to read out one of their entries. They may also like to bring along copies of these entries for members to read or take away if they wish. The meeting is to be held in the Hydro's Meads Room on the ground floor.

TUESDAY October 12th, 2021, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The annual Anderida Short Story and Poetry Competition. Actors Brian Capron and Susan Thacker will be reading out entries which will be judged by those members present.

TUESDAY September 14th, 2021, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida Writers meetings resume following the long break caused by the Covid virus. Author, biographer and former national newspaper journalist Bob Harris will be the guest speaker and give advice on writing autobiographies and biographies. Members wil also be able to read extracts from their work and have them critiqued.

CANCELLED: TUESDAY August 10th, 2021, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Author, biographer and former national newspaper journalist Bob Harris will be the guest speaker and give advice on writing autobiographies and biographies. Members wil also be able to read extracts from their work and have them critiqued.

CANCELLED: TUESDAY July 13th, 2021, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. The annual Anderida Short Story and Poetry Competition. Actors Brian Capron and Susan Thacker will be reading out entries which will be judged by those members present.

TUESDAY April 13th, 2021, 7.30pm. Anderida Annual General Meeting. This is being held by email because of the Covid restrictions. This will entail members being sent in advance the agenda and proposals by email, to which they can reply.

2020

October

CANCELLED: TUESDAY October 13th, 2020. 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ (meeting room to be decided). Anderida's Annual Short Story and Poetry Competition. Entries will be read out by actor Brian Capron and actress Susan Thacker. 2021 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

November

CANCELLED: TUESDAY November 10th, 2020. 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ (meeting room to be decided). Anderida Writers Annual General Meeting. After the interval members and guests can read out extracts from their work up to 550 words to have them critiqued. 2021 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

July

TUESDAY July 14th, 2020 at 7.30pm MEETING HOSTED ON ZOOM.(So held remotely!) Launch of Tony Flood's crime thriller STITCH UP! - KILLER OR VICTIM? followed by an Anderida meeting in which members and guests read out extracts from their own work, up to 600 words, and had it critiqued.

March

TUESDAY March 10th, 2020, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ (meeting room to be decided). Actor Brian Capron will be talking about his work and giving advice including how to develop characters. Brian, who is one of our Vice Presidents, starred as serial killer Richard Hillman in Coronation Street. After the break members and guests can read out extracts from their work up to 550 words to have them critiqued.

February

TUESDAY February 11th, 2020, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ (meeting room to be decided). Anderida Writers will welcome author and former Kenya policeman John Newton as our guest speaker. John, whose books include the three-volume 'Kenya Police: a Living History' and 'White Sunrise', a modern historical novel, will give advice on story structure, dialogue, opening and ending a story, how authors can edit their own work and marketing. In the second half of the meeting members and guests can read out extracts from their work up to 550 words and have them critiqued by John.

January

TUESDAY January 14th, 2020, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel (Meeting held in The Graden Suite Ground Floor), Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Special Constable Chris Pring will talk to us about the dangers of scams, fraud and computer hacking - and provide information that we may wish to include in our books! After the break members and guests can read out extracts from their work up to 550 words to have them critiqued.

2019

December

TUESDAY December 3rd, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. Anderida's Christmas dinner. Places and menu requests, at £25 a head, can be booked with Dave Wells at davidwells507@btinternet.com or telephone him on 01323 470561.

November

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, November 9th & 10th from 10.30am to 4pm – Michelham Priory's Christmas Fair at which Anderida will share a stall with tutor and author Diny van Kleeff. There will be festive fun and tasty treats, with dozens of stalls, decorations and music in a beautiful setting. Admission to non-stall holders is: adult £7.00; senior/student £6.00; child over 5 £5.00; child under 5 free.

November

TUESDAY November 12th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel (meeting room to be decided), Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. A pre-Christmas treat, with popular singer, guitarist and comedian Just George entertaining us with his songs and jokes. After the break members and guests can read out extracts from their work (stories up to 550 words and poems up to 40 lines) to have them critiqued.

October

***********CHANGE OF VENUE: THIS MEETING WILL NOW BE HELD AT The Hydro Hotel Meads Room on the Ground Floor for further Details please read below:***********

TUESDAY October 8th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ.
Best selling author Tamara McKinley will judge a flash fiction competition of up to 550 words, or poems up to 40 lines, and give critiques of them. There will be a first prize of £20.00.

September

***********CHANGE OF VENUE: THIS MEETING WILL NOW BE HELD AT Alice Croft House (on the first floor) in Cornfield Lane, Eastbourne, BN21 4NE. It is off South Street, behind David Salmon's Furniture Store.***********

TUESDAY September 10th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
jay Dixon, former editor at Mills and Boon, Severn House, Routledge and Virago, will critique extracts of members' work up to 550 words.

August

TUESDAY August 13th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
A Flash Fiction Competition, with entries for stories of up to 350 words and poems up to 40 lines, will be judged by tutor Jacq Molloy, who will also give critiques.

July

TUESDAY July 9th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Actor Brian Capron of Coronation Street fame, and actress Susan Thacker will be reading out entries for the annual Anderida Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition on Tuesday July 9th at 7.30pm in the first floor suite at the Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne.
The entries will be judged by members and guest members who have already attended an Anderida meeting this year. They will give them marks out of ten.
Potential new members are welcome to attend.

(Meanwhile, there will be Creative Writing afternoon meetings on the ground floor at Alice Croft House Over 50s Club, Cornfield Lane, Eastbourne (behind Salmons Furniture Store on the corner of South Street) on Most Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm. Guest members will be welcome to read extracts of their work (up to 550 words) and receive feed-back. Further Details are available from Tony Flood at tflood04@yahoo.co.uk or by telephoning him on 01323 471726.)

June

TUESDAY June 11th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Diny van Kleef will give a talk and advice to members on 'Editing your own work and preparing your book to be published'. In the second half of the meeting members can read out extracts from their work up to 500 words and have it critiqued.

May

TUESDAY May 14th, 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Members were given feedback on extracts from their work of up to 500 words.

April

TUESDAY April 9th 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Anderida Writers will be holding our Annual General Meeting. Those wishing to vote should give their annual subscription of £ 26.00 to Membership Secretary Francis Wait. But non-voting guests are welcome to voice their views. In the second half of the meeting members and guest members can read up to 500 words of their work and receive feedback on a "first come basis".

March

TUESDAY March 12th 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Members and guests can have extracts from their work (up to 500 words) critiqued by creative writing tutor Jacq Molloy. This proved so popular when Jacq did this last time that we have invited her back.

February

TUESDAY February 12th 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Terence Walter, an author with seven novels on Kindle and a former Police detective in both this country and South Africa, will give advice and an intriguing insight into his experiences. He will also talk about the value of reviews. In the second-half of the meeting members can read up to 500 words of their work and receive feedback on a 'first come' basis.

January

TUESDAY January 8th 2019, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Members and guests can have extracts from their work (up to 800 words) critiqued by creative writing tutor Jacq Malloy.

2018

December

TUESDAY December 11th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Both members and guests, plus their partners, can book for the Anderida Christmas Dinner at the reduced price of £25.00. Please contact davidwells507@btinternet.com If you have already made your choices from the menu you can either hand these to him at the November meeting or email him as soon as possible.

OTHER EVENTS

WEDNESDAY ******Stop Press****** Anderida Writers' Diny Van Kleeff and Gladys Lopato are appearing on December the 5th 2018, 7.30 and 9pm at the Eastbourne Hippodrome in a Sussex Darkside Production bringing the theatre's ghosts to life. (Postponed from October 28th). And more details from Eastbourne Hippodrome.

November

TUESDAY November 13th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Anderida are holding a Flash Fiction Competition for members and guests, who can write stories up to 350 words on any subject(or poems up to 40 lines). The first prize will be £20.00 and there are prizes for those finishing second and third. Former Mills and Boon editor Jay Dixon will be the judge and she will give feedback on the top five entries.

October

TUESDAY October 9th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Creative writing tutor Jacq Molloy will talk on 'DO'S AND DON'TS - THE GOLDEN RULES FOR AUTHORS'. She will explain when and how authors can give different points of view, and advise on when it is good or not good to use a prologue.

September

TUESDAY September 11th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Former Mills and Boon editor Jay Dixon will talk about 'How to edit your own manuscript'. This will include removing material that does not develop the plot or the characters, getting the time-line right and dealing with points of view.

August

TUESDAY August 14th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Actor Alan Baker and actress Sue Shephard will be reading out the entries for Anderida's annual Short Story and Poetry competition. Members will act as judges by giving entries marks out of 10, and there is a host of prizes including £50.00 for the winner of each section; two tickets for MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD at the Devonshire Park Theatre on Tuesday November 6th, a luncheon voucher for £20.00 for the Haberdashers Kitchen at C&H Fabrics; a £20.00 voucher for the coffee shop at Sharnfold Farm; and a £10.00 voucher at C&H Fabrics. The theme for this year's Anderida competition is WRONG DIRECTION, and the closing date for entries is Wednesday August 1st.

July

TUESDAY July 10th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Authors Francis Wait and Diny van Kleeff will be talking about their newly launched books and their writing methods. They will also be giving advice on the best way to get published at a low cost, and explaining the importance of formatting and design. In the second half of the meeting, members and guests can have extracts from their work critiqued on a 'first come, first served' basis.

June

TUESDAY June 12th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Heather Flood's new book Purple Mist will be launched by the Mayor, Councillor Gill Mattock, our Patron Tamara McKinley who writes as Ellie Dean and actor Brian Capron of Coronation Street fame are amongst others attending. Heather will then be interviewed by Alan Baker about this latest book. Heather will also give advice to members about her new publishers. In the second half of the meeting there will be a Flash Fiction competition on the theme 'it's never too late' with a first prize of £25.00.

May

TUESDAY May 8th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
An Evening of Laughter will start with a couple of fun exercises, followed by a Flash Fiction Writing Competition for which there will be prizes, including a £25.00 cash prize. Entries of up to 500 words, based on either amusing incidents or tributes to comedians such as Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth and Eric Morecambe, can be read by members and guest members - or, on their behalf, by Alan Baker.

May

SATURDAY May 12th 2018, 2pm. Venue: The Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne.
Elaine Parker will launch her biography on film star Dennis Price 'The Price of Fame' and be interviewed on stage by fellow author Tony Flood. This will be followed by the showing of one of Price's films, comedy The Naked Truth. Admission is free.

April

TUESDAY April 10th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Anderida AGM and Presentation of awards to outgoing Chairman Mike Fleming and re-elected President Tony Flood.

March

TUESDAY March 13th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: The Cavendish Hotel, 38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DH.
Best selling author Tamara McKinley will be holding a mini workshop and giving advice on developing plots and sub-plots. Guests are welcome.

February

TUESDAY February 13th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: Alice Croft House, Cornfield Lane, Eastbourne (off South Street, behind Hudson's Wine Bar).
Creative writing tutor Jacq Molloy will be holding a mini workshop and giving advice. Guests are welcome.

January

TUESDAY January 9th 2018, 7.30pm. Venue: Alice Croft House, Cornfield Lane, Eastbourne.
Editor Jay Dixon, who was formerly head of editorial at Mills and Boon, critiqued members' work.

2017

December

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: davidwells507@btinternet.com

November

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.

November

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.

October

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.

September

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.

August

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!

July

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).

June

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.


May

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.

April

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.

March

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.

February

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.


2016

October

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.


September

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.


September

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.


August

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.


August

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!


JULY

TUESDAY JULY 12TH, 7.30pm
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.


JUNE

TUESDAY JUNE 14TH, 7.30pm
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.


MAY

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: http://www.leslietate.com/ and http://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk

MARCH

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.

FEBRUARY
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)

 

JANUARY

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE FISHERMENS’ CLUB, ROYAL PARADE, (BN22 7AA) ON TUESDAY JANUARY 12TH, 7.30PM. THE CHANGE OF VENUE IS FOR THIS MEETING ONLY AS WEST ROCKS HOTLE IS CLOSED FOR REDECORATION.

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.


2015

DECEMBER
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.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 3rd, 7.30pm.
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 davidwells507@btinternet.com. 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.


SATURDAY & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH & 20th ANDERIDA AT BOOK FESTIVAL

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,
Eastbourne,
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: davidwells507@btinternet.com

TUESDAY APRIL 14th 2015 – 7.30pm.
*** ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ***
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
tflood04@yahoo.co.uk

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.

TUESDAY JULY 14TH – 7.30PM
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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