Contact Us

–We are meeting in person again! The below details are correct, however, we have hybridised so that meetings are also streamed via Zoom. The link is available on request for distant writers.–

Interested in joining us? Want to know more about what we do?

If you want to join us for a meeting, feel free! We meet (nearly) every Thursday 8-10pm in:

Parenting 2000,

The Lodge,

Mornington Road,

Southport, PR9 0TS

Enquiries regarding meetings only to:

Any other enquiries can be put into the comments box on this page, however please be aware that a response may take some time, depending on frequency of checking. We usually reply directly to your email address, so make sure you put a real one! (don’t worry, nobody else can see it)

22 thoughts on “Contact Us”

  1. For online entries to your short story comp., do you accept them as attachments, rather than in the body of the email? It seems to me more secure.
    And, further, I presume you want the cover page in a separate email message?

  2. Hi Can you tell me about the group? Meetings’ times and dates, cost, who for? Have you been meeting in Covid period? When will you meet again? Restrictions on membership etc. Thanks very much.

  3. Hi,

    I am considering to enter the short story competition but I have a quick question. Is it necessary to use my real name or can I use a pen name?

    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Evelyn! A pen name is fine, as long as we can get hold of you. Your name should not appear on the entry anyway. If you win, we tend to make the cheque out to your real name.

    2. When ‘s the next activity of any kind in which I may participate?
      It is now 3pm on Saturday the 11th of July, 2020.
      I don’t want to get there on a fruitless journey. I am really looking forward to meeting you.
      John Parry

  4. Would you be kind enough to let me know when and where your m0eetings are held in Southport’ Thanks Pam Lewis. 01704 539602

  5. I am wanting to enter your forthcoming writing competition that closes on October 31st 2016. Can I send my entry by post and do you offer a critique service.

    Yours thankfully Derek P Anson

  6. Anthony. Glynn

    Hello SWC – I represent Soutport MovieMakers. Just a line to let you know we are having a table at the Atkinson on Saturday June 27 from 10 until 2pm to show some of our productions -by way of tv screen-and seek new members.
    There’s scope for those interested in all aspects of amateur film making INCLUDING SCRIPTWRITING.!
    We have been going for over 50 years, have high standing in the field and have won many awards, domestic and international.
    We are a friendly bunch so do drop in for a chat and see what is on offer..
    -All good wishes, Tony Glynn.

  7. Hi. I hope you’ll allow me to bring to your group’s attention the site I edit at
    which has advice, resources and questionnaires for established and aspiring short story writers. Our Debut Fiction section is dedicated to publishing writers who have never published before or have only one or two pieces to their name, and any members of your group who are in this situation are invited to submit. We are aiming to update the section by the end of this month.
    We also have a Champion Fiction section, consisting of pieces which have won prizes, commendations or listings in competition, and likewise, any of your members who who would like to send such items are warmly invited to do so.
    Bruce Harris

  8. rhona gorringe

    So sorry – there is a typo on my email address for the message I have just sent you. Regretfully! It should read gorringe as per the name above.

  9. rhona gorringe

    Just wondering if you are having a short story competition this year. The only competition on your web site is for poetry but in Writing Magazine there is a comp. with a closing date of 31 Oct. 2000 words.
    Is this current and is there any entry form for it on your website?

  10. Dear Southport Writers Circle,

    I thought that your members might be interested to know that the award-winning writer and broadcaster Simon Armitage will be reading and signing books at the Everyman Playhouse in Liverpool on February 12th, 7.30pm.

    Further details follow below or you can check the Everyman webpage:

    My thanks for your time and all good wishes to your members for their writing in 2015.

    Happy New Year!

    Caroline Hawkridge

    Simon Armitage has published over a dozen collections of poetry including Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) and, more recently, The Death of King Arthur (2012). He is also a playwright, novelist and broadcaster, writing extensively for television and radio.

    Last summer, The Last Days of Troy, his visceral re-telling of the Iliad story appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and Shakespeare’s Globe, London and was published by Faber.

    Simon Armitage’s bestselling memoir Walking Home (2012) describes travelling the Pennine Way as a modern troubadour, without a penny in his pocket, giving readings en route in village halls, pubs and living rooms. Stanza Stones (2013) records the project to engrave seven poems on the South Pennine watershed.

    He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004 and awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

    Simon will be reading from Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1988 -2014, a new selection of his work.


  11. We run writing course in south west Scotland and I wondered if any members would be interested in attending. We offer discounts for couple or group bookings.

    The tutors are the well-published writers Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith. Mary has also been a senior journalist for a local paper. They are both very experienced tutors and participant numbers are limited to allow plenty of individual attention.

    The accommodation is a 4-star newly converted coach house and large rooms in the main house, surrounded by tranquil countryside with pet llamas in the field and jolly hens.

    Durhamhill is not far from a main railway line and we are happy to arrange transport to and from Dumfries or Lockerbie Stations.

    This year’s courses are for 3 days, in May and October, and participants are welcome to arrive on the preceding evening.

    There is further information on our website (residential workshop page).

    Best wishes,
    Juliet Caird

  12. Hi I am interested in coming to one of your meetings, I tried emailing the above email address, but apparently it doesn’t exist. Is this group still going?

    Thanks, Alex

    1. Hi Alex, please check your inbox, have just sent you a message. We are definitely still running as strong as ever and look forwards to seeing you.

  13. Hi,
    I have tried this afternoon to enter your competition by paying via Paypal. Sadly, the ‘pay’ button does not work so I guess I have missed this opportunity. 🙁

    /-edit Comp working and entered

  14. Dear Southport Writers Circle,
    Some of you may remember my mother, Sheila Walsh, ex President and Chairman of SWC. She died in 2009 and her husband Des also died earlier this year. My sister and I have inherited a collection of about 300 research books and pamphlets. These include social history, military history, books about writing and quite a few books about Liverpool and the Northwest along with copies of some of her novels. We wondered if these would be of interest to any members of the circle as we do not have room to keep them all. I have an excel spreadsheet showing what is available so if anyone is interested so please contact me for further information.

    Tess Walsh

  15. Hi,

    I entered the short stort competition before but I can’t remember which story I submitted. Can you check for me?



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