Gloucestershire Writers' Network

Welcome to our website

Gloucestershire Writers’ Network is the hub for all writers and writing groups in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

We run an annual competition in conjunction with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, the winners of which have the opportunity to read their work at the GWN Prizewinners event. Please follow this link to find out about the 2021 competition.

We aim to be the ‘go to place’ for Gloucestershire writers – providing a central platform to communicate news, views, what’s on and competitions etc.

If you have information on forthcoming events, courses, readings or open mics that deserve a wider audience, we’d love to hear from you. We will upload relevant information as quickly as we can to help market and communicate your events.

Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you have recently won a competition or have a book launch on the horizon – our News and Events Calendar section will keep GWN members abreast of local events and encourage attendance and access to all things creative. Please contact us on

Happy writing!

This website is an exciting advance in the history of GWN and we invite your active participation to improve access to members. Please have a look at various sections and let us know if we can help. Constructive feedback is always welcome and we look forward to developing this site for you.

Latest news and reviews

K. Lorraine Kiidumae – ‘River of Forgiveness’

Lorraine is a Canadian writer who will be coming to study in the UK this autumn with the University of Gloucestershire MA Program in Creative…

The Curse of The Sapphire Blade, a Black Dog Production at The Cotswold Playhouse Stroud, Saturday July 10th – Review by Sharon Webster

Described as a “light-hearted, fantasy romp”, this play written by Russell Eccleston, the actor who plays Rivac, and a co-founder of Black Dog…

‘When this is all over . . .’ – a Covid anthology, ed Jan Moran Neil and Adrian Spalding

Writers from all over the world have contributed work to this anthology about the pandemic, including Gloucestershire writers Sheila Johnson,…

All They Will Call You

GARAS volunteer, Ian Parker-Dodd, has written a collection of poetry entitled All They Will Call You. Ian says, “this book was inspired in the time…

Robin Gilbert

Robin Gilbert's 'Hamlet, Prince of Wenlock' pastiche is one of five winning poems published in Lighten Up Online issue 54.  You can read it here.…

Cheltenham Radio – new podcast

Cheltenham Radio is a local podcast radio station for news, events and more, started 3 months ago.  A new feature is a monthly podcast called…

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