Guest Speaker- Graham Wright

We’re welcoming our guest speaker, Graham Wright to our October meeting.

Graham Wright is best known as a radio presenter, having worked at various stations across the East Midlands for thirty years,  and where much of his radio work has involved writing scripts for broadcast.

‘From Radio to – Life as a Community Journalist’ will be a potted history of Graham’s writing and broadcasting career from his student days in Nottingham through to when scripting for local and regional radio became part of his job.
Graham will discuss how the way we receive our daily news has changed so dramatically both for a journalist finding stories and getting them out to the public.
He now covers the news output regularly for HFM Radio in Market Harborough and presents a weekly internet radio show.
Graham Wright at work
Along with his media company, North Point Productions, he provides voiceovers and audio/visual production.
We hope to see you at our regular venue, The Nottingham Mechanics

Saturday Afternoon: Patsy Collins; the Travelling Writer…

Saturday 7th September 1:00 – 5:00 pm Effective Characterisation and Dialogue with Patsy Collins.

During the afternoon you’ll create characters and bring them to life through dialogue. There will be writing exercises, tips, encouragement and advice, plus the chance for feedback on words written on the day.

Booked in advance: NWC Members (Full) £5
Visitors & NWC Associate Members £10

On the day: NWC Members (Full) £10
Visitors & NWC Associate Members £20

You can book online now.

Please book in advance as we cannot guarantee places to be available on the day owing to room capacity.

Further details on public transport routes to the venue will be emailed to attendees nearer the date.

Any queries please contact us.

Author bio

Patsy Collins spends her time making things up and writing them down from her home in Lee-on-the-Solent or whilst travelling in a campervan. She is the author of five novels, sixteen themed collections of short stories, and half of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in women’s magazines such as My Weekly, The People’s Friend, Fiction Feast, Woman’s Weekly and The Weekly News in the UK as well as magazines in Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.

As well as presenting writing workshops and giving talks, Patsy runs two blogs for writers. regularly features free to enter writing competitions, and contains all the guidelines and information needed to submit fiction to woman’s magazines in the UK and abroad.

For more information about Patsy, visit

Speaker: Rod Duncan author (Angry Robot Books)

Our May guest speaker is Leicester based author Rod Duncan, published by Angry Robot books.  He writes alternate history, contemporary crime and screenplays. His novels have been shortlisted for a number of awards: the Philip K. Dick Award, the East Midlands Book Award and the John Creasey Dagger.

A dyslexic with a background in scientific research, Rod now lectures in creative writing at DeMontfort University in Leicester.

His latest novel, The Outlaw and the Upstart King is available in bookshops and online.


Guest Speaker: September- Stephen Booth

We’re now into our autumn programme and September is going to be a fabulous month, starting with our guest speaker, local author Stephen Booth whose Cooper & Fry novels mix crime and mystery in the atmospheric Derbyshire Peak District.

Stephen has been a welcome guest at NWC in the past, so we’re delighted he can join us this month to talk about his books and his latest release ‘Fall Down Dead’.

The latest novel from our guest speaker Stephen Booth…

He’ll also share some insights into what’s available to writers interested in writing crime.

There’ll be time for a Q&A and the opportunity to buy books and get them signed personally.

Find out more about Stephen and his Cooper & Fry novels on his website.