The Wight Fair Writers & Artists Circle

A Place for Isle of Wight Authors, Writers and Artists

Current Members


Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones

As Chairperson of the Wight Fair Writers & Artists Circle, I was one of the original members who had never written anything, let alone had it published when the group first started out 10 years ago. However, over the years, hard work and perseverance has paid off and I have seen many of my short stories published with Alfie Dog Fiction.

Alfie Dog has currently published 19 of my short stories and I am fortunate in that 3 of those stories were put into compliation books, as well as having my own stand alone children’s book, Blue’s Adventures published too. My genre of writing has changed from comdey/romance to childrens stories. Blue’s Adventures is all about a little blue teddy bear who lives on the Isle of Wight, having many adventures. In the past I have entered local writing competitions and have been fortunate to be placed in them too, even winning on one occasion.


Irene Burkett

irene burkett“It’s great to be a member of such a supportive and informal writing group. I have just published my book “One Wren’s War” about; you guessed it, a Wren, an extraordinary woman. Margaret is in her 90th year now and was stationed on the Isle of Wight during the war, at HMS Medina at Puckpool Park, Ryde. She is very inspirational, as so many women were then.

The book is about her memories of that time. Some funny, some sad. I had a book signing at County Press Book Shop, Newport. Margaret also came and signed books and it was very exciting for both of us. She was also interviewed on John Hannam’s programme on Isle of Wight radio so is now quite a celebrity.

Time to get back to other writing now. It really does help having the support of the other members of the group. I found it invaluable getting other insights before my book was published. It is also so nice meeting regularly as a social group and making friends with other members.”



ValI have always been fascinated by books from an early age. When I was ten I read the Children’s Encyclopaedia from cover to cover.  With marriage and two boys to raise, my writing became secondary. When I started writing again, I was fortunate in being published in the People’s Friend and enjoyed that experience immensely.

The genres I like mostly are romance and science fiction for teenagers and I have written a book in this genre. Although at the present I am researching material for a romantic novel set in the South Downs of Sussex during WW2.  I hope to complete it by the end of 2013.


Fiona Trowbridge

Fiona TrowbridgeI’ve been writing for publication since 2004 when I took a grown up gap year and serialised it for the Sandown Chronicle. Since then, I have had several travel articles published in national magazines and have won The Telegraph travel writing competition twice.

I like working to deadlines with clear guidelines and although I prefer to write travel articles of between 500 and 1500 words, while studying with the Writers Bureau, I have been encouraged to examine different markets and genres including trade magazines and online publications.

I was delighted to be invited to join The Wight Fair Writers Circle as writing can be such a solitary occupation and this has enabled me to meet other writers, share ideas and learn new skills.


Michelle Angell

Michelle AngellI joined the Wight Fair Writers circle in 2013 after winning the Dr Who short story competition. I have always loved writing since I was a child and found it very therapeutic when going through difficult patches in my life.

Most of my time is taken up with my two teenage daughters and my pickle of a three year old boy but as he is getting older I am beginning to have more time to myself to get back into writing.

I am currently working on a Historical novel, during which I am enjoying indulging in my love of history and learning as I write. I have also been writing a few short stories of various genres including horror and romance, especially ones with a moral or a sense of karma. I hope to send some of these to publishers very soon.


Sue Shepherd

Sue Shepherd

Sue joined the Wight Fair Writers and Artists Circle in April 2014, after meeting a few of the members at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival the previous year. She loves attending the monthly meetings because there’s nothing quite like hearing about everyone else’s great projects to persuade her to get on and finish her own.

Sue writes contemporary romance and enjoys creating novels with heart, laughs and naughtiness. She doesn’t pull any punches when choosing her subjects, but manages to handle her characters’ challenging situations with sensitivity and humour.

Her debut novel ‘Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?’ was published by Corazon Books in March 2015.  It reached the top 10 UK Kindle chart, and also topped the romantic comedy, contemporary romance and humour charts. It became available in paperback on Amazon.UK in November 2015.

Sue’s second novel ‘Love Them and Leave Them’ was published in September 2016.

Sue has also written for children. She co-authored some stories with her sister, Helen, which were based on an idea by their late father, Peter. A few years ago, Sue and her sister appeared at the VDub Festival, IOW, where they read their stories to the children at bedtime.


Twitter – @thatsueshepherd

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Tony Trowbridge

Tony painting at Youth Centre

Working from his studio in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, Tony Trowbridge has been an established professional artist since 1995.

All his work is produced on recycled material using spray cans, either free form or from pencil drawings which he then cuts to produce a series of templates for the more intricate parts of his work.

Tony likes his art to speak for itself.


David Weatherston

David WeatherspoonI joined the Writers Circle in 2014 and I am a retired schoolteacher [could`nt get a proper job as they say!!]. The final thirty six years of my career were in the same school on the Island.

I have a very dry sense of humour [some would describe it as “silly”!] and began writing humourous verse as the result of a staff competition in the school where I worked. Several poems have been published in the Peterborough column of the Daily Mail and I am hoping to self publish an illustrated book of poems later in the year.

I have recently entered several poetry competitions and find that membership of the Writers Circle a real is incentive to develop my writing, maybe branch out into other genres such as short stories and a very useful source of information.


Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan DoddI’ve always been a voracious reader. I got the writing bug back in the 90s when I joined a Creative Writing evening class in Newbury. I discovered the joy of writing, and churned out lots of stories and some poetry. I started a writers’ circle called WordWatchers and ran it for several years until I moved to the Isle of Wight. It’s still going strong, and has helped two members to become successful published authors. I’m very proud of that.

I wrote a novel called Jack and Candy, which I sat on for years, although I’ve now put it on, and I’m getting reasonable reviews. I’ve written another novel, possibly one of the weirdest novel ever, because it breaks all the rules I can think of. I don’t plan what I write, it just comes out. I can feel another novel on its way, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I don’t have a genre.

I’ve been writing a weekly column for for about four years now. It’s 1500 words, more or less, with accompanying pictures that I choose myself, and I have a following all round the world, it seems, but I have no idea how many read it. I quite like that. I also write Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra reviews for


Martin MorrisMartin Morris

Born on Merseyside, I was moved (dragged, screaming and biting) to the Isle of Wight, where to my chagrin I discovered a wonderful place to live, and so began a lifelong romance with the ocean.

My first journey into story telling began with my kids on a camping holiday and their unequivocal demands for scary stories before bed.
So each day I would come up with a different story and thought it might be fun to write them down for next year.

So my first novel ‘Agrushell’ was born and decided it was not to be a story for children, my stories it seems, have their own dark sense of direction.

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Fred CanavanFred Canavan

Fred Canavan started writing four years ago on his retirement. He has written two books ( unpublished), sixty poems and a similar number of short stories.

He has had two short stories and several pieces of flash-fiction and poems published in anthologies, and has won the County Press Christmas Short Story Prize.

He is fifty thousand words into a new novel.

His ambition for this year is to win a first prize in the `Writing Magazine` short story competition. He has had several short listings for this, but first prize continues to elude him.


Mary Grand

Mary GrandI have lived on the island since 1994. My children have now grown up and when I am not walking my cocker spaniel Pepper I spend a lot of time writing.

 Before moving here I was a teacher of Deaf children, working in London, Croydon and Hastings.

My first novel, “Free to Be Tegan “, was self published in 2015 and is the story of a young woman’s recovery from her upbringing in a cult. It is set in the beautiful Cambrian Mountains. I also set my next novel “Hidden Chapters” in Wales, this time on the Gower Peninsula. I was brought up in Wales and love to write about it.

Last November I met Carol and Bob Bridgestock at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival and they invited me to come along to this lovely group. I came for my first cappuccino and meeting just before Christmas 2016 and was  excited to find such a warm , friendly and talented  group of writers and artists.

I am in the very early stages of my third novel, lots of work ahead!


Piers Rowlandson

I am a retired Consultant Paediatrician who came to the Island twenty years ago to work at St Mary’s and teach at Southampton. My wife, who is a retired a nurse, and I have three children. The youngest was just starting school when we arrived in Ningwood. We have spent the last 20 years sailing about as a family in the River Yar and elsewhere. I have crossed the Atlantic twice.

Now that I have retired I am trying to re-invent myself as a writer of romantic sailing fiction. I have written articles about cruising for Practical boat owner and Gaffers Log, they can be found on my website


Roy Perry

Roy PerrySo far, all my writing experience has been in creating feature articles for magazines. I started this in 1963 as Editor of the in-house magazine for Tektronix Ltd in Guernsey in 1963. The mag was called ‘Tektopics’. From 1967 to 1984 I provided editorials for Perry’s Guide Maps. 1974 saw me take over as editor of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce newsletter. I 1975 I became editor of Channel TV Times and a ‘What’s on in Guernsey’ newspaper. From 1990-200 I wrote editorial items for RMF Road Maps of Malta and Gozo which I had created.

Now I have a small number of stories about my own experiences and those with a Guide Dog. In addition I have converted a number of family history tales into illustrated stories, including my own family male line back to 1585. The story has run to more than 650 A4 pages. Nothing that I have written has been published since 2000. I have started on a series of travel books for children in the 8-12 age group. I lost the sight of my right eye in 2002 but soldier on using a speech and magnification program.’


Zoe Sadler

Zoe SadlerZoe is an illustrator whose love of reading fairytales and penchant for her old-fashioned dip pen and pot of ink inspires her to create quirky hand drawn illustrations.

Originally from Scotland, where she also studied illustration Zoe now works from her studio in the West Wight as a freelance children’s book illustrator.  She published her first children’s picture book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper: A Cautionary Tale’ a couple of years ago and is now working on her second picture book ‘Chasing Butterflies’ with the publisher Unbound.

When Zoe is not covered in black ink she can most often be spotted drinking earl grey tea or playing with her cat Mouse.  She also loves the fresh air and can often be spotted out and about walking her black lab Wilson around Tennyson Down.  Similar to many writers and artists she also has a problematic book obsession and is slowly running out of shelf space for all her books!”


Krissy Lloyd

Krissy LloydKrissy has over 10 years’ experience handling the PR and marketing for a variety of companies, charities and community groups on the Isle of Wight.

She started out as a broadcast journalist at Isle of Wight Radio and has worked as an assistant to a leading London literary agent. Part of her job there was to read the slush pile so she understands just how hard it is to get published traditionally.

Krissy has been passionate about books since discovering Enid Blyton as a little girl. She wrote her first story in middle school and hasn’t stop writing since. She is currently working on a romance novel which will be published by Inkyeverafter Press, an independent small press she has recently launched with her book buddy Zoe Sadler.

She also has the first book in a young adult series and a new adult fantasy novel bubbling away in the background. In her spare time, she runs the West Wight Writers group.


Facebook /krissylloydauthor

Twitter @krissy_lloyd

Instagram @krissy_lloyd


Aidan Finch

Aidan Finch

I live in Northwood and like cats, scented candles, drawing and writing. I mainly write fantasy and some sci-fi stories, but also dabble in prose writing.

I have also published a book on Amazon called The Bokora Chronicles: The Saga of Tubula’s Bane.


Anna Britton

Anna BrittonAnna is one of the newer members of the group. She has been writing for about four years and is currently sending out her first book to agents.

She has finished the first draft of her second book and is now working on a trilogy, all for young adults.

Anna works in libraries on the island and you can keep up to date with her on Twitter – @BrittonBookGeek


Erica Morley

Erica MorleyWriting accessible literary fiction. Previously I worked with Rough House Theatre, having ‘Beef’, a physical theatre piece on the subject of CJD commissioned by the somewhat short-lived Taunton Arts Festival. I have also had poetry published after submission to a competition, but I’ve always believed I was a novelist. Redundancy finally gave me the time to write one and earlier this year I finished ‘To This Day’ which explores memory, the stories we tell ourselves to recreate the past and the impossibility of ever knowing anyone.

I am now working on a second novel with the working title ‘Succession’, which deals with issues of heredity and a sequence of short stories called ‘Twenty Deaths’.


Jennifer Charity

Labelled as a day dreamer at primary school I wrote numerous short stories; for my eyes only.  While the passion to write never left life provided the perfect conduit for writer’s procrastination and the stories remained in my head only.

About 4 years before retirement the writing bug hit hard, with scribbled notes filling up several folders.  A fortuitous encounter with Sue Shepherd introduced me to the Writers and Artists Circle; providing me with the confidence to get serious about my writing.  Since joining I have achieved an award in my first ever writing competition further underpinning my confidence to write.

I love all genres and have several scripts covering science fantasy, drama/thriller, romance and horror/mystery needing completion.


Diana KimptonDiana Kimpton

I’ve written more than 40 books for children and several for adults as well as some animation scripts that have been produced for TV. Many of my books feature my favourite animals – horses – and I used my need to research horse training as an excuse to buy myself a horse who is now an important part of our lives.

My Amy Wild – Animal Talker series has been a surprise success in Japan so I’m going to write two more books about Amy and her friends.  I’m currently trying to share the knowledge I’ve gained during my career by writing books for writers. “Plots and Plotting “is already available and “Scenes and Sentences” is in the pipeline.


Andrew PreskeyAndrew Preskey

Andrew was fifty when he had his first short story published.  Since then, he has become a regular contributor to the UK’s largest-circulation short story magazine and gone on to win a number of regional writing competitions.  His story, The Magic of the Matinee, was a finalist in the 2017 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.  He is also a creative writing practitioner for Independent Arts, a wonderful organisation that aims to use the arts as a tool to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people and others in our community.

Building upon this platform, Andrew is now focusing his energies on book-length fiction.  Mary Wesley was seventy when her breakthrough, Jumping the Queue, was published.  That gives him more than a decade to pen that bestselling novel!


Bev BarberBev Barber

For as long as I can remember I have always written and as a child was always making up stories.

I joined the writers circle after completing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Portsmouth Uni, where I wrote a novel for young adults about a teenage girl living in a dysfunctional family.

Currently I am working on a story about a couple who move to a small community and how they manage to fit in….or not! It’s a work in progress.

I am also an artist. I work mostly with textiles, dying, batik, weaving and stitching to create a finished piece.

I love being part of such a warm, encouraging and supportive group.


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