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Authors North 

On joining the Society, all members living in the North of England automatically become members of Authors North and will receive Authors North mailings.

The group organises a day-long event each spring and autumn for all members living in the North of England. Both of these meetings feature guest speakers from the world of publishing on topics of current interest to all writers.

The third event takes the form of a summer social, where members and their guests can meet informally in a convivial atmosphere to swap stories, make contacts and generally enjoy themselves in pleasant company.

Reports of meetings and items of interest will be posted on this page.

Authors North is run by an elected committee and a professional secretary from the Society. The committee welcomes feedback from members on any relevant issues and sees that information is passed on to other members of the Group. The committee also welcomes members’ comments and feedback about Authors North events, or suggestions of topics for future meetings.

If you have any queries please contact the Group’s secretary in London, Anna Ganley

Last meeting

Thursday 3rd July 2009

To read an account of the Authors North Summer Social to Haworth by committee member, Clare Dudman, click here

Next meeting

Saturday 17th October 2009

Writing Crime and Romance

Venue: Joachim Room, College of St. Hild & St. Bede, Durham University, DH1 1SZ. See:


11:15am Annual General Meeting for Authors North members only

11:45am Welcome to all and a short report from Drayton Gardens, then:

Writing Crime

Don’t make fatal mistakes in your book! Join crime writer Margaret Murphy and Detective Inspector John Watts to discover how fact compares with fiction.

Margaret Murphy has written nine psychological thrillers, most recently The Dispossessed and Now You See Me. She is the founder of Murder Squad and Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Detective Inspector John Watts has a wealth of police experience, mostly in the CID working on homicide, fraud, drug and other serious category crime investigations, currently specialises in domestic abuse and child protection investigations.

1:15pm Buffet lunch & networking

Writing Romance

The genre that dare not speak its name. Award-winning novelist Eileen Ramsay will discuss the wide genre that is the romantic novel.

Eileen Ramsay, formerly Secretary of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and author of more than twenty books, is now writing women’s commercial fiction.

Cost: £20 members, £25 non-members (incl. buffet lunch & VAT)

Bookings by Friday 9th October, please

A table will be provided to display your latest books. Applications will be acknowledged.

Questions for either session to be submitted to Sarah Burton:, tel: 020 7373 6642.

Interested in sharing a lift to this event?

See or contact Sarah Burton on 020 7373 6642.

Past Activities of Authors North

Read about the past activities of Authors North, written by retired committee member, Peter Riley. Download the article

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