Welcome to Thames Valley Writers' Circle

The Circle is not a tutor-led group but consists of writers and poets of mixed abilities and ages, who take turns to read their work and offer comments on that of others.  The venue for the meetings is St Joseph's Church Hall, Berkshire Drive, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5JJ (click here for map).

The Circle has about 30 members - while most live in the Reading area, we have a corresponding member in France, one in Hungary and one in Turkey.

Members include novelists, short story and children’s writers, poets, journalists and those writing autobiographies. Some members have been published, others write only for pleasure.

Invited speakers such as Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse), Robert Harris (Enigma, Fatherland, Pompei and Imperium) and John Jenkins, (editor and publisher of Writers' Forum) come from time to time to give the Circle the benefit of their expertise.

We publish anthologies of our members' work from time to time - and some have won national acclaim!

How it all began

Thames Valley Writers' Circle was formed in 1993.  Not wishing to lose contact with each other at the end of a creative writing course, a few of the students joined a group of writers based at the Wilson Centre in Reading.  This group only met once a month.  If anyone was sick or went on holiday, it was several weeks before they got together again.  After some discussion, it was decided to meet weekly and give the group a name. Thus the Thames Valley Writers' Circle came into being.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the Circle, click here to e-mail committee member Dick Sawdon-Smith.

Thinking of joining us?

Please contact Dick.