Merry Christmas to all those budding writers out there

This has been a hugely successful year for the Scarborough Writers’ Circle. Our chair Dorinda Cass has carried on for another year. Lesley Young will carry on in Publicity. We have a new Treasurer in Carol Steel and a new Secretary in Robert Adams.

A huge thanks go to Dorinda for all her work last year, to Julie Fairweather who is stepping down as Treasurer, and Judith Woodroffe for being an excellent host at the Newby/Scalby Library.

There have been lots of prizes and publications; 

Judy Woodroffe won the Arthur Hastings prize, Julie Fairweather won the Leslie Richards prize, Judy Woodroffe won the Nikki Barker prize, and Robert Adams won the Stanley Wilson Cup.

‘Time to Think’ by Robert Adams, ‘Fadings’ by Julie Fairweather and ‘Lines on Facing Sixty’ by Judith Woodroffe were all published in the Friends of Scarborough Library New Reflections Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 edition. Carol Steel had ‘Dogs and The Firework Session’ published in the Scarborough RUFC magazine. Dorinda Cass published ‘Greek Island Romance’ in the People’s Friend, 22nd September 2018 edition.

Anne Morley published her book ‘Curiosities from Scarborough’s Children’s Charities’, and Robert Adams published his business book ‘DISCover the Power of You’.

We will be resuming our monthly meetings from Tuesday, 15th January 2018 at 7.15pm, Newby/Scalby Library. Why not come along and try us out! It’s fun, supportive and extremely helpful to anyone looking to progress their writing.

Merry Christmas to you all.

SWC Secretary


Free story from Bill!

A Case of Crime

Bill Kitson, along with five other authors at Accent Press, was asked to write a short story for an anthology. The eBook was released yesterday and for today until close on Sunday is available to download for FREE. You’ll find the link below:

STOP PRESS: This free offer has now finished, but the eBook can still be purchased from this link for only £1.81


Val Kitson
Agent to Bill Kitson.
Creator of DI Mike Nash, Eden House Mysteries and the Byland Crescent Saga.
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Anne Bond – A Tribute from Bill Kitson

Anne Bond was President of Scarborough Writers’ Circle when I applied to join the group. I was more than a little wary, as Val had told me that among the Circle membership were playwrights, novelists, former newspaper editors and columnists.  The process of submitting a sample of writing to be assessed for my suitability did little to lower my trepidation.

Within minutes of meeting Anne, she not only put me at my ease, but contrived to convey how much fun was to be had by attending Circle meetings, and how much I would learn by joining. Anne took a special interest in new members and fledgling writers, praising, encouraging and providing valuable criticism, all delivered with a warm smile. She did much to fire my enthusiasm for writing and supported my determination to become published.

I can think of no finer tribute to Anne than by repeating the excellent advice she gave me regarding the characters within my books. “They should be so believable that you would recognize them instantly if they knocked on your door.”

She paused then, grinned and added, “However, if they do knock on your door, you’ll know you have a problem.”

Thank you, Anne. It was a privilege to know you.

Bill Kitson


Anne Bond


Long-standing Circle member and novelist, Anne Bond, died on Friday 2nd May after a sustained period of illness.

Anne was born and bred in Scarborough and worked in a variety of jobs locally, but found an interest in writing while still a child. Over the years, she had many short stories and articles published in a variety of magazines, but her greatest achievement came in the late 1980s when she started on the road to becoming a successful romantic novelist.

Her first book, ‘Dance Without Music’ (published under her full name of Frances Anne Bond) was an instant success. Set in the period leading up to WW2, it tells the story of local girl, Sarah Armstrong, a barmaid in a seaside holiday resort, who meets and marries Victor, a strange and taciturn man who works at the local theatre. The book proved especially popular with readers at Scarborough libraries. A further six books followed throughout the 1990s (available on Amazon, from booksellers or the library).

Anne attributed much of her success to the support and advice she got from her fellow members in the Writers’ Circle, where she was a long-time member and served as Secretary for a number of years. And, although self-effacing about her own undoubted talent, she was always ready and willing to pass on her considerable knowledge to aspiring writers.

She had been out of circulation for a few years due to severe illness, but she will be remembered and much missed by those of us who knew her and counted her as a friend, and our deepest sympathies go to her husband, Peter, and her two daughters.

(Book list 1989-1999: Dance Without Music, Return of the Swallow, Darling Lady, A Different Tune, Changing Step, Catching the Lark, Old Acquaintances)

Mike Park

One Hour of Entertainment

Scarborough Flare in the Sitwell Library at Woodend was one enjoyable hour, packed with humour, acidic, funny, heart wrenching and romantic poetry. Alongside stories of the darkest kind. If you missed it make sure it is in your diary for next year. Yes, you only get one chance per year to see this fresh new work from John, Julie, and Ian Scarborough Writers Circle members, along with University student Shirley whose acerbic witty poems will make you smile. Ian and John read an extract from Johns new play and he is eagerly awaiting offers of publication.