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Listed below alphabetically are groups and organisations of interest to writers or readers and story tellers in the West Midlands. If you would like us to include details of additional groups please click here or e-mail: click here for writer and reader groups


Have you got a light, Mac?

We all know and love the mac for events. Sibyl Ruth, their Literature Programmer, is setting up a mac Reading group in the next month or so.

"At the moment we're just collecting contact details of people who are interested. We've not sorted precise meeting times yet." So here's your chance to set the agenda.

Contact Sibyl Ruth Literature Programmer mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 0121 440 4221 ext 255 e-mail

No, but I've a dark brown overcoat

"Sir, I have read your book, and it is both good and original -

The Birthplace Book Club has been launched at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield for readers to get together every month to discuss an agreed book selection in an informal atmosphere.  Readers are invited to share their own thoughts, ideas and feelings with other group members

 The group has an open membership and meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1-2.30pm at the museum. Interested new members should obtain further details from Annette French, Museums and Heritage Officer, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6LG, tel: 01543 264972, fax: 01543 414779,

Have spoken to Annette, and keen for more members to start a second group!
Next month's book,7th February, is Tony Parsons' Man and Boy, which I got for Christmas

(check access with Annette - Museum is Grade 1 listed with stairs)

- the parts which are good are not original, and those which are original are not good."

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story tellers

Myth Stories

First Floor, 19 Hills Lane
(entrance on Carnarvon Lane)


Set among the historic shuts of Shrewsbury, Mythstories offers six galleries of fables …… Discover living legends that have inspired writers throughout the centuries and make Shropshire a home of story-telling Why did Aegaeus dive from the cliff? And what was the origin of the chinese language? Listen to tales from Canada around the camp fire. Piece together flood myths from all over the world … and more … Sit down, take a break and read from our chained library. Contribute your own myth, or complete a story in style. Access myth web sites. Or relax with a drink and a snack while watching new exhibits in preparation. We look forward to welcoming you.

Daytime Museum Admission: Adult 3.25*, Student, OAP 2.25*, Childen 1.75* (under 3 free of charge)
* includes 25p refundable deposit on entrance badge
For details of group bookings please contact us by phone or e-mail

Events On The Events Page. Click Here



Tel: 01743 357140
Fax: 01743 357152

Festival on The Edge
Storytelling Music & Song

Stokes Barn

Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Click here for the festival, workshops, photos, stories.........
Contact: Jackie Douglas
3 High Point, Little Wenlock
01952 504 882             

Storytelling Cafe logo

Events On The Events Page. Click Here

Further details about the Storytelling Cafe from Graham Langley or Katrice Horsley at 0121 441 4514


writers and readers groups

Birmingham - Rhubarb & Digbeth - New Writing

Contact Adrian Johnson Location Birmingham

Addresses Hennessey's       1st Tuesday 8 -10pm
123 Digbeth
Allison Street
Waterstone's    3rd Sunday 2-4pm
level 4 24/26 High Street
(30 seconds walk from the Rotunda,

and next to Pavilion Shopping Centre)
poor access for disabled excellent access for disabled, and good pa system
Telephone Fax Email
Meetings Monthly, see in blue above Time 8.00 - 10pm 1st Tuesday evenings: 2 - 4pm 3rd Sunday afternoons
Description The new monthly venues for writers who'd like to perform their work - or simply listen to some good new writing. Now extended to Waterstones - each a snip at 2.50 on the door
"Birmingham's brightest monthly space for prose, performance poetry,humour, very short stories and sketches starts a new season from April 2000. You can sign up on the door to join in and read some of your own work. Or, simply sit back, listen and enjoy. Tuck into some delicious cakes and sample some wise words from the city. Bring a favourite quote or book recommendation for the Words of Wisdom Wonderwall."

(Birmingham) Two Green Club

Contact Mike Byrne & Mike Reed Location Birmingham

Address Acocks Green Library, Shirley Road, Acocks Green and Hall Green Library, 1221 Stratford Road, Hall Green
Telephone 0121 706 1738 or 0121 777 6633 Fax Email
Meetings Friday afternoons and other times Time various
Description Author visits, talks on literary or media themes, creative writing sessions

Birmingham Central Library Science Fiction Readers Group

Contact Jonathan Davidson Location Birmingham

Address c/o Central Library
Chamberlain Square
B3 3HQ
Telephone 0121 303 4606 Fax 0121 233 9702 Email
Meetings Monthly, Thursday evenings Time 5.30 - 6.30pm
Description A new reading group for those interested in reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy writing.

Black Literature Reading Group

Contact Handsworth Library Location Handsworth Library

Address Handsworth Library, Soho Road, Birmingham
Telephone 0121 554 1185 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 8/10, 5/11, 3/12/98 Time 6 - 7.30pm
Description A reading group led by Roi Kwabena and looking at new and old writing from the African an informal atmosphere.

Brandhall Library Readers Group

Contact Chris Dickenson Location Sandwell

Address Brandhall Library
Telephone 0121 422 5270 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 1st Thursday of the month Time 10.30 a.m.
Description The group meets to talk about what they have been reading lately.

Burton Poets and Writers Society

Contact Society Secretary Location Burton, Staffordshire
Burton-on-Trent Library, High Street

Telephone 01283 845250 Fax n/a Email
Meetings Every Second Wednesday Time        7.15pm to 9.15pm
Description Creative writing group.

Further details, hit the Burton Writers' Group own web page, though still under construction where you can find full details of workshops and guest events, links to other sites of interest

Cannon Poets

Contact John Alcock/Martin Underwood Location Birmingham

Address Midlands Arts Centre
Cannon Hill
Telephone 01564 793 826 (JA)
0121 426 6413 (MU)
Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 1st Sunday in the month Time 2 - 5.30pm
Description Creative writing group.

Century Poets

Contact Kopan Mahadeva Location Birmingham

Address 99-101 Sutton Road
Telephone 0121 382 0109 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 1st Sunday in the month Time 2 - 6pm
Description Creative writing group.

Coventry Asian Literary Circle

Contact Mehru Fitter Location Coventry

Address Foleshill Library
Broad Street
Telephone 02476 687562 Fax n/a Email
Meetings 1st Sunday of the month Time n/k
Description Recitations of members own and favourite poetry in Bengali, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu in a very relaxing atmosphere

Coventry Avid Readers Group

Contact C.Jones or J.Bobby Location Coventry

Address Earlsdon Library
Earlsdon Avenue North
Telephone 02476  675359 Fax n/a Email
Meetings 2nd Thursday of the month Time 8.00 p.m.
Description A friendly and informal group of readers who have become adventurous, reading books they never would have done in the past.

Coventry Central Library Readers Group

Contact Steve Palmer, Mark Williams or Dave Lloyd Location Coventry

Address Central Library
Smithford Way
1 4FY
Telephone 02476 675359 Fax n/a Email
Meetings Monthly on Thursdays Time 2.30pm to 4.00pmp.m.
Description A monthly meeting to talk about books taking a new theme or genre each time. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, the chat is lively and engaging.

Coventry Live Poets Society

Contact C.Jones or J.Bobby Location Coventry

Address Earlsdon Library
Earlsdon Avenue North
Telephone 02476 675359 Fax n/a Email
Meetings 1st Wednesday of the month Time 7.00 p.m.
Description A friendly, motivated group of active poets and people who enjoy reading poetry.

Droitwich Readers Group

Contact Ms Val Booler Location Droitwich

Address Droitwich Library
Victoria Square
Telephone 01905 773 292
01905 779 970
Fax 01905 797401 Email n/a
Meetings Monthly as arranged Time Tuesdays, 7.15pm
Description Meets to discuss a previously agreed book and to share enjoyment and experience of literature generally. No charge. Forthcoming books include "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"  by Louis De Bernieres (11th August), "Ladder of Years" by Ann Tyler (8th September), "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins (13th October) and "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks (10th November).

Erdington Library Crime Club

Contact Kevin Duffy Location Birmingham

Address Erdington Library
Orphanage Road
B4 9HP
Telephone 0121 464 0798 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Monthly, Wednesdays Time 7.30
Description Meets to discuss all types of crime fiction, from Agatha Christie to James Ellroy

Erdington Library Writers Group

Contact Jan Alderidge Location Birmingham

Address Erdington Library
Orphanage Road
Telephone 0121 382 6238 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 1st Wednesday in month Time 1.30 - 3pm
Description Creative writing group.

Frankley Library Reading Group

Contact Marion Chute Location Birmingham

Address Frankley Library
Telephone 0121 457 7676 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Monthly Time Wednesday mornings
Description Frankley's reading group has a variety of speakers, sometimes book related.

Harborne Library Reading Group

Contact Library Staff Location Birmingham

Address Harborne Library
High Street
Telephone Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 29th September, 1998 (1st meeting, then monthly) Time 7 - 8.30pm
Description A new group for readers of fiction, starting by talking about books people have read on holiday.

Hereford Poetry Group

Contact Amanda Attfield Location Hereford

Address n/k
Telephone 01432 370066 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings n/k Time n/k

Hill Poets (The)

Contact Janet Palmer Location Malvern

Address n/k
Telephone 01684 576 445 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings n/k Time n/k
Description See web site http/

Ludlow Writers Group

Contact Bryn Ffynnon
Chris Chedgey
Location Ludlow

Address Livesey Road
British Legion Hall
Mill Street
Telephone 01584 877013 Fax n/a Email
Meetings every other Wednesday Time from 7.30
Description Started 9th February 2000
A range of writers and genres

Keele Writers

Contact Roger Strapenhill Location Keele

Address Keele Village Hall, Nr. Newcastle under Lyme
Telephone 01782 627034/01782 750029 Fax n/a Email
Meetings 2nd, 4th & 5th Tuesday in month Time 7.30 - 9.30pm
Description Creative Writing Group with writers from all genres from poetry to plays and short stories to novels

Kidderminster Readers Group

Contact Ron Hoggarth Location Kidderminster

Address Kidderminster Library
Market Street
DY10 1AD
Telephone 01562 824 500 Fax 01562 512 907 Email n/a
Meetings Variable Time 7.30pm
Description Meets to discuss literature and books. Sometimes has joint meetings with Droitwich Readers Group. Programme of meetings from contact.

Kingshurst Library Readers Circle

Contact Jenny Huxley Location Kingshurst

Address Kingshurst Library
Telephone 0121 770 3451 Fax Email
Meetings Last Monday of each month Time 2 - 3pm
Description This small group talks about books they have read the previous month.

Knowle Library Readers Group

Contact Catherine Basket Location Knowle

Address The Gallery
Knowle Library
Telephone 01564 775 840 Fax Email
Meetings First Friday of each Month Time

Langley Poetry Appreciation Society

Contact Suzie Drew Location Sandwell

Address Langley Library
Telephone 0121 552 1680 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Monthly, Wednesdays Time 7.30pm
Description The group meets to talk about poetry

Leominster Library Readers Group

Contact Peter Holliday Location Leominster

Address Leominster Library
8 Buttercross
Telephone 01568 612 384 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Monthly Time Tuesdays, 7.15pm
Description Discussion of all types of reading material: novels,poems, non-fiction etc
Knowle Library Readers Group
Catherine Basket
First Friday of each Month

01564 775 840

The Gallery
Knowle Library

Lichfield & District Writers

Contact Phil Franks Location Lichfield

Address 136 Sutherland Road
Cheslyn Hay
meet at Cruck House, Stowe Street, Lichfield
Telephone 01922 416109 Fax n/a Email
Meetings 1st & 3rd Thursdays Time 7.30 to 10.00 (8.00 after 6th April 2000)
Description Support group for writers in the Lichfield area. Membership 23-40. For full details of their programme and activities, visit their excellent website

Ludlow Poetry Cafe

Contact Gill Mortimer (Ludlow Library) Sally Ford
(Assembly Rooms)
Location Ludlow

Address Ludlow Library
10 Old Street
Shropshire SY8 1NP
Meet at



The Assembly Rooms


Telephone 01584 872619 (Gill)
01584 873229 (Sally)
Fax 01584 872019 Email
Meetings 1st Wednesday each month Time 7.30pm
Description Bring along any poems to read - your own or those you like. To a theme - April is the Seven Deadly Sins - which you can also ignore.

Malvern Readers' Group

Contact Keith Barber, Helen Ladd or Catherine Lees Location Malvern

Address Malvern Library,
Graham Road,
WR14 2HU
Telephone Fax Email
Meetings 3rd Thursday in every month (except December) Time 7.30pm
Description The Group is open to everyone who enjoys talking, in an informal way, about the books they have read. By following a set programme, compiled annually by members, it is hoped that participants will be tempted to try authors or types of book they may not have experienced before, rediscover old favourites and increase their enjoyment and appreciation of their reading through informal discussion with others in the Group.

(Market Drayton) Clive Library Reading Group

Contact Kate Woodward Location Market Drayton

Address Clive Library,
51, Cheshire Street,
Market Drayton,
Telephone 01630 652105 Fax 01630 657688 Email
Meetings Last Wednesday of each month Time 7.30 pm
Description An informal group which meets to discuss a 'book of the month' and favourites old and new.

Meriden Library Readers Circle

Contact Jen Harrison Location Meriden

Address Meriden Library
Telephone 01676 522 717 Fax Email
Meetings 2nd Wednesday of each Month Time
Description .

Olton Library Readers Circle

Contact Alison Cartmale Location Olton

Address The Meeting Room -
Olton Library
Telephone 0121 706 3038 Fax Email
Meetings First Friday of each Month Time

Redditch Poetry Workshops

Contact Charles Johnson Location Redditch

Address 41 Buckleys Green Alvechurch, Birmingham B48 7NG
Telephone 0121 4452110 01527 63291 Fax 01527 68571 Email
Meetings 2nd Tuesday each month Time 7 p.m.
Description A welcoming mutual-criticism group of poets, some published here & there, some immensely shy.

Ross Rural Writers

Contact Hilary Jayne Location Ross on Wye

Telephone 01594 543 940 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings n/k Time n/k

Saint Johns Library Poetry Workshops

Contact Charles Johnson Location

Address 41 Buckleys Green Alvechurch, Birmingham B48 7NG
Telephone 0121 4452110 01527 63291 Fax 01527 68571 Email
Meetings Saturdays, approx. bi-monthly Time 1 p.m.
Description A friendly but tough-ish mutual-criticism group of poets trying not to be pretentious or precious.

Saint Johns Library Reading Group

Contact Phil Adams Location Worcester

Address St John's Library, Glebe Close, St John's, Worcester, WR2 5AX
Telephone 01905 - 420400 Fax Email
Meetings 1st Wednesday of each month Time 7.15 p.m.

Shirley Readers Circle

Contact Maureen Rudge Location Shirley

Address Shirley Library
Church Road
B90 2AY
Junior Reference Area of Shirley Library
Telephone Fax Email
Meetings Every two weeks on a Monday. Time 2pm-3pm
Description Our discussions usually cover themes or a single author rather than a single book. So far we have discussed, Margaret Atwood,Humour in books, Childhood and Science Fiction

Shirley Writers' Circle

Contact John George Location Shirley

Address Meeting Room, Shirley Community Centre, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull
Telephone 0121 788 4380 Fax Email
Meetings 1st Tuesday of the month Time 7.30pm
Description Amateur writers' group welcomes writers of prose, poetry, fact and fiction

(Shrewsbury ) Castle Gates Library Reading Group

Contact Kate Woodward Location Shrewsbury

Address Castle Gates Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AS
Telephone 01743 255 300 Fax Email
Meetings First Monday of each month Time 7.30pm
Description A recently formed reading group looking at members' favourite fiction, poetry and non-fiction. New members welcome.

Solihull Central Library Readers Group

Contact Pauline Goodwin Location Solihull

Address Solihull Central Library
Telephone 0121 704 6965 Fax Email
Meetings Last Thursday, of every other month Time 2pm until 3pm

Solihull Comedy Writers and Performers

Contact Geoff Parfitt Location Dorridge

Address 9 Manor Court
Manor Road, Dorridge
Solihull B93 8DU
Tel: 01564-779576
Telephone 01564 779576 Fax none Email
Meetings Contact Geoff for info Time Contact Geoff for info
Description The group provides encouragement & support, information about opportunities, and training for local comedy writers and performers.

Stourport Library Writers Group

Contact Jenny Lythall Location Stourport on Severn

Address Stourport  Library
County Buildings
Worcester Street

Stourport on Severn
DY13 8EH
Telephone 01299 822 866 Fax 01299 827 464 Email n/a
Meetings Monthly Time 1.45 - 3.45pm
Description Workshop meetings facilitated by County Library Literature Development Worker to encourage participants to produce poems or prose. Charge of 1 per meeting to cover refreshments.

Stratford Upon Avon Writers of Read Dedication (S.W.O.R.D.)

Contact Marion Church Location Stratford Upon Avon

Address S W O R D,
PO Box 3539,B49 4AN
Telephone 01789 - 268460 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings to be confirmed Time tbc
Description SWORD is a new organisation for writers in the area who wish to pursue their creative writing in a mutually supportive atmosphere.
Their first anthology of six short stories entitled "My mind doesn't work like that" will be published in the New Year.
Writers of all abilities and levels of achievement are welcome. The only prerequisite for membership is determination to develop their writing abilities.

Sutton Coldfield Library Reading Group

Contact Alun Evans Location Birmingham

Address Sutton Coldfield Library
Lower Parade
Sutton Coldfield B2 1XX
Telephone 0121 354 2274 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Weekly, Tuesdays Time 10.00 a.m.
Description Meets to talk about popular fiction

Tamworth Writers
Contact Mrs P Pitt, Briaroak, Lullington Rd, Edingale, Staffs Location Tamworth
Address Tamworth Town Hall,
Market Street.
Telephone 01827-383740 Fax n/a Email
Meetings every Wednesday Time 2-4pm  (1 per session + 20p for unlimited tea/coffee & biscuits)
Description Activities: reading and discussion of members work, workshops, competitions. We also publish an anthology and give readings to outside organisations.

Wheelchair access: there is a specially designed lift, but we need advance warning so we can get someone from the council along to operate it.

Tenbury Readers' Group

Contact Sally Matthews Location Tenbury Wells, Worcestsershire

Address Tenbury Library
24 Teme Street
Tenbury Wells
WR15 8BA
Telephone Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings 4th Thursday of the month Time 7.30 - 9.00pm
Description Adult discussion and reading group, sharing views on particular examples of modern and classical literature in an informal setting. Bring your favourite books but be prepared to loan them to others.

Tenbury Writers' Group

Contact Miss S Matthews Location Tenbury Wells, Worcestsershire

Address Tenbury Library
Tenbury Wells
Telephone 01584 810285 or 810493 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Second Tuesday or each month Time 7.30 - 9.30pm
Description A writing group that runs a regular series of meetings, often with a theme. New members are welcome and although not obliged to bring work when they first join will be expected to participate if they continue to attend. Subscription: 5 pa, plus 50p per meeting for coffee.

Thimblemill Library Readers Group

Contact Thelma Prentice Location Sandwell

Address Thimblemill Library

Telephone 0121 429 2039 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Regularly Time
Description The group meets to talk about what they have been reading lately

Tindal Street Fiction Group

Contact Alan Beard Location Birmingham

Address Tindal Street School, Balsall Heath, Birmingham
Telephone 0121 449 4855 Fax Email
Meetings Fortnightly Time 7.30pm
Description A long established and successful writers group, with an active and ambitious membership and the origins of Tindal Street Press - for breakdown of their history etc click onto the excellent TSP website page

Valley Poets (The)

Contact Dougal Lothian Location Malvern

Address n/k
Telephone 01684 294 154 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings n/k Time n/k

West Heath Library Readers Club

Contact Jacquie Dando Location Birmingham

Address West Heath  Library
The Fordrough
Telephone 0121 475 7548 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Fortnightly Time Tuesday 10.30 - 11.30am
Description West Heath Readers Club is an informal group meeting for talks, visits and tea/coffee.

Wellington Library Readers Group

Contact Paula Bayley Location Wellington

Address Wellington Library
23-24 Walker Street
Telephone 01952 244 013 Fax Email
Meetings Last Wednesday every month Time 10a.m
Description Discussion Group

Wonderhorn Writers

Contact Raymond Avery Location Birmingham

Address 27 Hazeldene Road
Telephone 0121 770 1897 Fax n/a Email n/a
Meetings Monthly Time Saturdays, 2pm
Description Creative writing group.

(Worcester) Swan Playwrights

Contact Lance Woodman Location Worcester Swan Theatre

Address 7 Ilkley Close

Telephone 01905 765314 Fax n/a Email spg@twopounds.u-net.con
Meetings Monthly Time 10.30am - 12.30pm, second Saturday of every month (bar. August)
Description A group set up to bring theatre writers together with each other and with theatre professionals

Worcester City Library Readers' Group

Contact Felicity Beaumont Location Worcester

Address Worcester City Library, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT
Telephone 01905 765 312 Fax 01905 726 664 Email
Meetings 3rd Monday of each month Time 5.30pm
Description Informal discussion on set book and an opportunity for everyone to share favourite books

Worcester Writers Circle

Contact Lynne Hackles Location Worcester - for Worcestershire

Address 6 Moorlands Road
Link Top
Worcs WR14 2JB
Meetings at Dancox House,
St Clement's Gardens,
St Johns
Telephone 01684 563962 Fax n/a Email
Meetings Twice Monthly Time 7.30 pm on the first Monday & third Wednesday of each month
Description Our members include beginners, experienced writers waiting for their big break, and professionals aiming to do even better. A typical meeting consists of chat; a talk, workshop or presentation; and readings - something from everyone present if we have time and pieces enough.

For full details of their programme, click on their excellent website

Wrekin Writers

Contact Amanda Gillies, 17 Whimbrel Close, Leegomery, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 4WE Location Telford

Address Telford Centre, next to Library
Telephone Fax Email
Meetings Third Saturday of month (not Dec) Time 10am - 12 noon
Description Group of 25 writers with a wide range of experiences and interests who meet to further their interests


Last modified: July 09, 2001

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