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June 2023

Battle Writers Group attended Hastings Book Fair.

January 2020

Battle Writers group member Harold Lawrence has been featured in an interview here in the Hastings Online Times.  It’s been a busy few months for Harold, having recently donated £1,000 from sales of his book ‘At A Stroke’ to the Stroke Association.

September 2019

Battle Writers group member Harold Lawrence has written a book entitled ‘At a Stroke – A stroke survivor’s journey’ which is now available from Amazon.  Harold’s written the book to give a rare insight, from a patient’s perspective, in to the trials, tribulations and humour, associated with Stroke recovery.

2018 Young Writers Competition

Update –  the 3 winners went through to National stage and all were chosen as runners up.  A great achievement for schools in our area. We look forward to again joining with Battle Rotary for next years competition.

For the third year we have partnered Battle Rotary for a Young Writers Competition.

Schools taking part were:- Battle Abbey, Vinehall, Claverham Community College, Bexhill Academy, St. Richards, Bexhill, and Robertsbridge.

Over 47 pieces of work were submitted covering Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.

This year our Judges were Lisa Harmer-Pope who is an actress and author, Sue Barrell member of Battle Writers Group and a BBC competition judge, Jonny Magnanti Actor, director and author and Roy Chapman Chairman of Battle Writers Group and author.

3 Winners were chosen and at a prize giving ceremony held at Bexhill Academy Theatre held on Friday 16th March they were presented with their trophies and sets of books written by Jenny Hall a member of Battle Writers Group.  the heading this year was ‘A Different Perspective’ which was a very challenging heading both for the students and the judges.

The winners will now go on to the District and then hopefully National.
2017 Young Writers Competition

We once again joined with Battle Rotary Club to hold the 2017 Young Writers Competition.  This year the title was ‘Reflection’.As with last year the response was great with a lot of talented young people reading out their pieces which made it a difficult task for the judges to decide.The judging took place at Battle Memorial Hall on Friday 17th March; Judges being Brian Purdy, Lisa Harmer-Pope (Actor & Writer), Jonny Magnenti, & Roy Chapman, Chairman of Battle Writers Group.This years winners were Izzy Mitchell from Bexhill Academy (Intermediate Class) and Sophie Channon from Robertsbridge Community College (Senior Class)

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Harold Lawrence who is a member of Battle Writers Group and Battle Rotary.Trophies were donated to the winners by Battle Rotary and Author and member of Battle Writers Group donated sets of her books.

Battle Writers Group attended Northiam Fete on Saturday 6th August 2016

Northiam Fete

The members of Battle Writers Group enjoy lunch at ‘The Squirrel’ in the company of actor and guest speaker, Jonny Magnanti

Lunch at the Squirrel

Young Writers Competition

Local finals for the Young Writers Competition (in conjunction with Rotary) were hels on Friday 17th March 2016. The following schools entered: Robertsbridge, Claverham, Bexhill Academy, St Richards, Battle abbey and Vine Hall. The Judges were Brian Purdey ( Rotarian, Author and former Librarian ); Jonny Magnanti ( Actor , Author) and Roy Chapman ( Chairman of Battle Writers’ Group). MC for the evening was Harold Lawrence ( Battle Rotary Club and Battle Writers’ Group)

Trophies were sponsored by Battle Writers Group, and the winning authors received a set of Books donated by Jenny Hall.

The standard of the final entries was very high, and the authors read their own work to a packed audience which included The Mayors of Battle and Bexhill, The Chairman of Rother District Council and The Chairman of East Sussex County Council.

The winners were Ellie and amber from Battle Abbey.  All the finalists received Special Certificates and ever student received a certificate of participation. 200 students from all the schools participated.

Tuesday 3rd May

On Tuesday 3rd May members of the Group visited Charlotte Moore at ‘Hancox’, Whatlington; it was another very interesting visit this time looking around her garden and finding out that a lot of the ancient trees and shrubs were planted by her ancestors and that many had come from very famous gardens. She also talked about her books and publishing. Charlotte is a well known author and contributes to national newspapers and magazines.

At our meeting on the 5th July we will have a talk by actor Jonny Magnanti; followed by a lunch at the Squirrel Pub (our meeting place).

On Saturday 16th July we will once again have a stall at the Sedlescombe Fayre. This will be held in the afternoon between 2pm and 5pm in the sports field next to the river. There will be books for sale along with those produced by the Group.

Earlier in the year we, along with Battle Rotary held a Writing Competition for 6 schools in the area the two winners, who were from Battle Abbey School then went on to the district finals.

Battle Writers Young Writers Competition

A friendly Battle-based Writers group.