A GROUP of writers from Rugby have published their first anthology of work.
The Rugby Cafe Writers were formed three years ago by author and artist Theresa Le Flem following an event at the Rugby Festival of Culture.
Their 260-page paperback anthology, entitled Get to the Point, comprises more than 60 short stories, poems and articles by members – some of whom are experienced and published authors, while others are seeing their work in print for the first time.
Theresa said: “By sharing our experiences, we enjoy encouraging others not only to buy our books but to set out on that journey themselves. Some have always dreamt of doing this, but never taken the first step.
“The common saying that ‘everyone has a book in them’ is, we have discovered, surprisingly true.”
Between them, the writers have published more than 40 books.
The group includes former West End actress and radio presenter Madalyn Morgan, who has written eight books in her Dudley Sisters wartime saga, and local historian Christine Hancock, who has written the fourth in her series of Anglo-Saxon novels based on the early life of Byrhtnoth, Ealdorman of Essex.
Fellow member Bella Osborne’s romantic comedies can be found on the shelves of Tesco and Asda, and regularly appear in the Amazon Top 100 best-selling charts. Her latest is called One Family Christmas.
And former GP David Boulton has just completed the fourth novel in his series featuring Victorian detective Sgt Sam Spray.
The group is inviting new members to attend meetings, where members exchange news and tips about the process of writing, such as how to get published, editing, or how to write the perfect opening – or simply share their enthusiasm for the written word.
The group usually meets every fortnight at the St Andrew’s Church cafe, although currently meetings are taking place on line to comply with lockdown measures.
Visit www.rugbycafewriters.com to buy Get to the Point, or for more information on the group.