Mark & Claire were our guests on the 20th of July at our evening event held at Anna’s.

What a wealth of knowledge these two have about everything to do with books, they are both very talented authors with a few books under their belt. It was a brilliant evening, I am sure everybody went away with a bit more information about something. I look forward to reading The Crow Folk, the first in the series of The Witches of Woodville which is available here.

Mark has also gone into the film industry, you can see his film on Prime now. His podcast called The Bestseller Experiment is also top-rated, you can find it here. Mark’s books are available on Amazon here. You can also read all about Mark on his very detailed website here, one of the best I have seen, I might get a few tips when I see him next at The Hythe Food & Drink festival this weekend.

Claire has written some beautiful children’s books about growing vegetables, which is her favourite thing to do every day, the books are available to buy here. Claire’s website is here, another great read.

Claire started recording her gardening information on Utube, which she still does and has hundreds of episodes which you can listen to here.

HYTHE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL – You can meet Mark and Claire here on Saturday 29th July 2023



The group will have a big presence at the festival this year as many of our published authors will be selling their books. Our three anthologies will be on sale plus members of the group will be available to talk to, Karen will be there Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday Ben Shockley and some of the actors will be there to promote the film and book.

If you would like to have a table please contact Debby from the writing group.

Mark Stay and Claire will also be there to promote and sell their books.

Hope to see you there.



What a fantastic day we all had on Saturday at The New Folkestone Bookshop for our very first book launch, it was our third anthology but we had never celebrated one before due to being a new group and then covid. So many people came to support us and listen to the readings we did during the afternoon. The finger buffet was a success, especially the personalised cupcakes and biscuits.

We had 28 people submit stories for this anthology so it was a significant task for Matthew and Debby to do all the editing etc but we have to agree the book is bigger with a variety of stories and poems.

Write by the Sea has now produced three anthologies, Ghosts by the Sea, Doorways to the Sea and Journeys by the Sea.

All our books are available at the bookshop on Tontine Street and also on Amazon here.

A fun afternoon for the children as well.

A massive thank you to everyone for making this book a success.

Our next event is on the 25th May at Anna’s, all about script writing and dialogue. Everyone is welcome to our free events we just like you to buy something to eat or drink so we support the establishment.

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Our third anthology has taken longer to edit and publish because of the work that has gone into it from Matthew and Debby Jones, whom we thank very much. We had over 30 stories and poems this time from the group, thank you for your support.

We will reveal the cover at our next meeting on Thursday 27th April, this event is open to everyone, and there will also be a talk about writing romance.

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We have set some dates towards our third anthology publication.

The cover reveal will be on the 27th of April 2023

The book launch will be at The New Bookshop on Tontine Street on Saturday 13th May between 2 & 6 pm. There will be some readings from the book and your opportunity to meet the authors and of course, buy the book also the best bit is there will be prosecco and nibbles.

Hope to see you all there.

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Happy new year, so excited for our meetings and events this year, we are also coming into our 5th year of Write By The Sea. How quick time goes, I feel we are getting better each year. Our first meeting is Thursday 12th January, see you there. Here are the dates and events so far that we have booked, the rest should be confirmed before the end of the month.



When you think about the Grand Hotel and its visitors, who springs to mind? Edward VII and Alice Keppel? Agatha Christie? Think again. What an amazing evening we had with Emre Araci! One thing is for sure – no shortage of inspiration for our next anthology, which is going to be about journeys to from and involving Folkestone.

This talk was made even better by the fact it was held in the drawing-room of The Grand, we are so very lucky to be able to hold our events here. Emre also bought along his gramophone, which was a very old wind up version to play a record.

I found the evening so enjoyable listening about the history of our iconic hotel, The Grand. Let’s hope it is restored to its former glory soon.


Waterstones, Folkestone


“The Grand Revisited” – Emre Araci introduces his new book on the history of the Grand.

28th APRIL 2022 @ The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Everything you ever wanted to know about The Grand, such an elegant old building that could tell many a story. I liked the fact that Agatha Christie stayed there to write but Emre told me that it is not true. So come along and listen to the stories about this grand old hotel, all are welcome, there will be tea and coffee available for a donation or you can bring your own drink. Doors open at 6.30 for a 7pm start.



March already and soon be spring, thank goodness. I had a tidy up out in the garden with the sun shining, little things make me smile and appreciate that I can just walk out into the garden. There is an idea for the next article about a competition for a short story.

Faversham festival has just finished so their short story competition has now opened, you can get all details from the website.

Our next event will be on Thursday at The Grand at 7pm. If you have ever wondered how to get the book you have spent years writing on to Amazon then you need to come along. This event is open to everyone, no charge! I would suggest bringing a notebook and pen as I am sure there will be lots to remember. The doors open at 6.30 so we can have everyone seated to start at 7. There will be tea and coffee available for a donation or you can bring your own drink.