Sep 19 2013

All About… Harrow Writers’ Circle

Calling all poets, journalists, short story writers, novelists and other scribblers. Writing need not be lonely!

Harrow Writers’ Circle welcomes new members. Founded over sixty years ago we’re still going strong. The membership ranges from published authors to absolute beginners with every degree of experience in between, and all age groups.

At our friendly meetings members read out their work for constructive criticism and marketing suggestions. Our aim is to encourage and support each other.


The Harrow Writers’ Circle consists of a number of local people, from all walks of life, who share an interest in writing. Some of our members have work that has been published, some are hoping to get published and others are just happy to write as a hobby for their families and friends to enjoy. Whatever the ability, the group are very supportive and help each other work towards their individual aim.

Harrow Writers Circle was founded in August 1948 by a group of local enthusiasts and has met continuously ever since, making it one of the oldest writing groups in the UK.

Our first President was George Beardmore, nephew of Arnold Bennett, and he was followed by Bernard Newman, Claire Rayner and Barry Cryer.

Our current President is Cynthia Harrod-Eagles who has published over 70 novels, mainly in the historical fiction and crime genres. Cynthia judges an annual President’s Competition for the members, based on a theme given by the President, which is a highlight of our year.

We meet fortnightly to share and discuss manuscripts and current projects, hold relevant competitions and invite speakers on all aspects of writing. Our members vary from those who just want to write as a hobby to published writers and those intending to publish. Our usual meeting place is at the Harrow Arts Centre. Circle members have taken part in spoken word performances run by the Arts Centre. All who are interested in writing are welcome to attend our meetings as visitors before deciding if they wish to join.

The group meet alternate Thursday at 7.45, usually at the Harrow Arts Centre.

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