Chiltern Writers Group launches new collection

A group of older hobby writers are about to show off their writing skills after Covid put a halt to activities.

The Word Players, a group of mature creative writers, are determined to change the perception that age is a limit to trying something new.

Pat Amercromby, one of the writers who published her first novel One Life in 2017 at the age of 72, met most of her fellow writers at a writing class in Beaconsfield and Chesham, when her husband entered in full-time nursing in 2016 after a stroke.

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Just before the pandemic hit, Word Players compiled their best work in a cover called On Reflection.

Pat said: “We did our own editing and writing and released our book through Amazon Publishing in March 2020. Good timing!

“Like almost everything else, life then stopped and we didn’t have the opportunity to promote the book.”

Today, the group, linked “by friendship and love of writing”, wants to relaunch the book to give it the star it deserves.

Their anthology of short stories and poetry will be launched at a free conference Creative writing: the authors’ tale at Amersham Library, Chiltern Lifestyle Centre, at 2 p.m. on July 1.

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Pat said: “The message of course is: it’s never too late to take on a new challenge, even in your golden years.

“Honestly, the camaraderie and support of my writer friends has been invaluable. It was a joy to share this writing and publishing journey with all of them.