Thursday, 14 January 2010

The Writing Buddies have a new home!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Writing Buddies are about to move into their new home.

As readers of this blog will know, Writing Buddies were happily meeting at Borders in Southampton. This arrangement came to an abrupt end when the chain collapsed at the end of 2009. Since then we have been homeless. The central library stepped in and offered us a temporary home, which we gratefully accepted for our last meeting of the year, when Nicola Guy, Commissioning Editor from The History Press, joined us. Now though, it is time to sort out a more permanent arrangement.

We had offers of a home from several venues and it is with real gratitude that I thank all those who offered their premises to host our meetings. The final choice was difficult but I am pleased to say that, at last, Writing Buddies has a new home.

The next meeting will be tomorrow, Friday 15th January 2010, at 2 pm at The Art House Cafe, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW. Telephone number 023 80 238582. This venue offers vegetarian refreshments (please note that it does not take cards, only cash), is close to public transport links, is free and can accommodate us at the time that we wish to meet.

The next meeting will be on Friday 29th January at 2 pm at The Art House Cafe as above, when we will be welcoming prolific author, Wendy Hughes.

If you fancy joining in the chat over a refreshing cuppa, please do come along to Writing Buddies. You will be very welcome.


  1. Well done - glad you are no longer homeless Buddies.
    The group will be getting mentioned in the next Writers Bureau students ezine - Chapter and Verse (My last as editor) thanks Penny for providing the information.

  2. I am glad the buddies are no longer homeless.
    They will be mentioned in the next edition of Chapter and Verse (Writers Bureau students ezine) my last as editor. Thanks Penny for providing the information.

  3. Thanks Rob. I hope this venue is to everyone's liking. Fingers crossed. The main thing is that we are settled again. Good luck with your last edition of Chapter and Verse magazine. Penny

  4. Very much looking forward to our first meeting there. I know the venue having attended Moving Voices the Poetry/Music Open Mic seession there. It is cosy and so informal that there is a hat put upstairs for any attendee to deposit what he/she thinks may be the going rate!