June 2016

The group will move into new premises for the meeting taking place on 3 June.  We are pleased to be moving to the Southampton Old Bowling Green clubhouse.

May 2016

Jacqueline Pye was guest author at the Totton and Eling Arts Festival, an event covered by the Southampton Echo.  She was described as, 'a popular Hampshire children's author' by the newspaper's reporter. 

September 2015

The Writing Buddies are pleased to announce their partnership with SO:To Speak, Southampton's Festival of Words to run the 'My Southampton' writing Competition.  Writing Buddies are involved in many of the festival's events. 

February 2015

Writing Buddies has been a successful group for nearly six years.  The time has come though to reorganise and look forward as the number of members continues to grow.  For the 2015 season, a membership fee has been introduced and the Writing Buddies has moved to bigger premises, inside the Central Library in Southampton.  

May 2014

The Writing Buddies celebrated their fifth anniversary with a party at the Dolphin Hotel, Southampton and an exhibition of work at the Central Library, Southampton.  Writing Buddy Christine Donovan made a cake and The Right Worshipful The Mayor, Councillor Ivan White, opened the event.

The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Ivan White, with Penny Legg.

March 2014
Writing Buddies signed copies of their books at the West Quay shopping centre, Southampton.

February 2014
The new year brings a new format for the Writing Buddies meetings with the introduction of a short talk on writing related subjects by invited guests.  Josephine Shaw had the distinction of being our first speaker, with a talk on giving presentations.

September 2013
The launch of Silverfinger Press, owned by Writing Buddy, Pat Morgan.


A Digital Press for Authors with extraordinary ideas.

LIMITED EDITION, bound booklets individually                                                                                        tailored to the author’s requirements.

 For authors/artists who want a select print-run of something special.

Take a look at:
Your choice of PAPERS e.g.
A4 100gm paper – stitched spine
A4 100 gm – board bound, cloth spine, stitched.
A4 Calligraphy paper – tinted – board cover, cloth spine, stitched.
A4 Handmade papers
With the author’s own, or with ‘Silverfinger’ Illustrations/photographs.
I hope those authors who find the Silverfinger PRESS will be inspired to use it. These small books are made with care. I look forward to working with you on your own Silverfinger publication.

September 2013
Mo Foster read from her book Blues for Shindig at the Wool House, Southampton
September 2013
The Writing Buddies take to market trading for the first time!

June 2013
Bloody British History: Southampton by Penny Legg launched at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel, Southampton

June 2013
From War to an Iron Fighter  launched by Ray Dumper.

June 2013
A 1950s Southampton Childhood by Penny Legg and James Marsh, published by The History Press, was launched at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel, Southampton.  Guests were treated to a ride in a vintage bus and a picnic in the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley.

February 2013
Not a Guide to Southampton by James Marsh published by The History Press.The book was launched at the Red Lion Pub, Below Bar.

James Marsh (centre) at the launch of Not a Guide to Southampton

May 2012
Milly The Detective and the Diamond Ring by Jacqueline Pye published on Amazon.

Under the Queen's Colours by Penny Legg launched.

April 2012
31 12 by Silma Harrigan published on Amazon.

February 2012

Voices of Eastleigh by Glen Jayson launched.

Glen held a launch party at her home for contributors and friends.

November 2011
Wordfall, the Writing Buddies' Anthology

The anthology was launched at Waterstones Above Bar, Southampton by his Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, and the Lady Mayoress.  

Watch the launch on YouTube:

May 2011
Growing Up in Wartime Southampton: Someone Else's Trousers 

James Marsh welcomed the arrival of his new book, published by The History Press, with a book signing event in Waterstones' Southampton West Quay. 

frpmt+cover.jpg100 Stories for Queensland, which features work by Catherine Miller, is out now, priced at £9.99! 

Read Catherine's blog about this book, sold to raise money for the people affected by the devastation in Queensland.

Author Nik Morton says, ‘Reading about the cataclysmic devastation that hit Japan in March, I was greatly moved by the attitude of the survivors. People of all ages went out of their way to help each other. Looting seemed a rare event. There was a determination to overcome this terrible adversity. Lives and towns would be rebuilt, eventually, even if it would take years. The people would endure.
    ‘As writers, we strive to walk in the shoes of our characters. Fiction writers lie in order to grasp the truth. In some small way, I hope these stories reveal truths about the human condition.’

All author and publisher royalties go toward aid of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami survivors for e-book:

March 2011

Haunted Southampton by Penny Legg was celebrated at Waterstones, Above Bar, with 'An Evening of Ghost Stories with Penny Legg.'  

October 2010

Southampton Then & Now
We are pleased to announce Southampton Then and Now is due out this month with The History Press. The author, Penny Legg, is our much-loved founder. 

The major port city of Southampton has a rich heritage, which is uniquely reflected in this fascinating new compilation.  Contrasting a selection of eighty-nine archive images with full-colour modern photographs, this book reveals the ever-changing faces and buildings of Southampton.  Covering local landmarks, pubs and hotels, churches, parks, transport, work and leisure, this is a wide-ranging look at the city’s colourful history. 

Inspiring fond memories in many, and revealing the Southampton of yesteryear to others, this volume will appeal to all who know and love the ever-changing city. 

Published by The History Press, £12.99 ISBN 978-0752456935