Alpha Members

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Catherine

I live in London (not England, but Ontario, Canada, complete with a Thames River) I’m a retired social worker and have taught yoga since before it was trendy. I’ve been writing for years, mostly poetry, essays and articles for newsletters and journals. I also really enjoy helping people write their memoirs. In 2019, I self-published a yoga book – Yoga for the Seasons – which I co-authored with a colleague. I’m an avid swimmer but only where I can see the bottom, which I do at the swimming pool with the Masters Swim Club. Gardening is another interest of mine and when the world opens up again, I hope to do more travelling.


Christine

Christine has been living in rural Normandy for twenty-one years. She channelled her lifelong passion for literature and language into a teaching career and gradually developed a sideline as a writer of both short stories and articles on wide variety of subjects.


Elke

Elke lives in FNQ, Australia, and spends her time wandering through the rainforests and swimming in pristine lakes while making up stories. She has published numerous short stories and is currently working on a series of crime fiction novels.


Francesca

I am a retired Chemistry teacher who has always loved English. I only went into the sciences because everyone in my family was either Maths, Chemistry or Physics… so I did what was expected of me. No regrets… my life path made me who I am today.
Poetry is my first love, but I do enjoy short stories and I have three novels in various degrees of having been written.
I live in mid Wales, 12 miles due west from Welshpool, with hubby and a vast collection of bears… I am the ultimate arctophile. I also enjoy gardening and painting.


Gloria


Maria

I took up writing relatively late in life having retired from my local government job due to ill health. I write mainly for pleasure. Having read science fiction all my life, to be able to write my own stories in this genre is a joy. So I spend many happy hours in a world of my own making.

I joined the Alpha Writers Group because it gives me the opportunity to obtain constructive criticism. Hopefully my writing is improving. One of these days I may even pop my head over the wall and publish the draft novels hiding in the study and the growing pile of short stories (be still my beating heart).


Martin

I live in Sheffield with my wife Eva and dog Charlie and I’m the editor of the prayer diary for Wycliffe Bible translators. I see myself as a writer, photographer, baker and storyteller. Recently I seem to have really grown in the flash fiction area. I’d like to grow in writing short stories too. My photo was taken at a wonderful charity called Grimm and Co which I’ve recently started volunteering for. It’s focus is literacy for children, and according to them, as the front is an apothecary for Magical Beings, my magical being is a unicorn. If this sounds odd, then you need to visit their shop or check out their website to find out why.


Morgen

Morgen is an avid reader and loves writing short stories. She has recently been getting some stories ‘out there’ and has had four stories published by Alfie Dog Fiction. She has recently retired and is looking forward to organising her projects and actually finishing some of them!


Phil

Philip is a British writer who works in education and often lives in Spain. His short fiction has been featured in several magazines and anthologies. Foreign Voices, his debut collection was published in 2018. Find out more at philipcharter.com


Polly

I live and work in the UK, having been a Medical Secretary with the NHS for a number of years.  I have tried my hand at a variety of roles, including support worker with children with Autism,  call centre worker, nursing, and even some bar work and waitressing.

In my spare time I have a love for anything fitness related, currently back into yoga which I practice every morning.  I have been reading and writing ‘on and off’ since childhood.  On finding this writing group, I am looking forward to getting back into a more regular writing habit.  My only claim to having been published, was a couple of readers’ letters in a magazine, receiving a cash prize for ‘Star Letter’ for one of these. 

I have done a little travelling, including backpacking in Australia for 6 months whilst working along the way to subsidise my travels.  Having been to the other side of the world, I would now like to see a bit more of my homeland, and maybe do a bit of writing along the way. 


Rick

I retired from teaching (art, ceramics, print) and remarried, all in the new millennium. We bought an old stone farmhouse in Normandy and spent the next decade renovating it. We now spend most of the summer here and go back home to sunny Blackburn for the winter! 😒 I started writing a book about the daughters of Boudicca sometime in the noughties, which has sort of floundered a bit, though still smoulders on the back-burner. I started another book, for young readers, called “The Boy who tore a Hole in the Sky” but that has slightly hit the buffers.I also belong to TWO yesTWO local writers’ groups (whisper it) which gives me loads to do on a smaller scale. However I do find those to be very productive.My publishing record consists of twice winning the Daily Telegraph’s “just back” feature and acceptance of an article about climbing the Old Man of Hoy in a magazine – still waiting! (no photos)! I also wrote my biography but an interested publisher turned out to be more like vanity so that’s still waiting to see the light of day too.I really should concentrate on getting properly established – possibly an agent – and quit mucking about with DIY!


Ros

Ros is a writer and publisher living in North Yorkshire. In addition to writing for business publications, she writes short stories, poetry and novels. Her first novel was long-listed in Bridge House Publishing’s Debut Novel Competition. Her novel ‘New York Orphan’ has been awarded a Premier Chill with a Book Award.


Sarah

I live in Scotland, the weather is fickle but usually dreich.  I am a tutor with a MLitt in Creative Writing. I’ve been writing it seems forever.  My current WIP is a novel; in it I see wee glimmers of something. Keep on writing, I say, even to my non-writery friends.


Stephen


Suzanne

Originally from Derbyshire, I’ve been living in the Massif Central area of France for 12 years now, teaching English, mainly in companies. My first home was at the altitude of Ben Nevis and interesting in winter. I now live at the height of the Peak District’s Kinder Scout, so there is more oxygen. I have had a little non-fiction writing published, mainly in lifestyle magazines about France. I will persevere with my novel (far too long on the go) set in the Scottish Highlands. As I will now be alternating my time between France and Scotland I might get more inspiration and make some progress!


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