Getting back to normal?

It has been so long since we met, and I have missed you all. Things are
slowly opening up, but with the doubt about variants I feel we need to be more
cautious about meeting in person.

However, if all goes well I hope that we can resume some sort of meeting in
July. If Blackwell’s allow physical meetings then we will use our old slots, if
not it will be the pub again – or Zoom if we are in lockdown again.

I hope everyone has lots of lovely Lockdown writing we can enjoy.

Publishing Success

Hi Everyone in the Writers at Blackwells and the Oxford Editors. At last my collection of short stories has been published and are ‘out there’ in the real world!

Working with the Group has been really helpful to me over the many years I have been attending meetings… thank you all for your comments and advice over those many years!

The book, The West Facade, is stocked by Blackwells  but is also available directly from my website;  where you can pay by paypal or credit card etc… easy!

My personal email is if you just want a chat or have any questions. 

Hope you are all finding the ‘lock-down’ a useful period to find the time to write although those of you with children will probably have found it was all more difficult… what a strange time we are living in… not exactly ideal for inspiration !!Looking forward to hearing from you.

Liz Henderson

Feedback online

header-imageDear All,


It has been some time since we met and even longer since we had a feedback session. Would members like to have an online session? If so, does anyone have the full version of Zoom? Perhaps we can have a virtual meeting in the next couple of weeks. Send me an email at and we can set something up.


My best,



Feedback in the time of isolation

Dear wonderful writers,

First of all, I hope you are all well and safe and have plenty of help if you need it. In these strange times, it is so important to be careful and to stay at home – and write, write, write.

Remember that we have a Facebook Feedback page ( on which you can post your work for fellow group members to give comments. I am a bit overworked at the moment, but if you want to send me some of your writing, not more than 1,000 words, I will look at it and give feedback when I can. Just email to

The very best to you all, please keep very, very safe.



March meeting: Jonathan Coe with Blackwell’s events

We have been invited to join the Blackwell’s event on the 18th:


Jonathan Coe will be with us to discuss his Costa Novel Award winning book:

Middle England

About this Event

Blackwell’s is delighted to be joined by author, Jonathan Coe to discuss the book which the Costa judges called ‘the perfect novel for now,’ Middle England.

‘The book everyone is talking about’ – The Times

‘A comedy for our times’ – Guardian


The country is changing and, up and down the land, cracks are appearing – within families and between generations. In the Midlands, Benjamin Trotter tries to help his aged father navigate a Britain that seems to have forgotten he exists, while in London his friend Doug doesn’t understand why his teenage daughter is eternally enraged. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sophie and Ian can find nothing to agree on except the fact that their marriage is on the rocks . . .

Jonathan Coe FRSL is critically acclaimed English novelist and writer. His work has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire. Middle England, the third in his loose “Rotter’s Club” trilogy, won Best Novel at this year’s Costa Book Awards, as well as further prizes across Europe. He is represented by Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Associates, and is currently hard at work on his next novel.


There will me complementary tickets to the Writers at Blackwell’s members for this event? You just need to Blackwell’s  us know you will be going so they can  put their your on the list. Please email if you want to attend.


It should be a really interesting talk.


We will have a freedback Session on Wednesday 25th March. Venue to be announced.

January Meeting: Urgent

Dear All,

We really need to know numbers for our January meeting, to ensure it is worth Meena Kandasamy making the trip to Oxford. Can you let me know today if you intend to come. Please email me at

Our January meeting with be at Blackwell’s Book Shop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford on Wednesday 29th January 7pm – 9pm.

Writer’s at Blackwell’s is delighted to be welcoming Meena Kandasamy who will be exploring her new book Exquisite Cadavers, a book told in two parts, making it a unique and special read. With the story on one side, the other hosts side notes by Meena exploring her creative process in forming this story.

Meena will be discussing her inspiration for writing Exquisite Cadavers and much more.

Karim, a young film-maker, carries with him the starry-eyed dreams of the Arab Revolution. Maya carries her own pressing concerns: an errant father, an unstable job, a chain-smoking habit, a sudden pregnancy. When Karim’s brother disappears in Tunis, and Karim wants to go after him, Maya must choose between her partner and her home city, her future and her history…

In a conversation between forms, fictions and truths, ‘Exquisite Cadavers’ is a novel about a young couple navigating love in London, and a literary hall of mirrors about an author navigating the inspirations behind her work.


This is a meeting not to be missed.

Meena Kandasamy has actively sought to combine her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays for the last fifteen years.

Her debut collection of poems, ‘Touch’ was themed around caste and untouchability, and her second, ‘Ms Militancy’, was an explosive, feminist retelling/reclaiming of Tamil and Hindu myths. Her critically acclaimed first (anti)novel, ‘The Gypsy Goddess’, smudged the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique in narrating the 1968 massacre of forty-four landless untouchable men, women and children striking for higher wages in the village of Kilvenmani, Tanjore.

Her second novel, a work of auto-ficition, ‘When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife’, drew upon her own experience within an abusive marriage, to lift the veil on the silence that surrounds domestic violence and marital rape in modern India. It was selected as book of the year by The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times; and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 among others.

Tickets cost £5 or £30 for a years membership to the group. For all other enquiries, please email or call 01865 333623.

March Date

Our March meeting will be on Wednesday 18th March, so keep that day free.

Would members be interested in a monthly writing session? We would meet somewhere and write together over food and drinks. Just and idea, but if it appeals it might become more regular.

As we don’t depend on Blackwell’s to be available for our feedback sessions, is there a date in the month that would suit members. Something like the last Monday of the month?