Needlewriters has to stay online for now but we expect to be back live from October 2021.

Meanwhile our next event is via Zoom on Thursday 17th June and we’re delighted to be welcoming Amanthi Harris (prose), Charlotte Gann (poetry), Caraline Brown (prose) and Abegail Morley (poetry).

Doors open at 6.20pm and readings begin at 6.30pm.

The event is free to attend but please do book in advance. If you feel able, we would be very grateful for any help you can offer us by way of a donation and you will have that option when you register.

Please register here on the Eventbrite page.


Amanthi Harris was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and has degrees in Law and Chemistry from Bristol University. Her novel Beautiful Place is published by Salt Publishing in the UK and Pan Macmillan India in South Asia. Lantern Evening, a novella, won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 and was published by Gatehouse Press. Her short stories have been published by Serpent’s Tail and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her most recent short story, In The Mountains was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and is published in Best British Short Stories 2020. Website: amanthiharris.com

Charlotte Gann is a freelance editor from Lewes. From summer 2018 until Covid struck, she was Editor of Viva Lewes. Her two poetry collections Noir (2016) and The Girl Who Cried (2020) are both published by HappenStance. Her pamphlet The Long Woman (Pighog) was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award. She’s also Co-Editor of the poetry pamphlets review site sphinxreview.co.uk, run by HappenStance.  At the moment, Charlotte’s developing an idea called The Understory Conversation – for like-minded poets who’d like the support of a small group while they delve into their own reading and writing practice. Find out more at charlottegann.wordpress.com.

Caraline Brown has always earned her crust from writing. Until recently, it was mainly commercial work, winning a few awards along the way. She has featured in many business titles and was named by PR Week as one of the most influential people in PR. She recently sold her PR business to focus on her creative writing. The Candlelit Menagerie is her first novel, published in the US by Skyhorse Publishing and distributed in the UK by Simon & Schuster. She has been signed by DHH Literary Agency and her second novel is almost ready.

Abegail Morley was Highly Commended in this year’s Forward Prize. Her debut collection, How to Pour Madness into a Teacup, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection. Her latest collection, The Unmapped Woman (Nine Arches Press) explores the altitudes of loss and trauma, mapping the stark new territory that loss leaves behind. Nine Arches previously published The Skin Diary where new skins and old disguises are stitched together. Snow Child and an ekphrastic collection based on the work of the German satirical painter, George Grosz, Eva and George: Sketches in Pen and Brush are published by Pindrop Press. She collaborated with artist Karen Dennison on a pamphlet, The Memory of Water based on a residency at Scotney Castle. Abegail is one of the co-editors of Against the Grain Press. Website: The Poetry Shed.

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