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Bardstown Member’s Play performed at Bear Pit Theatre

Angela Dandy’s play, Happy Talk, was performed as one of several one act plays on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May, at The Bear Pit Theatre, as part of their One Act Play Festival. The play is also being performed at Lighthorne Village Hall on 9th June as part of the Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays.

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, May 2022

May saw the return of the popular Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival with speakers such as author Maggie O’Farrell and Ed Milliband. Bardstown was represented, along with other local authors at a pop-up bookstall at the festival, based this year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, giving readers the opportunity to sample the range of writing available.

Save the Children Spring Fair

On Saturday the 9th April 2022 the Bardstown Writers had a stall at the Save the Children Spring Fair. It was a lively event and members sold around 20 books – with wide ranging titles both fiction and non-fiction.

Fourth Novel Published

In March 2022, Ellie Stevenson, Book Coach and Bardstown Committee member, published her fourth novel, Shadows of a Lost Poet. The novel is an Edwardian inheritance mystery with a time travel twist. For further details, see members’ books, below. The book, available in print and ebook, can be found on Amazon and elsewhere.

Book 2 in the Shadows in Time series

Wootton Wawen Book Fair & Craft Fair, Stratford-upon-Avon – late 2021

After a long period of COVID restrictions on events, members were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in two book-related events in late 2021, with a stall at each one. Here you can see authors at Wootton Wawen Book Fair on the 21st November.


This was followed in early December by attendance at a Craft Fair in Stratford. Interest in the Bardstown Writers’ stall was considerable and several members sold books including our anthologies.

Book Launch: The Gypsy Killer

In December 2021, one of our members, Angela Dandy held a book launch for her latest book, The Gypsy Killer. The event took place at the cafe at Stratford-upon-Avon train station. It was delightful evening and the coffee was delicious! The Gypsy Killer is available on Amazon.

Member’s Play put on at Bearpit

In July 2021, one of our members, Angela Dandy, had her one act play Happy Talk performed at the Bear Pit Theatre, as part of the One Act Festival. Below is a piece from the Stratford Herald (July 2021) about some of the plays, including Angela’s. It is going to be performed again in the spring. Watch this space!


Books from the Bardstown Writers

Her second novel Echoes of Justice, featuring D I Matt Turrell, won the B.R.A.G Medallion award. She is currently working on her third novel.

JJ Franklin

You can read more about Echoes of Justice here

Nick Sproxton

His novel, The Girl and The Mutant is now available at Waterstones, Stratford-upon-Avon and on Amazon. Nick is also an accomplished artist and designed the cover of The Acting Head by Judy Sproxton.

Ellie Stevenson, Book Coach & Author

Her fourth novel, Shadows of a Lost Poet (Shadows in Time, 2) is now available.

How far would you go to win the house of your dreams?
Could you, would you, lie to your family? Marry a man you didn’t love? What if someone had to die? Travel back to Edwardian England…

Issington Manor doesn’t exist – there’s only a park where the house used to be.
1910: To inherit the manor Clara must marry. Then she meets Gwilym.
1910: Phoebe used to live in a slum. Then she meets Gwilym.

Miranda wants to save the manor – she has to go back.
She didn’t mean to interfere…

Find out more about Ellie’s coaching for writers and writers’ workshops on her website.

Jann Tracy

Jann Tracy’s book Marie Corelli: Shakespeare’s Champion is the first in her Stratford Small Histories series. She is currently working on books two and three.


Copies of Marie Corelli can be obtained from Magic Alley, Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon, Waterstones or on Amazon.

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