Network News: South East

by Jane Haryott
Jane Haryott
I’ve loving my new role as South East co-ordinator. It’s been great to meet SCBWI writers and illustrators and see how different South East SCBWI groups work. 


The Brighton group is led by Jane McLoughlin and meets regularly on a social basis. I joined them on a Saturday afternoon for brunch at Al Campo, the perfect venue for a relaxed, well-attended get-together with writers and one illustrator, all at different stages in their creative journey.

The Winchester group is lead by Nancy Saunders and is a critique group that meets monthly at The Queen's Head Inn. It was great to be back in Winchester and to see past and present students from the University of Winchester’s MA in Writing for Children course. The group discusses one children’s book a month and then moves on to critique a piece of work by each writer.


The Chichester group is led by Susie Wilde. This is another well-attended social group with lots of faces familiar to SCBWI (Kathy Evans and Philippa Francis to name two).  They meet once a month in the evening in a coffee shop, Attibassi. At the May meeting, there was lots of talk about next month’s visit by the new children’s and YA literary agency, Skylark Literary. 

Tunbridge Wells 

The new Tunbridge Wells Critique Group is now up and running. The first meeting was in April during the day. The next meeting is on Thursday 4th June at St John’s Yard in the evening. New members are so welcome. If you are interested in joining us on 4th June or at another time, please email me on for further details.

I’ve had lots of enquiries from new South East members asking about SCBWI groups local to them. This is great news and I’d like to say a huge thank you to group organisers for dealing with these and helping new members feel so welcome.

Woking and Wokingham
With plans to meet the Woking and Wokingham groups in June, I look forward to seeing more South East members.  In the meantime, if you have any South East queries, please email me on I’d love to hear from you.

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