This month, Network News Editor, Anne Boyère, highlights the South West Network.

Name: South West

CountiesCornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire.

Key contacts

You can find the South West on Facebook – join the members-only Facebook group. The network organisers are Lydia Massiah and Amy Sparkes. You can find Lydia on Twitter @lydia_massiah or here. Amy's website is here and you can also find her on Twitter @AmySparkes. You can also email the network at

Event Highlights

Currently, events have been on hold but the South West Network are hoping to make some plans again soon.

Members News

The South West Network have been setting up various critique groups in the region over the last little while. They're hoping to organise some events again soon. 

There have been many exciting developments for the members! New books published lately include: The Rules by Tracy Darnton, Poo! Is That You? by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Nicola O'ByrneThe Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Ashling LindsayMilton the Megastar by Emma Read, Audrey Orr and the Robot Rage by Jenny Moore, I Don't Like Books. Never Ever. The End. by Emma Perry and illustrated by Sharon Davey, This Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry and illustrated by Rikin Parekh

Amy says:

Huge congratulations to everyone! People have done brilliantly with creative and online book launches under difficult situations.

* Header image: Niki Leonidou


Anne is a writer and a breastfeeding counsellor. She is fluent in English and French but, please, don't ask her to do maths in English or her brain will fry. You can ask her about her four children, husband and cat and she will happily tell you all about them until you beg for mercy. She won the 2018 Winchester Writers' Festival prize in Funny Fiction for her story about a grandmother were-cow and was shortlisted in the Writers & Artists' Writing for Children and YA competition. In her spare time, she murders violin pieces or dreams about being invited to Desert Island Discs (spoiler: her book of choice would be Eloise).

Twitter: @AmusedNonQueen

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