Jersey Writers Social Group Meetings

VENUE:  Jersey Library

DATE:  Every Tuesday, except Bank Holidays


We have recently started a spin-off evening meeting, same venue, same day of the week. Chris Rive nobly offered to host the meetings for those who can’t make the daytime meetings.


May 7th and 21st 17.45 – 19.20

June 4 – 17:45 – 19:20 only as the room is occupied for the other Tuesdays in the month.

Dates for July to September will be posted in June

I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Jersey Writers Social Group.

We meet once a week to toss ideas around and get friendly feedback from other members on our own writing.

The Group was founded by author James Sillwood, who also writes under the pseudonym of James Faro.  James started the Jersey Writers Social Group towards the end of 2017, shortly after the Jersey Festival of Words, which is where I first met him; after a session presented by The Blonde Plotters.  Since then, our Group has grown from about eighteen members to sixty-five.

James, ably assisted by his Editor-in-Chief, his wife Caroline, have been putting together an anthology of work by members of the Jersey Writers Social Group, which should be available soon.

We all share a love of writing and there is nothing quite like hanging out with like-minded people.

Some of our members have already been published individually, either under our own names or a pseudonym so, if you can find the time to got to check us out, we love receiving reviews.

Over the next few months, I hope to blog about some of our members and their work to date.  Click on the links to find out more.

James Faro’s The Assiduous Quest of Tobias Hopkins: The Complete Novel is available now on Amazon.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book was a marvelous experience. Well-recommended if you enjoy historical novels.’

It is October in the year 1675. New England trader, Tobias Hopkins, arrives in Jamaica to discover the truth about his missing father. It transpires that not only has the man been dead for six years, but he has left Toby with a half-brother and the clue to an inheritance which promises to change the course of their lives. Will the cryptic message written by his father lead Toby to a promised fortune, or will it lead him into the hands of those who aim to destroy him? Others lay in wait, watching Toby’s every move. Who can he trust? His faithful associate, John, the astute businesswoman Elizabeth, or Magdalena, mother of his half-brother Eduardo? Some of those around him are not what they seem to be, and it soon becomes clear that Toby and those closest to him are in imminent danger.
Toby sails to the Island of Nevis where he is rewarded with the fruits of his quest. However, it is when he sets sail for Virginia that Tobias Hopkins and his crew face the consequences of his actions.

Dreena Collins – Author of The Blue Hour

🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘A Wonderful Collection of Escapism.’

Available on Amazon now.

Mysterious children, desperate parents and lonely adults: The Blue Hour is a collection filled with lost voices and authentic characters waiting to be heard.

Juanita Sheild-Laignel – ‘Occupation Reconciliation’, The Life and Times of Michael Ginns MBE

Available on Amazon

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A heartfelt, loving but ultimately balanced memoir of a remarkable man living in remarkable times…. fabulous.’

This book seeks to chronicle the extraordinary life of Michael Ginns MBE who, aside from his well-documented internment in the German town of Wurzach during WWII and subsequent twinning in 2002 of said town with St Helier, the capital of Michael’s Island home, became one of Jersey’s leading authorities on German fortifications and the Occupation of our Isle. Author Juanita says: “When interviewing Michael it soon became clear he wanted to share some of the lesser known details of his life; the chronology of his whole life if you will, not just the more significant incidents. Michael was insistent that I mention his Grandfather was a Master Church Organ Maker for instance and on it went. Most of ‘Occupation Reconciliation’ is in Michael’s own words as he was such a wonderful orator. Sadly Michael is no longer with us, so I am delighted to be able to share the stories of his life in this book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed spending time with Michael and consigning his legacy to the page for all to see.”

Over the last twelve months, the Jersey Writers Social Group has attracted some younger members whose writing shows enormous potential.

Mach Thomas is one of those members who, only recently dropped into the conversation that his book, Crooks Wraith at Midnight, is available on Amazon.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  Great book’.


James Sillwood – West Quarry Farm – Available on Amazon

🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘This is a great thriller novel.’


Clive Philip Matteson is still out there. Still doing the same thing. It’s not just the fact he kills them that’s shocking, it’s the way he goes about it. Who will be next? Working at a supermarket, living with her teenage daughter and caring for her elderly mother, on the surface, Mel William’s life appears to be ordinary. But Mel is on a quest. She is determined to find Matteson, the man who harmed her daughter, and nothing will stop her from hunting him down. With a loving husband, a young daughter and plans to expand her own business, to the outsider, Rebecca Stead would seem to have the perfect life. Then, one day, she is thrown off course by a chance meeting. A horrifying event binds these two women together.



1998 – Brian Trubshaw, Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot Sally Edmondson and the late Brian Trubshaw, is still available on Amazon!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘Excellent easy read.’

Here is the full and fascinating story of Brian Trubshaw’s life as an experimental test pilot, written from his own unique viewpoint on the flight deck and covering a period of tremendous upheaval in the British aircraft industry.


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