Riverside Writers of Wirral.

Creative Writing in West Kirby, Wirral, England.

Riverside Writers are an enthusiastic and informal group who live and work on the Wirral Peninsula in Cheshire, England. They meet each month in West Kirby Library where they hold workshops, set group writing projects and offer constructive guidance.

The group was formed in 1998, and its members include published authors plus absolute beginners, people who are developing writing careers and people who write purely for fun. Non-fiction writers, poets and fiction writers of all genres are equally welcomed.

The group also annually hosts public events, when members read their own original poetry and fiction to lively audiences.


Chair: Peter Caton

Secretary & Co-Treasurer: Tim Hulme.

Treasurer: Andy Siddle.

Riverside Writers' Aims

1) To encourage people to write.

2) To offer constructive, polite criticism of each others' work with the intention of improving writing skills.

3) To offer useful advice about the publishing industry.

4) To encourage use of the internet as a networking tool.

5) To provide a friendly and informal atmosphere where writers of all genres and abilities can socialise.

Map of West Kirby - Riverside Writers meet in the library next to the train station.

Get into Creative Writing!

I was closely involved with Riverside Writers from summer 2000, and was elected Chair of the meetings in 2003, a post I held until 2015 when I resigned due to moving house. The club is now Chaired by long-standing member Peter Caton.

To keep the group's focus on writing, rather than on merely talking about writing, each month Riverside Writers have a new project which involves producing a poem or short story--of any length or genre--on a set theme.

The theme could be an opening phrase, a particular location or a randomly-chosen group of words (such as piano, ballet shoe, bazooka, ufo.) Sometimes an unusual photograph is used as a source if inspiration, as with the photo of a tree in the middle of a forest which had been decorated with ladies shoes. Or perhaps there might be a set challenge (such as 'The Literary Chicken' in 200 words.) The theme serves as a starting point from which ideas can flow, and a person is totally free too take the idea in any direction.

At our meetings, members read aloud our efforts from the preceeding month. Though they have all worked from the same starting point, nobody ever produces a similar story. The sheer variety of responses to the projects is part of the fun.

No-one is obliged to join in if they don't wish to. Maybe that month they simply haven't had the time. But those who do participate regularly have found that their standard of writing has improved. Also, over time they develop a portfolio of work which they would probably not have thought of if they hadn't joined in with the monthly writing projects.

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Seaside Stories

18 stories & poems by members of Riverside Writers.
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City Stories - Riverside Writers 3rd Anthology!

Love, terror and 21st century life! From the heart of cosmopolitan Liverpool come nine thrilling views of modern living.

Blood-drinkers, killers and secrets. Old sorrows and new beginnings. The light and dark of human life set against the glittering backdrop of a reinvigorated city.

City Stories. Tales of life today!


Introducing the 3rd anthology from Riverside Writers of Wirral! This FREE ebook, published in 2013, brings together a fabulous collection of original short stories and poetry.

Contributors include: Tim Hulme; Jason Barney; Carol Hubbard; Andy Siddle; William R Jones; Jack Horne; Adele Cosgrove-Bray.

Seaside Stories - Riverside Writers 2nd Anthology!

Riverside Writers are pleased to announce the publication of their second anthology, which is available as a FREE ebook.

Romance, heartache, treachery and death! Eighteen stories and poems inspired by the sea, from a group of imaginative writers who live surrounded by water on the Wirral peninsula in England.

Called Seaside Stories, it features eighteen stories and poems from Tim Hulme, Andy Siddle, Adele Cosgrove-Bray, Nikki Bennett, Peter Caton and Ruth Ann Titley.

The idea for a second anthology was mentioned early in 2012, as the group had enjoyed working on the first one and wished to produce something similar. However, wider distribution was high on the list of wants - and so the notion of publishing it as an ebook was put forward.

The seaside theme was strong enough to bind the project together as a whole, yet open-ended enough to allow for the diversity of individual tastes and styles.

And here it is! Published in October 2012, the ebook has worldwide distribution and will remain FREE permantently.

Riverside Writers First Anthology!

Riverside Writers' first anthology brings together twenty-four original short stories and poetry. This was a group project, and was published in 2010.

Contributors are: Peter Hurd; Tim Hulme; Carol Falaki; Peter Caton; Adele Cosgrove-Bray; Andy Siddle; Eileen Brown; Catherine Evans-Hewitt; Clive McLaren.

The front cover was created by Carol Falaki, and the group's new badge logo was designed by Peter Caton. Andy Siddle has worked on the layout, and several other members have helped with proofreading - so it was very much a group effort!

New Tales of Old Byways: New Wirral Fiction!

Poster for Riverside Writers' evening performance on October 14th, 2009.
Poster for Riverside Writers' evening performance on October 14th, 2009.

Words From Wordsmiths: An Evening with Riverside Writers!

"Words from Wordsmiths", Riverside Writers' contribution to Wirral Bookfest 2008.
"Words from Wordsmiths", Riverside Writers' contribution to Wirral Bookfest 2008.
Photo from "Words from Wordsmiths."
Photo from "Words from Wordsmiths."
Photo from "Words from Wordsmiths" showing Adele Cosgrove-Bray reading her ghost story, "Seagull Inn", from the anthology "Ruins Terra."
Photo from "Words from Wordsmiths" showing Adele Cosgrove-Bray reading her ghost story, "Seagull Inn", from the anthology "Ruins Terra."
One of Riverside Writers workshops makes local headlines.
One of Riverside Writers workshops makes local headlines.

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AdeleCosgroveBray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

Event: Parallel Dimensions - Wirral Fantasy & Sci-Fi Event.

Date: July 11th, 2009.

Time: Door open 2pm; starts 2.30pm.

Venue: West Kirby Library, The Concourse, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire.

Fee: FREE event.

Meet seven Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors who share a common thread of having had work featured in anthologies published by Hadley Rille Books.

Adrienne Odasso, David Tallerman, Cheryl Holland, Hazel Dixon, Rob Haines, David Clements and Adele Cosgrove-Bray will read extracts from their work before taking part in a Q&A session. Authors will be available to sign books.

More information from http://www.adelecosgrove-bray.com


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

I think it is a really positive sign that so many people are writing and want to write and this appears to be happening in many places around the world.


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AdeleCosgroveBray 6 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

Event: Parallel Dimensions - Wirral Fantasy, Horror & Science-Fiction Event.

Date: October 16th, 2010.

Time: 2pm.

Venue: West Kirby Library, The Concourse, Wirral.

Fee: £3 plus refreshments.

Readings from: Colin P Davies, Carol Falaki, Adrienne Odasso, Tim Hulme, Peter Hurd, Peter Caton and Adele Cosgrove-Bray.


Walter Elliot 3 years ago

Hi, I am trying to trace a cousin of Alec or Alexander GOWANS from Glasgow who died today following a road accident. I understand that the cousin (female) lives in the Wirral and has written at least one book which was launched or promoted at St Andrews in Fife a number of years ago. Hope someone can help.


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AdeleCosgroveBray 3 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

As you left no contact details, no-one could contact you even if they could help! I'd suggest approaching the local newspapers, if your request is genuine.


Ms Eileen Murphy 2 years ago

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AdeleCosgroveBray 2 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

I wish you well with your book cover design business, Eileen.

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