Join SWAN (Southend Writers and Artists Network) as they showcase over 10 local authors and illustrators who will be selling their work in this wonderful authors day event at the Victoria Shopping Centre.
From poets to children’s authors, we celebrate the amazing literary talent that we have here in Southend.
Tessa Buckley worked for fifteen years in architecture and design before fulfilling a long-held ambition to be a writer. Her first book, The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book, was published by the Sheldon Press in 2007. She has also published a series of mystery novels for older children, the Eye Spy series, one of which was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2018. She recently completed an Arts degree with the Open University, and is now working on a Young Adult novel. She and her husband live in Leigh-on-Sea.
Ann Duggans Robson wrote and illustrated The Pinkmouse Gang books for children.
Dorothy Turner – Southend Poetry Group
Southend Poetry Group used to meet monthly but we haven’t been able to get together for over a year. But we did put together an anthology of members’ poems which will be on sale. We hope to meet again, this time at Leigh Community Cenre, on 1st September.
Keith Warren was born in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex (UK), where he went to Westcliff High School for Boys before training to be a teacher and obtaining a degree from the University of London. He taught English in a number of local and West Country secondary schools.
He has written about twenty books; some are about his home town or are based there. He has written novels and short stories, biographies and books about his adopted home, The Philippines. All can be found on Amazon.
Author of the Tales of Avalon Series:
– The New Land – awarded 4* silver seal status by Pacific Book Review. Pacific Book Review’sBook of the Month January 2016
– The Land of Twydell & The Dragon Egg – awarded 4* silver seal status by Pacific Book Review. FINALIST Eric Hoffer Trust 2017 Book Awards
– The Exchange of Rings – A “Recommended Read” by the US Review of Books
– A Story Never to be Told – outstanding illustrations by prize winning artist Caroline Evans
– Lennox’s Story -A “Recommended Read” by the US Review of Books
– Edward’s Story – published July 2021
Essex author Owen W Knight writes contemporary and speculative fiction. His books combine myths, legends and science to highlight uses and abuses of power and conflicts associated with ethical values.
He was born in Southend-on-Sea in the days when children spent their time outdoors, creating imaginary worlds that formed the basis of their adventures and social interaction.
His latest novel, Another Life, is an inspiring tale of love, loss and redemption, described as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ for the 21st Century’.
All That Jazz and Other Poems – ISBN 9781912412112 – Review extracts:
“When the back cover of your latest collection carries an appreciation from national jazz treasure, Digby Fairweather, it suggests you’ve done something right. Adrian Green certainly has.” Review by Philip Dunkerley, Orbis 185
“…the crowning achievement of this collection are the jazz poems through which Green ably conveys his intimate knowledge of the beauty, vibrancy and perceived dangers of ‘the unclassified music/our parents/did not think/to warn us about.’ ” Review by Trevor Breedon, Write Out Loud
“…a collection of reliably well-executed poems.” Review by Charlie Hill, London Grip
Dee Gordon, a widow with an adult autistic son, has lived in Southend-on-Sea for over 35 years, having wanted to settle there since making day trips from the East End as a child. Upon taking early retirement from recruitment, she returned to writing after being published as a teenager, and has since written fifteen books about the East End, Southend and Essex, an inspiring and under-rated county. She also has a couple of novels on her c.v. and her output – including reviews and extracts – can be explored on her website.