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We have had numerous successes and have enjoyed helping each other and sharing in their success.

The Group has been together for many year.  We were, at the start, all beginners but over the years have gained a great deal of experience and have now produced books for children and early teens, local history, adult fiction and non fiction with plays, historical fantasy and psychology.

Our Tutor, Mrs Marion Hough, is herself a well published author having written non fiction, romance, historical sagas and children’s books.  She has her own website and is the inspiration behind all our efforts.

All the books can be seen and ordered on the following pages and some are available at The Book Inn, Leigh-on-Sea.

Welcome to Leigh Writers


1. Carol Edwards

2. Janet Denny

3. Marion Hough

4. Pearl Bramble

5. Riva Shaw

6. Daisy Bourne

7. Rosiland Duke

8. Tessa Buckley

9. Viv Seaman

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Her Books:


Daisy Bourne

Her Books:


Pearl Bramble

Pearl was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. After working in South Africa and Australia she now lives in Essex with her husband. She has written various short stories and poems and, whilst working for a volunteer organization. produced a volunteers’ magazine.

Pearl Bramble

Her Books:


Riva Shaw

My name is Riva Shaw and I am the author of the Circle of Fire series. You can read more about my books on the Circle of Fire both here and on my own website.

Riva Shaw

Her Books:


Rosiland Duke

Rosalind has been writing since a teenager. She writes a variety of short works, especially poetry, some of which have been published and broadcast.

Rosiland Duke

Her Books:


Tessa Buckley

I was born in Surrey in 1950. I was the baby of the family, as it was second time round for both my parents, who each had a son from a previous marriage.

Tessa Buckley

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Viv Seaman

After many years as a primary school teacher, Viv turned to writing. She has published several humorous articles, including full page pieces in YOURS and MY WEEKLY magazines and AWEN, a small press publication.

Viv Seaman Carol Edwards Janet Denny Marion Hough Pearl Bramble Riva Shaw Daisy Bourne Rosiland Duke Tessa Buckley Viv Seaman

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    The Writers

Daisy Bourne

Rose Griffin writes the Tales of Avalon series under the pseudonym Daisy Bourne. She loves writing and has had some success. her first book in the series The New Land Pacific was one of Pacific Book Review's five Books of the Month in January 2016 and appeared

on the front cover of its magazine.

Her second book, The Land of Twydell and the Dragon Egg achieved finalist status in the USA’s Eric Hoffer awards.

Carol Edwards Janet Denny Marion Hough Riva Shaw Pearl Bramble Daisy Bourne Rosiland Duke Tessa Buckley Viv Seaman

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Marion Hough

Marion Hough

Marion Hough has been a published writer for over thirty years.  She was a columnist in newspapers and magazines nationwide before specialising in writing for children.

Her Books:


Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards has been a freelance writer for many years. As well as writing and publishing five local history books, has had a number of articles published in various magazines as well as two interviews in the local paper.

In 2005 I entered a 3 act play in a competition called ‘Naked Talent’ for the Essex Playwrights Festival. The play entitled ‘Head in the Clouds’, came fifth.

I have a great passion for writing plays and have to date written over a dozen one-act plays, all of which have been produced successfully for my Drama Group.

Two of my plays ‘Autumn Gold’ and ‘The Landlord Cometh’ have subsequently been published.

Last year I wrote a book with a friend called Hilary Ager, entitled ‘How to write and Produce a One-act Play’ This book has been based on the experiences of running a Drama Group, Costume Design and Scenery making and all the fun that goes with it.

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Janet Denny

I live in Rayleigh in Essex. In the 1960’s I worked for Hodder and Stoughton the book publishers in London. I then worked in Gants Hill Library, in Ilford

Janet Denny

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Leigh writers Who are we?

We are a group of local writers who meet regularly to exchange ideas and helpful comments on their writings.