Latest News from Writers in the Peak

Writers in the Peak at Bakewell Christmas Tree Festival

 Writers in the Peak Writer of 2014 is Davena Salde-Nicholaou

Writers in the Peak latest book Peak Echoes is now on sale



Peak Echoes is a unique collection of fictional short stories written by members of Writers in the Peak who are based in Bakewell. The stories are inspired by places in the Peak District, making this an ideal book for both visitors to the area and residents who live in this beautiful part of Derbyshire.

Chris Gilbert, a well-known local professional photographer, has provided wonderful photographs to complement the text. Each story is accompanied by useful information about how to get to the places with grid references, bus and parking information.

The Peak District National Park Authority have sponsored the book and the Duke of Devonshire has kindly provided the Foreword.

Peak Echoes is available now from local bookshops

or it can be ordered from the Writers in the Peak website



Writers in the Peak meet on Thursday at 7pm  in the Emerald Room at the Rutland Hotel, Bakewell.


Thank you for visiting our website at Writers In The Peak. We welcome new members. If you are interested in joining our group, please get in touch.

We are a small, friendly, non-tutor-led writing  group seeking to improve our writing and have a bit of fun while we are at it. Our members’ writing interests are diverse and include: non-fiction, novel writing, short stories and flash fiction as well as poetry, satire, journalistic pieces, autobiographical accounts, science fiction and fantasy and travel writing. Our two-hour weekly sessions take place in a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage each other to give constructive feedback. We are all passionate about our writing and see the sessions as a way of helping and supporting each other to improve as writers.

Current subs are £3 per person per session.  If you’re worried about turning up out of the blue and meeting an established group  just drop us an e-mail beforehand at the address below.

Writers in the Peak was formed in 2008, and since then the group has taken part in several local writing events and festivals. These have included the ‘Poetry in the Garden’ event led by one of our members, and a Lamp-Post Literature installation, both of which formed part of the Bakewell Arts Festival 2010.

In 2013 we published our first anthology of short stories, Peak Voices. We are currently producing a second anthology called Peak Echoes. Watch this space!

As well as our meetings, we also host guest speakers on a variety of topics.  Recent workshops have included presentations from Gary CarrColin Greenland, Wendy Holden and Tim Kellett talking about their work.

Our own members have also offered workshops on a variety of themes and topics, including dialogue, characterisation, punctuation, story structure, vignettes and writing for competitions.

For any further information contact:

Kath Aspinall

or Joyce Janes


Writers in the Peak, Peak Echoes, Radio Derby

interview on 20th November advertising the publication of our new book Peak Echoes

with Joyce Janes, Andrea Brittan and Gillian Shimwell

See a brilliant compilation film and the recording put together by Davena


Attention Youth Writers age 14 – 18 years

Attention Youth Writers age 14 – 18 year.  Do you write?  Would you like to improve your work?

Then join our new group Young Writers in the Peak on the first Thursday of the month

Meetings will be held at the Rutland Hotel Bakewell

Next meeting Thursday 4th December 5pm – 6.30pm

Contact for more detail


Already available Peak Voices by Writers in the Peak

Writers in the Peak

****  Peak Voices, an eclectic collection of writing ****
by Writers in the Peak
Forward written by Lord Edward Manners
Available now at Bakewell Bookshop and Bakewell Visitor Centre

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