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Buxton Fringe 2021

A Cornucopia of Writing with Raspberry Sauce

Please join Writers in the Peak and watch our show, ‘A Cornucopia of Writing with Raspberry Sauce’ and step into the world of twitching curtains, ponderings and the meanderings of others. Peer inside their heads and join us as we explore their thoughts through monologues, poetry and music’.

On from 7th – 25th July 2021

FREE but donations welcome to Waste Not Want Not

Writers in the Peak would like to raise funds for ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ an organisation in Buxton that provides free food for those in want or who have fallen through the benefits net. They accept donations of food from supermarkets and the like but need money for running costs and transport. Writers in the Peak are presenting an online show at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2021, called ‘A Cornucopia of Writing with Raspberry Sauce’. The show is free, but we are asking people to donate whatever you can afford.

Further information: Donations to GoFundMe for Waste Not, Want Not via https://gofund.me/29bdf478

Online Links



Buxton Fringe 2020

SOUNDS LIKE THE NHS – Magdalen Theatre Family Friendly
This ‘stunningly tender’ winner of the New Writing Award at the 2002 Fringe, updated for 2020, is a wry look at life in the NHS through the eyes and ears of a hospital patient. Helen Grady makes a welcome return to the Fringe to perform Mary Hennessy’s insightful, gently humorous work. This event will be open for access/listening on the July 14th-19th. Donations will go to UNICEF for the children of the Yemen. See helengrady.com/SoundsLikeTheNHS.html
Online (102) 14-19 Jul 8pm to 9:15pm Free Gallery
Further information: Donations to UNICEF for the children of the Yemen via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mary-hennessy-3?utm_term=bn28924jw

Based on Chris Nickson’s novel, this musical in the making finds John Carpenter confronted with intrigue, violence and murder trying to prove his innocence. Join the cast for a tantalizing preview of this new piece by previous Fringe winner Mary Hennessy with Martin Coslett and Peter Gray (music and lyrics). This event will be open for access/viewing on the July 17th – 18th. See www.ashgateheritagearts.co.uk/ (New Writing)
Online (102) 17, 18 Jul 7pm to 8pm Free, Strong language, Ages 16+ 
Further information: Donations via justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheCrookedSpireatBuxtonFringe

The Writers of The Crooked Spire, Murder Mystery Musical, Martin, Peter and Mary host a discussion with the audience on the trials, tribulations and fun of working collaboratively on-line to create the musical and bring it to the stage. This event will be open for access on the July 18th. See www.ashgateheritagearts.co.uk
Online (102) 18 Jul 8pm to 8:30pm Free, Strong language , Ages 16+ Gallery
Further information: Donations via justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheCrookedSpireatBuxtonFringe


Writers in the Peak
A presentation of readings and poetry by members of Writers in The Peak. Join us for some humour, seriousness and introspection as we look at life through literature. This event will be open for viewing from Thursday July 9th 2020 www.WritersinthePeak.wordpress.org and www.youtube.com/channel/UC-brrI6CMF0c1Sm6BkduAOA/featured (New Writing)
Online (102) 9 Jul 8pm to 8:40pm, 19 Jul  Free 

 Please note because of Covid restrictions for the time being Writers in the Peak are meeting on Zoom.
Contact Tim or Cat by email if you would like to join us.

Writers in the Peak meet every Thursday (except the second Thursday of the month) 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: Novel writing, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, autobiographies, science fiction, fantasy, travel writing and other non-fiction pieces. Our two-hour 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, but the first session for new members is free – come and see what we are about.  If you’re worried about turning up out of the blue just drop us an e-mail beforehand at one of the addresses 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 have since produced a second anthology called Peak Echoes and a third entitled Peak Seasons in 2018.

As well as our meetings, we also host guest speakers on a variety of topics. We have run a series of workshops, presented by local authors, including: Helen Mort, Emma Pass, Kathryn Evans, Sophie Draper and  Joanne Burn. In March 2019 we were lucky enough to run a workshop for visiting Slovenian students, introduced to us by Helen Asher from Lady Manners school, which was incredibly rewarding and successful.

In 2017, our writing day out on the canal was a great success, click here for photos, as was our WitP Writing Day in 2018, with workshops delivered by group members Angie Cottle and Andrea Brittan, as well as local authors Emma Pass and Kathryn Evans.

Group members regularly offer workshops during Thursday meetings, on a variety of themes and topics including dialogue, characterisation, punctuation, story structure, vignettes and writing for competitions. As a member you are welcome to contribute any ideas, offer workshops or deliver writing exercises – but there is no obligation to do this!

For any further information contact:

Tim Leichtfried (Chair) manofsomefaith@gmail.com

Cat Zablocki  (Treasurer/secretary) catzablocki@yahoo.co.uk


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