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Warwickshire Group: Writing local history

9 November @ 18:30 - 20:30 GMT


Join the Warwickshire Group on Wednesday 9 November from 6.30pm for a panel discussion on local history writing and non-fiction. Warwickshire-based authors Sheila Scillman, Simon Wiscox and Rob Ganley will discuss their work on local history (Warwick, Birmingham and Coventry respectively), their books and their lives as authors. The session will be hosted by Fran Hill, distinguished Leamington-based author herself. It will be an interactive session and we encourage questions and comments from the audience. This event is open to authors and non-authors alike, so please do share with your networks.

This hybrid event is run by the SoA’s Warwickshire Group as part of the Middleway Words, the Midlands Book Festival (www.middlewaywords.org.uk). 

We’ll meet at Esquires Cafe, 52-54 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 5JS. Esquire Cafe has offered us their premises for free for this event but need people to buy drinks or snacks so that they can cover the cost of labour and energy bills.

This event will be livestreamed and there will be a separate link sent out to registered attendees closer to the date of the event. Open to both SoA members and non-members. 

About the authors

Sheila Skillman
SC Skillman lives in Warwickshire, and writes psychological, paranormal and mystery fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Association of Christian Writers. Her non-fiction books on local history are published by Amberley and include Paranormal Warwickshire and Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire. Her next book, A-Z of Warwick, will be released in 2023. She has been asked to offer a fourth history book for Amberley, which she is now researching. Meanwhile, her new novel is out with publishers, and she is working on the sequel. SC Skillman was born and brought up in Orpington, Kent, and has loved writing most of her life. She studied English Literature at Lancaster University, and her first permanent job was as a production secretary with the BBC. Later she lived for nearly five years in Australia before returning to the UK. She has now settled in Warwick with her husband and son, and her daughter currently lives and works in Australia.

Rob Ganley is the author of 111 Places in Coventry That You Shouldn’t Miss: Travel Guide (2021). He was born and raised in Coventry, before following a publishing career in London. He has been a magazine writer and editor for more than 20 years, and also writes fiction. Today he lives in Rugby, just outside Coventry where many of his family remain, and enjoys watching it change and evolve at exhilarating speed.

Simon Wiscox
After growing up in Birmingham in the 1960s and 70s, Simon Wilcox graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA Honours in Modern History. Afterwards, he went into journalism, working for magazines, newspapers and BBC local radio in the UK, a national newspaper in Singapore, as well as for the website of a leading NGO in London. More recently, he has turned his hand to writing books.

Fran Hill, a humour writer, is the Leamington-based author of a novella, a memoir and a forthcoming novel, the latter out with Legend Press in early 2023. She has also written articles and features on education and on faith matters. She has recently retired from classroom-based English teaching to focus on writing. You can find out more at www.franhill.co.uk

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9 November
18:30 - 20:30 GMT
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Esquires Cafe
52-54 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 5JS CV32 5JS