INTRODUCING some of the people at Riverside Writers
Peter Caton : A family man from Wirral.
I’ve been a writer since about 2005. It began when I was asked to write a children’s adventure, originally told as a bedtime story some thirty years earlier. Once I’d started, I found the appetite to continue to write and develop my skill.
Now I enjoy writing in a variety of genres: humour, drama, fantasy, poetry, and inspirational pieces for special occasions. I’ve got a lively and creative imagination that takes me to where the action is. I’ve got a good command of the English language – but always learning! And it’s a pleasure to belong to a writer’s group where there’s no pressure to become rich and famous. Simply to enjoy each others’ company and contributions, and to find encouragement.
I have four works published: a selection of short stories; a selection of poems; a fantasy adventure for children; and a selection on cd of educational stories for children. By no means are they world best-sellers, but I’m proud of these achievements.
I believe writers have great privilege. We have the power to influence people, and to effect small or great change for the better.
John Brown : Retired refrigeration engineer, widdower, one son living at home, we live in Prenton.
As we are men living without female guidance and instruction we are able to be as stupid as we like, getting tattoos, going to Silverstone, Wembley to watch American football, buying a monster tele, only movies, Formula one, NFL games, no girly soaps, dancing, gardening, cooking or any sort of "Reality" shows. Loads of hobbies, gym visits, guitar playing, oh, and writing as well, I joined Riverside Writers about three years ago and rarely miss a meeting, I write stuff for fun, no published author aspirations, mainly attempts at humour and horror stories, with some bits of science fiction.
I enjoy meeting with the group, we have a gab, read out whatever timeless prose we have painstakenly thown together, then discuss any writing things that we have encountered, it is always a nice evening out.
Andy Siddle : Biography
I’m married with two teenage kids and live in West Kirby. I won a Radio Merseyside story competition at the age of nine and have been trying to live up to that ever since!
I mainly write poetry and short stories, some of which have been published. Being a member of a local writers’ group has given me huge amounts of focus, inspiration and support.
The main influences on my poetry are John Keats, Dylan Thomas and Roger McGough. My favourite writers are F Scott Fitzgerald, Don DeLillo and Virginia Woolf.
My hobbies include spending time with the family, walking, watching films with my wife Tina and still trying to play football in my fifties, thanks to painkillers and very patient team-mates.
A web editor by trade, I’m keen to help other writers and have supported several friends with their stories, novels and screenplays.
Chris : I am recently retired and new to the area, I wanted to try writing as a new interest. I have been a member since October 2015 and attended the monthly meetings, which I have found to be very helpful.
The other members are very friendly and encouraging. I like the structure of being given a subject each month to write a short story or passage about. If you are wondering if it is for you, I recommend you come to try us. For a warm welcome and an entertaining couple of hours with like-minded people.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Hope to see you soon.
John Davies : A batchelor living on the Rock Ferry/Bebington border. Retired after a lifetime in retail, mostly in Liverpool City Centre.
I've always enjoyed writing and reading Poetry, (Betjeman, McGough, Thomas) but on retirement had a fancy to write short stories.
18 months ago I joined Riverside Writers, a small friendly group of like minded people who's advice, encouragement and support have helped to improve my modest attempts no end.
Why not come along and meet us, we don't bite, and you'll be given a warm welcome no matter what level you are at.