Richmond Writing Group

Do you enjoy listening to authors talking about their work? Are you interested in writing?

The group won't be meeting during Levels 2,3 & 4, but we're compiling some great content here to keep you inspired until we can meet again.

>>> Go to Author Talks
>>> Go to Writing Inspiration
>>> Go to Meetings


Author Talks             

A regular, and often inspiring, part of the Richmond Writing Group meetings, are the one hour author talks we hold at the beginning of the session. We can't hold author talks during Levels 2,3 & 4, so here are some wonderful author talks you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Writing Inspiration             

In the second half of our monthly group meetings, we discuss writing and try a brief creative writing exercise. We then share the results with each other and have a friendly, positive discussion about the writing process.

I'll be collating some creative writing resources for you at attempt at home. The group is still maintaining occasional online contact, so if you'd like to share your writing with each other, please get in touch with and I'll add you to the Richmond Writing Group contact list. Anyone is welcome to take part.


When we reach Level 1, the Richmond Writing Group will meet on the third Tuesday of the month (except in December) in the Constance Barnicoat room at Richmond Library between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

From 1.00pm-2.00pm there is (almost) always a talk by an invited author. From 2.00pm-3.00pm you are invited to take part in a fun creative writing exercise.

It's free to attend, everyone is welcome, and bookings are not required. You are welcome to attend the whole session, or just part of it  - it's up to you.

Author Description Date
Ian Coulls

Ian is an Australian poet, writer and musician.

Ian Coull's website.

February, 2020

Robyn Prokop

Robyn is the author of Taelstone - Stones of The Azuri: Book One.

Robyn Prokop's website.

January, 2020

Karen Stade

Karen is the author of Pasta, Prayers and Promise; a book about Nelson’s Italian community,

and Driven By The Wind: The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose.

November, 2019

Lindy Kelly

Lindy has 25 published books including 3 novels one of which topped the bestseller list in NZ.

October, 2019

Ray Caird

Ray is the author of Blood Of The Flax, a self-published coffee table book celebrating

“the most important plant-human relationship in the history of Aotearoa”.

July, 2019

Brin Murray

Brin writes dystopian fiction and is the author of Children of the Furnace (2018) and Crosstrees (2018).

Brin Murray's website.

June, 2019

Sue Perkins

Sue writes romance, fantasy, young adult and books for children.

Sue Perkins' website.

May, 2019

Marianne Castle

Author of Two Dogs, One Bone (2019)

Marianne Castle's website.

April, 2019

Annika Ohlson-Smith

Annika writes poetry, award-winning short stories and novellas.

March, 2019

Bruce Gilkison

Author of Walking With James Hogg: The Ettrick Shepherd's Journeys Through Scotland (2016)

Bruce Gilkison's website.

February, 2019

If you are an author and would like to speak at a meeting of the Richmond Writing Group, please get in touch with Pania Walton: