Our members

Some of us are shy, some of us are not.

Some of us are chatty, some of us are not.

We’re not all on this page, but you’ll find us all in the library.

Jacqueline Ward

Jacqueline Ward is a writer from the North West of England. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist and her debut psychological thriller, PERFECT TEN, was published by Corvus Atlantic Books in 2018. Her second psychological thriller, HOW TO PLAY DEAD, is published in November 2019.

Jacqueline is the author of the DS Jan Pearce crime fiction series and a speculative fiction novel SMARTYELLOW and enjoys writing short stories and screenplays.

She holds a PhD in narrative and storytelling which produced a new model in identity construction. Jacqueline has worked with victims of domestic violence and families of missing people as well as heading a charity that deals with the safety and reliability of major hazards. She received an MBE for services to vulnerable people in 2013.



Bonnie Meekums

An escaped academic, Bonnie already had two professionally published books on arts therapies / Dance Movement Therapy before her first novel, A Kind of Family, was published by Between the Lines Publishing in January 2020. 

Bonnie loves libraries; they gave her access to stories when, as a working-class girl in 1950s London, there were few books in the household. She later worked in one during her sixth form, and is delighted to find herself in Oldham Writing Group, meeting in Oldham library. While visiting New Zealand early in 2020, her book tour took in three libraries in the Queenstown and Lakes District, where she also donated copies of her novel. Her book launch in Lees Library on March 9th, 2020.

Bonnie shares a house with her husband, various offspring that she is never entirely confident have finally left, and from time to time grandchildren, whose size is inconsistent with their conviction that they actually rule the roost. To relax, she grows vegetables that misbehave even more than the grandchildren, walks in the hills, reads of course, and dances. She also travels alarming distances every now and then, to visit people she loves who have inconveniently chosen to live as far away from her as possible. 




Dan Forrester

Dan Forrester graduated from college back when he was still young and happy. Several years later, with life having fixed that, he took up writing and has since won awards for his short stories from both the National Association of Writers’ Groups and the Lancashire Authors’ Association. He has also had short stories published by Reader’s Digest and Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook amongst others, and his first novel HAVOCK was shortlisted by Grindstone Literary for their International Novel Prize. Dan lives in Oldham with his wife and the love of his life, his cat Eric.


Jo Harthan

Since childhood, Jo has suffered from CWD (Compulsive Writing Disorder). After more career changes than Microsoft have updates, she began having dreams that were demanding she took her hobby seriously. Eventually, in 2011 she complied and took early retirement from the University of Nottingham so that she could write full-time. An Indie publisher by choice, to date she has published sixteen books – eight non-fiction and eight fiction titles. She also facilitates Saddleworth Writers’ Group.



Jennifer Joyce

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies from Oldham. She’s been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee’s knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything). 

Jennifer has published ten rom coms so far: three have been self-published and seven have been traditionally published by HQ Digital (HarperCollins). She’s currently working on book number 11.



Joy Mutter

Joy Mutter was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands and lived there for 18 years before working as a professional graphic designer for 20 years in Kent. She moved to Oldham in late 2012 a decade after her divorce and has one married daughter. Since then she’s lived alone working as a full-time indie author writing in several genres. Joy’s first book was published on Amazon in 2015. By early 2020, she’d written and published on Amazon five paranormal crime thrillers, one psychological thriller, a collection of fourteen short stories, a non-fiction book about old postcards, three third-person memoirs, and a contemporary novel. All are available as Kindles and paperbacks. Nine have audiobook editions. Her Kindles are all free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.



Good reads – http://bit.ly/2YOVuL7



Sue Cook

Sue Cook writes WOMAG stories for an ever-decreasing market. In her dreams, she is the next Ian Rankin. In her blog, she is the pessimist’s guide to writing cheerfully. In reality, will she ever get that manuscript finished?

www.suecookwrites.wordpress.com – the pessimist’s guide to writing cheerfully

Twitter – @popsytops

Carolyn Crossley

Carolyn Crossley a freelance poet who has been published in many anthologies. She performs in various Spoken Word venues now all on 
zoom. She is a writer and member of Oldham Writing Cafe, Oldham Writing Group also including Oldham NaNoWriMo group. She has written a historical fiction novel which now needs editing and she is half way through a Cli-Fi dystopian future novel. She is a mistress of ceremonies, voice-over artist and would-be podcaster when she learns how to do it. Her current project is writing and self publishing her first book, a Spoken Word Memoir. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and walking. She adores cats and love horses.

Carolyn writes a blog as The Vixen fo Verse here.

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