Hastings Writers' Group is
an organisation for published and aspiring writers based in
Hastings, East Sussex. It was established in 1947, and is one of the
longest-running writers' groups in the United Kingdom. Catherine
was a founder member and was patron for many years. A
more recent patron was David Gemmell
a best-selling author of heroic fantasy.
The group runs a national short story competition, the Legend
Writing Award, and also produces an annual anthology,
won two national awards:
Volume 3 won the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust anthology
award and Volume 4 won the National Association of Writers' Groups'
Denise Robertson Trophy for the best group anthology.
Meetings are held fortnightly on Monday evenings and the programme
includes manuscript evenings with constructive criticism, guest
speakers, workshops, and competitions with judges from the field of