- 1945-1993 (Creation)
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The Croydon Writers Circle was founded in June 1945 on the initiative of Nancy Martin (who became the first Secretary), and with the active support of WC Berwick Sayers, Chief Librarian of Croydon (who became the first Chairman). Cyril Spackman, a local sculptor, offered his Studio in Edridge Road, free of charge, as a meeting place and headquarters. The aim of the society was to 'unite writers in the Croydon area for mutual assistance in the art of authorship, the discussion of its theory and practice and the disposal of literary work'.
The Circle began with 30-40 members; but by the time it reached its sixth year there were 104 members, and it was the second largest such circle in the country. It had many honorary members, who included Agnes Allen, John Gordon (editor of the Sunday Express) and Cicely Mary Barker (author of the Flower Fairy books).
Monthly meetings were and are held and so are group meetings for the purpose of reading and criticising members manuscripts. As a result of the society many books, scripts and articles etc. have been published. They also sponsored and organised Croydons first Authors Book Week in 1949. They regularly hold exhibitions of members work and hold meetings with famous guest speakers. Many of their members have won awards for their work and have become prolific authors as a result of the circle.
The Circle changed its name to the Croydon and District Writers Circle in 1985.
Donated by the Croydon and District Writers Circle, March 1995. Minute book 1955 - 1964 (AR106/1/2) had previously been donated to the Local Studies Library by the Circle at an unknown date.
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Accession Number: A493
Croydon Writers Circle minutes
Founded 1945. Constitution and typescript minutes of meetings.
Item date: 1955-1964
Accession date: 27/11/1999
Custodial history: Transferred from Local Studies Library fS70(806)CRO
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Minutes, newsletters, photographs, cuttings and other records of Croydon Writers Circle
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