The Suffolk Anthology is Cheltenham’s newest bookSuffolk Anthology IIshop, set up last year by Helene Hewitt.  It is called the Suffolk Anthology because it is an area of the town called ‘The Suffolks’, centering around Suffolk Square, a beautiful regency square which was built in part to house wealthy pensioners from the East India Company.  It has been called ‘the Notting Hill of Cheltenham’ because of its profusion of antique shops and small restuarants.

Helene Hewitt writes:

The Suffolk Anthology is an Independent Book shop which I opened February 2015. As an ex-GP I had limited experience as a bookseller but a great love for books and sharing this with people of all ages. The shop stocks a wide and eclectic  range of books with a particular interest in fiction, adult and children, poetry and history.

We also have a wide ranging programme of events including The Suffolk Seminars, book launches, writing workshops, and local author events. As a result we have got to know many local writers and poets, published and unpublished, and now host a monthly meeting of the Association of Independent Authors . We are very pleased to be associated with The Cheltenham Prize.

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SSS stands for Stroud Short Stories.  This is a twice yearly short story competition for Gloucestershire writers.  In addition to the cash prizes the winners read their stories at a special event in Stroud.

SSS has kindly agreed to bring the Cheltenham Prize to the attention of the people on their extensive  mailing list.  In return we invite our readers to visit

Stroud is a pleasant market town south of Gloucester whose Museum in the Park houses the world’s oldest lawnmower, which was invented here in 1830.Stroud lawnmower

Our Judge for 2016

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Our judge for the first Cheltenham Prize is Helen Hollick, author of several well-received historical novels and a vigorous promoter of ‘indie’ authors.  She will be reading all the entries – there will be no sifting by myself or others in our Writers’ Circle.  Her choices will be ‘blind’ as she will only be sent the entries each with a unique number, which I will allocate before sending it on.

Helen lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Devon. Born in London, She wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction. Published for over twenty years with her Arthurian Trilogy and her 1066 era books, she became a ‘USA Today’ bestseller with Forever Queen. She also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based fantasy adventures.

As a promoter of Indie Authors she is Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews, and inaugurated the HNS Indie Award.

For a fuller account see the page she has contributed at

Cheltenham Writers’ Circle

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Cheltenham Writers’ Circle is the oldest Writers’ Circle in the town, beginning life in 1977 as the Prestbury Writers’ Circle and meeting in Prestbury Library.  For the last 30 years we have met in Parmoor House, home of Cheltenham Civic Society.  Over the years we have produced four anthologies and a celebration of our thirtieth anniversary in 2007.

Our current long-serving Chairman, Phil Jones, has contributed a page to this blog at