The South Hams Authors Network was set up by historical fiction author Alison Huntingford in August 2021 when she looked around to find a local group to connect with other authors.
‘It seemed that there wasn’t one,’ said Alison, ‘so I decided the only thing to do was to start one up myself! I never expected it to take off as well as this.’
The South Hams Authors Network is a not-for-profit group to allow local authors who are serious about publishing their work, or are already published, to exchange ideas and contacts. They hold monthly meetings in Ivybridge, and occasionally Totnes.
The group have flourished, having regular meetings in Ivybridge with guest speakers, (despite the pandemic), as well as giving book readings in local libraries and bookshops and having a frequent authors spot on the Palm Torbay Radio weekly book show.
Last year they held their first literary festival at the Clay Factory in Ivybridge which included authors’ talks, book readings and workshops, children’s activities and storytelling, a poetry competition, an ‘open mic’, raffle, book stalls and more.
Recently they have also been involved in the English Riviera Literature Festival at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, as well as several events at ‘peculiar clothes’ shop, Scarlet Velvet.