Our members

me Sophie Guest

Founder and Chair of The Woldingham Writers’ Group, Sophie works full time as a finance lawyer but tries to fit writing around her job and family. Sophie writes short fiction and is currently working on the third draft of her first novel.


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Elaine is the group’s treasurer. She is retired and lives in Warlingham. She has been encouraged by her grandchildren to write down the stories that she makes up for them. She also enjoys writing poetry. She joined the group to meet other writers and to learn how to go forward with publishing.

2015-05-10 19.43.49Sue Boag

Sue lives in Caterham with her partner Mark, and after a long career in the corporate world now works part time for a children’s charity.  Apart from her love of writing, both fiction and poetry, Sue likes to travel, as well as to read and visit the theatre.  Sue joined The Woldingham Writers’ Group to meet like minded people and gain support and feedback for her work. Sue is currently taking time out from the group but we hope to see her back again soon.


Carl lives in Warlingham with his wife and two children, and assorted animals. Having worked for over seventeen years in various roles within the driver training industry, he decided to follow up a lifetime of voracious reading by writing his first novel, for which he is currently seeking an agent. Carl joined Woldingham Writers’ Group in order to learn and share ideas and best practice with other local writers, and in the hope of honing the craft of being a writer as he starts the first draft of the sequel to his first book.

Caroline Parkinson

Caroline lives locally and encouraged Sophie to start the group as she has enjoyed writing since her school days. Maybe there is a book waiting to be written but The Woldingham Writers’ Group has been an encouraging and inspiring forum to research ideas and learn new writing skills. Caroline writes for a living producing estate agent’s details and contributes articles to the local magazines.

Christopher Sykes

Christopher enjoyed success writing sitcom for the BBC some years ago.  For CSykesimageexample, his very popular Radio sitcom “Oh Mother” starred Mollie Sugden as the mother and Patricia Brake as the daughter. The long Series featured many well-known supporting comedy actors of the day, such as Kenneth Connor, Pat Coombs, Betty Marsden, Barry Cryer, Joan Sanderson, Ian Lavender from Dad’s Army, Frank Thornton from Are you being served?, Wilfrid Brambell from Steptoe and Son etc.

This sitcom would probably have transferred to BBC TV had not Ronnie Corbett’s ‘Sorry’ (also featuring mother domination) been commissioned first!

Sadly, his developing professional career (qualified architect, publisher and international PR) took precedence and writing comedy had to take a temporary back seat. Now that he has more freedom with retirement, he has resumed writing full time.

Robin Owen

Susie Brain

Jenny James (Secretary)

Janine Battersby

Zsuzsanna Chappell

Nick Hough

Sally James




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