Current Members

Christie Cluett

I wrote my first book when I was a child. It was about the burning issue of losing a teddy bear and I got a professional (child) in to do the illustrations. Unfortunately it wasn’t a best-seller but my parents liked the ending. Job done. Since then I’ve been trying to recreate the high. I’m currently in the final throes of a novel, a dark comedy about a Geography teacher who has a mental breakdown and in between I’m writing short stories.

I co-founded the writing group to connect with other writers, to get useful critique and comments from others passionate about writing, and to not feel so alone when following a passion that leaves you scribbling in a corner for long periods, chewing pens to pieces and sobbing into paragraphs.

We are a varied bunch, who write all kinds of different types of fiction, who have come together to share high, lows, criticism, feedback and the occasional beer.

You can find more about me and my writing on my website

DSCF49573Mel Ciavucco 

I now live in Bristol, am originally from Staffordshire, but lived in New Zealand (among other places) in-between. It was there that I did a short story course and joined my first writing group, and as they say, the rest is history! My short stories have been published with Freedom Fiction, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Darker Times Fiction. I was a Notable Contender for the Bristol Short Story Prize, and won third place in the Henshaw Press short story contest in 2013. I am currently working on a screenplay for my first feature film, plus a short film, plus finishing my novel ‘Occasus’ – a post-apocalyptic drama. I write anything from tragic family dramas to comedy zombie parodies. Many of my stories are inspired by travelling experiences in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India, but I also like to write about aliens quite a lot too.

You can find out more about me on my website:

Christopher Fielden Chris Fielden

When I left school, I decided to play drums in a rock band, much to the joy of my parents. I did this for 15 years. It was a lot of fun. The band did not make me a millionaire. After the band split up, I started writing fiction. I self-published my first book, Wicked Game, in 2010. To avoid a mental breakdown, I then started writing short stories as they’re a lot easier to finish. My stories have been published in print and online by many fine publications, including Writers’ Forum, Scribble, Writers’ Village, InkTears, Brighton COW, Darker Times, World City Stories and Little House Creative Workshops.

By day my job is in digital marketing, where I spend most of my time trying to avoid wearing a suit. By night I play drums in rock bands Ye Gods! and AD/HD. In between, I ride motorcycles and write.

I have my own website, which offers lots of free resources for writers, and I run the annual humorous short story competition, To Hull & Back, which the other lovely members of this writing group help me to judge.

The group is amazing. I’d never have had so much work published without the constructive criticism and feedback I receive from the other members.

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I’m a short story writer, originally from the rolling hills of the High Peak, now living in the rolling hills of Bristol, by way of the rolling hills of Tuscany. Apparently I am physically incapable of living somewhere flat, which is unfortunate given that two of my hobbies are cycling and running.

Luckily I have a number of other non-hill related activities to fill my time with, such as listening to musicals, drinking tea, and pretending to write – usually all at once.

To learn more about me and my writing just follow me on Twitter at @LeahEadesWriter or visit my website at

Nick Edwards

 Nick Edwards

I am a freelance journalist. I’ve contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph & The Independent. An extract of my fiction appeared in a collection of new writers Uncut Diamonds published by The Arts Council and Maia press. Currently writing a novella that is slowly killing me.

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 Steph Minns

I’ve been a keen reader, writer and artist since childhood. Originally from the suburbs of London but now living in Bristol, UK, I work part time as an administrator and spend my spare time writing. My previous incarnations have included gardener, magazine editor and web designer. My dark fiction stories range from tales set in dystopian realities to ghost and horror.

My professional publishing history to date runs to several short stories and a novella, in both e-book and print, accepted by notable indie publishers Dark Alley Press, Grinning Skull Press and Almond Press. Competition wins have included winner  of the Dark Tales March 2014 international competition, and honourable mention in a Darker Times horror/dark fiction 2013 competition.

I’m currently working on a paranormal crime thriller novel.

I have a website – – where you can read my stories, interviews and reviews.

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I’ve always loved writing. Over the years I’ve tried various different mediums: comic strips; poetry; song lyrics; a pantomime; romantic comedy screenplay; various short films; stand up comedy; a few graphic novels; reviews for a local magazine and a children’s book. Some were more successful than others, but nothing that was going to make me a household name. Then in the summer of 2014, I wrote a ghost story. It was called The Sailor’s Field and was influenced by my experiences growing up in the Forest of Dean. It got into the hands of a local horror writer who then got in touch and gave me some overwhelmingly positive feedback and encouragement. Enthused by this response I wrote another short story. This time about an arrogant atheist writer who angers the god of all stories. It went on to win the audience award at Let Me Tell You A Story, Jack. I began to feel I had found my calling.

Since then, I have written several more and I’m hopefully going to self-publish my first collection of horror stories by the end of 2015. Then I start work on a novel.

I joined Stokes Croft Writers because I was impressed by the startling array of talent Christie and Mel had brought together. I feel privileged to have been accepted, as every member of the group is a writer I admire. Their feedback is fantastically insightful, constructive, and supportive. I feel I’m becoming a better writer due to their influence.

To find out more about what I’m up to and to read more of my writing, please visit my website

Mark RutterfordMark Rutterford

I spent years not writing, which means that I spent years keeping all the ‘stuff’ that flows onto the page inside a box. In 2008, I wrote a novel that started to let all the ‘stuff’ out. It was called ‘At My Bravest and Most Vulnerable’ and now, I find that all the ‘stuff’ couldn’t fit into a hundred boxes.

In the last few years, I started reading and performing my short stories and re-defined the phrase ‘At My Bravest and Most Vulnerable’ – that’s how I met the Stokes Croft Writers. They realised that it would be impossible for anyone to fill Andy Melhuish’s shoes, but it would be really handy to have someone with enough pairs of glasses so that everyone in the group could be bespectacled for publicity shots. So here I am, delighted to be part of a very talented and inspirational group.

You can find out more about me and my writing on my website:

Previous Members

Andy Melhuish

Editor, copy writer, creative writer and now working in a haunted asylum to pay his way through starving student days. Unable to leave us completely, Andy is often seen popping up at events across Bristol.

Joshua Keeling

Artist/Writer/Singer-Songwriter/Actor, Josh was our youngest member. He’s currently taking time out from the group, to try and fit in all his talents around his education.

Sophie Bishop

What with starting a new and impressive job, while trying to juggle her successful monthly comedy night at Cafe Kino, which started as a science experiment to either prove or disprove any theory that women or vegans cannot be funny. Like the page here:

Expect to see Stoke Croft Writers representing there every now and then.







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