Our Work

Aware, our yearly anthology of Circle members’ writing.

Aware 2016

Aware 2016 is available as a free .pdf document. It contains the winning stories from our 2016 short story competition, and work by Circle members.

Aware 2016

Aware edition 11 is a substantial booklet and we’re pleased to be able to offer it in printed form, available from www.lulu.com. The price is £6 plus postage, with a donation from each copy sold going to the Circle’s chosen charity for 2015/2016; Cats’ Protection.


Aware is also available free of charge to download.

Aware 2015 pdf for website

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CAWDC member Jeanette Greaves has a short story (The Eight Pane Sash) in ‘Hauntings – An Anthology’, the next publication from North Manchester micro-press Hic Dragones. The book is out now – Hauntings


CAWDC members Cathy Lennon and Jeanette Greaves each had their flash fiction published online as part of the 2014 Flash Flood event, run by Flash Flood Journal. Cathy’s story, ‘The Engine of Desire’ and Jeanette’s story, ‘The Cove’ which can be found here


Elle-Marie Hinchcliffe – winner of Lancashire Authors 2014 Mercer Cup for her short story, ‘Skin Deep’.


John Winstanley has just published his book by Paragon Publishers, ‘Unsigned Unscene’ which champions local bands and artists in Chorley, Blackburn, Preston and Lancashire that never made it past their hometown fanbase …and a few that did. After attending Chorley Writers Circle John said it gave him the final urge to get his book sorted!

 See all members’ work in our annual publication, Aware

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Chorley writer’s thriller chart joy – Dave Harrison is one of the Circles most prolific members and it was winning a competition with us that inspired him to success.

Dave Harrison with his new book.
A Chorley author has opened up a new chapter in his life.

Waste management consultant Dave Harrison has made the top 10 in the Amazon thriller charts with his first published book.

Father of four Dave, 64, of Astley Village, who writes in Due Diligence about Manchester accountant Jenny Parker and how taking a bribe leads her into untold danger and mayhem, has been writing in his free time for several years.

But it was winning a prize in a national short story competition held by Chorley and District Writers’ Circle in 2010 which put him on the path to publication.

Dave, who runs Arley Consulting, St Thomas’s Road, Chorley, said the competition, which was independently judged, made a big difference to him.

He added: “I felt much more confident about my writing and I determined to focus on it.”
Dave engaged local editor Dea Parkin, of Fiction Feedback to edit Due Diligence after meeting best-selling thriller writer Stephen Leather at a crime-writing conference last summer.
Stephen read Dave’s book, loved it and supplied an endorsement for the front cover.
It was after this encounter that Dave decided to live his dream and learn more about the publishing business.
This year he set up his own publishing company, Open Circle with a team of people, including his wife and business specialist Anne Marie Nissen and daughter Emma Nissen Rutter, an artist and graphic designer.

Due Diligence, published as both an ebook and a printed book in April, peaked in the charts at eight then settling at 13 for a while – above thrillers by household names Lee Child and James Patterson.

The book also reached the top hundred of books sold overall by Amazon, with over a thousand copies of Due Diligence sold in the first week of May. Due Diligence is for sale as a printed book (£7.99) through Ebb & Flow, Gillibrand Street, Chorley, or can be bought from Amazon as an ebook.