A group of older amateur writers are set to showcase their writing talent after Covid put a stop to activities.  

The Word Players, a mature creative writers’ group, are determined to change the perception that age is a limitation for trying something new.  

Pat Amercromby, one of the writers who published her first novel One Life in 2017 at the age of 72, met most of her fellow writers in a writing class in Beaconsfield and Chesham, when her husband went into full-time nursing care in 2016 after a stroke.

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Just before the pandemic hit, the Word Players compiled their best work inside one cover called On Reflection.

Pat said: “We did our own editing and copywriting and published our book via Amazon publishing in March 2020. Good timing!

“Like almost everything else, life ground to a halt then and we had no opportunity to promote the book."

Now the group, bound “by friendship and a love of the written word”, want to re-launch the book to give it the limelight it deserves.

Their anthology of short stories and poetry will be launched at a free talk Creative Writing: The Authors’ Tale in Amersham Library, Chiltern Lifestyle Centre, at 2pm on July 1.

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Pat said: “The message of course is: it's never too late to embark on a new challenge even in one's golden years.

“Frankly, the camaraderie and support from my writing friends has been invaluable. It has been a joy sharing this writing and publishing journey with all of them.”