Meet Our Members
Mavis Farrell grew up in rural Lancashire. In other lives she has been a herdswoman, factory worker, tracer, dental surgery assistant and nurse. She retired from the midwifery profession to write and paint. After publishing several short stories, she has written a book for children, ‘The Knight Riders’ and is currently writing a really grown up book about a war hero who returns from The Somme damaged and disfigured.
Agnes Frain is a retired nurse who is a founder member of Easington Writers, she’s been there from the first meeting. Instead of thrilling her grandchildren with tales of a prince who can thread a camel through the eye of a needle, with the support of her fellow writers she is much more outrageous and tells bigger lies.
Pauline Long is a semi-retired English teacher who decided she’d had enough of teaching why writers write as they do and wanted to have a go herself. She shortly afterwards found herself a member of Easington Writers - an outgoing bunch of ladies who have much more to say for themselves than any bunch of stroppy teenagers. Since then she's engaged in an alternative reality of balancing writing with baby-sitting, fixing her printer and trying to keep the Easington Writers' Facebook page up to date
Ethel Stirman is a 64 years old wife, mother, and grandmother. In her time, she has worked as a metallurgical chemist, run a small retail business, taught English in a secondary school, ending her working life as a consultant for Durham Local Authority. Her interests include local history and heritage, lawn bowls, reading and writing. She belongs to Easington Writers and to Hartlepool Writers and has contributed stories and poetry to several ventures. She is currently working on her first novel set in the South Durham Mining Villages.
Irene Styles is a writer of short stories and poems, who longs to write the novel inside her. She lives in the Easington area of Durham and has been a member of Easington Writers Group for several years. Irene is a retired teacher and also a mother and gran. She is soon to emigrate to Canada to join her family
Ali Tait has a liking for all things literacy. She spent thirteen years working in an East Durham Comprehensive school dedicated to the cause of helping children reach success in reading and writing. After bonding with Pauline about maxi dress prints and how to control a set of rowdy twelve year olds, she asked to join Easington Writers. As the newest member of the group, Ali is inspired by past writing ventures the group has been part of and future initiatives. She also looks forward to Mavis’ home-made sausage rolls once in a while!
Roberta Thomson approaches retirement after a long career in midwifery. She enjoys writing about growing up in south west Scotland in the sixties. As a member of Easington Writers, she appreciates their encouragement as much as they appreciate her scrumptious scones and hilarious stories – and that’s a lot.