Welcome to SWit'CH

We are a friendly group of writers and associated talents, meeting Wednesdays at 

Age UK internet cafe in Critchley House 75 Chorley Road Swinton M27 4AF.

Come and join us for a couple of shared hours between 2 and 4 pm on Wednesday.

We have been delighted and honoured to work in partnerships with AGE UK,  Holy Rood Church and Salford Talking News, reading members' work to the monthly magazine for the visually impaired, St Anne's Hospice Little Hulton and Humphrey Booth Resource Centre Swinton in Salford. 

We are also in patrtnership with Salford CVS

Switch On, Write On Read On..  has now been published as our first group showcase.  Available through usual on-line sources,

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  • NAWG Award 2017

    One of our writers was awarded a Highly Commended in the 2017 NAWG competition for 
    1958 (A Memoir) which focuses on teenage life in the Rock n Roll age
    Printed in full on the project page.

  • Fairytale Farm

    This was the inspiration for the story, You Know What!,  printed in projects

  • Swit'CH On published

    The group first anthology has been published. 
    The anthology is a collection of nearly sixty fictional stories, poems and scripts penned by the writers, on topics ranging from teenage dating in the 1958, to the parody experience of an immigration officer in Hastings in 1066.  Their work is complemented by illustrations
    from ‘Paint Pots and Pencils’, St. John’s Church, Irlams o’ th’Height.  
    The anthology was launched at Salford’s Big Day Out in Swinton, on Saturday 17 th September.
    Founder Bill Cameron said: “I’m delighted at the rapid progress of a loose group of individuals, having fun and writing to the point where we have published ‘Switch On, Write On, Read On’.  I believe this has met our aim to deliver a well-written showcase of a wide variety of work.
    Centre Manager at Age UK, Swinton, Nichola Swettenham said: “It has been wonderful to watch SWit’CH group grow in confidence, members and skill over the past 18 months. Following an initial discussion with Bill, the idea has been quickly brought to life. The group are building a strong reputation in the Salford area by reading their works for other local charities and at events, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for SWit’CH!”
    It is available through Amazon, Lulu and major book distributors

  • Alan launches his memoirs

    SWit'CH writer Alan Rick has published his memoirs "My Life and Other Misadventures" March 2016.  The amusing compilation of his early life exploits from childhood, through the Blitz and into National Service offer a light-hearted entertainment. Available from SWit'CH directly or Amazon in illustrated hardback or electronic Kindle formats..

  • Alan on the 'wireless'

    Alan read out on Salford local radio some abstracts from his memoirs, homing in on his amusing national service adventures in Egypt.
    on Saturday May 21st,
    SWit'CH writers Bill and Alan were interviewed by Joe Barnwell on his 'Something Old Something New' programme monthly special for armed forces veterans.

  • Dementia Awareness Week

    We wanted to help with DAW 2016 and were honoured to be invited to write appropriately and read out at Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton.  On Friday 20th May, SWit'CH members entertained staff, carers and dementia sufferers with commissioned nostalgia stories and memoirs.
    A similar divertissement was delivered at Critchley House on Wednesday 18th to an audience from Age UK.

  • Read out at St Ann's Hospice

    A warm welcome from the staff made the read-out at St Ann's Little Hulton an enjoyable February afternoon for Lily & John, Mary, Alan, Barry, Bill and Shaun.
    Alan read abstracts from his memoirs "My Life and Other Misadventures" - now available on Kindle.

  • STN reading January 2016

    Lily, John, Alan, Bill and Barry laid down nearly twenty of their own and other group members' pieces at a recording session in January for the SALFORD TALKING NEWS monthly magazine,  On the table is the Mayor's Citizen Award to the Talking Newspaper "in respect of the commitment, dedication and unwavering volunteering for the blind, partially sighted and otherwise reading disabled people of Salford."

  • Ordsall Hall

    The trip to Ordsall Hall inspired some intriguing pieces.

  • Critchley House garden

    We spent a few afternoons writing in the idyllic gardens at Critchley House and supported the official opening with a read-out.

  • Christmas Party 2015

    Smashing Party at Critchley house with special guests Lizzie, Wendy and Mary and from All Write on th'Height

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Switch writers gather in the garden at Critchley House cafe.