Writing Hour Roundup: 31 May 2022


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Welcome back to another Writing Hour Roundup.

“The People’s Friend” Writing Hour is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Twitter and it’s always a brilliant time! It’s a time when we can get together with writers for a chat.

Every week we summarise everything that went on for those who missed out.

This week we’re talking about royal fiction, favourite crime authors and your good news.

The Jubilee weekend is coming up. Do you enjoy books and stories with a royal setting?

Lots of you enjoy fiction with a royal theme.

There were great recommendations in the thread, from Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall to SJ Bennet’s crime series featuring Queen Elizabeth II as detective!

What’s inspired your writing or reading over the past seven days?

This thread shows that inspiration can come anytime and from anywhere.

TV, books, the weather, travels, nature, moving house, other writers and even the dreaded deadline.

It’s good to see that our story workshop inspired those who attended, too!

June is National Crime Reading Month. Who are your favourite crime authors?

Your persons of interest in this case are Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths, Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Michael Connelly, Val McDermid and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

What’s your favourite biography or autobiography?

There were so many interesting recommendations in this thread!

Check out these book reviews from the team for more:

  1. Travelling To Infinity by Jane Hawking
  2. Williams: A Different Kind Of Life by Virginia Williams
  3. Endurance by Scott Kelly
  4. Cold by Ranulph Fiennes
  5. The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Tell us your writing and reading news! What’s made you happy this week? Lots of words written or read?

We love hearing all your good news. Here are just a few feel-good bulletins!


We’ll see you at our next Writing Hour on Twitter — 11 a.m. on Tuesday 7 June, 2022.

Or click here to see our previous roundups.

Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.