Inkerman Writers

a showcase of our work

Inkerman Writers were originally creative writing students at Darlington Arts Centre, County Durham, England.

Since the centre's closure. they study at the Friends' Meeting in Skinnergate, Darlington. Tracey Iceton took over the courses from John Dean in January 2018.


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Talking of love...

The Inkers Creative Writing Collective, which is part of the Inkerman Writers, presents‘What is This Thing Called Love?’In aid of Darlington Association on DisabilityFriday August 9th 7pm - 9pmFriends Meeting House, Skinnergate, DarlingtonTickets £3 on the dooror call 07941213155email inkerscreativewritingcollectiv@gmail.comTea and cake served from 6pmSee More
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Talking of love...

Posted by John Dean on July 2, 2019 at 2:44pm

Festival events

Crime writer John Dean, a member of the Inkerman Writers, will be among those authors staging events at Darlington Arts Festival, during National Crime Reading Month in May. They are:

Title: An Introduction to Crime Fiction – Writing workshop

Event details Best-selling crime novelist John Dean is to run an Introduction to Crime…


Posted by John Dean on February 25, 2019 at 4:00pm

My Writing Year - 2018 - Tom Benson

I may not attend the group writing sessions but I often think of the regular evenings of writing exercises and critique. The idea of one-to-one feedback in person, is, in my opinion, unparalleled in our craft. Yes, I moved on to be in a world (or worlds) of my own, but I learned a lot from the weekly…


Posted by Tom Benson on December 18, 2018 at 1:25pm

Inkerman Street anthology is launched

Darlington-based Inkerman Writers have produced their latest anthology of short stories, Inkerman…


Posted by John Dean on May 29, 2018 at 8:49am


What is art?

Art is an intellectual exercise that results in people seeing and thinking differently.'Art is the presentation of art and form in such a manner as to delight and inform.' Horatio.An artist is…Continue

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The Self Publishing Conference 2014

Hello there my fellow Inkerman Writers. I realise that there are those of you, who like me, have already dabbled in the self-publishing field, but you may still be interested in attending the…Continue

Started by Tom Benson Mar 8, 2014.


Darlington for Culture membership

The Inkerman Writers are members of Darlington for Culture (DfC), which was set up  in 2010 to help save Darlington Arts Centre from closure.

Its members include representatives of arts and community groups.

DfC was established after the centre’s owner, Darlington Borough Council, announced that budget cuts meant that it would have to withdraw its subsidy from the Arts Centre.

Although the centre closed, the organisation remains active - more at


The Inkermans in Print

Welcome to the site created by the Inkerman Writers to showcase our work.

Based in Darlington, North East England, and having celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2013, members have enjoyed success in a variety of arenas, including winning, and being shortlisted and highly commended, in short story competitions, having novels published and publishing the short story anthology A Strawberry in Winter, which can be obtained by visiting the website

The group's second anthology of short stories, Christophe's Farewell and Other Stories, can be obtained, cost £4.95 plus postage and packing, from

The Inkerman Writers latest book, Out of the Shadows, which was launched as part of the 2013 Darlington Arts Festival, is on sale. The book can be ordered direct from

The group also produced The Last Waltz, a double CD of short stories, available by contacting, cost £5 plus p and p.

Several of our writers wrote original one-act plays in a collaboration with the Green Theatre company, which were performed at Darlington Arts Centre early in February, 2012.


Darlington-based Inkerman Writers have produced their latest anthology of short stories, Inkerman  Street, based on the demolition of a fictional northern street and the stories of the people who lived in it.

The book, which features a variety of stories ranging from horror to comedy, was launched to a large audience at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26 and begins like this:

Inkerman Street is still and graveyard-hushed tonight, the terraced houses cold behind boarded-up windows, silent sentinels among a sea of wasteland. No one lives here now and tomorrow the bulldozers will move in to flatten the houses to make way for the Council’s Grand Plan.

“Although the people are long gone, the houses still have life. Peek into one of the bedrooms and see on the wall a painting of a seaside scene, brightly-coloured boats bobbing in the harbour, fishermen pipe-smoking in the noonday sun and seagulls wheeling high above the choppy waters. In the roaring silence of the night, you can hear the screeching of the birds and taste the salt air, acrid and herring-sharp at the back of your throat. It is an illusion; the bedroom is empty and the blooms on the faded wallpaper have long since wilted.

“The air in the houses is musty with neglect yet but a few months before, these were bustling homes filled with frying bacon and steaming irons, whistling kettles and playing children. The houses witnessed all these scenes for more than 150 years. Behind their curtains were enacted a thousand stories but tomorrow they will be destroyed because Inkerman Street is the last of its ilk.

“Now, on the eve of the street’s death, the people who once lived here have returned, gathering solemn and silent in the mist, the ghosts of the past come to pay final tribute….”

The anthology can be purchased at




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