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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

Started May 9, 2015

Definition of a Classic Book

CLASSIC: A book which people praise, but never read.Anon.Continue

Started Jul 8, 2013

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The Seven Basic Plots (Christopher Booker)

  1. Tragedy
  2. Comedy
  3. Overcoming the monster
  4. Voyage and return
  5. Quest
  6. Rags to riches
  7. Rebirth

"The story is always there. The authors are only the fashion designers; dressing the plot and re-dressing the above basic stories.  The originality in a story is not in the plot, it's in the style and voice and imagination that brings the language, characters and settings to life."

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Dictionary of Cliches


Using the 2013 Dictionary of Cliches by Christine Ammer to find cliches that writers use most often. There is a clear frontrunner for the title of “most cliched writer”: James Patterson. The bestselling US author averages 160 cliches per 100,000 words, about twice as many as …


Posted on March 10, 2017 at 12:00pm

Inkerman - where does the name comes from?

Inkerman, formerly Kalamita, is a cave town in the Eastern part of Crimea.  Inkerman is Turkish for a cave town.  The town started life as a cave monastery in the 8th century, later to be taken over by the Greeks as a fortress, then taken back by the Turks in the 15th century who named it Inkerman.  It received world wide attention in the Crimean war (1854) with the battle of Inkerman.  In more recent times the Soviets used it as an underground ammunitions store.  They abandoned it after a…


Posted on October 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

Congrats and good luck

Congratulations to Roger and Mike with the publication of your respective books.  Have downloaded a copy of each, now I just have to read them.  I hope many people download copies.  Good luck.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:43pm

Keep on trying

"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:30am

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At 3:47pm on February 17, 2015, Alwyn Foden said…

"All first drafts are sh*!" - Hemmingway.



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



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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