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New Venues for February

Farewell Umami Restaurant

The Bahrain Writers’ Circle once had a delightful home where we held meetings, celebrations, two Colours of Life festivals on a rooftop venue specially set up for us! It was a place of memories and laughter, before or after-meeting dinner for some of us. For all this we would never find enough words to thank the owner of Umami, Momen Khandarkar and his able, dedicated and supportive team, Delwar, Suhail and the other lads. As things evolve, the venue, is now closed. There is hope, however, that Umami will be reincarnated. Until then we wait, suspended in hope.

Like many another chrysalis, we, the BWC have had to break out of our comfort zone, explore the world and learn to fly.

So this February, we are flitting to not one but three different locations!

Al Riwaq Art Space




Al Riwaq Art Space

Our monthly meeting to be held on Monday 12th February at 7:30pm will be at Al Riwaq Art Space in the American Space up on the third floor. What a beautiful location! Thank you to our member Jan Von Schleh for organizing such a charming spot. Jan is also our speaker for the evening and will tell us all about her upcoming YA novel But Not Forever.





Our venue for the Second Circle Poetry Group on Tuesday February 13th at the usual time of 7:30pm is the charming art gallery at Andalus Garden in Ghudaibiya, ArtDivano. This location was introduced to us by our member Claudia Hardt – thanks for all your efforts, Claudia! Our partnership with ArtDivano promises to be exciting, dynamic and poetic!




Claudia, Rohini, Maryam – of the Juffair Grand Hotel – and Michelle at the café in Juffair Grand

Juffair Grand Hotel

Our Creative Writers’ Workshop has a superb, quiet space at the Juffair Grand Hotel in the café on the 9th Floor. Members! Please let them know at the reception where you’re headed and we’ll see you at the cafe. Please place your orders at the restaurant below and come on up!



The First Meeting of 2018

Our first meeting was a great success in spite of a panic with regard to a venue!

As our members know, our regular venue was not available. Umami Restaurant in Adliya, Bahrain was, for the last four years, our home, our meeting place, the venue for two very successful Colours of Life events, and our first (and only) Open Mic in 2017. For a number of reasons our patron, Momen, who had until now offered Umami to us, free of charge and included, water, coffee and tea on the house, has closed it down in search of a new location. However, thanks to his efforts and goodwill with a neighbouring restaurant, Florence, at the last minute we had a venue!

Our meeting for 2018 kicked off with a visit from an award-winning writer Siobhan Fallon, author of The Confusion of Languages and You Know When the Men Are Gone. Siobhan read from her book, and shared insights on how to establish oneself as a literary writer, which magazines and contests were worth entering and a lot more.

The evening wrapped up with a Q&A session and members meeting and catching up  after the December break. We welcomed new members and have plans for an exciting year of writing ahead.

Some photographs from the event.

An opportunity for short story writers!

It’s time to sharpen your pencils, fill your pens, flex your wrists and enter the annual…

Atlantis Short Story Contest: Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place) Regular deadline: February 25, 2018. Early Bird: December 18, 2017 (discounted entry fee), Info:   
Contact e-mail:

No meetings in December!

It’s the festive season! That means in Bahrain we have a busy social calendar right from the 1st of the month! The BWC is participating in the Island’s first Cat Festival! Titled Meow Day. Then there’s a slew of  celebrations running up to Bahrain’s National Day, after which there’s Christmas. Yes! in Bahrain we say Christmas!

So, since last year we decided that it would be the perfect month to get together for a social. And that’s all we’ll be doing as the BWC. The dates will be finalised and intimated to our paid members.

But, watch this space! January it’s membership time and the kick-off to what’s already looking like a busy 2018. Do come and renew your membership, OR sign up for the first time. It’s only BD10 for the whole year with a calendar of events that will keep you writing or improve your writing or take you to the next level!


February 14th Poetry Meeting postponed

Please note the change in our meeting schedule! The February 14th meeting, for a number of reasons has been postponed to February 15th.

Same time: 7:30pm

Same Place: Umami Restaurant, Adliya

Young Talent


…Introducing Author-ettes Supreme… Phoebe Beckett-McInroy and Isabel Looby…

OnceABoy…a wee while back, I wrote on this ‘ere blog about two amazing young ladies who are arguably  the  youngest ever self-publishing writers… the Misses Phoebe Beckett-McInroyand Isabel Looby who co-authored ‘ONCE A BOY WON A RACE!’… last night, at the Bahrain Writers Circle, these Nobel Literary Prize Winners-In-Waitingdelighted the group’s members with their refreshing take on what it means to be published authors… the photograph here shows the scribbling super starlets with Master Gallacher, the zombie glint in whose eyes merely reflect the aura of the youngsters… the Leader of the Bahrain Writers Circle, our wonderful m’Lady, Rohini Sunderam, presented a certificate of thanks and honorary membership cards for the Circle to each of the girls (they’re aged 8 and 9 years old–no ageism in this Circle!)…

phoebe_isabel…what tickled me immensely was the instant LOUD response from the girls, in concert, when asked ‘when and where can we buy your books?’ ,  ‘NOW!’ was the reply, as they had brought copies along with them, ready for sale… ladies after my own marketing heart!… LUVVED IT!… in my possession now I proudly have the first signed copy of their book…OnceABoybook

..a heartening snippet to report is that royalty proceeds from sales to date are being donated to a local charity for children with social needs… well done, Phoebe and Isabel… LUVZYA!

…yeez can find yer own copy here on Auntie Amazon Kindle:

…for local residents in Bahrain, the book is available in hard copy at Jashanamal book stores and Words Bookstore Cafe

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ! …


Original post on October 11, 2016


Dear members and potential members!
There were some concerns expressed with regard to our meetings this week. However, we have decided to go ahead with our Monday meeting BUT the Tuesday poetry group meeting has been postponed to next Tuesday i.e. October 18th!

Our Monday meeting speakers are two charming young authors aged 8 and 9: Phoebe Beckett-McInroy and Isabel Looby. Who are going to share their self-publishing venture with us.

Now if that isn’t inspiration, I don’t know what is!

Thank you Seumas Gallacher for introducing these two young ladies to the BWC. I look forward to a lively meeting.

Since I have not received any more entries for our last monthly challenge. I am declaring it closed. I thought I was getting one more entry, but only received two.

Monday October 10th at 7:30pm at Umami Restaurant- General/Monthly Meeting

Monday October 17th at 7:30pm at Umami Restaurant Creative Writers’ Workshop

NEW DATE FOR OCTOBER!! Tuesday October 18th at 7:30pm at Umami Restaurant – Poetry Meeting

Atlantis Short Story Competition

Dear BWC Members & Readers,

I participated in this contest some years ago and was very pleased with the feedback I received.

Details are as follows:

Atlantis Short Story Contest: Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place) Deadline: November 30, 2016 Info:
Home – Atlantis Short Story Contest
Welcome to the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016 “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought …