About Us

WHAT IS REIGATE AND BANSTEAD WRITES?

Reigate and Banstead Writes began WAY back in 2017. The Warwick School started it all off back in 2017 as an inter-school short story competition. The response of just over 400 entries took co-ordinators and judges by surprise and so it all began.

The idea was simple; we asked young people to write a story set in the towns where they lived, in no more than 1,000 words. Any genre, any story and any (local setting) as long as the stories were original and clearly set in our borough. Most popular settings over 2 rounds? Reigate’s beautiful Priory Park, The Belfry Centre, Redhill and Mercer’s Lake just outside Merstham. The most bizarre? Kwik Fit in Redhill. Hyper local.

The enthusiasm for this local writing competition prompted another round in 2019. Almost 1,000 stories later and we are eagerly awaiting the 3rd round which will open for entries for students aged 9-14 on 1st February 2020. We are very lucky to enjoy support from the Belfry Centre, Redhill, The Harlequin Theatre Redhill, Susy Radio, BBC Surrey and Reigate Borough Council, local branches of Surrey libraries and Waterstones.

WE ARE ALSO A SMALL BUT MIGHTY REVIEW SITE…

As you see from the blog, We post reviews about and on local cultural events. We want to support keen writers from across the borough and act as a barometer as to ‘what’s occurring’ in the local cultural world and (slightly) beyond…. If there is a RH link we want to know about it. We ask that you keep reviews to 400 words.

I AM INTERESTED IN REVIEWING. HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

We welcome reviews by young and old local writers on plays and gigs they have seen and book reviews as well. Reigate and Banstead Writes is a not-for-profit site, aiming to celebrate local writing and promote local authors. If you want to get involved email: reigateandbansteadwrites@gmail.com. We reserve the right to retain editorial control and the right to share reviews on our social media and with other relevant media outlets.

OUR ETHOS IS SIMPLE.

We aim to support and celebrate local authors and writers by helping to publicise via our author pages, blog and to celebrate the joy of writing and culture in our local area.

AND WHAT’S MORE THE FIRST RH FRINGE IS COMING…

Reigate and Banstead Writes is a cornerstone event for the first RH Fringe taking place in June 2020. See the page for all up to date information. We are so grateful for sponsorship from Andrews Estate Agents, Redhill and to Reigate and Banstead council for their support.

Andrews of Redhill are proud sponsors of the first RH Fringe and we are grateful or support from Reigate Borough Council with promotional and running costs.