About Us

Reigate and Banstead Writes. What’s The Story?

First and foremost, it is the home of RB Writes – “The best writing competition in Surrey.” according to James Cannon of BBC Radio Surrey…

Launched back in 2017 as a small inter-school creative writing competition, it quickly grew into a borough-wide competition open to all local kids in school years 5-9. The idea is simple, no complicated rules, we ask budding writers to submit an original story of 1,000 words all about the town where they live, using local landmarks as inspiration.

Each round has attracted between 4-500 entries. Previous winning entries were broadcast by BBC Radio Surrey. Check out the winning 2021 entry from Heidi Penrose Buckley here.

The 2022 round launches with a bang October 2022.

The supporting website and blog launched in 2010 and developed into a…


We regularly review local and not so local theatre, gigs, venues and more. See blog. Get in touch if you have an event or venue for us to review. We’d love to.


We love words! We love encouraging budding young writers via the annual competition. We love supporting local and not so local authors through reviewing and promotion via our social media channels