Writers in Recovery

Writing has long been associated with drinking. But what’s it like to write when you’re sober? How can writing help people in recovery to explore their experiences? What perspectives do people in sobriety gain that can help all writers?

Hear from Matthew Ingram, Rob Coughlin, Rob Jones and Lewis Coleman about their experiences of writing and how themes of addiction and recovery have inspired their work.

Matthew Ingram’s difficulties began with a high speed car crash and PTSD. Endless Possibilities is his first book and tells of his journey to recovery. 

Rob Coughlin has been sober for many years. His book Toubab is a high-energy adventure in Africa, where he found himself living in The Gambia.

Rob Jones edited local author Angie Clarke’s book Sh*t Creek to Somewhere Else. Angie is a pillar of the community and founded the local charity, Somewhere House Somerset. Rob works alongside her at Somewhere House.

Lewis Coleman is a local author and has been sober for over a decade. He recently completed his second novel, Out of the Sighs, which is the story of a man trying to stay sober in a dystopian future. Having lost everything, Tom Hanson finds himself back in his hometown. Will he relapse? Or will he manage to find a way out?

Age range: 16+ due to potential content of the conversation

Duration: 75 mins

Time: 11am – 12:15pm, Saturday

Venue: Pizey Room

Price: £6 (incl booking fee)