Thank you for visiting my website

I’m currently taking a break from running writing courses and the weekly group to concentrate on activities related to ‘Thirty Angry Ghosts’ and other personal writing projects. I will update this website in the summer of 2023 to list upcoming courses and meetups.

In the meantime, please join Suffolk Writers Group‘ on Facebook to get to know your local community, take part in challenges and ask writing-based questions.

If you are looking for advice about self-publishing your work, click here.

For details of my poetry book ‘Thirty Angry Ghosts’ and related activities, scroll further down this page.

Click here for the winning poems from the 2022 Angry Ghost Poetry Writing Competition.

Click here to buy a book and/or leave an Amazon review.

Click here for related educational resources.

About Me

Mai Black – Writing Group Leader and Course Tutor

I have a degree in English Literature from Kent University, am a trained teacher, and have been running writing groups in Suffolk for the past ten years. I’ve won competitions for short stories, travel writing, and poetry with my work appearing in Best Magazine, Let’s Talk, CGP Publications for schools, Suffolk Magazine, The Telegraph and The Fens.

I recently published my first poetry collection, Thirty Angry Ghosts, which features poems in the voice of William Shakespeare, The Unknown Soldier, Boudicca and Queen Victoria. I am currently available for performances and speaking engagements in schools and other community settings including literary festivals.

With Andrew Marsh at Dial Lane Books in Ipswich

Two other examples of my work

Short Story in the Fens Magazine.

The Fens June 2020 by The Fens magazine - issuu

Travel piece in The Telegraph.

Recommendations I’ve received from group members

Cat Weldon

The feedback and support I received from Suffolk Writers Group was invaluable in my decision to submit my manuscript to agents. I was ultimately successful and my Viking trilogy, beginning with ‘How to Be a Hero’ was published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

Jacqui Martin

Mai is so welcoming and, as a new writer venturing into the unknown, everyone is reassuring, encouraging, and also really constructive.

Barry Eley

I wholeheartedly endorse Mai as a tutor. She has taken my writing from a series of official-sounding reports to a fully furnished novel, rich with descriptions and interesting characters. All done with gentle prodding and always a smile.

Megan Musgrove

I joined the Writer’s Group as a way to improve my writing skills. I stayed because the encouragement is fantastic; it has inspired a lot of new ideas and the people are just lovely.

Graham Cleaver

The combination of a friendly group of like-minded people and expert, supportive tuition is just what I needed.

Some Achievements of Group Members

  • Cat Weldon has gained a literary agent and secured a three-book deal with Pan MacMillan
Click Cover to see book on Amazon
  • Kelly was a joint runner-up in the Felixstowe Short Story Competition one year and, on another occasion, had a story shortlisted. She also won our concept competition and received very encouraging feedback from literary agent Meg Davis.
Clockwork Hearts (Rum Ol' Detectives Book 1)
Click the book to cover to see Timothy’s work on Amazon
  • Lesley won two hundred euros and had her travel piece published in The Telegraph.
Telegraph Travel Just Back competition: terms and conditions
  • Aaron won our synopsis competition to receive feedback on his work from literary Meg Davis
Meg Davis, Literary Agent | What you need to know – Jericho Writers
  • Megan Musgrove has had several novels published. Click here to take a look.
Resolution Kindle Edition
Click the book cover to visit Megan’s books on Amazon
  • William won a competition to be one of Suffolk’s Young Poets of the year and read his work alongside Allan Ahlberg
Suffolk Young Poets Competition rules
Click the picture for details of the competition

Cathy Grant had her poem ‘In the Care Home’ featured on Radio Suffolk.

BBC - About Radio Suffolk

8 thoughts on “Thank you for visiting my website”

  1. Hello Mai,

    My name is Rhys Moffat- I am a 26 year old history teacher who has recently moved to the area.I would like to use my summer to get into writing and in the long term attempt to write a novel. I was wondering whether the Suffolk writers group would be a good opportunity to meet like minded people. I am a complete novice though, so may well be out of my depth early on.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards,


  2. Thanks Nick. Yes, it was a really fun course. I’m running another in October. Message me for details.

  3. Hi, I am looking for books written by local authors for our new Farm Shop being built at Hintlesham, our ethos is support local talent, can you help? many thanks, Diana Bryce

  4. Hi Diana

    I’ve only just received your message. Sorry for the delay. Yes, I know lots of local authors who would love you to stock their books (including me), Could you email me at so we can arrange how to go about this?

    Best wishes,

    Mai Black

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