In 1987 - Outlet co-editor Viv Harland was also a journalist with the Hartlepool Mail. As a result of her articles on Outlet
On August 6th three poems from Hartlepool were published on the front page of the Hartlepool Times - Fish and Chips by Tom Nossiter Remember by Norman Dickson (also published by Outlet), An Early Morning Walk in Lakeland by Frank Clark and The Cathedral by Muriel Allison.
The impact of Outlet via Viv Harland's articles in the Hartlepool Mail had inspired this initiative in the Hartlepool Times as it was recognised the Town had many budding writers.
Hartlepool Writers Group
By 1989 Steven Ryan had become a leading light on the Hartlepool Writing Scene, organising a group, running Top
Copy and as a member of the
early Write Around team and his work was featured in the Harlepool Mail Feb 15th 1989 (see cutting). Steven is quoted as saying that he spent his "time quite happily writing for my own amusement until last year when I got involved with the Cleveland Writing Festival (Write Around)" "it was clear that nothing was going in Harlepool for the writing festival and there was no Harltepool writers group" (which is why Write Around and Outlet invited Hartlepool writers to the meeting to help make sure something did happen in Hartlepool.Steven was the man to do that. Stevan formed the Hartlepool Writers Group and 30 people turned up and began meeting on a weekly basis with 12 to 20 people turning up. The group attracted members from all walks of life, from housewives to businessmen to retired professionals. Each week the members tell of the writing they have done and read their work aloud for the group's opinion. Steven pointed out that the group wasn't elitist
and open to all.
Steven and the group published Top Copy, funded by Northern Arts, although sadly it only lasted for two issues.
Later the group met at The Foggy Furze Library and in the 90's work was done in Hartlepool via Karen Sheader, Andy Croft and Bob Beagrie.