This is a page for our friends – people who used to be members of Pens Around the World and/or who have written us one or more guest blog posts.

Laura Besley | Angela Williams | Pete Armstrong | Jim McCrory

Like to appear here? Drop us a line using our contact form and pitch your guest blog post!


Jim McCrory was a probationary member of Pens Around the World for a period in 2022. He left us to dedicate more time to a writing group of fellow Creative Writing Masters degree students.

Before he left, Jim wrote us the following Bi-weekly Wisdom blog post: The Art of the Personal Essay.


Pete Armstrong

Pete Armstrong once threw a two-pitch inning; once took a wrong turning and got lost in The Bronx; once walked into a moose; once had a cryptic crossword published; once solved a mathematics problem that had defeated Paul Erdős; once played in an actual ice hockey game; once worked as a secret boffin; once won a fiction competition; once ran a marathon; once read Jerome K. Jerome in Swedish; once hit a walk-off home run; once had a book published; once won a judo black belt; once programmed a supercomputer; once came last in a county 1500 metres final; once illustrated his own children’s book; once threw 180 in a darts match; once walked to work in -30 C; once won a pool game with a full table clearance; once got happily married; four times held his newly born child and countless times read his children books, which is the best thing ever.

Visit Pete’s blog: http://www.petearmstrong.com

Pete was a Founder Member of Pens Around the World


Angela Williams aka Susan Carey

Angela Williams writes using the pseudonym Susan Carey. Since 1986 she has lived in the Netherlands where she writes stories in between the less demanding jobs of house-sitting, dog-walking and dreaming of worldwide renown. She has had short stories and flash fiction published and performed by, amongst others, Mslexia, Liars’ League, Writers Abroad, Reflex Fiction, Flash Flood Journal, The Fabulist Magazine and Casket of Fictional Delights. In 2020 she published her story collection, Healer. Available on Amazon.

Visit Angela’s blog: https://amsterdamoriole.com/writing/
Follow Angela on Twitter: @su_carey

A Founder Member of Pens Around the World, Angela has written the following blog posts for us: Ten Remarkable Facts about Nijmegen | An Ostentation of Peacocks (Pensive) | Hair, our Crowning Glory | Monday Muse 5 April (Pensive)


Laura Besley

Laura Besley is the author of micro fiction collection, 100neHundred (Arachne Press, 2021), and flash fiction collection, The Almost Mothers (Dahlia Books, 2020). Having lived in the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong, she now lives in land-locked central England and misses the sea.

Follow Laura on Twitter @laurabesley
Follow Laura on Instagram @besley_laura

Laura was the first non-member Guest Blogger at Pens Around the World. She has written the following post for us: Writing is Like a Team Sport