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About "The Writing Desk"

Who are we?

The Writing Desk is a family-run business established in 2000 by Anna and Martin Roberts.

Anna is a Solicitor but left the legal profession when her first child was born. Together with husband Martin, a Chartered Engineer, they founded The Writing Desk in 2000 as an on-line business with Anna running the operation virtually single-handed. In 2007 Martin joined The Writing Desk full-time and together they built the business so now it is the UK's leading independent fine writing specialist.

Our shop in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
Our shop in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Why buy from The Writing Desk?

We have 17 years experience in selling pens and a lifetime's passion of pens and all things stationery. You could call us stationery junkies! We chose a change of career and lifestyle and The Writing Desk is our sole occupation and our livelihood so we take it seriously. We believe that our education and past professional experience helps us to run a well thought out and efficient business, providing you with value for money products and great customer service.

We aim to bring you good old fashioned honest customer service with the ease of 21st century shopping.

As authorised dealers of 41 brands we have, over the years, built up trusted relationships with our suppliers which enables us to give our customers up to date information on new products and special offers.

Our Shop

On 3rd June 2017 we opened a specialist retail shop in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. This is a real brick and mortar store where you can view and try out the pens and other writing equipment you see on-line.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide the best possible service in all aspects and although we run an automated "shopping basket" system on our website we always deal with each order personally. We pride ourselves in providing a professional and personal service to all our customers and you can read some of their testimonials on our Reviews page.

We hope you find our website interesting and informative. If you find any errors or omissions please e-mail

Our Mailing List

Keep up to date with new products and special offers by joining our Mailing List. To join, please visit this page.

London Writing Equipment Show (LWES)

We are regulars at the London Show where you can come and talk to us, ask advice and see some of our latest products. For information and dates refer to our e-newsletters.


Writing Equipment Society

We are members of the Writing Equipment Society and Martin was formerly Membership Secretary. If you would like to join the WES you can download an application form here.