Category Archives: Creativity

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Twist & Mix, my second collection of short stories, has won a Red Ribbon (Honourable Mention) in The Wishing Shelf Book awards.

I am pleased with the Readers’ Comments and thought I’d share some of them with you:

‘An interesting array of writings. I enjoyed many of them. Character development seems to be the author’s no. 1 skill. I particularly enjoyed A Chance For Charlie.

Female reader, aged 56 ‘I enjoy a good short story; perfect just before bed. There was an excellent mix here and plenty of fully formed characters to enjoy. Much of the writing was fresh and descriptive. Very enjoyable.’

Male reader, aged 42 ‘This author is very good at ‘showing’ and not ‘telling’, a rare gift.’

Male reader, aged 51 ‘Amusing in many ways and, as the blurb suggests, even thought-provoking. A short story is a tough sell but the author worked hard to offer the reader a set of well-written, character-driven shorts.’

Female reader, aged 42 Catchy Quote ‘A provocative mix of shorts; character-driven and, often, thought-provoking. A Red Ribbon winner!’

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Go here to see the Honourable Mention

(Red Ribbon): https://www.thewsa.co.uk/winners2016/ Scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Leominster Bookfair

Leominster Festival starts on 2nd June and continues until 11th June with a variety of entertainment, fun, music and family outings. For full details see the website: http://www.leominster-festival.com

The Family Fun Day is on Saturday June 10th on The Grange and includes a Bookfair – a must for all book lovers. There will be books for sale, local authors and publishers to discuss writing and publishing. There will be a Children’s Corner with storytelling and performance.

Come and browse, chat, enjoy the entertainment as you wander around the Grange. While you’re there, explore historic Grange Court, entry free.

I hope to see you there.

No Escape

At long last I’ve shaken off the post-Christmas procrastination and opened the laptop. The weather hasn’t helped, I’m a sunshine person. Yesterday I finished the final draft of my romantic/suspense novella, ‘No Escape’. You can run away but you can’t hide from love. There is no escape. Hopefully it will be available to download by the end of February. In the meantime, please can we have some sunshine!!

A Tale for Halloween

Halloween – a night when spirits rise and terrify our senses. Prepare for that spooky feeling – download Deadly Obsession, 99p from Amazon.

Swanwick Writers Summer School

A week in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside at Swanwick for the Writers Summer School. Amazing courses, workshops, talks, speakers – never ending entertainment with the highlight on the last night – a pantomime, absolutely hilarious! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the week a success. I came away truly inspired and already looking forward to next year. Hi to all the friends I made there

Book Fair at Leominster Festival

What a day for writers! The Book Fair was held in the wonderful Grange Court which, besides being an historic venue, boasts a café with homemade cakes to feed the hungry exhibitors. So many writers, so many books, poetry, children’s, fantasy, novels, short story collections; the choice was varied, a book for everyone. The sun shone for visitors and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to those who attended my workshop on short story writing – we had great fun! I shall expect short stories produced from all those who attended – we created some inspirational ideas for plot and characters. Thanks particularly to Peter Ellis, who organised the Fair and to his wife, Alison, for her work behind the book stall and everyone else who put in so much hard work to make the day a success

Leominster Library Social Evening

On Thursday, 30th April, the Friends of Leominster Library are organising a fund raising social event in Leominster Library between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. It will be a fun evening, admission £3.00, to include refreshments. I will be talking about: The ups and downs of a short story  writer, and there will  be time for questions and chat. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the evening

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