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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:

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.


Long time, no blog!

Hello Everyone,

I thought it about time I re-entered the world of writing. Due to a family bereavement I hadn’t written a word since Christmas. Then, in early August, I went to Swanwick Writers Summer School in Derbyshire for a week. 300 writers under one roof! Amazing, the chatter was tremendous. It was impossible to think of anything else and with courses, workshops, speakers, panels, quizzes and, of course, entertainment, it was a full-on week and so inspirational. I have come back, picked up the threads of my supernatural/mystery/obsessive love story which has been languishing half finished. My new mantra: “I will write 500 words…” Like New Year’s Resolutions I’m not sure how long it will last, but at least I’m on the keyboard again!


There will be a Bookfair, between 12.00 and 4.00, on Monday 30th May, part of the #leominsterfestival, held in the beautifully renovated and historic Grange Court, (dating back to 1663). Entry is free, come and meet local authors, read their books, treat yourself to homemade cakes and ice cream in the cafe. There is still time to book into one of the Writing Workshops, non-fiction and fiction.

The Festival is also organising a Fun Day on the Grange itself with events the whole family can enjoy. See for full details. A day out to remember

Writing Competition

There is only one month left to enter the Leominster Festival Writing Competition

This year the 31st Leominster Festival runs from 30th May to 7th June. The theme is “Lurid Leominster” celebrating the town’s colourful past. You can join in by taking part in our Writing Competition


3 age groups

2 classes: Flash Fiction & Poem

£25 prize for winning entries  

Closing date 24th April  

Awards ceremony 6 pm. Fri. 5th June at Grange Court

Guest of Honour – Jasper Fforde

Short-listed entries displayed during the Festival


Sponsored by Orphans’ Press



Age groups: under 11 years, 11-16 years, over 16 years.

Theme: “Lurid Leominster”. The subject of the piece can be any event, mythical or historical from Leominster’s past e.g. from St Edfrith and the Lion to the ducking of Jenny Pipes. The theme applies to both classes.


Flash Fiction: up to 500 words written or printed on just one side of each sheet, preferably double spaced. The title should be written on every page and pages numbered

Poetry: Maximum 8 lines. Any layout is accepted so long as it is legible. Single page only.


The competition is open to anyone. Posthumous entries are not eligible.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published in any form or won or commended in any other competition. Entries cannot be changed after receipt and fees cannot be refunded.

Any number of entries will be accepted from any entrant.

The entrant’s name should not be written on the entry, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Entrance fee: individuals – £2 per entry. Entries entered by a school or college are free. Cash or cheques payable to Leominster Festival.

Closing date: 24th April 2014

Prizes: A cheque for £25 will be presented for the winning entry in each category (up to 6 in all). In the case of entries made through a school this cheque will be made payable to the school to be shared with the winner. Certificates will be presented to winners and runners-up, designed and printed by Orphans’ Press.

Shortlisted entrants in each category will be notified before 29th May and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Grange Court at 6 p.m. on Friday 5th June.

Shortlisted entries will be on display throughout the Festival (site to be decided).

A list of winners and runners-up will be displayed on the Festival website after the awards ceremony.


Entries should be posted or delivered to:

Peter Ellis, Woodside House, Bridge Street, Leominster HR6 8DZ

A team of judges will select the shortlist and the winning entries. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Worldwide copyright remains with the author but the Leominster Festival reserves the right to publish short-listed entries if it so wishes. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if entries are not of a high enough standard.

Entries will only be acknowledged if a stamped-addressed postcard is provided marked Leominster Festival Writing Competition – Acknowledgement.

Entries will only be returned after the results have been announced. They will be posted to entrants only if a stamped addressed envelope of appropriate size is provided with the entries.

Entry implies acceptance of the rules.

The organisers reserve the right to change the age-groups and prize distribution depending on the entries.

To find out more about this year’s Festival visit the Facebook page or email us on 2015


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Twist & Mix

Twist & Mix – a concoction of tales to tantalise every taste – coming soon!

ebook mastered!

Inspiration to Creation, my Quick Guide to writing and publishing short stories, is now available online from Amazon. It’s taken a lot of learning (a very steep curve!) but, using Amazon’s excellent guidelines, I’ve uploaded the booklet via Amazon KDP. There’ll be no stopping me now – look out for my next novella, Shadow of a Memory, which is in its final edit stage. I’ll keep you posted.

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