November 2017: My quirky love story “From Newcastle, With Love” was chosen to feature in Stroud Short Stories‘ November event as part of the Stroud Book Festival. I had to back out due to golf balls armed with machetes marauding through my throat, but watch for a fun reading at the SSS spring event!
October 2017: I read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival! My story “The Maze” won this year’s Gloucestershire Writers Network prose prize, and was printed in their pamphlet with other stories and poems from fabulous local writers.
September 2017: Encouraging reviews from Scribble readers came in for “A History of Mattresses,” published in the summer issue. Here’s my favourite: “A deceptively simple story that skillfully reveals the powerful undercurrent beneath the seemingly commonplace.”
August 2017: I read with several others at the formidable Alex Clark’s flash fiction evening, Flashers’ Club, at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar in Cheltenham. This is a terrific evening for writers and listeners alike, and the next will be in November. Here is the link for more details, so you don’t try Googling “Flashers’ Club,” which I foolishly did.
July 2017: Ledbury Poetry Festival. After my one-act play was performed in Ledbury last September, I was eager to return to the town to take in other people’s work, particularly an event on sign language poetry.
June 2017: As one of the founder members of the Women Writers Network, I took part in a poetry workshop to enhance my skills at creating imagery. Check out their webpage for brilliant exercises from the course, and upcoming workshops and events.
June 2017: More success for my short story “A History of Mattresses,” as it appeared in Scribble magazine’s summer issue.
April 2017: I read in Wotton-Under-Edge during their “Spring Into Summer” event with Wotton’s fantastic Writers’ Group, which has inspired me since I first moved to this country.
February 2017: I was thrilled Stokes Croft Writers accepted my short story The Hornet to accompany selections from their vibrant group at the Talking Tales Storytelling Night. My work was described as “lyrical, moody, deep.” Get information about the event here, and check out their previous podcasts!
November 2016: Judges in the National Association of Writers Groups short story competition highly commended my entry, “A History of Mattresses.” It was inspired by veterans I helped care for in my nursing home job, so I’m especially pleased that those experiences gained some attention.
November 2016: I read my short story, “The Apocalypse Alphabet,” as part of the latest Stroud Short Stories evening at the Stroud Valleys Artspace. I was doubly proud to lend my story’s title to the event, during which nine other very talented writers read a surprising variety of tales. The Stroud News and Journal did a short article announcing the event, and here is the video of my reading.
November 2016: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, took place during November. Writers all over the world take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, which means writing an average of 4 pages daily. I did it this year, building momentum on my third novel, Society of the Spurned. Learn more about the book here.