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HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX

Happy Spring Equinox to everyone. This is a good time to make new creative resolutions and start new projects.

Make your new creative wishes now.

Begin that poetry or short story collection – write the first page of your novel.

Book Signing – Thursday 4th April – Quilters Corner, Evesham

I am really thrilled with the response to my latest poetry collection ‘Threads: spinning the web of time.’

I am very much looking forward to doing a book signing in Quilters Corner, Oat Street, Evesham – the place (and the sewing machine) that inspired the collection.

The book signing is on Thursday 4th April from 10.30 – 12.00.

There will also be a lucky dip – and chocolate.

Please call in and say hello. 

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. It’s a good day to be creative. Hope this photo of Dunluce Castle not far from the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland will inspire a story or poem.

Book Signing – Threads: spinning the web of time – Thursday 4th April – 10.30 – 12.00

I’m looking forward to doing a book signing for ‘Threads: spinning the web of time’ on Thursday 4th April starting at 10.30 a.m.

This will take place in Quilters Corner, Oat Street, Evesham – the place that inspired the collection a year ago. I am very grateful to Charlie Gannon for agreeing to host this.

There will be books for sale – but even if you don’t want to buy a book, come and have a chat, look round the shop, ask questions. I’m planning to do a free ‘lucky dip’ and there will be chocolate. 

Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 12th April 2019

The next session will be on Friday 12th April 2o19 starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Lynn Forth

Susanna Beard

Marisa Knight

The idea of these sessions is that people have a chance to meet some of the writers involved, buy their books and ask questions. We are especially keen to help and encourage new writers and nurture local talent. The sessions are free and coffee, tea and biscuits are provided. For further information, please contact the Library or Sue Johnson 0n 01386 446477.

 

Right to Write Workshops – Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester

Joy Thomas and I offer a monthly workshop in the Community Room in Tesco, St Oswalds Road, Gloucester – usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

The workshops run from 10.30 – 12.30 and cost £8.00.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

The next workshop is on Wednesday 10th April 2019. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.

 

 

Flash Fiction & Poetry Workshops – Cheltenham – Second Tuesday of the Month

I run these workshops with Joy Thomas at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 1.00.

The cost is £12 and this includes a cup of tea or coffee.

The next workshop will be on Tuesday 9th April.

For further information and to book a place, please contact me: sue.r.johnson@outlook.com

 

Happy Valentine’s Day – Story Prompts

It’s a good day to begin a story – try one of the following:

  • Karen didn’t know who had left her the red rose.
  • The evening didn’t go as expected.
  • Sophie’s luck changed when she got on the wrong bus.
  • Ben got the Valentine cards mixed up.
  • Arabella came up with the idea of creating a special spell.

Have fun with these.

I will be publishing more prompts next month.

If you’ve enjoyed these – see my publications page for books that may provide even more inspiration.

 

Threads – spinning the web of time

Almost exactly a year ago I went into a shop called Quilters Corner, opposite the library in Evesham, Worcestershire. It was a wet Saturday in March 2018. I was attracted by a beautiful quilt hanging in the window. It was log cabin pattern, using a variety of dark green, rust and cream fabrics. As a former patchwork addict, it was like a magnet. However, more surprises were to come! Inside the shop I came face to face with a black and gold Naumann sewing machine similar to the one owned by my Great Grandmother and passed on to my mother on her marriage to my father. It was the machine I learned to sew on – with varying degrees of success!

I stood gazing at the machine as time span backwards, did a loop the loop and left my brain spinning. I left the shop, went to the nearest café and sat writing a torrent of ideas. A year later, the result is this book. It probably won’t be a best-seller but it was important for me to write it. I also hope it will raise the profile of the beautiful shop where the idea first came to life.

The Girl With Amber Eyes

I am still having great fun with my ‘Year of Living Dangerously.’

I have a list of projects I want to write and publish by 10th September this year. After that I will review what has happened. If I am still having as much fun as I am now, then I will continue. If not, I will go for Plan B.

My first production for this year is ‘The Girl With Amber Eyes’ – originally published by My Weekly as a Pocket Novel.

The book is available on Amazon – £1.99 on Kindle – £7.00 paperback. It is also available on Smashwords.