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Happy Valentines Day

Money in the bank

Buy yourself a notebook (if you don’t already carry one). Use it to jot down ideas for stories, brief descriptions of people and places and fragments of overheard conversation.

Use the information to create short, experimental pieces. Aim to finish one every day. Aim for 100 words. (This can be developed and expanded into a longer story).

Treat the stories and information you gather like money in the bank or a harvest of fruit or vegetables.

Happy 1st February!

Happy 1st February – whether you celebrate St Bridget’s Day, Imbolc or Candlemas.

Imbolc – a festival in the Celtic year – actually means ‘in the womb’.

In the Christian church Candlemas is the time of year when the church candles are blessed. Many people used to pay their tithes in beeswax candles.

However you choose to celebrate, make this the time to start growing and developing a writing idea. You have nothing to lose by trying. If you need inspiration, please come along to one of my workshops.

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 12th February 2020.  For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.

Evesham Festival of Words – Meet Up for Local Writers, Readers, Artists, Song Writers – First Wednesday of the month

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th February at Jellypicklejam in Vine Mews.  The meeting is for anyone who is interested in anything creative – and we also welcome readers. (Every writer needs readers!) We start at 10.30 and stay until about midday. The aim is to give people a chance to network, discuss ideas and promote anything they may be doing. Please bring any leaflets, business cards, books – and come and enjoy great company, good coffee and lovely cake. For more information, please contact me on 01386 446477.

A Writing Journey: Writing Workshop – Saturday 15th February – 10.30 – 1.30

I’m very happy to be running this workshop as part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2020.

The workshop will take place at Worcester Cathedral and is for all writers from the more experienced to those who have always wanted to give it a try.

Tickets are £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

NEW CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS – TEWKESBURY 2020

Joy Thomas and I are starting some new Right to Write creative writing workshops at Tewkesbury Library in 2020. These will be on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30 starting on Tuesday 11th February. The cost will be £8.00 per workshop.

The workshops will include short exercises aimed at stimulating ideas. No previous writing experience is necessary. The workshops are suitable for all types of writer. Just come and have fun exploring new creative pathways.

The Girl With Amber Eyes

This is now available as an audio book! If you would like a free promo code to download this – then please get in touch via the contact page of this website.

You can listen to a free sample on my Amazon page – https://www.amazon.co.uk/e/B0034PZG70

My Year of Living Magically Begins!

I’ve had my ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ which involved lots of published work, a collaboration with an artist, co-writing with a historical fiction writer (more news about that project in due course) and ending with a link up with a quilt-maker. (Again, more news soon).

My workshops at Number 8, Pershore, are now in their fifteenth year and are going from strength to strength. I am also having great fun at The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham and Tesco Community Room, St Oswald’s Road, Gloucester running workshops with Joy Thomas.

My Year of Living Magically will involve completing a play about 17th century witchcraft and a quartet of Regency novels.

I also have a long list of places I’m looking forward to visiting.

Watch this space!

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. So far, this book has exceeded any expectations I had. The book signing in Quilters Corner (held on a wet Thursday in early April) was an amazing event (photo of me with Charlie Gannon, owner of Quilters Corner). The book is selling well – I have a small following in Germany – and appears to be leading to other projects I would never have thought of doing. I am also researching another novel set in Liverpool and Belfast.

Several people told me not to bother with this project. I am so glad I disregarded their advice and just did it. 

The book is continuing to do sell well on Amazon and via my website www.writers-toolkit.co.uk

I’m developing some of the ideas as short stories. Never waste a good idea by only using it once!