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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!

NEW CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS – TEWKESBURY 2020

Joy Thomas and I are now running Creative Writing workshops at Tewkesbury Library. They take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30 and the cost per workshop is £8.00. 

The workshops 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.

THESE ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. 

 

 

Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove

I’ve just begun with with a narrator to produce an audio version of this book.

The novel features an English girl and a moody Italian chef who get together over an inheritance…

‘Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove’ was short-listed in 2015 in a competition organised by W H Smith, Kobo & Mills & Boon.

It is currently available for £1.99 on Kindle or £7.00 paperback.

A Town Like Evesham

Local singer-songwriter Colin Pitts, Evesham poet Bob Woodroofe and I have united to produce a CD of poems and songs called ‘A Town Like Evesham.’

The CD is available from  Jellypicklejam café and by getting in touch with Colin at www.colinpitts.co.uk or Bob at www.greenwoodpress.co.uk or email me at sue.r.johnson@outlook.com 

The Evesham Cafe Collection

Evesham Festival of Words photographer, Angela Fitch, and I have joined forces to produce a book of poems, recipes and images featuring some of the beautiful cafes in Evesham.

The work has involved visits to the various cafes (and drinking coffee and eating loads of cake), meeting the lovely owners and – in my case – being inspired to write a poem about the experience.

We unfortunately couldn’t fit everyone into this book – but if this one sells there will be scope to do another one next year. Copies are on sale at The Almonry Tourist Information Centre, Evesham, Jellypicklejam café, Brew Bear café  and other featured cafes. You can also order a copy from me by emailing sue.r.johnson@outlook.com

 

 

Twenty Five Things About Me

  1. I have lexical-gustatory synaesthesia (I experience some words and names as a specific taste).
  2. I was born in Kent.
  3. I am left handed.
  4. My birth sign is Aries.
  5. I hate being called Susan.
  6. I love dark chocolate – although it tastes of the word ‘late’ and I’m never late for anything!
  7. I’m scared of deep water.
  8. I don’t like snakes.
  9. I prefer silver jewellery to gold.
  10. I love Italy – and Italian food.
  11. I don’t like shoe shops.
  12. I love handbags.
  13. I love charity shops.
  14. My favourite subjects at school were English, History, French and German.
  15. I trained seriously for athletics – 800m – when I was in my teens.
  16. I love trains – one of my dreams is to go on the Orient Express.
  17. I once met Winston Churchill.
  18. I love visiting National Trust properties.
  19. I love cooking and eating Indian food.
  20. I’m often awake and writing during the night – I sometimes think I’m nocturnal.
  21. I love black cats.
  22. I wear a lot of velvet.
  23. I love rings.
  24. Glastonbury is one if my favourite places.
  25. I’d love to live in Cornwall.