Teaching, women in WW1, singing and horror drabbles….

I finished my 4th and final workshop in Farsley this week- it has gone really well and the group have really settled in and got chatting to each other plus are coming up with some great pieces.  I am adding on 2 extra workshops there on 9 November (Writing short stories) and 16 November (one to one’s on editing and rewriting).

I’ve also met up with some writing friends this week like actress/performer/writer Irene Lofthouse in the Pavillion in City Park Bradford with another good friend Gillian W. Irene’s latest show was ‘Women, Words and World War one’ which she performed successfully at the Ilkley Lit Fest. Irene is a powerhouse of energy and creativity and a joy to spend time with. She will be running some creative writing workshops in January 2018 at Undercliffe Cemetery – a fabulously Gothic venue. I am definitely going and will post more info about this on my blog.

Pic of Irene below in character for a performance.

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The current exhibition at Impressions Gallery is called ‘No Man’s Land’ – Women’s Viewpoints on the First World War. This exhibition and accompanying gorgeous book interconnects with Irene’s latest show, as it investigates several key women who took photos (some in very early colour) during the war; they were there in their roles as nurses, ambulance drivers, and peace campaigners. At last in 2017 women’s pioneering and ground breaking roles during this horrific ‘war to end all wars’- as it was dubbed- are being recognised.


Come the end of the week I was singing in Ben Rhydding – African chants to Moon River, all taught in the accessible and harmonising format of Natural Voice. In 2 weeks time I am doing a singing residential at Parcevall Hall. See photo below. Looks fab.

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I’ve also managed to squeeze in writing a 600 word short story specifically for the free Suburban magazine which is distributed around the Menston, Guiseley, Horsforth area. Each month a member of Writers on the Wharfe writes a story for the back page. My piece is called ‘Crow Girl’.


I also sent off a pair of new horror drabbles aka 100 worders to the lovely Horror Tree blog- Scarecrow and Troll Hunting, both have been accepted.  I do enjoy encapsulating a tiny horror tale in a paragraph and Horror Tree have been hugely supportive and encouraging of my writing, offering editorial advice and will soon have published near enough 10 of my pieces.


Editor Joanna Sterling at The Casket of Fictional Delights has accepted a 300 worder (should I call that a triple drabble?) for publication – ‘Dominoes’ – not a horror tale but a piece about a father and daughter.


From Net Galley– an amazing way to get free books pre publication- if you have a device to download them onto- I’ve just read Gothic horror (spot the pattern here folks!) Alison Littlewood’s The Crow Garden and I’m currently reading YA author Danny Weston’s Scarecrow, his 4th chiller thriller for teens. In exchange for a review the free books keep a coming.

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If only I could source a free supply of chocolate!


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