Thursday, 18 August 2011

Great Day at Waterstones

Saturday was a great day! The Birdman competition at Worthing may have had to been cancelled because of the wind, but the atmosphere and staff at Waterstones were perfect. They really made me welcome. Many thanks to you all and I look forward to returning. I met some super people too, and a big thank you all for coming and taking an interest in Shipwrecks of Sussex.
Also many thanks to the magazine Sea Breezes for a great review.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Meet The Authors at Selsey

The sun shone and everyone was in a happy mood on Selsey on Tuesday 9th August as 22 authors gathered at St Peter's Church Hall for the annual Meet the Authors afternoon. Readers and Writers were able to chat informally to authors Simon Brett, Peter Lovesey, Janet Lawrence, Dee Williams, Beryl Kingston and Catherine King to name just a few, about their books. The event was organised by Joan Moules who, as always did a fantastic job. Many thanks Joan. Those who attended were treated to some entertainment provided by crime writer Janet Lawrence, who entertained us by reading some letters. Sadly with the advent of the email, the art of letter writing is becoming a thing of the past, but Janet urged us all to continue letter writing!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

It's Launched!

Thank you to all who came to the launch of Shipwrecks of Sussex at Waterstones in Eastbourne. What a delightful bunch of interesting people! I met coastguards, divers, and several people who, as children, could remember some of the shipwrecks featured in my book. I also had an opportunity of telling people about the excellent museums we have dotted along the south coast, such as The Shipwreck Museum at Hastings, Seaford and Newhaven museums and to talk about some of the interesting artefact's to be found in them. If you missed this event then do pop along to Waterstones in Worthing on Saturday 13th August where I will be doing another book signing. I shall looking forward to saying hello to you.
The past few months have been hectic as usual. Most of June was taken up with final preparations for the 8th Stickler Syndrome Support Group conference, held at Daventry. Over 100 people attended and a memorable time was enjoyed by all. At the end of June I run a musical writing workshop in France, and was delighted that so many good ideas and stories were generated.
On Saturday 17 September I am running a Day for Journalists and Non-fiction writers at Worthing library and anyone interesting in attending, do please email me at
Since moving to Sussex I have missed running Walton Wordsmiths which I founded in 1999 (which is still thriving) and workshops, so I am planning on setting up a new group, Worthing Wordsmiths to be held at Worthing library on Friday afternoons. The aims of the group is to provide help to writers of all grades and capabilities by personal contact within the group, constructive criticism, circulating information on competitions and markets, and to encourage members to share writing experiences with one another. All aspects of writing will be covered, except poetry. Initially three meeting have been booked to see how things go, and it it takes off then I will arrange either fortnightly or monthly meetings, depending on demand. Again if you are interested to learn more, do please email me.