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Blog posts : "writers"

The Bampton Charter Fair Experience

October 30, 2017

Last weekend the Exeter Authors Association were in action at the Bampton Charter Fair. This was the first time authors have been invited there for over 500 years so we have a lot of history to make up for. We shared a hall with the lovely people from the LARCS and it made for a chaotic, busy day.

The children's authors and entertainment section proved very popular with our special guest Ollie in a toga bringing ancient history to life. K.Y. Eden gave a fascinating insight into the writing of the Redcroft Journals trilogy and into the crazy life of a fantasy author.

Jenny Kane as always delighted her fans and sold out of most of her books. Fortunately, they are still available online. The Circle of Spears drama company gave a thrilling installment of their play WITCH... which completely stopped the tea chatter. John Hall gave a fascinating talk about researching and writing his terrorism based novels and a possible research trip to Oman. Richard Dee read one of his scary short stories and Richard the second or Richard Lappas to his fans regaled everyone with tales of Princess Diana and the Queen. 

P.J. Reed came in her performance poetry guise for this event, leaving her high fantasy and horror writing for more sinister times, and read her new poem regarding 'Colin the nearly new neighbour'.  Brian Willis, another performance poet from Tiverton entertained with his new selection of Gothic poetry.  Jeni Braund sold many copies of her Heartland poetry book in aid of the Anthony Nolan charity. All in all in was a fun-filled. action-packed day! 

If you missed seeing the Exeter authors they will be on display at the CreaTiv Hub, Fore Street, Tiverton, Devon from  Tuesday 28th November to Saturday 2 December with free goodies, cookies, a free draw and an amazing selection of books!

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The North Devon Author's Present 'Writers in a Cabin'

April 18, 2017

Our latest meeting at Latte and Lunch cafe on Bideford quay was spent in discussing our forthcoming ‘Writers in a Cabin’ residence. Nestled at the bottom of the hill in the little fishing hamlet of Bucks Mills, lies The Cabin. This two-roomed hut began life as a fisherman’s store before being acquired by Judith Ackland’s family. Together with her friend Mary Stella Edwards, Judith used the building as an artists’ retreat for half a century. The solitude and spectacular views across the rugged North Devon coastline make it ideal for those seeking inspiration. Now in the care of the National Trust, the Cabin is almost exactly as the artists left it in 1971.

From 29 April – 1 May, it will once again be a setting that encourages creative talents to flourish. Between 10.00 and 4.00, the seven members of the North Devon authors’ group will take it in turns to use the cabin and its wonderful surroundings as their muse. The work of all these writers is rooted the past, in the local landscape, or both. They look forward to discussing their work, both past and forthcoming and signing copies of their books. This will be a unique opportunity, not only to view inside The Cabin, which is rarely open to the public but also to talk to enthusiastic and friendly authors about their writing.

The Writers in the Cabin will be:

Ruth Downie writes crime novels set in Roman times. Ruth’s book Medicus has recently attracted a ‘Discovered Diamond’ award for historical fiction. https://ruthdownie.com/

Janet Few is an author of local, social and family history books, including a history of Bucks Mills Who Lived in Cottages like These?: the inhabitants of Bucks Mills. She is now working on an historical novel set in North Devon. https://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com

Susan Hughes writes books set in the first half of the twentieth century. Her debut novel A Kiss from France was long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2017. She is now writing her second book. http://susanhughes.net/  

Wendy Percival is the author of mystery novels featuring genealogy sleuth Esme Quentin, which include The Indelible Stain, set on the North Devon coast, near Hartland. www.wendypercival.co.uk

P J Reed is a poet and author who writes of the beauty and ethereal nature of the changing countryside. Her latest anthology Flicker was published last month. http://pjreedwriting.jigsy.com  

Liz Shakespeare’s books are inspired by the people, history and landscapes of Devon. Her latest novel The Postman Poet, which was launched last month, is based on the true story of Edward Capern who composed poems and songs whilst delivering letters in Victorian North Devon. http://www.lizshakespeare.co.uk  

Pamela Vass writes North Devon based fiction and social history. Her novel Seeds of Doubt debates whether the Lynmouth floods of 1952 were an Act of God or the Act of Man. www.boundstonebooks.co.uk

 

by Janet Few

 

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Choosing A Title and other Author Chat

January 15, 2017

Today the North Devon ‘Authors in a Café group met in Bideford’s Latte and Lunch to take advantage of their January coffee and cake special offer. Any attempts at dieting were suspended for the duration. The focus for our discussion was titles – how to choose one, what makes a good one? What do particular titles tell us about the content? What kind of audience might a particular title attract? All agreed that the title and the cover image are inextricably linked. We were able to offer helpful suggestions to those amongst the group who are currently searching for a captivating title.

We hope that we will soon be able to announce an exciting ‘writers in residence’ event for our group, in a stunning and inspirational location. All we can say at present is, if you would like to come and chat to us about our work, keep part of 29 April – 1 May free.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 9 February and amongst other things,  we shall be discussing Susan Hughes’ blog post, which poses the question, how far can historical fiction writers can ‘bend’ the facts to suit their plots? https://www.bragmedallion.com/blog/history-making-susan-hughes/

By Janet Few

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Twyford Writers

October 10, 2016

The Tiverton-based writing group the Twyford Writers met last Thursday to discuss their latest writing projects.

The bar was vacated  due to a darts match so the meeting was held in the quiet surroundings the memorial room of the British Legion Hall. The group read their own very diverse interpretations of an image of a person with a diagonal dark/ light split background. From this starting place, the group's imagination ran to vastly different places. The scene was variously interpreted as a blind man being described a painting, a first-hand account of a chase through a snow covered landscape and of a couple's voyage to a new life.

It is always fascinating to listen to the stories being told by their writers and this session was no exception. 

The writing challenge for next month is to write in a form outside your normal writing comfort zone whether that means prose, parables, comedy or romance etc.

This hard working, fun group is open to new members. 

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