Just an update on my publishing success: My first book, The Railway Carriage Child, is now on sale on Amazon and can also be bought locally at Parker’s newsagents and museums in Whittlesey and Peterborough

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  • What I didn’t mean to say…

    October 2, 2020 by

    As we continue to be thwarted in our efforts to meet – we almost made it this week, planning to book a room for the first face-to-face meeting since March before the rule-of-six overtook us – we are trying to keep our spirits up and our brains engaged. We don’t want the ink to dry… Read more

  • An added bonus?

    August 24, 2020 by

    Who says research is the boring bit? I have spent the last two days researching for my novel. Sometimes research can be a time-consuming chore but I think I have found the answer. Set your characters in an interesting location and then you have an excuse to visit. Now we are allowed to travel again,… Read more

  • News from the Writing Group

    July 5, 2020 by

    My writing Group, the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, continue to meet monthly, courtesy of Zoom and are now working on a collection of stories with each member writing a chapter, then handing over to someone else to write the next chapter. This has led to some interesting twists as everyone takes up the story and adds their… Read more

  • A Helping Hand

    June 2, 2020 by

    I have recently been interviewed by Eva Jordan, local writer and columnist for the Fens magazine (May edition). Eva has kindly followed this up with a review of my book, (The Railway Carriage Child) in the June edition of the Fens magazine. Both editions of the Fens Magazine are avaliable on line. It is encouraging… Read more

  • Continuing to survive lockdown…

    May 13, 2020 by

    As we all continue our struggle to survive lockdown without our families and friends at our side, I have realised how much I rely on them for so many things. The first that comes to mind is technology. At the moment my phone is that black device that lurks in my pocket and makes a… Read more

  • New Beginnings

    April 20, 2020 by

    As we struggle through these difficult times with stories of illness and death all around us, I have been fortunate this week to see a new beginning; the birth of my granddaughter, Gwen Francesca. My daughter and her partner enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the Midwife Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and… Read more

  • An Easter Update

    April 4, 2020 by

    My first words today are to those of you who have been adversely affected by the Corona Virus. I guess that’s most of you. Many lives have been changed by this. No work. No school. No visits to family and friends. As writers, we are perhaps in the fortunate position of being able to use… Read more

  • Book Signing at The Octavia Hill Museum in Wisbech

    March 9, 2020 by

    I’m pleased to tell you that I have been asked to take part in an event at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace Museum in Wisbech. The event is to be held over the Easter weekend and will feature a number of local writers and poets.I will be giving a brief account of my journey to becoming a… Read more

  • Kings Dyke, some progress

    February 18, 2020 by

    I am now collecting material for my second book, (A history of Kings Dyke). This is going really well. I have been buried under a mountain of replies and, believe me, a mountain is a rare sight in the fens. Perhaps it is symbolic of the time when a lot of these people would have… Read more

  • Whittlesey Straw Bear Weekend

    January 28, 2020 by

    Another successful weekend for the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival and for my book sales. There were around two hundred visitors to the Whittlesey Museum (whittleseymuseum.co.uk) on the town’s Market Street where I signed copies of The Railway Carriage Child. The book is available from the museum and from Parkers newsagent, 13 Market Street, (https://www.yell.com/biz/parkers-newsagents-peterborough-3780006/) I… Read more

  • A New Work in Progress

    January 20, 2020 by

    Just started collecting information for my new book, a social history of King’s Dyke, Whittlesey. This was a small development of houses with their own shop, school, chapel and social club, built around the turn of the century by A W Itter. The houses were rented out to local brickyard workers and were occupied until… Read more

  • Christmas Update

    December 22, 2019 by

    ‘The Railway Carriage Child’ continues to sell well and is now available from the museums in Whittlesey and Peterborough, as well as at Whittlesey’s Parkers Newsagent. Meantime, the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, the U3A creative writing group which I set up in February 2017, grows in numbers. We are now 13. Our membership includes two other published… Read more

  • Edward Storey Memorial Concert

    November 18, 2019 by

    I was privileged to be invited to a memorial concert today in Peterborough, for Fenland poet and author, Edward Storey. I wrote to Edward for several years while I was working on my book, The Railway Carriage Child, and received much good advice and support from him. This also led me to setting up the… Read more

  • Exciting Times as a published author,

    October 15, 2019 by

    Just an update on my publishing success: My first book, The Railway Carriage Child, is for sale on Amazon and can also be bought locally in Whittlesey at Parker’s newsagents. It also being sold at the museums in Whittlesey and Peterborough. I was delighted when the first print run sold out in less than a… Read more

  • Book Launch Yesterday At U3A

    September 20, 2019 by

    At the U3A meeting in Whittlesey yesterday I did a book signing session at the launch for my first book, The Railway Carriage Child. Over 100 members attended and the afternoon was a great success. I hope that is encouraging to all would-be writers who may be having doubts about stepping onto the public platform with their own… Read more

  • The Railway Carriage Child

    September 5, 2019 by

    At last!  My memoire is finally on sale on Amazon. Check it out. This is the foreword Against a backdrop of the Cambridgeshire fens, lies the small market town of Whittlesey. Here are many features of historical and architectural interest, including two medieval churches, a 17th century Butter Cross and rare examples of 18th century… Read more

  • The Railway Carriage Child

    August 20, 2019 by

    Hoping that today will go down in History (well, my history, anyway) as the day I send my book to Amazon. I couldn’t be more excited if I was going to the Amazon. Meantime, a few more ideas for the writers of fiction. How about choosing a building as your setting? Could that tiny cottage… Read more

  • More ideas to inspire that short story.

    August 1, 2019 by

    Do you ever pass a car in a layby and wonder about the occupants? Is it a man travelling alone? Could he have stopped to gather his thoughts before an important meeting? How will the outcome of that meeting affect his life? Is there a family in the car? Can you see luggage through the… Read more

  • First Post

    July 8, 2019 by

    My name is Wendy I am group leader of Whittlesey Wordsmiths, a U3A creative writing group based in Fenland. We have published an anthology of our poetry and prose, Where the Wild Winds Blow, and are currently working on a second volume. Individually, we are at various stages of writing and publishing. I have just… Read more

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