Thursday, 31 May 2012

Guest Editor for the Lancashire Writing Hub

Ha ha ha. You can run but you can't hide...

I'm the Guest Editor at the Lancashire Writing Hub for the whole of June, which will be an interesting experience sitting on the other side of proceedings!

During my tenure, I'll be on the look out for news, events and opportunities of interest to North West writers, and will also be on the prowl for book reviews and interviews, so if you have something handy burning a hole in the bottom of your computer, let me know at jabrunning [at] talktalk [dot] net.

As I'll be spending my first week as Guest Editor building sandcastles in the rain on the Llyn Peninsula, there may be a slight delay in me replying but I'll get back to you upon my return!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Word Soup - Womanhood, aka The Red Tent Edition...

Well, how chuffed am I?

Got a spot on the line-up at the next
Word Soup
Live Lit Night at The Continental in Preston on Thursday 31st May @8pm - alongside the fabulous talents of ...

Ann Wilson (aka Ann The Poet),
Carys Bray (aka Scott Prize Winner 2012!!),
Kim Moore (aka Eric Gregory Award & Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2011, The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition 2012),
Sarah Miller (aka poet and playwright, co-editor of Best of Manchester Poets 2 and making new plays with Barrow Youth Theatre, and whose online presence is impossible to find),
Danielle Rose (aka a shopaholic blogger from Blackpool), and
Vicky Ellis (aka prize-winning performance poet, storyteller, singer-songwriter, editor and all round supercreative bod  - who co-organised the whole caboodle with the fabulous Slam-winning poet Rachel McGladdery - who unfortunately will be lying about at home drinking wine and talking to people on Facebook instead of Being There herself, but I'm sure she'll more than make up for it Next Time!)

As the theme of the evening is Womanhood, aka The Red Tent Edition, it could be no coincidence that we're all women.

I'll be reading a story with a woman in it. Luckily.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

thanks for the feedback...!

Thanks for the feedback on some of my short stories, especially the Tuesday group and Mollie Baxter - Faery has now had a re-write as a consequence! Thanks all! x

Friday, 18 May 2012

shhh, don't tell anyone but...

... the next book in the Witherstone trilogy,
The Hunt Begins, will definitely
be out by late Summer!

Woo hoo!!

Carrion Crow copyright Darren Chapman

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Big Announcement

Well, the time has come to go public with The Big Decision

As of 10th May 2012, I will not longer be the Co-ordinator of the Lancashire Writing Hub. The decision to leave was a difficult one to make in many ways, but was the right decision in that it’s time for me to concentrate my energies on my own writing and other projects.

But don’t panic (and please don’t email Lancashire Writing Hub or They Eat Culture to find out what’s happening or offer to take over my job!) because the Lancashire Writing Hub will be looking at new ways to develop, and any news regarding a new Co-ordinator post and any new projects will be announced in due course.

And in the meantime, it’s business as usual!

The Lancashire Writing Hub has got a fabulous series of Guest Editors already in place to manage the website for the next 12 months, the Writing in Libraries creative writing courses in May and June/July are going ahead, and Word Soups are already lined up for May 31st and September 27th at The Continental in Preston and November 29th in Lancaster, plus there will also be some really interesting literature stuff going on for the Preston Guild!

It has been a genuine pleasure working with all you lovely North West writers at The Lancashire Writing Hub, and with my fab colleagues at They Eat Culture, and I will still be out and about in the writerly world so I hope to see many of you Out There in the near future. So it only remains for me to say thank you, and good night.