Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Witherstone in Waterstones!

Wrap me in tinsel and call me Christmas!!!
How excited am I?

Witherstone and The Hunt Begins are on the shelves in Waterstones, Preston.
And they've even written reviews!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

FREE Writing Workshops @LythamStories & Flash Fire Live Lit & Journeys with the Ghosts of Pendle Witches

Busy week coming up!

Really looking forward to the FREE creative writing workshop I'm running for the Lytham Festival of Stories on Monday!

It's at ParkView4U Community Cafe on 26th November 6.30pm to 8.30pm. I'll be using photographs and artefacts to help you write about family, history and memory, to get your creative ideas flowing. Places are going fast, so booking is essential. Please call Cath or Julie at ParKView4U to reserve a place: 01253 741955.

And I'm really looking forward to spouting my stuff at the Flash Fire Live Lit event in Lancaster on Thursday 29th!

It's at The Park Hotel Lancaster, 8pm start, and I'm well chuffed to be performing my work alongside the fab talents of David Gaffney, Zoe Lambert, Jeanette Greaves, Rob Wood, Peter Smith, and Ros Ballinger - AND there are open mic slots, plus comedy and poetry.

And all for a mere £3.
What more could you want?


Well, MORE it seems - I'm thrilled to have been invited to join Lancashire Libraries and author of Lancashire Reads 2012 Malkin Child, Livi Michael, on a journey through Pendle Witch country on Lancashire Day Tuesday 27th!

We'll be starting at Colne Library in the morning, and journeying to Lancaster, roughly following the geographic route that the witches took prior to their trial in 1612.

In Lancaster Library we will be joined by guests from Lancaster district for a light lunch and the opportunity to walk key points in Lancaster associated with the trials. Author Livi Michael will be on the bus for the duration of the journey and will speak at brief celebration events at each venue along the way – including at Clitheroe, Garstang and Lancaster Libraries.

The bus will stop at libraries in the places listed below plus culturally significant points such as the statue of Alice Nutter in Roughlee.

Full timetable:
Colne Library – 9.15 a.m.
Travel via Roughlee to Clitheroe Library – 10.20 a.m.
Garstang Library 11.20 a.m.
Arrive Lancaster Library 12.45 p.m.
Light lunch at Lancaster Library and Tour of Lancaster castle
Leave Lancaster 2.30 p.m.
Arrive Clitheroe 3.30 p.m.
Arrive Colne 4.30 p.m.

If you've taken part in Lancashire Reads or have read Livi Michael's Malkin Child and would like to join this fantastic event, click the Lancashire Reads link here.

Friday 30th? Might spend the day in a library for a break!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Interviewed by ScribbleLeaf

How exciting!
Just been interviewed by those lovely new book cover designers ScribbleLeaf for their blog!

They asked me all manner of things to do with self-publishing when we were chatting at The Word Festival a few weeks ago - where I was admiring their fabulous work and lamenting that I hadn't known of their existence when struggling with getting my own book covers underway - and now they've interviewed me about my experience of self-publishing for their blog .

It's lovely being interviewed by such interesting and seriously talented people! Makes me feel quite grown-up.

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Back in the North from the North - which is a bit weird - and while I was 471 miles further North,
I saw this:

and this:

and this:

and this:

and while sitting in a tiny cottage on Dunnet Head overlooking the Pentland Firth....

where I wrote a wee short story for this:

Flash, eh?