Archive | July 2013

Looking Forward to Caerleon


Ooooh, not long to go now – It’s almost time for Caerleon Writers’ Holiday and I’m so looking forward to it. Last year was my first visit and I spent most of my time trying desperately to soak up every last bit of writerly advice and DO everything in the programme… It was brilliant but I did burn out half way through. This year, I’m going for a no less productive but hopefully more restful approach. Oh, and I’m taking my friend, Sian – hopefully she’ll enjoy it just as much as me 🙂

There’s another reason for me wanting a quieter time… things are so hectic here!! I’ll be leaving my husband with an awful lot of work to do as we’re moving house at the moment… and I know it’s selfish, but I’m really looking forward to some time away from it all.

My plans for the week are as follows:

– Attend both sets of morning workshops but be a bit more sparing with the afternoon talks and after-tea sessions, just to give my brain a bit of a rest.

-Use the afternoons and after-tea time to write – both my stories and novel have become neglected due to all that’s going on. I didn’t find my small and rather hot student bedroom particularly inspiring last year (though it’s fine for a place to rest up at night) so I’ll head to one of the cafes either on campus or off (you know how I love my cafe writing!) and do some work in there.

– Buy lots of books both in the book room and at Hay. (I’ve saved up especially!)

– Get out and see a bit of Caerleon itself – apart from Hay, the only time I left the campus last time was to go on the pub crawl!!

– Take some insect repellent (I got bitten to shreds last year…)

– Enjoy the food (and bar!) at Caerleon as this is my only trip away this summer.

If you’re coming to Caerleon this year, I’ll see you there 🙂


Came as Me, Left as We

Came as We, Left as Me

Yet again, it seems, I’m starting with an apology – I’ve been neglecting this blog… sorry, Writing Land. Lots going on for me and I’ve barely had time to write a story, nevermind update my blog.

So, just a quick post to say I’m in a book! A ‘real book’! One of my stories (‘Something to Move You’) is included in a collection of beach reads named ‘Came as Me, Left as We‘, which is published by Alfie Dog Fiction. I’m delighted to be part of this anthology and even ordered my own copy, just so I can show it to people… and read the stories in it by the other writers too, of course! Patsy Collins has written a lovely blog post which features a few of them plus their thoughts on the sea and all it inspires.

Anyway, hope you’re all not over-heating tooooo much in this ‘real summer’ weather we’re having. London is like a melting pot, but I love the sunshine and refuse to complain!

This entry was posted on July 15, 2013. 2 Comments