Is swimming in cold water more likely to kill or cure you? There is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence on the benefits of cold water swimming – but what do we really know about it? I spoke to Heather Massey, researcher at the University of Portsmouth’s Extreme Environments research group (and seasoned open water swimmer) for The Observer.
The way we normally recycle plastics is a downward spiral of waste and degraded materials, but there is another option – turning plastic back into the oil it was made from… Read more.
Middle grade novel WIP, Atlas of the Darkside, has been chosen as a reader’s favourite in the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award 2019. This means that one of the judges chose my entry as their favourite in the whole competition. Thank you #WriteMentor!
After winning the Grindstone Literary 2018 Flash 1000 Competition, Sugar Snap, Broad Bean, Runner Bean has been published as part of the Grindstone annual anthology. The book features 40 authors and their works include flash, poetry, short stories and novels. ‘Now including author biographies and reflections, this anthology is a wonderful read for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the world of emerging fiction and the writers behind the words.’ – Grindstone Literary
Middle grade novel, Atlas of the Darkside, has made it on to the Adventures in Fiction New Voices Competition longlist. The competition is aimed at new writers currently working on a manuscript – and the prize is mentoring to help finish it. Fingers crossed for the next stage! See the rest of the longlist here.
Sugar Snap, Runner Bean, Broad Bean was recently announced as the winner of the Grindstone Literary Flash Fiction 1000 Competition. Grindstone described it as ‘heartfelt and potent writing’. I was inspired to write this piece by my school work experience (over 20 years ago!) with the local hospital. Much of my time was spent with people suffering from Alzheimers. I met some wonderful amazing people – NHS staff, patients and their families. The ending comes…
I’ve just completed the latest edition of the official magazine of women’s social charity, NWR. This group wanted something that demonstrates their passion for learning and discussion. It has travel, arts, science and more. Every article is inspired by the members and so reflects the core values of this feisty organisation. Thank you for all the fantastic feedback!
My Ad Hoc winning flash fiction story, Husband’s Decline, has been given a wonderful atmospheric illustration by the talented Jon Stubbington. Jon left his career in the financial services in 2016 to become a freelance artist, photographer and writer. When you see the impressive quality of his work it’s hard to believe he ever did anything else! See more of his art here.
I woke up this morning to a barrage of tweets congratulating me on my Ad Hoc Fiction win! The flash fiction story, Husband’s Decline, tells the story of a mind being lost to Alzheimers disease. You can read it here. Thank you to everyone who voted. Watch this space for my Bath Flash Fiction entry…