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Story a Day May 2018 – Day 1: Seen from the Outside

Most years I do a story a day courtesy of and will be this year but I won’t be publishing the stories here as I want to send them off somewhere and blogging online counts as published which most outlets won’t accept but will let you know each day how I got on the previous day… so you know I’m doing the challenge with me. Do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.. Today’s prompt is…

Write a story about someone who leaves the house for work, and on the way has some kind of accident. This is the main character. The accident can be anything from spilling coffee on an interview suit to getting hit by a car. The story is written in three parts of approximately 300 words.

Read more (including how the three parts work) via May 01 – Seen from the Outside, Guest Prompt from Tadzio Koelb.



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Coming tomorrow…

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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in critique, ebooks, events, novels, review, writing


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Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

Hello. I’m doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – see again this year and am a tad behind…

Day 1: 814 done, 853 behind.

Day 2: 1,455 done, 1,065 behind.

but the weekend’s coming up and I try not to do any work work at the weekends. I’m not going anywhere other than popping into one of our local bookshops (one of my stockists!) so no excuse to have no only caught up but be storming ahead, ready for work work again on Monday… lots of lovely client editing to do.

So, are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you, unlike me, starting something new, or, like me, continuing a work in progress. In my case, I started it back in April 2014 and had only done 22,324 words since then, much to my frustration. Which is why I need NaNoWriMo… and I need it ever month. I should be able to find time to write 1,667 words ever day… shouldn’t I?

Let me know how you’re getting on.


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So excited to be going to #ChipLitFest (then my writing!)

Half an hour and I’ll be off to Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire for the day. Why? Because every April they run a long-weekend (Thurs to Sun0 literary festival. I’m only doing two events this year: Ian Rankin (hosted by Mark Billingham) at midday then the evening quiz (hosted by Mark, always a hoot!) so time in between to do some work and soak up the atmosphere. And meet up with fellow writer, blogger, and friend, Jane Wenham-Jones.

This is my second weekend where I only concentrate on my own writing. I have a couple of month-end deadlines so today will be an extended work (with pleasure) day but fortunately Monday is a bank holiday so my weekend will be a late one: Sunday and Monday. Last weekend saw me get my 78,000-word comic crime novel off to an agent. I have a dark serial killer two-parter to work on. I have over 100,000 words already so lots of words to add but I feel good about it so I’m looking forward to pulling it apart to put back together again. I have plenty of other projects in the pipeline so I plan for a productive rest of the year. It’s just a shame I didn’t plan ‘me-only weekends’ before now.

What are you doing that’s writing related this weekend?

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in events, novels, writing


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Winchester & London poetry events – 9 & 11 Jan

From Agnes Meadows

Hi gang,

As I prepare this, I’m looking out of my window at a pale pink and turquoise winter’s sky and hoping that 2017 will not be quite as difficult as the last year, and that we all enjoy a more gracious and joyful new year.  And we’re certainly starting off the Loose Muse calendar with some excellent poetry by two outstanding writers to get us into the mood to make this year a better, brighter one.

LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night will be on January 11th the second Wednesday of each month – Upstairs @  The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street),  London WC2B 5RH – 8.00 p.m. – doors open from 7.30 pm.  £6.00/£5.00 concessions.  Features this month will be:

Claire Dyer is featuring at Loose Muse for the first time.  Her poetry collections, Interference Effects and Eleven Rooms are published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels are published by Quercus. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, teaches creative writing at Bracknell & Wokingham College and runs Fresh Eyes, a critiquing and editorial service. Her website is
Angela Brodie is a poet/writer and performer who grew up in a seafaring family in Hull, and was a linguist and teacher in Russia and the UK, before training as a psychologist and in theatre arts.  She co-founded ‘Beyond Words’ a supportive event for both new readers and established poets.  She also organises spoken word and music events for the Crystal Palace Festival.  Tonight she will be performing her series of poems Salt Music’, the story of the heart of the fishing industry in Hull, with especially composed musical accompaniment by

Steve Halliwell who was a founder member of Hulltruck, and is a composer, and multi-instrumentalist with extensive theatre and rock experience, before becoming an English teacher.  He founded LiTTLe MACHiNE setting famous poems to music, and has collaborated with Carol Ann Duffy and Roger McGough.

Plus….Loose Muse Winchester’ – Monday 9th January @ the Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB – 7.30-9.30 p.m. – £6.00 on the door.  Featuring award-winning Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory, and writer of psychological novels Amanda Jennings, both reading fromn their work. Hosted as always by Sue Wrinch.

Plus there will the usual open mic to share your work at both these events.

So come share the passion, share the joy!

Agnes Meadows

Host & Coordinator – Loose Muse Women’s Writers Night(s)

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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in events, poetry, writing


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Northants Authors had a great time at Weston Favell library

Northants Authors had a great time at Weston Favell library, Northampton (England), last week. We will return 12-15 December so if you’re in the area then do put that in your diary and come and meet us, and buy your Christmas presents! To find out more about us, click the blue link above (which will take you to our website) or here.

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The Greenacre Writers Finchley Literary Festival starts this Friday

The Finchley Literary Festival starts this Friday! Below are the details…

Nearly all the events are FREE.

Friday kicks off at North Finchley Library, 11-12.30pm with a memoir course which can be paid for online. More details on the Greenacre Writers Blog.

Then there are talks about ‘Anatomy of a Soldier’ from Harry Parker and ‘The Good Mother’ from A.L. Bird at Church End Library, N3 1TR

Friday evening 7pm at Trinity Church Centre, N12 7NN, there is a Sci-Fi book launch with Allen Ashley who will be interviewed by expert Sandra Underman.

Saturday morning opens at Trinity Church Centre, N12 7NN

11am A Trio of excellent writers, Booker nominee – Yvvette Edwards, 2016 Betty Trask shortlist – Irenosen Okojie and 2016 British Fantasy Shortlist – Catriona Ward. They will be sharing their writing and publishing experiences.

11.15am There is Dragon’s Pen which is now fully booked. Good luck to those budding writers who have been brave enough to face the wrath of the fire-breathing she-dragons.

1.30-5.30pm Saturday afternoon sees the exciting announcement of the winners of the festival short story competition by London Short Story winner, Judge Joanna Campbell, who will then talk about her own short story success and latest novel.

This is followed by the very interesting and dramatic Orphans in Fiction with author Antonia Honeywell, and Doctoral Researcher Rosie Canning.

Lindsay Bamfield will be interviewing the extremely knowledgeable author, Sunny Singh, who will talk about all things writing.

Our final Saturday event takes us to India for the adventures of Inspector Chopra and his assistant, the capable baby elephant. Beware of elephants in Finchley! These wonderful characters will be joined by their creator, author Vaseem Khan.

There will be refreshments available at Trinity Church Centre during the festival.

Sunday 11am, we head to Waterstones Finchley, to meet the inspiring Katharine Norbury whose memoir ‘The Fish Ladder’, has been published to critical acclaim. Observer Rising Star 2015,Telegraph Best Book Of The Year 2015, Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, and Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2016.

Adopted as a baby, life changing events send Katharine on an unforgettable journey from sea to the source of various rivers. Fans of ‘H is for Hawk’ will especially enjoy this event.

This event is followed by a walk with lunch and afternoon tea stops and wonderful Finchley in Fiction literary readings. Meet Waterstones Finchley 12midday.

Sunday evening 6.00pm is the amazing Poetry Palooza at Finchley’s literary cafe, Cafe Buzz. Come and hear some wonderful poetry and music.

Do RSVP and we look forward to meeting you at the festival.

See more here.

All good wishes,
Rosie Canning
FLF Coordinator
Greenacre Writers
Twitter: @GreenacreWriter



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