All great things must come to an end…

With the closure of Oh, Henry‘s debut blog tour, organised by the fabulous Sarah at @BOTBSPub, the giveaway (created by the equally fabulous @CazVinBooks) has also, sadly, come to an end.

My gratitude goes to the amazing bloggers who shared their wonderful reviews for the first in my #dogdetective series, Oh, Henry. I’m delighted with how everyone enjoyed my tome, and how kind they were.

Many thanks also to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was lovely to see so many entries.

The two winners of the top prize,  a signed copy of Oh, Henry AND a unique story, especially written for them, and the other prizes (signed paperbacks / free eBooks) will be announced this coming week – so hold your breath for just a little longer…

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Loose Muse – monthly poetry events at London and Winchester

From the lovely Agnes Meadows…

LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night will be on September 12th – 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 are:

Ellen Zaks is a poet and artist, who makes a welcome return to Loose Muse, flying in from her home in Marbella, Spain.  She will reading from her first novel, ‘For Eva’ – a powerful, supernatural roman – also set in Marbella, where the protagonist is haunted by visions, dreams and a meddlesome spirit all from 16th Century Spain.  Ellen will also be reading some of her poetry, which has been published in various poetry magazines.

Vrouwkje Tuinman is a Dutch writer and journalist, making a welcome return to Loose Muse.  She has published four novels and five poetry collections, and she performs regularly at festivals and literary events in the Netherlands and abroad. She is also a music journalist, and will be focusing on this aspect of her writing at LM plus touching on the several projects she’s currently working on.

+ Loose Muse Winchester – Monday 10th September @ the Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB – 7.30-9.30 p.m. £6.00 at the door.  Featured this month is poet Jessica Mookherjee reading from her latest collection ‘Flood’, plus Ramona Herdman reading from her much-praised pamphlet ‘Bottle’. Ably hosted by Sue Wrinch.

And there will also be the usual Open Mic sessions at both at Loose Muse London and Winchester for you to share your work. So come share the passion, share the joy!

Agnes Meadows

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

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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.


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.

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?

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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