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I managed to get a very dark and emotional story based on a true life experience (not mine) on the shortlist of a magazine competition. https://www.eyriepress.co.uk/2021/12/03/2021-short-story-competition-results/ As you can see, I didn’t win it. I did receive two emails which hinted it was a clear personal favourite, which elicited a really powerful emotional response. TheContinue reading “Winning and losing”
Almost exactly a week ago, the 16th November 2021, at 2.15, my dear Uncle Richard died suddenly. I haven’t really felt in the mood to blog, or be creative, although I have no doubt he will inspire something creative. I wanted to share a little personal tribute to him here. Richard was a really funnyContinue reading “Adieu, for now, to my uncle”
The time came to take a short break. Of course, I did a bit of work! However, I did manage to visit London for a long weekend and I thoroughly recommend a visit to Madame Tussaud’s. I first went aged around 4 in the 70’s, and I enjoyed the chamber of horrors, naturally. In fact,Continue reading “A brief holiday…”
I have always been into theatre – I am LAMDA qualified, and used to do quite a bit of acting. (in fact- isn’t that life sometimes anyway?) But my first venture into professional theatre writing was in October 2021. I applied along with, I think, over 500 people during lockdown, to write for a companyContinue reading “Lullaby – a venture into professional theatre”
It’s this Sunday- 24th October!! yikes!! here’s the link: https://hightide.org.uk/event/community-town-hall-morning/ The play is called Lullaby. Go listen if you can, and join the discussion and workshop afterwards. Exciting times.
Two days ago I tired to book a GP appointment. Suddenly there is a new telephone system which simply hangs up on you with ‘YOU are sorry, your call cannot continue at this time.’ Weird. So I ave palpitations – had them before years ago – linked to stress and exhaustion I think. But ofContinue reading “Oh the pain of it!”
My three new poems, Natasha, Stepping out on Derby Day and Dysmorphic are all published in the latest issues of Minerva Rising. It’s the women’s suffrage issue, so it’s great read. I think it is only available on line in the UK (although I hope to have a print copy) but it is beautifully produced.Continue reading “New poetry is out!”
A very busy weekend has prevented me from blogging- and this week the first proofs of my book arrived so I now have to check all the edits. But with a little free time on a Sunday, I thought I’d catch up with what I have been up to. Last weekend I saw The Fisherman’sContinue reading “sea shanty weekend!”
On many occasions I have been asked ‘What do you do for a living?’ and of course I reply I am a full time tutor. I certainly do it for a ‘living,’ and often people do not realise that it is my only career since I left full time teaching in a school. Many tutorsContinue reading “Tutoring”
For a taster of the first story in my forthcoming collection, The Camera Obscure, head over to Amazon and take a look at The Weird and Whatnot July 2019. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Whatnot-July-2019-Color/dp/107900274X/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=the+weird+and+whatnot&qid=1633189492&qsid=260-1836950-8804444&sr=8-4&sres=B092DYF9NQ%2CB09CNZ71CL%2CB081CYM12G%2C107900274X%2C1798214415%2CB08GRSMM25%2CB085K85NK7%2C1708654526%2C1078469024%2C1887128891%2CB083SQFMHV%2CB00CA88JJO%2C1617741620%2CB08Y4FHRD6%2C0918728274%2C0879307617&srpt=ABIS_BOOK Read a preview: The Rented Room. (by Virginia Betts 2019) It is commonly understood that along with a birth, a death, and a divorce, movingContinue reading “The Rented Room-story taster”
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