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Debbie Flint

Debbie Flint

I've been asked to help out lovely charity Good Grief Trust and sing at an event in Kingston on Saturday 9th. If you would like to find out more, please see below from Linda Magistris

Yay!! We have confirmed the date for our GOOD GRIEF CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

Join us to celebrate our 1st Anniversary and the launch of our new website.

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER- 7pm - Invitation only - £20 - to include; 
a delicious supper, dancing, entertainment and lots of fun! 
(& a fab Goody Bag!)

Football Club AFC Wimbledon

Hosted by the fabulous Denise Waterman
Featuring the beautiful soulful jazz voice of Debbie Flint
Posh Bingo! Raffle/Auction & Prizes galore!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve yours.

Bring a few friends to join your table. Great start to the Christmas festivities and you will be helping us to raise funds to signpost all those suffering grief to support across the UK. The Good Grief Trust

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What do you do for Hallowe'en? Anything? I do love this pic, taken three years ago at the launch party of a special spooky anthology. It was such fun - mind you, masks are always easier than makeup right?

I don't generally do much for Hallowe'en - but I will be in Devon without any guests this year, so maybe we will have some trick or treaters! It'll be the first year in a long time since my last two houses were actually quite remote so we never got any visitors! That's after many years where the tradition in my Banstead house, quite close to other houses where kids live, was that all Laurens cousins came round, dressed up, and went off with their little cauldrons! So should I get a bumper bundle of treats? Or be prepared for some tricks? What do you think? Shame I haven't got this mask any more since I might be able to lie in wait behind the door for them... mwahhahaaa! That's the sort of thing my dad would have done anyway!

Free Spooky ebook for Hallowe'en

 Nevertheless as it's next week, here's a treat of my own for you - a smashing offer! A free ebook - filled with spooky short stories, (mystical rather than gory) available for five days on Amazon, from 27th till Hallowe'en. Click here to read all about it and also to find out how to take part in the simple to enter competition to win a paperback copy of the book, Hocus Pocus '14 - over on the RiWiSi page this week. It's been written by award winners, best sellers and some 'true life tales' as well - all with a twist. Hope you manage to download it onto your kindles before the free offer runs out! more here.

Also over on my new QVC blog another chance to win a copy, this time including a box of delicious Devon fudge, from my trip to Powderham castle last week for the lucky winner, chosen at random from everyone posting a comment on the qvc website on that blog. More info will be here on my QVC blog launching on Friday

Tour around my garden - Wednesday vlog question

 Had an unseasonally warm day this week and videod my back garden - see it on my Facebook page, (and don't forget to click 'like' to see all future vlogs) - just listen to this wonderful sound, in my courtyard in Devon - click here.

What would you have done? 

Needless to say the garden won!

 

Near Kingston in Surrey on December 9th? A fun night is in store - go here to find out more!! Including me singing again - a couple of songs is all, at the request of lovely pal Linda Magistris... would love your company, why not come along? 

Have a great week!

luv

debs

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ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

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Free Hallowe'en EBook!

Talking of Amazon, go over to Amazon at the end of October for your free ebook version of this anthology of 13 spooky tales with a twist! Created by me along with 12 other authors, some award winning novelists, this is a perfect way to spend Hallowe'en any year! Interlaces with real life spooky stories from readers and Facebookers, plus a bonus spooky poem.

 It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October. 99p till then!

13 mystical short stories for Hallowe'en - 

From Haunted House to Fallen Angel, devious ghosts to soul stealers, these supernatural tales will give you thrills and chills, as the sun sets and the witching hour approaches...

Spooky rather than gory.

From thirteen authors - many of whom have their own amazon pages now - check out their other books, some are best sellers and award winners...

Seed of Doubt by Adrienne Vaughan
Letter for Ray by Carolyn Mahony
Heaven Must be Missing an Angel by Jules Wake
The Last Leg by S A Edward
Lovespelled by Jane O’Reilly
Clarissa by Lynda Renham
Orange Blossom by Mary Jane Hallowell (short novella)
Jumping the Queue by Lizzie Lamb
Haunted House by Alison May
The Soul Stealer by Tina K. Burton
Green Man Rising by Litty Williams
Insubstantial Evidence by Tracy Burton
When Dreams Return by Debbie Flint (short novella)
Bonus Material -– true life spooky tales & poem

  It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October!

 

Win a copy in paperback

All you need to do is send an email to me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with 'subscribe spooky' in the subject line and you will be entered as well as joining my mailing list. Deadline is 3rd November, prize to be sent out first class post soon after winner is announced on this blog which will be updated. 

Good luck!

best wishes

debs

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ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

Ok it's heeeeeere!!!! The superb 'Liz Earle Today's Special Value from QVC, launches this Sunday, but - big but - if you want to guarantee yours, order earlier - using my 'early bird order link!' You will find it here - 

click here to order the half price bumper bundle of skincare and bodycare 6 pc botanical set from Liz Earle...

 I LOVE this brand - my daughter Lauren started using the Liz Earle bodywash years ago,* containing no SLS or sulphates, and it really helped her itchy problem skin. Turns out she was allergic to that ingredient (which I'm fine with and I have sensitive skin) but noone ever thought to tell us it may be what she was washing in that was aggravating her condition. This set has a new fragrance and I can't wait for you to see it and smell it!

The matching body cream comes with it and in the accompanying pretty bag, may be a perfect present for someone - it's certainly a huge saving - over half price - so don't miss out!

 

Hallowe'en Freebie! 

Another thing to tell you about that's quite a good offer if you love freebies is that on this week's RiWiSi blog, there's news of a Hallowe'en short story anthology that'll be free on ebook over Hallowe'en! Not long to wait - download it around 28th onwards for a short time! Info here - along with a short book of the week (as I'm still reading it) - the latest blockbuster from Dan Brown.

go here to read all about it!

 

The Operation - part one!

I say part one because the actual carpel tunnel op to stop my numb fingertips on my right hand, is early November. But this week I went to Exeter Nuffield to have a ganglion treated. Now it was straighforward - a 45 min outpatients visit - but involved needles - big ones... thick enough to withdraw fluid out of the fatty tissue that was on my wrist and at time of writing, a week later, it's worked! First the Doctor anaesthetised my hand, then he stuck the needle in and using ultrasound, guided it into the middle of the ganglion. Then he did the same to the one on my front right foot just below the ankle. They both showed up horribly when I was doing bracelets or shoes and I had to work really hard to get the angle right so you didn't see them at home. Awkward! And they were getting bigger, so I got them done.

You can see the black gaps on this pic, a cross section of my foot - well that's the ganglion containing fluid that's leaked from the joint - then this one shows the needle inside the ganglion - eouw!

 and this is the foot afterwards! yuk!

This is my wrist now - thank goodness! 

A tiny bump where there used to be a big one! yay! Hope it stays away. Do you have any experience of this op? Did yours stay away?

Also whilst I was there, he showed me a cross section of my carpel tunnel on both my hands - this is the left , where the big oval shape at top centre is how it should be, and below it, is the cross section of the right hand, where the oval is not oval , it's squashed and you can see above it the raised carpel tendon. This is what will be snipped in the op in early November... watch this space - if you like gory stuff! lol. After that I hope I will not be woken in the night with pains and dead fingers...

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Also - watch out on Friday (20th) for the new QVC blog here - which will have the early bird order link for the Amazon Fire tablet duo TSV deal on QVC Saturday, but buy early if you want two for around £90!

Best wishes

Debs

ps * (as well as taking high dose EPA fish oils)

ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

One of the biggest blockbuster authors is back! Origin, the new Dan Brown is what I'm currently listening to on audiobook and I can already see it in my mind, appearing on the big screen. There is a fascinating premise to the plot, which is already gripping me and making me want to read on. As usual I can’t guess what it is – can you?

What I love most is the way he intertwines facts and history, places and people into his stories, meaning that for an archaeology geek like me (I got A level archaeology ) it ticks loads of boxes!  This one is no exception.

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever”. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

In order to evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.

 

 already racking up the 5 star reviews (as well as the usual detractors) go here for more on Amazon

Free Hallowe'en EBook!

Talking of Amazon, go over to Amazon at the end of October for your free ebook version of this anthology of 13 spooky tales with a twist! Created by me along with 12 other authors, some award winning novelists, this is a perfect way to spend Hallowe'en any year! Interlaces with real life spooky stories from readers and Facebookers, plus a bonus spooky poem. It's here and will go on sale for free around 28th October!

13 mystical short stories for Hallowe'en - NB freebie promotion 28th October ish

From Haunted House to Fallen Angel, devious ghosts to soul stealers, these supernatural tales will give you thrills and chills, as the sun sets and the witching hour approaches...

Spooky rather than gory.

From thirteen authors -

Seed of Doubt by Adrienne Vaughan
Letter for Ray by Carolyn Mahony
Heaven Must be Missing an Angel by Jules Wake
The Last Leg by S A Edward
Lovespelled by Jane O’Reilly
Clarissa by Lynda Renham
Orange Blossom by Mary Jane Hallowell (short novella)
Jumping the Queue by Lizzie Lamb
Haunted House by Alison May
The Soul Stealer by Tina K. Burton
Green Man Rising by Litty Williams
Insubstantial Evidence by Tracy Burton
When Dreams Return by Debbie Flint (short novella)
Bonus Material -– true life spooky tales & poem

  It's here and will go on sale for free around 28th October!

bst iwshes

debs

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Hi! Hope you're having a great weekend so far. Here's what I promised for those of you who love vintage as much as I do, a little look at a 1940s cookery book my pal Alix found - what weird ingredients! AND news about Molly the detective dog who finds cats... Plus - below - a sneaky peek at the new Liz Earle Today's Special Value bumper pack for a fraction of the usual cost, and it's available right now - even though it only officially launches on Sunday on QVC.

Go here to get the Liz Earle 6 pc botanical essentials set right now and find out about the SIX full size products including a limited edition of the country's most highly awarded cleanser AND the new bodywash and bodycream.

 

Get it now and also do see on my QVC blog, live Friday pm here, for an early bird order link for several other products too - including TWO Amazon Fire tablets for around £90!

1940s Farmhouse Fare

Back in 1940, British 'countrywomen' were cooking up frugal meals and making the best of their sparse ingredients, and telling 'Farmers' Weekly' about their recipes. As well as 'make do and mend', British housewives were maximising their options with ingredients we would now call quirky or unappetising - but other meals such as 'jugged pigeons' and 'somerset rook pie with figgy pastry' seem inventive albeit unusual. In those days there were no fridges only cold pantries or larders, don't forget, and most people bought fresh for each day's meals.

The introduction to this book said they were recipes that had been tried and tested by genuine 'countrywomen' up and down the length of Britain and as such came highly recommended. Not sure if I'd have liked to eat some of them, whilst  others I'm almost tempted to try down at the Retreat in devon! 

 

Not sure which supermarket would be selling rooks by the kilo nowadays, but an interesting glimpse at the past, isn't it! Fortunately the recipes I've been trying when it's my turn to cook down in Devon are quite straightforward ones. Mind you - the housewives or countrywomen of wartime Britain might have raised an eyebrow at my quinoa or courgetti dishes! What's your favourite one from a bygone era?

 

Molly the Detective Dog that Finds Cats.

Met up with Colin Butcher the owner of Molly, the detective dog who finds cats, last Friday lunchtime. She hits the news regularly and has been on the telly too. He has been offered a book deal and wanted my advice so we went to lunch. Molly is an amazing little canine who has been trained to find lost cats. I think it would make a great kids book don't you? Colin is rushed off his feet with requests for help to find pets at the moment so it was nice to catch up with him. He wasn't always a pet detective. He used to be a private investigator. Like Cormoran Strike from J. K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novels. He once asked for my help to help one of his cases – an author who had disappeared. Colin thought her husband had done away with her and her little dog. Colin set up a scenario where I would go along with him posing as a fellow author interested in the lady's work and he would go and look out in the garden whilst I distracted the husband. But for one reason and another it never happened. A few months later the author was found dead in their sess pit along with her poor dog. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had gone along following up on Colin's gut instinct that the husband wasn't innocent. Now that would've been a story all on its own :-)

 

This week's updates- 

Did some more diary vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon -

This week's included a particular lament about being single - and dinnertime!- it's on my new QVC blog which will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have info about the super new Liz Earle annual Xmas bumper bargain on next weekend. (Early bird order link will be here on this blog when it comes out around Thursday 19th ish)

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' seventh and final instalment - This was a Man - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

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 ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here my writing is here

just finishing the final (7th) Clifton Chronicles – This Was A Man. I have really enjoyed them. Jeffrey Archer is such a superb storyteller and it was sad to come to the end of the series. So now I’m on to the brand new one from Dan Brown. Just out, Origin is another twisting and turning tale that intertwines historical fact and his own brand of ‘faction’. So far so good – review next week.

This Was A Man takes us right into the 1980s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and intertwines our characters into the factual events of the era. I have found myself wanting to continue listening to the audiobooks more with this series than with mos of the other books I've heard in the last few years. I think because once you buy into the family saga, you just want more, the familiarity keeping you hooked. Worth remembering if you are an author thinking about your next move.

More about the whole series here

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/

     

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

Saw these smiling little chaps and thought that considering there are so many babies around at the moment, I would post this pic. What a lovely sentiment, don't you think? About 17 years ago I learned that happiness was a choice. It was just after I got divorced.  I wonder if your experiences are similar to mine… Do  let me know! I went through a kind of a metamorphosis, including having a carefully concealed tattoo (three chinese symbols, and no, they didn't stand for 'quality, value and convenience!' ) as well as extra piercings. The man on the abseiling event at Center Parcs made me take it out of my belly button two years later, though, or I couldn't participate, and I never got back round to putting it back in. Anyway... there came a period when I learned different ways of dealing with the things that made me unhappy, including family comments. the phrases 'you'll get over it' and 'when I chose this I didn't have you in mind' became part of my vocab and I began focussing more and more on good things, and having appreciation. An 'attitude of gratitude' is one of the best things to cultivate, I was told. So I did, and it's really helped. 

Nowadays, I'm not so much a glass half full person, I'm a glass never empty and if it is a magic genie comes and tops it back up again... 'What can we learn from this' and 'everything happens for a reason' are two great mottoes. 

If you'd like to see what self-help books I recommend, you can read more about them on a blog I did, here. Enjoy. Any you've liked? Let me know. And do remember that happiness is a habit, a choice, rather than always feeling that the world made you do it or feel this way... Easier said than done, but just like touching your toes, the more you do it the easier it becomes. 

This week's updates- 

Did some fun vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included one particularly long one that took a stroll by the river with the dogs in the sunshine - it's on my new QVC blog will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have early bird order links for the new Tarte cosmetics 6 part TSV set this Sunday.

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' SIXTH - I'm romping through them now! it's 'Cometh the Hour' and is apt given this week's shenanigans at party conferences - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

x

 ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here my writing is here

 

Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
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Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
Terms & Conditions apply
info on this link -