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Shropshire Federation of WI Creative Writing Workshops

A couple of weeks ago (I’ve been away and this has been my first opportunity to post something!) I was invited by the Shropshire Federation of WI to run a creative writing workshop for a day, where some of their members could stretch their creative muscles.

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Cumbrian Snapper Simon

Even when I’m holiday, I’m still looking for great BBC WeatherWatcher photos, and last week, while on holiday in the Lake District, two of my images were used.

The first was bright an early on the Sunday morning, at 7.14am (I’m not normally up that early on a Sunday, but it was the first full day of my holiday and I was raring to go!). Now, I didn’t see this originally, because I was still outside in the garden of my self-catering holiday accommodation taking more photos. Thankfully, a friend got in touch via social media and brought it to my attention.

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Inaugural Telford@50 Write Now Right Now Literary Festival

I was lucky enough yesterday to be involved in the inaugural Telford Write Now, Right Now Literary Festival, which took place as part of the Telford@50 celebrations. It’s always a little daunting when you establish something new, because you never know whether all of the hard work will pay off, or whether any of the publicity that’s been arranged will generate any interest. Overall, though, it was a great day.

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Snapper Simon Snaps Shropshire Spring Sunshine

I thought that cloud over Ludlow looked menacing! It seems Shefali thought so too. It does look reminiscent of April shower clouds. Perhaps we have turned a seasonal corner. Although, there are still rumours of snow over the Easter weekend. Proof that we certainly get a lot of weather here in the Welsh Borders!  

Snapper Simon Snow Smidgen

Here in the Welsh Borders we’ve still got some snow hanging about. If you look carefully on this BBC WeatherWatcher photo, you’ll see a smidgen of white in the top right on the Long Mynd.

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Snapper Simon Playlist on YouTube

A selection of my Snapper Simon appearances on the BBC. 😜

Pilgrimage to Plymouth

Simon Whaley enjoys a journey around this delightful Devonshire City.

 

‘Climb the oak tree,’ says the tourist guide, ‘but think laterally.’ She winks as she hands over a map of Plymouth city to help me explore. I have to admit, it’s been a few years since I last climbed a tree. But this wasn’t quite what I was expecting to do in Plymouth.

This Devonian city is sandwiched between two rivers – the Plym in the east and the Tamar to the west. It overlooks Plymouth Sound, a natural bay with deep water channels, perfect for commercial shipping and the Royal Navy’s warships and submarines.

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Firth of Flowers

Check out the April issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Firth of Flowers piece in their Great Days Out section.

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Coast … ing Along

Check out my feature in the April 2018 issue of Coast magazine, packed full of ideas of what to do with A Weekend in Plymouth.

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Freezin’ February

Well, the Beast from the East is approaching, apparently, but that’s nothing that unusual for us here in the Welsh Borders. We get snow quite frequently here – Church Stretton isn’t nicknamed Little Switzerland for nothing, you know!

Still, I missed Shefali’s use of my photo on last night’s late evening broadcast, but thanks to the BBC iPlayer I managed to catch up on the broadcast. It seems Shefali began her broadcast with my image … peeking through her opaque introductory slide …

26th February 2018 – BBC 1 Midlands Today – Late Evening broadcast

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