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An Open Letter to the Leadership Team at TI Media.

An Open Letter to the Leadership Team at TI Media.

Dear Marcus Rich, Sam Rich, Andrea Davies and Angela O’Farrell,   I used to hold Woman’s Weekly in high esteem. Not many men read women’s magazines, but as someone who always dreamed of having a short story published in the Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, I knew that in order to achieve my dream, I had to buy every issue and read them from cover to cover.   As a prolifically published article writer, and a bestselling author, I know how…

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Congratulations, Kate!

Congratulations, Kate!

Many congratulations to my agent, Kate Nash, who’s been selected as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2018. To be recognised in this way by the publishing world’s trade journal is an amazing accolade, and just shows the efforts she goes to for her authors. Many think agents are there to negotiate publishing contracts, but it’s a lot more than that. From helping me choose better names for my characters and sending me YouTube clips (in the name of…

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Spouting Snapper Simon

Spouting Snapper Simon

A day trip to Witley Court in Worcestershire led to Snapper Simon’s latest WeatherWatcher photo … of the fountain at this English Heritage property in full spout .. or flow!

Snapper Simon’s Shropshire Summer Solitude

Snapper Simon’s Shropshire Summer Solitude

At the end of Ragleth Hill, the vista across South Shropshire is absolutely glorious. Not an electricity pylon in sight, or much in the way of man-made objects. It’s an amazing view, it was summary, and I had it all to myself. Well, not quite. Because if you click on this link it’ll take you to my YouTube channel, where you’ll then see a brief video that I captured. And if you listen carefully, you can hear the skylark singing…

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Snapper Simon Soaked

Snapper Simon Soaked

The forecast for today wasn’t great. I had to go to Shrewsbury (to drop my tax paperwork off at my accountant’s) and so I thought I’d do my daily walk somewhere round there. I suddenly remembered Haughmond Hill, a Forestry Commission site with great parking, and lots of trees … ie: shelter! Nope. There were lots of trees, but the rain was so heavy the leaf canopy was no protection whatsoever. I got drenched! Right through to my skin (which…

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Shropshire Federation of WI Creative Writing Workshops

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.

Cumbrian Snapper Simon

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…

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Inaugural Telford@50 Write Now Right Now Literary Festival

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.

Snapper Simon Snaps Shropshire Spring Sunshine

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!