Simon Whaley

Author | Writer | Photographer

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Snapping Sunshine

BBC Midlands Today 15th March 2017

Well, I wasn’t the only one out snapping photos in the glorious sunshine today but, and I know I might be slightly biased here, I think she saved the best until last 😝

(see video below)

Out of Place – Senior Travel Expert Competition Runner Up

Senior Travel Expert Website

 

My entry into last year’s Senior Travel Expert ‘Off the Beaten Track’ competition has just been published. To read the full entry, click here.

Weston Park is a fabulous place to stay, especially for that special occasion. But there’s something for everyone: historic house, fabulous gardens, children’s play area, miniature trains, amazing church, artisan food outlet and cafe … You get my point. To plan your day out at Weston, visit: http://www.weston-park.com

Snapper Simon Snaps Snow

Snow and fog in one photo today. Well, it was probably low cloud, rather than fog. But it was flippin’ freezin’ up on the top of Ragleth Hill today. Still, the fact that Midlands Today liked the photo enough to use it, shows it was worth the climb!

Snowy Snapper Simon

Woke up to a light dusting of snow and fog this morning. Thought I’d head up Ragleth Hill, just in case I could climb above the fog. Didn’t. 😞 But I did take this photo and uploaded it to the BBC WeatherWatchers website. An hour later Matt Taylor was using it on the BBC News Channel, and then Nick Miller used it on BBC1 😃.

Teatime Tales

My next collection of short stories, previously published in a variety of women’s magazines and other outlets, is now available, as is a box set of both volumes.

Teatime Tales Series

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Scrooge’s Alter Ego

Scrooge's Alter Ego - best of British - December 2016

Scrooge’s Alter Ego – best of British – December 2016

Hollywood came to Shrewsbury in 1984, to film an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. My article in the December 2016 issue of Best of British magazine takes a tour of the exterior film locations, including St Chad’s Church where it’s possible to find a real gravestone for Ebeneezer Scrooge. Don’t believe me? Well, check this out:

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Stormy Weather

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The weather yesterday was horrendous, resulting in a lot of flooding across Shropshire today. People said I was mad to go out on my daily walk, but I think Shefali was pleased I did 😉 The photo does sum up the day’s weather.

Alfie Dog Stories

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Two of my short stories (Fledgelings, and Wiggle, Waggle, Woggle) have gone live on the Alfie Dog website today, for you to download to your reading device for the princely sum of 39p each! Enjoy.

Senior Travel Expert Competition Runner Up

I was delighted to discover that my Out Of Place entry in the Senior Travel Expert website’s travel writing competition was placed as a runner up. And lovely to see some names I recognise in the runners-up list with me too!

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Autumnal Ape Dale

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Shefali liked my photo of Ape Dale, near Church Stretton that I snapped today, while out on my walk.

Meet The Author – Wellington Library – Saturday 22nd October

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It’s Meet the Author day at Wellington (Shropshire) Library this Saturday. Come along and say hello. And you never know, you might find that perfect Christmas present for someone! (Eek! The C word. Sorry!)

Harley’s Mountain

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Climb the mountain that isn’t a mountain, in the November 2016 issue of Country Walking magazine (out now). Harley’s Mountain is near Lingen, in Herefordshire, is the focus of this route.

Those with TrailZilla access should search for code: TZID31191

October Sunshine Snapper

The Stretton Hills on the BBC Midlands Today lunchtime broadcast

The Stretton Hills on the BBC Midlands Today lunchtime broadcast

Lovely to see Shefali using my October sunshine image on the lunchtime regional news programme today.

(and it also appeared on the BBC Shropshire news website).

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Letter Feedback

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It’s always nice when a reader writes in to a magazine’s letters page to comment on an article you’ve written (hopefully, for the right reasons!). So I was especially delighted today when my copy of Writing Magazine fell through the letter box that two different readers had written in to say how much they’d enjoyed reading two different features I’d written for the August and October issues of Writing Magazine. My thanks go to Annie Percik and Caroline Smith for taking the time to write in to the editor.

Summit Missing

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BBC Midland’s Today liked my photo of the Stretton Hill’s missing summits today. (Felt like November, not September!)

Dog To Train Breaks 260,000 Sales

100 Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human

100 Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human

Amazing! Lifetime sales for One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human (to 30th June 2016) now stand at 260,245 copies. Thank you to everybody who has bought a copy since it was first published in September 2003.

Sunny Snapper

BBC Midlands Today - Evening Broadcast - 14th September 2016

BBC Midlands Today – Evening Broadcast – 14th September 2016

Snapped again on the regional weather forecast!

Acts of Passion

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Courses available from relax and Write at The Hayes in Derbyshire, including my own, Write A Non-Fiction Bestseller. Still places available.

Conquering Challenges

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Just like paralympians, writers with disabilities strive to achieve their goals on a daily basis. Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how disability influences their writing business.

After the spectacle of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games comes the Paralympic Games, where athletes with physical disabilities show the world what they’re capable of. Not all disabilities are physical, something Prince Harry focussed on during this year’s recent Invictus Games, but living with a disability creates a range of challenges on a daily basis.

Yet those determined enough will find ways to overcome them, and that’s just as true for writers with disabilities as it is for paralympic sport stars. Having a disability need not prevent you from being a writer, or force you to give up writing, but it might change the way you run your writing business.

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Books for National Dog Day – Woof, Woof!

It’s National Dog Day, so here’s a run down of books every dog owner (and dog) should have:

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