Category Archives: Cotswolds

Judging Short Stories (and Happy Endings….)

Now that Evesham Festival is over and the names of the winners of the short story competition have been announced, I can give you some feedback on my experience as a judge. Another reader and I read all 126 stories … Continue reading

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Trouble with Laptops & A Writing Retreat Opportunity!

I am feeling all discombobulated because my laptop died today (RIP Bluey). It has been on the cards for a while but the final blow was when it got rained on last night, when water leaked through an open window … Continue reading

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Sunburn/Carrot Random Word Competition – Shortlist

Sue Johnson kindly agreed to act as ‘Head Judge’ and choose a shortlist of 5 stories from the longlist of 10 and then, a winner and runner-up. Sue’s a short story writer and novelist, poet and tutor and she’s a … Continue reading

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Getting Inspired & Motivated

Greetings. It’s May! I can’t quite believe it, can you? (*panics quietly*) Random Word Competition Don’t forget, if you’re intent on entering my little ‘random word’ competition, it closes at midnight this Sunday, 5th May. Don’t leave it to the … Continue reading

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‘Ladybird, Ladybird…’

I told you (last time) that the weather had gone strange and now, here we are, on the 10th October, with sunshine and temperatures of 21 degrees C! I’m sitting in my ‘cave’, with all the doors and windows open, … Continue reading

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Waiting for The Rain

Apparently, after all these weeks and weeks of blistering heat, rain is on its way. The lawn is yellow, the plants are shrivelling up and it’s too hot to sleep. We need it! It’s been a football-focussed, outdoor-living, Love-Island-watching few … Continue reading

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Ditching The Kindle (& another free-to-enter novel competition)

The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition Whatever your feelings about the Daily Wail Mail, there’s no denying that, every so often, they run a nice competition for us writers. For this, the latest one, they’ve joined forces … Continue reading

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