Spookily enough

I have a new book out! The title, Slightly Spooky Stories III, probably tells you all you need to know, but I’ll give you the blurb anyway …

Ghosts, sixth sense and things not of this world aren’t always scary, though they can be. Some

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Workshop at Nottingham Writers’ Club

Last Saturday I delivered a workshop, on characterisation and dialogue, to members of the Nottingham Writers’ Club – and a visitor. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. They were a lovely group of people who remained good natured despite me working them quite hard and being very strict with the time limits.

Two of the attendees hadn’t been writing much for a while, but I was pleased to see everyone scribbling away furiously during the exercises. I could feel the combined concentration!

The beginnings of several interesting sounding stories emerged. It’s amazing what people can produce in just a few minutes. Hopefully some of the notes made on the day will be expanded into longer pieces.

Here are some of us. (A couple of people had appointments to keep, and one was persuaded to wield the camera.)

The club’s Twitter account reported, “From the comments on our feedback forms Patsy received the equivalent of 5 stars for her workshop.” I’m so pleased people found it worthwhile.

Thanks to Carol Bevitt (far right) for arranging everything.

Moments of joy

My story, Moments Of Joy, is in the current issue of My Weekly. Isn’t the illustration lovely?

As you’ve probably worked out, the story involves someone blowing bubbles. It was inspired by a visit to York Minster. It was a sunny day and the streets were full of happy tourists enjoying the history and beauty of the city.

As I walked round I saw bubbles drifting down the road at about head height. They were very pretty, but such an odd contrast to all the stone buildings I looked around to make sure other people could

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