Writers on Reading – Michelle Martin Dobbins

What did you like reading as a child? Any book I could get. I read them all. I once missed my bus stop because I was reading on the school bus. My father had to chase down the school bus. … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Jackie Tritt

Jackie Tritt Jackie lives in Australia, on the Victorian coast, where dolphins play in the shallows and koalas wander down the street. She migrated from England many years ago. A retired science teacher, she now writes and is published in … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Beverley Argent

What did you like reading as a child? Oh, there were so many! Before books could take me away the Storyteller Magazine series honed my imagination and wonder. These Serialised stories from everywhere in the world came with a tape … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Prue Harrison

Prue Harrison Author. Writer. Editor. Prue has a passion for words. To write, to read, to talk. Born and educated in England, Prue moved to Singapore over half her life ago. She has completed her first women’s commercial fiction novel … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Karenne Griffin

Karenne, who writes novels and short stories, was born in Australia but now lives in South Wales. What did you like reading as a child? I used to find National Geographic magazine totally fascinating. I’m sure it stimulated my interest in … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Peter Pitt

Peter Pitt Born in Hendon, Middlesex, and lived for most of my life in the London area. I have been retired now for a few years. I began writing in a very small way when I was 17. I wrote … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Theresa Van Meter

What did you like reading as a child? Anything I could get my hands on. I got into trouble on more than one occasion at the table. Instead of eating my breakfast, I would be reading the cereal box. Who … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Tom Rhoyd

Tom Rhoyd During my years at ‘varsity in various under- and post-graduate roles, I had some publishing successes away from my degree courses. Thereafter, I moved into the corporate world to write innumerable technical reports. After too many years of … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Derek McMillan

What did you like reading as a child? I really enjoyed Science Fiction and Arthurian stories. However in truth I read everything on my old dad’s bookshelf. So there was The Call of the Wild Rubiyat of Omar Khyamm alongside … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Pam Ramage

Pam Ramage I am married to Tom & live just outside Kilmarnock. We have two sons, John & Robert, a grandson, Jack and a Border Terrier, Tina. My hobbies include, reading, writing, entering competitions & wildlife. I’ve always written poetry … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Allison Symes

What did you like reading as a child? I loved the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton.  I was always fond of George.  (I also liked Jo in Little Women.  Spot the tomboy theme!).  I also adored Roald Dahl (who … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Hilary Halliwell

Hilary Halliwell I live with my husband Mike and our two cats, Daisy and Blue in Dorset. I had always wanted to write but lacked the confidence to take that first step and enrol in a creative writing class. When … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Melanie Dixon

What did you like reading as a child? I used to enjoy reading Judy Blume’s books and a variety of biographical stories such as The Other Side of the Mountain. Who is your favourite author and why? My favourite author … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

Lorna Broomfield-Carradus Lorna lives in Northern Ireland with her husband Lee. She spent most of her childhood with her nose stuck in a book fuelling her ambition to become a published children’s author. This ambition was fulfilled in August, on … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Pam Ramage

What did you like reading as a child? I read everything that Enid Blyton wrote. Loved the ‘William’ books, Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, The Katy Books and Elinor M. Brent Dyer ‘Chalet School’ books. (Still have some!) Who is your … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. Along with writing, her days are spent swimming, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Schimri Yoyo

What did you like reading as a child? I was an eclectic reader as a child. I loved fiction and nonfiction books. Dr. Seuss, of course, was a must when I was really young. As I got to grade school … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Sharon McGregor

Sharon McGregor I recently moved half way across the country to live close to my daughter and her family. At least that’s what I tell them Actually it was to exchange the frigid Manitoba winters for the more moderate weather … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Anne Goodwin

What did you like reading as a child? Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and the Just William series from Richmal Crompton. Who is your favourite author and why? It varies from hour to hour, but I’m going to say Ann Patchett … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Mary Raebel

Mary Raebel After living in several different cities, I found there is no place like home. My husband and I are raising our son and daughter in the same city where I grew up—in the heart of America. It’s a … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Kate Blackadder

What did you like reading as a child? Everything and anything! All the girls’ classics; boarding school stories like Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers books and the Jennings and Billy Bunter series; books on my mother’s shelves by Jane Duncan , … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Pauline Lachman

Pauline Lachman I left the shores of then British Guiana (now Guyana) for the wilds of Canada in the mid 1960’s. My husband taught secondary School and I primary. Living in rural communities I grew to love and cherish the … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Samantha Tonge

What did you like reading as a child? I loved reading Enid Blyton as a child, especially the boarding school series.  Who is your favourite author and why? I have too many favourite authors to mention, since buying a Kindle … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Tricia Maw

Patricia Maw Patricia Maw – I moved to Brixham in sunny Devon 25 years ago. Within a few weeks of arriving, I joined Brixham Writers’ Group. We meet weekly on Thursday afternoons to read out and discuss work in progress … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Joel Kaye

What did you like reading as a child?

Comics.  Books about aeroplanes. Giles cartoons. Comics

Who is your favourite author and why?

Richard Brautigan: was totally new. Raymond Chandler: atmosphere. Dickens: overall mastery and coherence

What are your recollections of English lessons at school?

Poetry I didn’t connect with. An odd, bloodless approach to Shakespeare. One English teacher thought something I wrote was worthy of the school magazine. Yes!

You can take one book onto a desert island with you – which one do you take and why?

The bible. It needs to be read.

What are you reading at the moment?

Gordon Brown: Beyond the Crash. May be right, may be wrong, but so far it’s making sense.

Which book do you wish you had written and why?

On the Road: J Kerouac. I believed it.

A Real Upanddowner – Joel Kaye – 2800 words (Fairytale)

A severe man’s dilemma is resolved by the urgings of a mysterious voice, while an innkeeper has a lucky escape courtesy of the same. Meanwhile, a chauffeur comes to know his master better and a seaman tells tales for money. But what of the woman who hides indoors?

A Real Upanddowner

Very soon the motorcar would appear in the village street. Now it was gliding through the trees which led down from the Grange. In the front compartment, gloved and uniformed, sat the Chauffeur, Burwill.

The passenger, Mr Jonswain, was certainly not looking out from the deep and shady rear of the long-bonneted vehicle. If the Embarrassment was in his thoughts he showed no sign. Unlike everyone else, he had not been there to see it. Mr Jonswain never took up invitations to village affairs. Out of deference to his mother’s sense of their elevated status, he honoured the family’s position at village occasions only in absentia.

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Strange Eyes – Joel Kaye – 4100 words (Fairytale / General)

A match has been made for Rose, the beautiful daughter of the Bellevilles, with dour village schoolmaster, Arthur Todd.  Nothing can stand in the way of a dull marriage until the cobbler, a strange and taciturn newcomer, interrupts the wedding, and a confession comes from the least expected source.

Strange Eyes

“So they sent the child away because he had strange eyes, and he was never heard of again.”

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The stranger in the village, when asked where he came from answered in his silent way with a gesture to the hills on the horizon, and they let him be, because  he had indeed been seen coming from that direction with his cobbler’s tools, and as a cobbler he was welcome. So they let him stay in the falling down cottage that the bargee had long ago abandoned.

Mostly, he worked at patching up and re-soling the village boots and shoes. They had little call for new shoes. They were not wealthy people, nor were there the kinds of celebration for which new shoes were always ordered.

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