I’m delighted to share my news that I am the co-recipient of The Katie Fforde Bursary 2017, alongside Donna Ashcroft. We were both delighted and overwhelmed to accept such a generous award from Katie, presented at the Romantic Novelists’ Association meeting.
Each year, Katie Fforde selects an unpublished writer to receive her bursary as she remembers how it felt to be so-near-and-yet-so-far in the journey towards publication.
Donna and myself hadn’t met before the day so, it was great to realise there are many similarities and connections in our journeys towards publication.
Previous recipients include:
2002 Sue Moorcroft
2003 Caroline Pread
2004 Linda Michelmore
2005 Elizabeth Beacon
2006 Pia Fenton
2007 June Moore
2008 Henrietta Gyland
2009 Kate Thomson
2010 Brigid Coady
2011 Susan Alison
2012 Katie Carr
2013 Jo Thomas
2014 Janie Millman
2015 Catherine Miller
2016 Marie MacNeill
2017 Donna Ashcroft & Bernadette O’Dwyer
So, here’s to the two of us - I hope that 2017 brings us nearer to our dreams.
Ever seen the Waterstones store events notice for an authors' talk, promised yourself you'd attend and then kicked yourself a month later on realising you'd forgotten and missed it? Yes? Yes!
Yesterday I made it to a Waterstones' event in Birmingham. Seriously, I did! Because I booked my seat the moment I saw the who's who line up: Miranda Dickinson, Maggie Harcourt and Lauren James.
Three talented authors discussing romance, falling in love and fandom - who entertained an avid audience with their delightful chatter, wit and entertaining anecdotes. The panel host was book blogger, Chelley Toy who was as enthralled with her guests as the audience were. She asked intriguing questions that dug deep into their creative psyche, their likes, their horrors and even to retell embarrassing stories that made them physically cringe.
Definitely an event worth attending and one which has kept me smiling throughout today as I remember their snippet stories and witty banter.
What's that I hear you say? You missed it! Boy oh boy, learn from that mistake and book your seat as soon as you see the event notice in Waterstones - you won't regret it!