Author Isabel Ashdown talks to Essentials Magazine about friendship and family life

This month my oldest friend Jacky and I were invited to chat to Essentials magazine, about our thirty year friendship, growing up on the South coast and our shared love of the simple things in life.  WARNING: dodgy 80s hair and fashion coming up …

‘Hurry Up and Wait’ by Isabel Ashdown: Book Launch Party Photos

This Thursday we celebrated the official release of Hurry Up and Wait with a book launch party hosted by our friends at Waterstone’s in Chichester.  It was a wonderful event, at which I was joined by my publishers Myriad Editions, my agent, Adrian Weston along with a great crowd of friends, family and readers.  Thanks to everyone who made the evening a great success!

Author Isabel Ashdown talks to PhD2Published about the value of writing competitions

Set up in 2010 by Dr Charlotte Frost, PhD2Published provides academic book publishing advice for first timers.  It offers a wealth of hints and tips for early-career academics on how to get published as well providing discussion on the future of academic publishing in the e-age.

This month, as we approach the release of my second novel Hurry Up and Wait, Managing Editor Dr Sarah Quinnell invited me to contribute a blog post with an emphasis on creative postgraduate publication.  Click on the link image below to read more about my journey into publication, following my time as a mature student at the University of Chichester:

The Eighties: Perms, Protests and Post-Punk Passion #HUAW

Like Glasshopper, my forthcoming novel Hurry Up and Wait is set on the south coast of England in the 1980s.  It’s the era I grew up in, and having revisited the decade in my first book, I couldn’t help lingering a little longer as I went on to write the story of Sarah in Hurry Up and Wait.

I often meet readers who share my interest in the period.  The 1970s had its own particular personality, and every decade before then – so what was it that made the Eighties unique?

Perhaps it was the passionate sense of change that made it stand out; a sense of ‘anything goes’.   It was a time of social transformation: we had the miners’ strikes, Band Aid, the anti-apartheid movement, the dawn of HIV and AIDS.

Stylistically, everything was up for grabs: we watched music videos on The Tube, where boys wore makeup, girls shaved their heads and the dance floor was a sea of big hair and bangles.

British youth culture was a post-punk/new romantic/yuppie smorgasbord of bad taste, and we were lovin’ it.

In the run-up to the release of Hurry Up and Wait (16 June), I’ll be tweeting a daily fix of nostalgia from 1985/6 – music videos, fashion blogs, TV clips and news footage – along with sneak preview lines from the book itself.  I’ll be using the hashtag #HUAW – do join in and tweet back with your own photos and memories!  You can visit my 1980s Hall of Fame/Shame, where Twitter and Facebook friends have kindly donated their wonderful photos of Eighties style!

I hope you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

In the spirit of sharing, and to encourage you all to do the same, here’s a little treat from 1985 – me, aged 15, complete with badly backcombed hair, an ill-advised shade of lipstick and the obligatory sulky teenage pout.